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B U S I N E S S women scotland ISSUE 20 : FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013 : BI-MONTHLY

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DYSLEXIA Identifying dyslexia in enterprising women

THE BEST PROMOTION IS YOURSELF Become a better networker and communicator


Win a day in the Blythswood Square screening room for 40


Seasonal fashion and make-up must-haves



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Welcome to the February/March edition of Business Women Scotland. As always, we have included great features on interesting women, from quite a diversified range of businesses. In this issue we look at the art of communication, as being a good communicator is always important, especially in business (p14). We also look at how to be a better networker which can be a fantastic resource for your business if utilised effectively (p12). For one of our popular BWS profiles, we spoke with Bridget McCann, a Scottish actress. Bridget realised she could combine her teaching and acting by helping people with their presentation and communication skills (p20). And, although it’s freezing outside, we’re ‘springing’ into spring with some new fashion trends (p28) and make-up looks (p34) for the next season! As always we look forward to hearing from you and our next issue will be April/May.

Lynne Kennedy

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Once upon a time... with Rona Tayler Hawkhill House Ltd, Aberdeen. Quick question... Pamela Anderson, Director, Square Circle. Once upon a time... with Kerry Falconer Adam & Company, Edinburgh.

Quick question... Linda Gilbert, Munro Partnership Ltd. Are you a professional networker? The best form of promotion is yourself! WIN A fantastic prize courtesy of Blythswood Square. 5 tips to better communication Paul Morin, Once upon a time... with Tytti Peltoniemi Peltoniemi Concept Store, Aberdeen. Identifying dyslexia in enterprising women Jan Halfpenny, Halfpenny Development Ltd. Once upon a time... with Bridget McCann Bridget McCann Trainer, Glasgow. What motivates you? We asked three successful business women. Choosing the right venue for you Three Scottish conference and event venues. Quick Question... Dr Emma Ravichandran, Clinetix Rejuvenation. Lifestyle introduction Welcome to our lifestyle section... Step into spring This season’s fashion trends. Ask Anne Anne Ferguson answers our haircare questions. The Mindful Manifesto... Amanda Hamilton talked with Dr. Jonty Heaversedge. Top 5 detox friendly drinks! Ross Currie, Nutrition expert at Go Coco. Brush up on spring make-up Sara Hill, The Academy of Make-up. The main event Delicious recipes and wines. Nothing ventured, nothing gained Tasks to add to your business to-do list!



Once upon a


The first of this issue’s ‘Once upon a time...’ profiles focuses on Rona Tayler - a lady who decided to set up her own business at an age when most people are planning their retirement.


Name: Company: Location:

Rona Tayler Hawkhill House Ltd Aberdeen

Hawkhill House Ltd

etirement doesn’t suit Rona Tayler. She tried it once and soon discovered that it didn’t agree with her – so much so that she decided to set up her own business at an age when most people are planning their retirement. And 27 years on, it is not uncommon to find Rona still at her desk at Hawkhill House Nursing Home until 1am in the morning ensuring the needs of staff and residents are taken care of to her exacting standards. After writing the business plan and securing necessary funding from the bank, in 1986 Rona opened the doors of what is now Aberdeen’s only independent, private nursing home – Hawkhill House on the western outskirts of the city. Formerly a private house and extended for purpose under Rona’s guidance, the 48-bed facility is home to elderly residents with a range of health requirements, priding itself on creating a homely atmosphere and offering a high standard of care. That was reflected in Hawkhill House’s top grade six marks in a recent Care Inspectorate audit. Highland-raised Rona, who is a Dux pupil of Dornoch Academy, explains: “I worked as a teacher for many years but caring for adults has always been part of my life one way or another. My parents died just a week apart before I reached the age of 19 and I spent a lot of time trying to find the right care for my mother in particular. I also cared for my husband Mike who died of cancer 11 years ago. “Creating a care facility was something I had often spoken about and I was encouraged to do so by my good friend, the late Rev Dr Scott Hutcheson who helped me to have the courage to take the plunge. As well as providing invaluable emotional and spiritual support, Scott was a wheelchair user so it was great to get his practical input – we even drew the outlines of the bathrooms in the architect’s car park at the planning stage, so that Scott could move around them in his wheelchair to see if they might work!” From the outset, Rona had a vision of what Hawkhill House should be, in terms of the care provided and the environment created. She goes on: “When I opened Hawkhill House I was determined that it was going to offer something different. I had a very definite picture in my mind of how I wanted the facility to look, and gardens were an absolute must. “Hawkhill House’s gardens were a jungle when we bought the property but, over the years, we have nurtured them to create a haven of tranquillity which all residents can enjoy, and we hold events there as often as we can during the summer including our annual garden party for residents, families and friends of Hawkhill House. Last year we celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee with events such as a 1950s tea party complete with china tea sets and I was fortunate to be invited to the celebrations at Balmoral. We also marked the Olympics with special events and that was particularly special


“ I never fail to be a mazed by the support I get from the staff. We get to a stage where I think we’ve done the best we can, then they continue to raise their ga me all the time and, Rona Tayler somehow, find a way to improve. It is incredible.” Hawkhill House garden party

Quick Question


What is the best business advice you have been given? One very good piece of advice I was given in the early years of Hawkhill House was that some decisions you make are commercial, even if they are not fair or might not seem right to you as an individual. For me, failure was not an option because so much was resting on the success of Hawkhill House.



How do you deal with challenges within your business?

to me because, as a child, I carried the Olympic torch during its tour of the UK for the 1948 games.” The gardens, tended by Bill Ewen, are also seen as an integral part of the busy and varied activity programme co-ordinated by Hawkhill House’s full-time occupational therapist and the Friends of Hawkhill group. This ranges from nostalgia “memory jogging” sessions to flower arranging, a Chinese festival and having animals drop in such as a lamb and dogs which have been specially trained through the Pat the Dog scheme by a member of the Friends to visit Hawkhill House’s residents. Again, Rona is closely involved in putting together the programme but added workload is something she does not shy away from. She explains: “The way Hawkhill House runs involves me giving a lot of myself to the business, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I enjoy overseeing what is going on and taking a close interest in the welfare of residents and staff, some of whom have been with me since nearly the start. “I could go home and everything would still run well because I have such a great team, but I like to give my very best, just as my staff do. Plus, I still get a huge amount of pleasure and enjoyment out of what I do and being there means I can be around and have time to talk to the residents.” The success of Hawkhill House is, says Rona, down to having the right staff at her side and she is committed to supporting them in every way she can. She added: “I never fail to be amazed by the support I get from the staff. We get to a stage where I think we’ve done the best we can, then they continue to raise their game all the time and, somehow, find a way to improve. It is incredible. “For me, it is crucial to look at employees as whole people and I like to spend time with my staff. We are dealing with life and death situations and it is crucial that the staff have the correct support and training to deal with that, even if they are experienced in their field. On the flip side of that, however, there is enormous satisfaction to be gained from playing a part in making people’s later lives comfortable and, hopefully, happy. “I gain enormous satisfaction from creating an atmosphere where elderly people and their families can relax and benefit from the highest standard of loving care.” ■ Hawkhill House Nursing Home is located at 234 North Deeside Road, Milltimber, Aberdeen, AB13 0DQ. For further information visit, email or call 01224 735 400.

Challenge has been something I have dealt with throughout my working life. When I started, there were fewer businesswomen in my industry than there are today but I started off in an era in teaching where women earned less doing the same as their male counterpart simply because of gender. That gave me great mental strength to grit my teeth and try and overcome challenges. You have to dust yourself down and find a way around each challenge or problem.



What is your favourite holiday destination? Travel is a great passion of mine and I have been fortunate enough to travel widely. Tenerife is a place I visit regularly but, beyond that, I particularly like South America because it is so vibrant and interesting. I also love Asia, especially Vietnam where the people and their culture are wonderful. I went on the Marco Polo with my grandson to cruise in the Antarctic - just after surgery on my hips! I was probably crazy to do so but it was a once in a lifetime, amazing experience which I will never forget. I would love to go to Japan and hope to travel there later this year.





