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THE DUNBARTONSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

ISSUE 20 • AUTUMN 2013

FULL STEAM AHEAD

• CHAMBER ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT PAGE 5 • MAID'S DIAMOND JUBILEE APPEAL PAGE 13 • ALL ABOARD FOR CANAL FESTIVAL PAGE 18 • CROWDS FLOCK TO 'SHORES' PAGE 19


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Contents From the Editor......................... 4 Director Discusses Economic Strategy.................................... 4 Chamber Elects New President... 5 Major Development for Kirkintilloch............................... 5 News in Brief.......................... 6-8

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Responsib’ALL Day of Action East Dunbartonshire Business Survey Low Carbon Skills Funding Launch New Your Radio MD Funding for Recruitment and E-Commerce European Circuits Secures Major Contract Tissue Solutions Strengthens Team

Maid of the Loch..................... 13 The Journey Rewarded........ 14-17

‘PEOPLE Make Glasgow’ has been revealed as the new slogan for the city. While we may not have the marketing budget of our neighbours, we do have quality people and it is people who make a chamber of commerce. One of the first things I did when I started up my own legal firm was to join the chamber. I am a commercial lawyer and wanted to become ‘of commerce’ in Dunbartonshire.

Therefore, in the best Hollywood tradition, I am going to get my people to talk to you. Every member will have a chamber director assigned to them. Their job will be to contact you regularly, to tell you about the exciting autumn programme of events we are lining up and about our chamber benefits. They will also listen to your concerns and relay them to the board. We will engage with our members so that they can engage with each other and together our people will make our chamber better.

The chamber now is a far superior commercial offering. Membership of both Scottish and British Chambers of Commerce make us part of one of the largest business organisations in the UK. We have political clout with both the Scottish and UK Governments. We offer great benefits, such as Chamber HR, Chamber Healthcare and a new valuable benefit, exclusively for members, which we will be launching later this year. We also have good connections with both East and West Dunbartonshire Councils and can inform and influence debate at a local level. Where we have fallen down recently, however, is in generating commerce among our members. I firmly believe that people do business with people, and that fostering networks and connections remains the best way to build this up – you can’t get an app for that.

Nautical Theme for Canal Festival......................... 18 Loch Lomond Shores................ 19 Cinema Nights in Jeopardy...... 19 £6.5m for Energy Skills Training.......................... 20 £933,000 for Youth Unemployment............... 20 Love Loch Lomond.............. 22-23 Healthy Staff = Healthy Business... 28 Businesses Want More Referendum Information........... 29 Jolomo Exhibition Coup...... 34-35 Budget Briefing........................ 36 New Members.................... 38-40 Chamber Supremo Visits Dunbartonshire....................... 41 Events Diary....................... 42-43 Cover photo of the Maid of the Loch at Balloch Pier courtesy of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company.

Stewart Rennie President Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce www.dunbartonshirechamber.co.uk www.incommerce.biz

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Director FROM THE Discusses EDITOR Economic Strategy editor@incommerce.biz

TOURISM is an important driver of the economy in Dunbartonshire and this issue of InCommerce reflects that.

We are fortunate in East and West Dunbartonshire to have great natural beauty on our doorstep which draws visitors from the rest of Scotland, from the UK and from abroad. It was a real pleasure to dine aboard the Maid of the Loch in her 60th anniversary year and hear about her owners’ plans for her sail again. The Loch Lomond Steamship Company (LLSC) needs to raise £4.9 million to make that happen and I very much hope it succeeds. Afloat again on the Bonnie Banks, I am sure she would be a major tourist draw and her proximity to Loch Lomond Shores surely adds to the attraction. (Page 13) Talking of Loch Lomond Shores – it has just recorded its highest visitor numbers during the early summer since it opened more than a decade ago. Despite tough economic conditions, or perhaps because of them, more people are visiting the Lochside shopping centre and visitor complex at Balloch. Chamber member, Love Loch Lomond (LLL) capitalises on the unrivalled strength and appeal of the area by promoting it. It has unveiled a new visitor guide which should generate an extra £1.7 million of new business in the Loch Lomond, Clyde sea lochs and Trossachs area. It has helped a well-known European broadcaster make a programme which will showcase the area in Belgium and the Netherlands. It’s new manager, Karen Donnelly, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the tourist industry to the role. (Pages 22-23) Kirkintilloch Canal Festival also goes from strength to strength with a week long programme of events around a nautical theme culminating in a spectacular weekend both at the marina and in the town centre. This brought almost 30,000 visitors to the area last year and boosted the economy by nearly £400k. (Page 18)

NEW director Nick Allan has been appointed chamber representative on the West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership Strategic Board.

Photo courtesy of Nick Allan.

As a result he was involved in discussions on West Dunbartonshire Council’s ambitious economic development strategy for 2013-16. He said: “There is no doubt that the critical messages and desired outcomes in the strategy resonate with the chamber of commerce. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with the council representing the interests of the chamber and its members.” Nick, who runs Nick Allan Associates Ltd, participated in discussions surrounding a number of key strategic reports and plans brought forward for approval on the day. As a result of the meeting, the council has invited the chamber to meet senior officers to explore how both organisations can work together to deliver economic development objectives for the area. Nick also attended the inaugural meeting of action group ‘Making the Most of Milngavie’ in June which is supported by Milngavie Community Council and other