Pamela Anderson

Quick Question...

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Pamela Anderson, Senior HR Consultant at Square Circle - human resource consultancy and employment law company based in Glasgow - highlights crucial HR issues in relation to employee absenteeism and sickness. Q: Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of snow and travel disruption in some areas. If this happens in our local area, do I have to pay employees who don’t manage to get to work due to weather? It would depend on your policies and procedures. If you don’t have anything to tell employees what the policy is, then you could argue that they have not fulfilled their obligation of presenting themselves for work. On the other hand, you have a duty of care to employees which means that you should not put them into any hazardous situation without assessing risk. So that everyone knows what would happen in these circumstances, it is better to have a policy which is clear and states whether they will be paid or not. Some organisations do pay in these circumstances as they believe it will encourage employees to give back in other ways.

Q: I have an employee who has been off sick for 4 months with stress/depression, what do I do? You should identify what is causing the stress – is it work related or personal. Write to the employee; ask them to attend a meeting to discuss the situation. Consider information provided by the GP on their Fit Note, suggesting alternative duties or hours of work. Ask for the employee’s consent to write to their doctor to gain more information about the reason for absence in order to facilitate their return to work. The employee must be told their rights under the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988. Write to the doctor asking how long the employee will be off sick, what treatment they are receiving, what is the cause of their stress, whether it is a disability and what you can do to facilitate their return. Arrange another meeting with the employee to discuss the report. Discuss what you can do to facilitate their return. You must consider

all options, including phased return, part time work, different start or finish times. If stress is work related, explore what the company can do to alleviate the stress so the situation does not arise in the future. There is case law to govern this. You can also consider an independent occupational health/specialist report.

Q: An employee has been absent for 8 days in the last few months, some Mondays and Fridays, for various reasons (cold, upset stomach etc). Any advice? Establish the sickness levels of the other staff in the department or company to ascertain if the employee’s level of sickness is in excess of other staff. See if there is a pattern to the absence. If it is, meet with the employee to discuss ‘their sickness absence levels’. You can ask them how many days they think they have had off in the last year (they often think it is less), or tell them how many days off they have had. Explain that sickness levels are too high and unacceptable. They may say it is genuine and they have had a doctor’s note but you can still challenge the level of absence. Therefore, you need to explore why levels are high. You need to check that there is no underlying reason which may be regarded as a disability. If there is a disability then you handle the issue in a different way. If no disability, tell them the level must reduce in line with other company staff and if it does not then may have to consider disciplinary action. Follow up with a letter confirming key points. Consider introducing an absence management system so that you deal with issues consistently in the future. To discuss any HR matter contact Pamela Anderson on, tel: 0141 248 7826 or email:




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Once upon a


Kerry Falconer

The second of this issue’s ‘Once upon a time...’ profiles focuses on Kerry Falconer Managing Director, Banking Services at Adam & Company - and why her current role is the most interesting to date in a long and varied career. By Nichola Hunter


Name: Company: Location:

Kerry Falconer Adam & Company Edinburgh

erry Falconer’s career with the RBS Group has been a long and varied one but her current role as Managing Director of Banking for Adam & Company is her most interesting one to date. Kerry joined the RBS Group in 1977 after leaving school as she explains, “RBS was one of the major employers in Scotland offering good career opportunities. While I’ve been with the group for 35 years, I’ve had a number of varied roles within RBS so it feels like I’ve had several different jobs. The last four years in private banking have been a big part of that journey.” After roles in Global Banking & Markets, Public Relations, Retail and the Chief Executive’s office, Kerry was looking for a more autonomous role and Adam & Company offered that solution. Kerry added, “Adam & Company is the only genuinely Scottish, private bank and we give a great deal of thought to the type of client that we can best serve. Clients are typically entrepreneurs, family business owners and executives and their families. We also welcome clients from the arts, science and literature. The combination of our three core pillars, banking, investment management and financial planning, offers a compelling proposition.” What was also compelling for Kerry was the chance to be solely in charge of a business, “I wanted to own a P&L and be responsible for the management of a business and this ticked all those boxes. We have five banking branches throughout the UK and as Managing Director for Banking I oversee all of them. I’m also a board member of Adam & Company PLC.” Banking however, is not the business it once was but at Adam & Company no-one is resting on their laurels as Kerry explains, “All our clients are different. Some have very complex banking needs and others require us to carry out very simple transactions.” Experience is something that Kerry has in abundance although she admits that there are a few skills that are still being learned, “Networking has been invaluable to me but being able to delegate and say no is a huge skill which I continue to develop - it does not come naturally! I am very clear on my goals however. I don’t just mean personal goals but the goals of the organisation that I’m working for. At Adam & Company we have a very, very, clear five year strategy and it covers everything from business aspirations, to people strategies and growth. To know what you’re working towards each day makes everything easier. “The last few years haven’t been good for the banking industry but at Adam & Company, we’re definitely positioned for growth and we’re here to stay.” ■ Adam & Company, 25 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF, tel: 0131 225 8484,


“Networking has been invaluable to me but being able to delegate and say no is a huge skill which I continue to develop - it does not come naturally!” Kerry Falconer

Quick Question


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

It’s better to say ‘sorry’, than ‘can I?’. I heard that years ago and it’s stuck with me. In big organisations sometimes you just have to get on with it, fortunately I’ve not had to say sorry that often!


Q: A:

Is there one person that has particularly inspired you?

My wonderful husband. He keeps me sane.


How do you switch off from work? Any hobbies?

I’ve just taken up golf again although my husband wouldn’t agree that it’s stress-free! I love to cook as well and I’ve never had problems switching off from work. It’s very important to have time for yourself. I developed that skill a number of years ago. We are incredibly busy so it’s even more important when I leave work that I do switch off.



If you won the lottery what would you do with it?

Of course, turn up for work the next morning! I think it would be wonderful to anonymously make a lot of people happy not necessarily with huge amounts of money but sometimes a little can make a huge difference. Since launching a philanthropy advisory service to clients in 2010, I’ve met a large number of philanthropists, and listening to their incredibly inspiring and life changing stories has inspired me to do more, and with a lottery win I’d certainly look to put more into a couple of my favourite charities.


Q: A:

Who was your teenage pin up when you were growing up?

That would be David Cassidy - but I’m not sure I want to admit to that!


What’s on your bedside table at the moment?

Lots of unread books. We’re going to Prague in February so there’s a Prague tourist guide and a Paul McCartney biography and a few others but mostly unread!




Quick Question...

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Linda Gilbert, Chartered Financial Planner and Wealth Management Consultant for Munro Partnership Ltd, answers our questions... Q: How long have you been working as a Chartered Financial planner with Munro Partnership? I had been working in Financial Services for around 10 years, before taking a career break to raise my family. During that ‘break’, I gained a first in Mathematical Sciences and Economics before joining a major actuarial firm, valuing final salary pension schemes for FTSE companies. Around 5 years ago I decided I was in quite a specialised and academic role and was looking to broaden my financial experience. I chose to move to Munro Partnership as they had a reputation for being one of the strongest and most respected IFAs in Scotland. It proved a great move, and since then I have qualified as a Chartered Financial Planner and am now on the Board of Directors.

Q: Do you specialise in certain areas of financial planning? I have touched on many areas of the business but have developed a bit of flair for working with our Wealth Management clients. This involves working with high net worth clients, creating bespoke financial plans to suit their lifestyle and objectives. Generally this includes planning an investment portfolio tailored to their personal position and outlook, as a large number of people in this category are planning for their long term future. Bespoke plans can include a combination of investment and pension arrangements depending on what suits best, and of course tax efficiency is an integral part. Business owners will be familiar with the concept of cashflows, and I use a similar concept to demonstrate how clients can use their investment and pension portfolio to create a tax efficient income stream in the future.

Q: Have you noticed a change in trends with regards to women planning for their future? There could be a perception that a lot of Wealth clients will be men, but believe it or not, the majority of our clients are actually couples. They come with a shared interest in planning for the future. Beyond that, there are proportionally more men than women clients, but there certainly has been a growing number of more empowered female Wealth clients, and I believe this is set to continue. An increasing number of women are taking charge of their financial future, and they often look to qualified professionals to provide a steady hand for their investment portfolio. We have a number of female clients ranging from teenagers to octogenarians - and I actively encourage them to ask questions to build their knowledge and comfort level with any plans we agree to implement on their behalf.

Q: A recent report has highlighted that there are more women in their forties, single, with no children. Have you noticed this and what would be your advice for them to secure for their future? Certainly. I have quite a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and there is definitely a more pronounced group of people in the 40+ age group, on their own, with or without children, perfectly settled and happy.

Linda Gilbert

I would advise the 40+ age group - including women and men alike - to take an active interest in preparing for their financial future. Start with small steps. This could be making regular savings to a tax efficient ISA to make the most of your savings or if you are working, then be sure to join the company pension scheme, as the company will typically make contributions on your behalf, which is an additional perk to the tax benefits associated with pension plans. For those with savings in the bank, interest rates are currently so low that this money is unlikely to be keeping up with inflation, so some cautious investment may be appropriate. From there the recommended portfolio can change markedly to meet the personal lifestyle and risk profile of the individual. So if you are seeking some advice on this, please get in touch with an IFA like Munro Partnership who will be able to recommend a solution to fit.

Q: What do you see as your best quality? I am very much a people-person and in my role I get to meet a wide variety of people which is the part I really enjoy. I also appreciate that being a financial adviser for a client is a privileged position and like to build strong professional relationships, where clients are completely comfortable working with you. Looking at things from the client’s perspective is key Being organised is another plus, and I make a habit of pushing forward and seeking out the next challenge - whether its getting my head around the latest tax legislation or running the next 10K that wee bit faster. The latter doesn’t always work!

Q: If someone has some money to invest, what would you advise in our current financial climate? The million dollar question! It does genuinely depend on each individual, their current financial position, objectives and the level of investment risk they wish to take. The majority of our clients are cautious investors where clients’ have worked hard for their money and generally have no wish to throw it away on speculative investments. I would however say that the main point is to ensure you understand the ‘why’, as well as what and where you are investing. The ‘why’ sets the tone for the recommended solution. Once the plan is implemented, most are keen that the arrangement is reviewed regularly, just to make sure it is behaving as expected and still meets objectives.

Q: And finally, what do you like to do to relax? Out of work I like to spend quality time with family and friends. It’s a bit corny, but so true. My home life tends to be quite active and I prefer being out in the fresh air whenever I can. If I could cycle, ski or ride horseback to the office every day, I would! It’s not all action though; I also like to dine out, and on a Friday night, am sometimes just happy to grab a good book and a glass of red! For more information visit,




Are you a professional


The best form of promotion is yourself! And, becoming a professional networker can help increase your sales and business opportunities.


ot everyone likes to network, but networking has become an essential part of modern business. In a time when we can hide behind a computer and social media it is important to go and meet with potential new clients, as many people like to see who they are dealing with. Here are some important things to remember about networking:

Always be prepared, and master your elevator pitch

Make sure your business card looks professional. Nowadays, people include pictures and logos on their business cards, but your picture should maintain the image you want to put forward. If you are trying to get people to invest in your business, and you have a picture of you and your puppy, it does not encourage them to take you seriously. When you are visiting offices, it also helps if you can leave behind a branded item, such as a letter opener.

Pick your targets wisely

In the start-up world, the elevator pitch is that five-minute speech that is supposed to encapsulate your business, and wow an investor enough to fund your company. Entrepreneurs create an elevator pitch in case they run into a venture capitalist at a conference and just have a few minutes to convince them. It is a good concept because it forces entrepreneurs to condense their ideas into a sales pitch that is understandable. Ask yourself what is your company’s story and how can you condense it into a winning five-minute pitch?

There is an infinite amount of time in the day and there are thousands of places to network. However, if you are targeting companies that make more than £10 million a year, then networking with a homemaker’s group is not the place to go. You have to find out where the people you want to target frequent, and arrange to get into those circles. This is not easy, because many high-earning professional organisations are invitation only. You have to know someone to get invited into these groups.

Appearance is crucial

Follow up, follow up, follow up!

In most networking situations, people have a few minutes to size you up. If you are trying to land a large contract with a big firm, they will not take you seriously if you look unprofessional. In most business settings, people still wear professional or business-casual attire. However, there are some business circles, such as the IT and entertainment world, where people tend to dress more informally. You have to know your professional circle, and dress appropriately.

Networking is more than just handing out a business card and shaking someone’s hand. You have to regroup with the people you met at last night’s function. For example, emailing them a few hours after you have met them, then following up with a phone call. This can lead to a possible sales meeting. People have short memories and you have to strike while the iron is hot. If you call someone a few days after you initially met them, they may not remember who you are.

Make sure people remember you

And finally remember to be you, relax and enjoy it!

It goes without saying that you should have a business card that has your pertinent information: phone, e-mail, website, social media, etc.

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It’s easy to forget these tenets of good communication, but the best communicators keep them top of their mind. Paul Morin - founder of - highlights his 5 tops tips on becoming a better communicator.

1. Be concise Don’t use 100 words to say something you can say in 50. It’s easy to become enamoured of your own voice, but this may cause you to drone on and lessen your effectiveness as a communicator.

4. Use words and metaphors that will resonate with your audience

Don’t speak for the sake of speaking. Have a point - especially when you’re trying to be persuasive or explain something. It’s one thing if you’re having coffee or a beer with a friend, but in a business or teaching situation it’s important to have a point before you start talking.

If you’re speaking to a board of directors, a group of CEOs, or a bunch of marketing vice presidents, the words you’ll use will be different from those you’ll use when speaking to a group of politicians or museum curators. This is true if you are speaking to individuals from these groups as well. Each audience has its own buzzwords and hot buttons. It’s key to use examples, phrasing and metaphors that resonate with your audience. If not, you will not pass the ethos, pathos, logos test, and you will be far less likely to effectively get your point across.

3. Don’t have too many points

5. Listen more than you talk

It’s tough for most people to remember long lists. It’s even tougher if the list is comprised of complex points. Many memory experts say to stick to a list of seven or fewer points if you want your audience to remember them. Have a maximum of three key points you’d like your audience to remember. Better yet, have just one and hit it from a bunch of different angles. Obviously this is not one-size-fits-all, but in most instances you’ll want to stick to a small number of key points, or you will confuse your audience.

Listening to and understanding your audience are critical aspects of being an effective communicator. Unfortunately, it’s often tempting to formulate your next great thought while your audience is trying to communicate with you. Given the difficulty of multitasking effectively, the likelihood of you being able to formulate your thoughts and process those of your audience at the same time are very small. If you don’t empathize with your audience, they will sense it, and it will make them far less likely to listen to and understand your message. The law of reciprocity is alive and well in effective two-way communication. n

2. Have a point


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AIR loss is often thought to be a strictly male disease, while actually the NHS report that 8 million women in the UK are estimated to suffer at some point. It is well documented that hair loss can be caused by illness, medication, poor nutrition, or severe stress. But few realise that for about 1 in 10 of women suffering hair loss it is hereditary, just like 95% of men; this type of hair loss is called Androgenic Alopecia. And even fewer know that modern advances in medical treatments can now help men and women suffering with Androgenic Alopecia.

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Victoria said, “There are three techniques which have been shown to help: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Minoxidil. Often these techniques work best when used in a combination. However, it must be made clear they stop hair thinning and promote healthy thicker hair. They cannot regrow lost hair, so if you are already bald then these treatments will not help you.” Victoria went on to point out that Minoxidil is commonly available through chemists and might be suitable in the very early stages of hair loss, but that you should ask the advice of your pharmacist. In Victoria’s experience most women she sees are suffering hair loss as a thinning across their scalp and in particular along their parting. For these areas Face & Body use a treatment combining PRP and LLLT. “Almost all patients see an improvement in the character of hair being shinier, thicker, less brittle and less shedding in time. But younger patients with early thinning see the best results.” said Victoria. She added, “So when you see the first signs of hair loss, make an appointment for a one to one consultation at Face & Body, the sooner you start the treatment, the better the results could be!” ■ To book a consultation, Face & Body, 32 Alva St, Edinburgh EH2 4PY Tel: 0131 226 9610




Once upon a


The third of this issue’s ‘Once upon a time...’ profiles focuses on Tytti Peltoniemi - who four years ago arrived in Aberdeen and opened the city’s one and only concept store, selling exclusive and luxurious design accessories and fashion items. By Stephanie Smart


Name: Company: Location:

Tytti Peltoniemi Peltoniemi Concept Store Aberdeen

f Tytti Peltoniemi could pick her favourite item from her store, it would be from the perfume range. “Scents are special for me,” Tytti said. “I sell well-curated brands and have something for everyone. I’ve already got my eye on our Spring/Summer 2013 collection!” But perfume is not the only thing that Tytti sells. Peltoniemi Concept Store is a grownups treasure trove of European home accessories, Italian art, hand-crafted jewellery, unique fashion pieces, beautiful hardback novels and Michelin-star recipe books. Peltoniemi Concept Store is exclusive, eclectic and fun. Tytti was born in Finland and lived in Amsterdam for three years before moving to Aberdeen in 2008. When she arrived in the Granite City, however, she was disappointed with the shopping scene. “I quickly realised that there was a niche in the market for exceptional design – I didn’t think I could be the only one in the city wanting exciting and luxurious goods.” Within two months, Tytti had started to build her business. Entrepreneurship and hard work was no stranger to Tytti. From a young age, she was designing clothes and saving up for exclusive perfumes, clothes and design products. She was also beginning to collect a wealth of business ideas and gaining numerous university degrees. Her most recent one is in Fashion Design from the Manchester Metropolitan University, and previous courses covered silver and precious-stone jewellery making and massage therapy. “There were so many things I wanted to do and I had to try them all. All the different things I’ve done have helped to prepare me for the business. In fact, I think I had been preparing for the store throughout my whole life. I thought about the ways and means right up until I did it.” With ideas in mind and designers on the phone, Tytti opened the store’s doors in June 2009. “I had found the perfect space for the business in Aberdeen’s West End and, after months of getting the place set up, it finally looked the way I wanted it to. The doors were opened and news of the business quickly spread.” Four years on, and Peltoniemi Concept Store is a successful and thriving hub of contemporary and unique products, welcoming customers with every taste, style and budget. ■ Peltoniemi Concept Store is located at 8 Chattan Place, Aberdeen AB10 6RD, tel: 01224 211851,


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Quick Question


How do you find such unique products to


I want to sell products which are the height of luxury and style. I research all the time, and keep my eyes peeled for new things. Newspapers, magazines and blogs are great ways to find exclusive items. The items I choose are never sold by local shops – the closest place you’ll find the same brands is in London. This means the store is always in a league of its own in Aberdeen. I also like to build relationships with my sellers, so I visit Paris, London and Milan a lot to meet them and attend retail fares.



What was the best business decision you made?

“ I think I had been preparing myself for the store throughout my whole life. I thought about the ways and means right up until I did it.” Tytti Peltoniemi

To make my dream a reality and to work for myself! I spotted an opportunity and took it with two hands. I’ve only employed one person so far, and that was definitely a good move. We share every aspect of the job – she’s my right-hand woman and I couldn’t be without her.



How did it start out financially?

I know the importance of saving which meant that when the store first opened, I could use my savings to buy in all of the products. Finance doesn’t have to be difficult: if you make the effort to save, plan and spend wisely, a small amount of capital can go a long way.



Where would you like your business to be in five years? On everyone’s lips! The store is going online this year which will have a huge impact on the direction it takes. I’d love to have bigger premises and employ more people to help take the store to the next level.



Would you recommend starting a business? Absolutely. Although it will be tough at times and leave little time for a personal life, working for yourself gives you so much freedom. Asking questions, doing research and seeking advice from experts will prepare you for starting, and will make the first few years a lot easier.


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Dyslexia in Enterprising Women HALFPENNY DEVELOPMENT LTD • Tel: 01659 742140 • Email: •

Jan Halfpenny, co-founder of Halfpenny Development a consultancy firm that specialises in supporting dyslexic entrepreneurs - explores ‘Why Identifying Dyslexia in Enterprising Women is Important for Growth’.


rofessor Julie Logan’s research at the University of Bristol in 2001 reported that 1 in 5 of the UK’s Jan entrepreneurs she surveyed Halfpenny was dyslexic, twice the rate expected for adults in the UK. Women’s Enterprise Scotland estimate that 60,000 women are registered as business owners in Scotland, which could equate to as many as 12,000 female dyslexic entrepreneurs, depending on how the term ‘entrepreneur’ is applied. In 2008 Prof. Logan’s research at Cass Business School in London made business headlines when she reported that entrepreneurs with dyslexia make significantly different decisions compared to nondyslexic entrepreneurs in two key respects: the number of businesses they choose to set up, and how many people they employ. Dyslexic entrepreneurs did significantly more of both. This means that the actions of this group are important for economic growth. For the economy to harness high value problem-solving skills that dyslexic adults reportedly possess, it has to be possible to approach businesses and professional networks and ask “who is dyslexic, and how can we support you?” But it is at this point that the challenges begin: many women in business will be unaware that they are dyslexic due to under-assessment at school, and therefore unaware of how dyslexia interacts with their business and their support providers. Findings from a number of studies point to a lack of early identification of dyslexia in UK schools. In a study of dyslexic higher education students in 1999 nearly half were identified as dyslexic only after they had left school and gone on to university. This lack of identification of dyslexia in the school system has far reaching consequences: many dyslexics in adulthood lack a full understanding of their particular weaknesses and strengths. Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone commented: “I felt something was wrong before I was tested... as over the years I have struggled with reading, but as I didn’t realise I was dyslexic, I didn’t get any support at school.” Like many other adults, Michelle Mone’s dyslexia was discovered only by accident. Dyslexia is now understood to be hereditary, and has led to some people being spotted in adulthood as a result of tests done on other family members. Cass Business School found that one third of the dyslexic entrepreneurs they interviewed shared the same experience as Michelle Mone, who only discovered her dyslexia when her son was tested. This example illustrates another of the inherent challenges in engaging with dyslexia - its presence is not always obvious or able to be assumed. Not all dyslexics overtly struggle with reading in the way Michelle Mone does, making their recognition even more challenging for themselves, their family and specialists. Learning specialists Dr. Brock Eide and Dr. Fernette Eide suggest that: “A few, whom we’ve called stealth dyslexics, have problems so

subtle or “stealthy” that they evade early detection and often only come to attention later for problems with writing or underperformance.” It is possible that the majority of “stealth dyslexics” are female. Some studies show no significant gender difference in the general incidence of dyslexia, yet schools have been shown to identify significantly more boys than girls as dyslexic at a young age. Researchers suggest this may be connected with the different ways young boys and girls tend to interact with teachers at school. In this environment attention and support tends to be engaged when difficulties are presented overtly to teachers, which is more how boys communicate compared to girls, who tend to adopt more private coping strategies and draw less formal attention to their needs. A consequence for business is that more dyslexic girls than boys remain outside the support framework at school, and grow in to adults who are unlikely to have been assessed or supported, but still deal with dyslexia every time they process information. So standing at your networking meeting and getting an answer to your question “who is dyslexic, and how can we support you?” is not going to yield widespread reliable results with present business arrangements. Signs are not recognised at an early enough age and many women learn to cope with dyslexia in adulthood without understanding it or knowing how to take advantage of the creative insights and skills associated with dyslexic thinking. Yet Scotland’s economy needs a full contribution from these entrepreneurs. Evidence from higher education shows the importance of nurturing and engaging with this group in ways that support their different way of processing information. It is clear that there is a history of underinvestment in this area: four years ago 88% of dyslexics surveyed by Business Link said they thought that dyslexia presented barriers to starting a business, yet last year the UK government’s Access To Work scheme delivered employment support to approximately just one in every one thousand dyslexic workers in the UK. They did not even keep figures on how many dyslexic self-employed people the scheme had helped. Identification of dyslexia can bring a self-awareness otherwise denied. It also leads to the introduction of more dyslexia-friendly ways of working, from which wider society benefits. In higher education a system of support is beginning to be established, but in the business world there are far fewer opportunities for identification and support for dyslexia. This inevitably means that dyslexia in current and potential entrepreneurs is being overlooked instead of recognised and developed. Many women remain unaware of how slight adjustments to their work or perspective can improve their productivity. Others miss knowing that entrepreneurship presents a career structure where their innovative problem-solving skills have been reported to bring significant advantages. The sooner we can ask “who is dyslexic, and how can we support you?” and receive an informed answer, the better for everyone. ■ With thanks to Women’s Enterprise Scotland for allowing us use of the article -

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The fourth of this issue’s ‘Once upon a time...’ profiles focuses on Bridget McCann - a Glasgow-based business woman who lifted the curtain on her own self-funded presentation skills business.

Bridget McCann

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Bridget McCann Bridget McCann Trainer Glasgow


he latest stage of business life for Bridget McCann draws heavily on her undoubted talents as a stage and screen actor. The acting profession demands confidence, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, to convey emotions and to hold an audience’s attention. So when Glasgow-based Bridget lifted the curtain on her self-funded presentation skills business in 2009, the script involved all of her acting experience underpinned by the business acumen honed from 15 years of running the successful Aberdeen gift shop, Nova – one of the forerunners of Conran and Habitat-style outlets. “I had moved back to Glasgow and I suddenly realised I could actually combine teaching and acting by helping people with their presentation and communication skills,” said Bridget, who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. “My business is a natural extension in many ways of my stage life. I offer acting tips without the drama that can help people transform the way they communicate, and to present with style and confidence while staying in control. I try to help them to breathe properly and harness their fears.” Her business has put High Court judges and many lawyers at ease and through their paces but many more from different walks of life, not just legal eagles and high-flyers, have called on her carefully-crafted services, individually devised for each and every client. Nervous interviewees, anxious public speakers, receptionists and people whose new jobs mean they need to make presentations have all benefited from her incisive coaching. “Let’s face it, communicating effectively, public speaking, giving presentations or responding with assurance at interviews doesn’t come naturally for everyone so these become real knee-knocking, sweaty palm events with sleepless-nights often a feature in the run-up. “People find it hard to let go, so part of my job is putting them at ease and re-assuring them that they are not going to embarrass themselves in the roleplaying we do. I always check how they are feeling.” Bridget accepts that it’s a serious business helping people overcome inhibitions, fears and awkwardness in situations where they really need to speak up for themselves. “Companies use me to help employees who have been promoted but who lack the sophisticated communication skills required as they move up the corporate ladder. I also help staff to represent their companies in a more positive manner, which is increasingly important while pitching for new business in these hard times. “I am loving the work and there’s a lot of fun involved in the courses, and the positive feedback from clients who say I’ve helped them is a great pleasure - very gratifying. “All in all it’s been a great decision and I look ahead to building on what’s been achieved to date.” ■ For further details tel: 0141 337 2954, email: or visit


“Let’s face it, communicating effectively, public speaking, giving presentations or responding with assurance at interviews doesn’t come naturally for everyone so these become real knee-knocking, sweaty palm events with sleepless-nights often a feature in Bridget McCann the run-up.”

Quick Question


What made you decide to develop this type of business?

It was clear to me that many people found the whole idea of speaking in public a real terror. For some it was a barrier to them progressing with their jobs and even a serious block to any move up the career ladder. I thought I could use my acting skills and offer techniques, and it was members of the legal profession who first knocked on my door.



What drives you forward to give your business its edge and make it special? With a varied working background I can draw on a host of skills. But because I am a performer it certainly gives me an edge, as I fully understand what is needed to stand up in front of others and look and sound confident. My sessions, one-to-one or in groups, are built around this. I’ve met people who felt bad enough that they changed jobs to avoid speaking on the phone or making presentations so I try to help as much as I can with tips on breathing and harnessing their nerves.



Who or what inspires you about how you run the business?

I like Barack Obama as a public communicator but there’s no doubt my clients are the ones who manage to inspire me the most. Anyone who strives to communicate and does so simply, passionately and from the heart, and who is brave enough to try and talk without relying on Power Point, is impressive in my book.



How difficult was it to fund the business when you were setting


Actually, it was not difficult at all. I had savings as I’ve been working for most of my life and I had little or no start-up outlays, apart maybe from a new computer and business cards. I work and plan from home so costly overheads are not an issue.



What do you like best about running your business?

My best moments are when I see a client overcoming a dread of public speaking and realising that not only has the worst of the terror receded but also they enjoy standing up and speaking in front of people. Often clients reach that point and cry from relief. It’s marvellous and inspiring that people overcome their phobias about speaking in public.



And, finally, when it’s time to relax, what do you like to do?

I wind down by reading, doing crosswords, watching any of the CSI crime series, enjoying girlie nights out with a wee margarita and running around the tennis court getting fresh air, even in winter..


Photography by Stewart Cunningham




What motivates


We asked three successful women in business, “What motivates you?” - Martel Maxwell, journalist, presenter and novelist, Rita Marcella, dean of Robert Gordon University, and Claire Bannerman, lead nutritionist at Clarity Nutrition in Glasgow.

Name: Company:

Claire Bannerman

Martel Maxwell Journalist, Presenter and Novelist


ifferent things on different days motivate me, as my work is varied on any given week. For example, yesterday I was on itv1’s Lorraine and I told myself, ‘be prepared and know the newspaper review stories you are talking about inside out - hundreds of thousands of people are watching.’ So adrenaline kicks in and a bit of pride because no one wants to make a fool of themselves. Today, I am writing my second novel and it’s a solitary challenge, during which motivation falls and rises. I think of the success of my debut Scandalous (published by Penguin) which has sold 20,000 copies and say ‘you can do it’ to banish insecurities which pop into my head. I think of the end result - the launch party I’ll hopefully have, at which my mum will drink too much champagne... like last time. I am motivated by a drive to succeed and to be good at what I do, whether writing or presenting. With the novels, it’s a huge driving force to think I will have created something that lasts, that has my family name, Maxwell, on it. My granddad David Maxwell died this year and that made him very proud. Feedback from readers that my words made them laugh or touched them motivates me to reach more people. A huge part of my desire to achieve tangible things is to make my mum proud as we are very close and she strived to give me the best upbringing she could, as well as my husband who I married in April - he has just finished reading and making notes on my first 100,000 words draft. He deserves the launch party... and a medal. ■

Rita Marcella

Name: Rita Marcella Company: Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University Location: Aberdeen


am truly motivated and inspired everyday working with our students, and seeing them grow in confidence and develop during the course of their studies. Their stories are hugely inspirational; where for example they have chosen to study new subjects, or to move to the UK to study in a completely new culture and environment. Equally, those students who have gone on to set up their own companies and succeeded as entrepreneurs or as leaders in industry, provide a constant reminder of the value of what we do in higher education. ■

Name: Company: Location:

Claire Bannerman Clarity Nutrition Glasgow


he one thing I love more than talking about food is eating! But what really motivates me, is knowing that I can make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing. I truly believe that health is the most important wealth. Being able to make balanced food choices, and cooking nutritious meals for your family and friends, is a life long skill that everyone deserves to have. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing children enjoying local seasonal produce and fresh vegetables. Glasgow being the Commonwealth Games 2014 Host City, has inspired me to encourage all Glaswegians to become more active and enjoy a healthy balanced lifestyle. ■

The Dome, located in the City Centre of Edinburgh, is an ideal choice for your Business Conferences and the perfect venue for meeting friends and colleagues for Coffees, Cocktails, Lunch or Dinner. The Dome, 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF Tel: 0131 624 8624 For more information visit,



Choosing the perfect

venue for you Carlton George

Situated right in the heart of Glasgow, adjacent to Queen Street Station, Buchanan Street and George Square, and a five minute walk from Glasgow Central Station, the four star Carlton George Hotel is the perfect place to hold your event. Distance from Edinburgh – Glasgow: 46 miles Distance from Aberdeen – Glasgow: 146 miles

What they have to offer... The Thomson Boardroom is located on the 7th floor of the hotel and is the ideal place for a meeting or private meal for up to 14 people. The Thomson features natural light and air conditioning and breaks out into the comfortable Executive Lounge - perfect for coffee breaks or pre-dinner drinks. The Executive Lounge is perfect for an informal meeting for up to 6 people. With casual seating, complimentary tea and coffee and WiFi access you’re sure to have a productive yet relaxed meeting in this quiet and comfortable setting. To make it an occasion why not have afternoon tea?

The Dome Located in the City Centre of Edinburgh, The Dome is situated on the site of the Old Physician’s Hall designed and built in 1775 by James Craig, the celebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town. The Old Physician’s Hall was subsequently demolished and after many years it was bought and built on again by The Commercial Bank of Scotland and remained a bank throughout the years. After major refurbishment, this listed building became The Dome, which opened in 1996. Distance from Glasgow to Edinburgh: 46 miles Distance from Aberdeen to Edinburgh: 127 miles

What they have to offer... The Dome incorporates The Grill Room bar and restaurant and The Club Room bar and restaurant, 4 conference rooms, 2 private dining suites and The Garden Café. The Dome has become established locally as a first-choice venue for meeting friends and colleagues for coffees, cocktails, lunch and dinner.

Cameron House Only 40 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, Cameron House is situated in the stunning theatrical Highlands and on the breathtaking lochside. In an area steeped in local history and magnificent beauty, you’ll find all the inspiration required for your meetings, and the perfect backdrop for your conference or event. Distance from Edinburgh to Loch Lomond: 71 miles Distance from Glasgow to Loch Lomond: 19 miles Distance from Aberdeen to Loch Lomond: 148 miles

What they have to offer... Whether a large gala dinner, a crucial conference or a brainstorming session, Cameron House can offer the space to think, the character to be individual and the attentive service to allow you to concentrate. The hotel can organise team building in the stunning grounds, private dining in their beautiful rooms, accommodation in the sumptuous bedrooms and spa and golf at their nearby Carrick Spa and golf course. Cameron House have a choice of 7 meeting rooms all with their own style, ambience


When it comes to organising an effective conference, event, meeting or private dinner one of the key factors to making it a success is finding the perfect venue. We highlight three Scottish venues which can provide the perfect place to host your next event - Carlton George in Glasgow, The Dome in Edinburgh and Cameron House on Loch Lomond.

Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, Windows has looked over the rooftops of the city since 1999 and features great food, an open kitchen and an interesting perspective of the city. Windows’ intimate atmosphere is perfect for any occasion and is open daily for breakfast, pre-theatre dining and dinner, and is available for a scheduled lunch. Windows can also be hired privately for either a meal or meeting for up to 60 people.

Room capacities The Thomas Boardroom can accommodate up to 14 people for a meeting, private lunch or dinner and Windows Restaurant can welcome up to 60 people.

Contact Carlton George Hotel, 44 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1DH Tel: 0141 354 5032 Email: email

The Dome has built up an enviable reputation in accommodating a variety of events including training courses, conferences, seminars, product launches and corporate dining.

Room capacities The conference rooms can accommodate from 10-100 delegates depending upon particular requirements. The private dining suites are available for groups of 10 - 80 for dining and 120 for receptions. With high standards in food, service and hospitality, The Dome invites you to enjoy the experience.

Contact The Dome, 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF Sales tel: 0131 624 8634 Email:

and natural daylight for any party, dinner, meeting or event. They can tailor-make packages to fit your requirements, no request is too big or too small - alongside support from their conference and event management team.

Room capacities They can accommodate up to 250 delegates or guests, so whether your meeting or celebration is small and private or a large and flamboyant affair, you’ll have the perfect space to suit your occasion.

Contact Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire G83 8QZ Tel: 01389 722 554 Email:




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Quick Question... CLINETIX REJUVENATION • 1 Sandyford Place, Glasgow G3 7NB • Tel: 0141 221 0229 •

Dr Emma Ravichandran, Scotland’s leading Aesthetic Doctor and Director of Clinetix Rejuvenation, answers your questions on the latest technologies and treatments in anti ageing medicine.

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appy new year from Clinetix. As we look forward to 2013, many of us would like to reverse or at least put the signs of ageing on hold. A market analysis in 2012 suggested that 1 in 50 women will have a surgical/non surgical treatment this year, with the largest demographic being working women between 35 and 55 years old. The following questions and answers provide a brief overview on the latest technologies and treatments in anti ageing medicine to help in making a choice on what treatment may be for you.

Q: Is it obvious to others if you have had Botox? When administered by an experienced professional, Botox is a wonderful anti ageing tool. Wrinkle relaxing treatments with botulinum toxin can not only soften lines, it can give you that well rested appearance without the extra sleep! Microtox injections have taken America by storm. Small amounts of Botulinum toxin are placed into the skin to improve quality and fine lines without losing the muscle movement under the skin. This gives a very natural result. Treatments start from £200.

Q: What is the best treatment for stretch marks? I have seen amazing results over the past couple of years when treating body stretch marks with a 3mm Dermaroller. This treatment must be done in a clinical setting by a medical practitioner. The Dermaroller has approximately 150 3mm sterile needles that penetrate the skin. The trauma causes the skin to produce new collagen and elastin to repair the damaged skin. As the skin regenerates itself every 6 weeks, this will be when you see the improvement. As the collagen matures the results become better. Depending on the severity of the stretch marks, it may take between 2-6 treatments, each treatment 6-8 weeks apart. Treatments are from £200 each.

Q: How can I remove age spots on my face and body? Age spots are usually caused by sun damage many years prior to the appearance of these brown pigmented areas. A Visia scan uses an Ultra Violet camera to show areas of pigment lying under the surface of the skin. Skin rejuvenation with Elos technology can reduce or remove the brown areas. The combination of light and radiofrequency energies will break down the cells that are making the brown pigment. Using a product with kojic acid will also help clear and brighten the complexion. I recommend Image Total Skin Lightening Serum used daily after cleansing. £35.50 for 30ml.

Q: What is a vampire face lift? This is a treatment that takes a small volume of blood from a patient. The blood is spun in a machine that will remove the red blood cells. The fluid (plasma) left is rich in little cell fragments called platelets. The platelets when reinjected into the skin will release lots of growth factors and bio-active proteins that are involved in skin repair and regeneration. The treatment will improve the health, tone, strength and quality of the skin. A treatment regime of 3 treatments over 3 months is generally recommended. Each treatment will cost approximately £300-£500.

Q: What is the newest science based cream on the market? Priori have introduced Cellular Recovery Serum with DNA Enzyme Complex. This product has been designed to boost the results and effects from any anti ageing or resurfacing product. The product encourages cells to self heal and rejuvenate, further diminishing fine lines and uneven skin tone. I have had fantastic feedback from my clients using this product after any rejuvenating treatment, or just part of their daily skin care regime. £92 for 30ml.

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STEP INTO SPRING This season’s fashion trends - a kaleidoscope of colour and show-stopping prints. 32

ASK ANNE Anne Ferguson, director of celebrity stylist Taylor Ferguson Hairdressing, once again provides her expert advice and answers for all your haircare questions.

THE MINDFUL MANIFESTO... Amanda Hamilton, nutritionist, broadcaster and writer, was delighted to work with and interview Dr. Jonty Heaversedge, co-author of The Mindful Manifesto. 34

TOP 5 DETOX FRIENDLY DRINKS! Nutrition expert at Go Coco, Ross Currie, gives us his top five detox friendly drinks...


BRUSH UP ON SPRING MAKE-UP Sara Hill, Make-up Artist and Director of The Academy of Make-up, helps us brush up on this years spring make-up trends of clashing colours and monochromatic looks.

MAIN EVENT Darren Harrison - award-winning Head Chef at Loch Lomond Golf Club and the Spa in the Walled Garden presents three mouth watering main courses to whet our appetites.

VIEW FROM THE SHELF Must-tipple wines recommended by Jamie and Roddy from Oddbins.



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Anne Ferguson, Director of celebrity stylist Taylor Ferguson Hairdressing, once again provides her expert advice and answers for all your haircare questions. Q: The new year always brings the same question for me. Should I change my hair style? I’ve had the same cut and colour for nigh on 25 years and feel I’m in a bit of a rut. Suggestions please? You’re in the rut club, which incidentally has a very large membership. It’s easy to understand why people end up in a hair style comfort zone but please bear in mind that change can be good. It can boost your confidence and self-esteem. And of course it could be that your style has become a little late 90s looking (which of course is around when it was created!) so something more contemporary in the cut won’t be a bad thing. Think about a change of colour too - and remember that as you age, your colour tone changes so the colour you’ve had for the past 25 years might not be working quite as effectively now.

Q: I’ve got well-cut, short hair but I really blast it every day – sometimes twice a day – with the hairdryer. I’ve noticed recently that my hair’s become a bit brittle and lacks condition. To be honest I’m becoming worried about its overall ‘health’. Any tips?

Q: My daughter is 23 and is marrying this year. Her hair is shoulder length but she’s got an ambition to have a ‘big hair’ look. I’ve agreed to buy her a set of extensions but am unsure about the best products and application system. Needless to say we want a ‘natural’ look for the big day big hair look! Can you help? Over many decades we’ve worked with different extensions and we believe the best available to be Great Lengths. They’re real hair and the cold fusion system removes the risk of damage to your existing hair. A full head application will probably take about three hours or so. It’s important that the number of extensions used achieves a good, wellbalanced natural look. With top-notch colour matching few people will know the bride is sporting hair extensions when she walks up that aisle. Expect to pay from around £800 for a full head.


Firstly please stop these daily blasts of intense hot hair. That alone will be having a detrimental, drying effect on the condition. Aim to blow dry your hair half as often as you’re currently doing it. The condition will inevitably improve. The lustre and strength will return. Overall you’ll be less likely to worry. Consider speaking to your stylist about an in-salon treatment. These are intensive conditioning treatments, which are designed to really boost your hair’s condition. A good one will have a major impact on your hair and restore it to its former crowning glory. We use one particular conditioning treatment which is actually applied during the drying process - called our Premier Blow Dry - and its effects are significant.

Q: I’ve got long hair and I love it, but I rarely go to the hairdresser because I feel that there’s not much a stylist can do. I read somewhere that the condition might benefit from the occasional trim. Is this true? Without seeing your hair it’s difficult to be specific about the condition, but certainly a trim which sheds your hair of all the split ends which are bound to be present will certainly enhance its appearance. Don’t be afraid to share with the stylist your concerns about having it cut too much - they are there to meet your demands!

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was lucky enough to work with Dr. Jonty Heaversedge recently as part of a group of experts on ITV’s This Morning. After a long day’s filming, we got talking about our shared interest in Buddhism and the subject of mindfulness. As it happens, he is the co-author of a book called The Mindful Manifesto so he was well versed on the subject. Rather than try to covey his words of wisdom in my own article, I decided to interview him to let you get it straight from the horse’s mouth!

Q: How did you get interested in mindfulness? I started going to a Buddhist meditation centre called the Shambala meditation centre in London primarily to try to help me deal with my own mind because at the time I was struggling with significant levels of stress and anxiety. I think sometimes there can be stigma associated with mental health and very often men in particular struggle to admit when they are finding things difficult.

Q: The awareness of mindfulness as a concept seems to have grown in recent years. Why do you think this is?

Yes, there has been an enormous amount of interest in mindfulness over the last few years. I’ve noticed in practice that people have really started to notice how difficult it is to manage the various pressures that they are under. From a health point of view we are seeing more stress and depression so perhaps it is not surprising that people have started looking for an antidote.

Q: The book integrates science and medical research with mindfulness. What is science’s role the context of mindfulness? Science is starting to give us a clearer understanding on why and how mindfulness actually works on a physiological and neurological basis. In other words, how mindfulness and mediation can affect changes in our body and our brain.

Q: Is the idea of mindfulness to slow down, or is that simplifying it too much? Well, the demands and the immediacy of modern technology mean that in so many ways our lives have sped up. Mindfulness and mediation are not simply about slowing down, but about becoming more aware of our own minds and our own bodies and the world around us. This increased awareness allows for a much richer connection with our experience - which won’t always mean that we do things more slowly but will mean that we notice more what we are doing and how it impacts on us and the people around us.

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t’s the time of year again when we all contemplate ways to “better” ourselves and kick-start our new, healthy regimes with a detox - ridding ourselves of bad food and bad habits. Alcohol is often the first to go, along with caffeine and fizzy drinks, but have you considered what drinks could be beneficial when detoxing? Detoxing can be a struggle, and often quite limiting. Keeping your fluid levels topped up during this time is vital to help your body rid itself of toxins and to stay hydrated - aiding brain function and helping to keep skin healthy. Aside from water, there are other drinks out there which can be a part of your detox.

Peppermint Tea

1. Tea - Green, Peppermint or Ginger Tea is a natural antioxidant, which protects your body from free radicals, pollutants and aging. Green tea specifically increases metabolism, while ginger and peppermint tea (pictured) aid digestion.

2. Coconut Water Go Coco comes straight from the young, green coconuts of Thailand and is full of natural isotonic properties and electrolytes, making them a great choice for rehydrating. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals, including twice as much potassium as a banana which is fantastic for a natural energy boost whilst being low calorie, and it also plays an important role in regulating your heartbeat, insulin levels and muscle development.

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Amanda Hamilton, nutritionist, broadcaster and writer, was delighted to have the opportunity to work with and interview Dr. Jonty Heaversedge, co-author of The Mindful Manifesto - which explores how doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world. By Amanda Hamilton

Q: What would mindfully eating and drinking involve? One of the most important benefits that I see from a health perspective is that by becoming more aware of what we eat we give ourselves the opportunity to make healthier choices. I think we all know that eating is so often connected with our emotional wellbeing - if we are less stressed and depressed we are more likely to take better care of ourselves. In the book, I talk to a man called Eric and he struggled for many years with being overweight. Once he started practicing mindfulness he said he was able to make more conscious choices about whether or not he wanted to eat the sort of unhealthy foods that he would usually eat out of habit. He said that for him, eating was a little bit like breathing and he would often find himself halfway through a piece of chocolate cake before he really noticed what he was doing. The simple process of slowing down and becoming more mindful allowed him to make a different - and more healthy - decision and often he realised that he didn’t even need or want to eat.

Q: Is mindfulness easy? Mindfulness is simple but it isn’t easy, it takes effort and practice. The concept of learning how to paying attention by simply noticing your own breath is incredibly simple but it does take effort and practice to notice the difference.

Q: How would you recommend someone interested in becoming more mindful gets started? In terms of starting out and getting motivated, there’s nothing more beneficial than trying to find other people in your local area who practice mindfulness and doing some meditation together.

Q: Can mindfulness apply to the business world? From a corporate point of view corporations have noticed that their employees are more productive and less likely to get unwell if they are less stressed. Finding a way to help employees to manage stress more effectively will not only increase productivity but evidence is starting to show that it actually develops people’s creativity too. Hence the fact that organizations such as Google, who are very forward thinking, have incorporated mindfulness include their working practices. There are other examples in the book of large organizations who have seen absenteeism Dr Jonty Heaversedge diminish significantly following the inclusion of mindfulness based programmes to increase staff wellbeing. For more information visit,

Liquid intake can have just as much of an effect on your system as food, so it’s good to be aware of what drinks aren’t going to skew your detox! Nutrition expert at Go Coco, Ross Currie, gives us his top five detox friendly drinks...

4. Lemon Water 3. Fresh or raw Pineapple Juice Pineapples contain many vitamins and enzymes that will offer health benefits during a detox, including Bromelain – a natural antiinflammatory that encourages healthy digestion by helping the body break down proteins, and Thiamine (which belongs to the vitamin B group) which boosts your metabolism by helping your body convert carbohydrates into energy.

Lemons are a great source of citric acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. Drinking fresh lemon juice with water (hot or cold) will benefit your detox on many levels by assisting your digestion, stimulating the liver and cleansing the bloody stream. Try drinking a cup of hot water and lemon first thing, to kick start your system.

5. Fresh Carrot Juice As well as containing Vitamin C and A, carrot juice also contains carotenes which are a great anti-oxidant. Carrot juice is also a diuretic and can help to reduce water retention, plus it’s very low in calories.




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Darren Harrison - award-winning Head Chef at Loch Lomond Golf Club and the Spa in the Walled Garden presents three mouth watering main courses to whet our appetites in time for spring... Thai Chicken Noodle Broth



By Jamie and Roddy, Oddbins Hyndland Road, Glasgow. Chile is the home of ever-reliable, inexpensive Merlots and Chardonnays, but nowadays innovative producers are exploring new areas and grape varieties, with impressive results.

“ Peachy, floral notes are balanced by zippy acidity.” Founded in 1935, Viu Manent are a third generation family operation. Their ‘Secret’ Viognier (£11) is a brilliant example of this old French grape. Peachy, floral notes are balanced by zippy acidity, for a refreshing alternative to Chardonnay.

“ Its generous blue fruit palate is backed up by savoury, spicy oak.” The ‘Secret’ Malbec (£11), from a grape usually associated with Argentina, is a full bodied, soft, fruity wine. Its generous blue fruit palate is backed up by savoury, spicy oak, making it an ideal partner to roast beef.

Thai Chicken Noodle Broth INGREDIENTS (Serves 2) • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 chicken breasts (2cm cubes) 1 ltr chicken stock Egg noodles 1-2 red chillies (de-seeded) 10g root ginger 1 bok choi 25g coriander 1 lemon grass (roughly chopped) Lime 2 garlic cloves 50g shitake mushrooms Coconut milk and fish sauce optional

1: In a heavy based sauce pan, boil the chicken stock, 1 red chilli, lemon grass, garlic and half of the ginger for approx 10-15 mins (you want to create a spicy and fragrant stock). 2: Meanwhile finely slice the remaining ginger, red chilli and shitake mushrooms and put aside for garnish. 3: Place the noodles in a separate bowl and pour over boiling hot water and leave for 5 mins to cook. Once cooked drain the noodles and transfer back to the bowl and cling film until needed. 4: Once you have a fragrant stock pass through a fine sieve to another pan and discard the lemon grass waste. Add the diced chicken to the stock and bring back to the simmer for approx 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Season to taste. 5: Wash the bok choi leaves under cold running water and then carefully cut through the root to break away the leaves, Roughly chop or tear the leaves and fold through the hot noodles.

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To serve, transfer the noodles to your serving bowls and pour over the hot stock and diced chicken into each one. Garnish with sliced shitake mushrooms, ginger, red chilli, garlic and coriander leaves. Finish with coconut milk or fish sauce. The Spa in the Walled Garden Loch Lomond Golf Club, Luss by Alexandria G83 8NT

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Linguine Carbonara, and Sage Ragout

Linguine Carbonara, & Sage Ragout INGREDIENTS: CARBONARA (Serves 2)

Halibat with Tarragon Risotto INGREDIENTS (Serves 2) • • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 x 150g halibut portions 75g chorizo (diced 1cm cube) 100g frozen sweet corn 5g fresh tarragon (chopped) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 200g risotto rice (e.g. Carnaroli or Arborio) 1 shallot, chopped 125ml white wine 500ml hot chicken stock 25g unsalted butter 75g parmesan, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1: For the risotto, heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the shallot and garlic until softened but not coloured. 2: Add the diced chorizo and fry on a high heat for 1 minute. Be careful not to burn the onions and garlic. 3: Once chorizo is coloured, add the rice and stir frequently until coated in the excess oil that has came out of the chorizo. 4: Add the wine and simmer until absorbed by the rice. 5: Add the hot chicken stock a ladleful at a time, stirring between each addition to allow the liquid to be completely absorbed. After five minutes add the frozen sweetcorn to the risotto and then continue adding stock until the rice is fully cooked and the stock is absorbed (approx 15 minutes). 6: Add the butter and parmesan, season to taste, with salt and pepper and finish with chopped tarragon. 7: Whilst the risotto is cooking (after approx 10 mins) lightly season the halibut with salt and pepper, and place in a hot frying pan with a little olive oil. Cook on one side for 5 mins or until the fish starts to turn white half way up. Turn over the fish to cook the other side by reducing the heat and adding a generous knob of butter. Baste with the foaming butter until golden. Remove from the pan, drain well and serve on top of the risotto. To serve, divide the risotto equally among two serving dishes and place the pan

fried halibut on top.

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225g dried linguine 150g sliced smoked pancetta (diced) 2 large eggs, plus 2 extra yolks 4 tablespoons parmesan (finely grated, plus extra to serve) • 60ml double cream • Olive oil • Freshly milled black pepper 1: First of all, cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes in boiling salted water with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan and fry the diced pancetta without any extra oil until it’s crisp and golden (approx 5 mins). 2: Whisk the eggs, yolks and cream in a bowl and season generously with black pepper, then whisk in the parmesan cheese. 3: When the pasta is cooked, drain it quickly in a colander, leaving a little of the moisture still clinging. Now quickly return it to the saucepan and add the pancetta and any oil in the pan. 4: Add the egg and cream mixture to the pan and stir thoroughly, ensuring that all ingredients are well coated. Saucepan should be on a very low heat to ensure egg mixture thickens and not scrambles stir continuously. INGREDIENTS: MUSHROOM RAGOUT (Serves 2) • 300g button or wild mushrooms (finely sliced) • 50ml double cream • 50ml white wine • 6 sage leaves • 1 clove garlic • 1 diced shallot • 1/2 beef stock cube • Salt and pepper 1: In a heavy based saucepan fry the diced shallot and garlic in a little oil. 2: Once soft add the sliced mushrooms and gently fry, deglaze with wine and reduce. 3: Sprinkle the beef stock cube over the mushrooms and add the cream. 4: Simmer the mushrooms until the mixture becomes a light brown colour and has thickened. Add the chopped sage and season before serving.

Pan Seared Halibat with Chorizo, Sweetcorn and Tarragon Risotto

To serve, place the carbonara on top of the mushroom ragout and sprinkle with deep fried sage leaves, crispy pancetta and grated parmesan.




Y our ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’ to-do list... Have a ga me plan We all start the year with great intentions, and then the plan starts to drift... you really need to have a realistic game plan as to how you can achieve your goals. Look to the future - where you would like to be in three months time - and make actions at the end of each week as to how you are going to achieve it! A game plan is worthwhile as it gives you guidelines and deadlines, and it especially helps give structure if you are self-employed and need to be self-motivated.

Media exposure The best way to get your business/brand known is to aim for some media exposure. Thinking out of the box will get a person’s attention and make them want to promote you and your business. For example, you can create a press release and send it to magazines, newspapers and radio stations, promoting a new product or service which will be unique to you. Make a list of all the magazines, newspapers and radio stations you would like to be featured in, and then have the courage to get in touch with them. As they say, nothing ventured nothing gained!

Business get togethers Monthly dinners or get togethers with a group of like-minded people that you trust and can brainstorm ideas with is an effective idea. A few heads together can come up with solutions to problems that one head may not think of. A small group can support one another and give advice, while also giving you goals by setting each person a target for the next meeting.

Get organised Have you ever been in a paperless office? Not many people are organised enough, or have the time, to have achieved a tidy clutter-free office, but this could be the month to put systems in place, receipts in a box and generally be more organised before the next VAT quarter!

Make networking work for you Networking is a great way of bringing like-minded business women together to engage and do business. Business Women Scotland run monthly networking events specifically for this reason. Visit our website for future networking event dates for your diary,


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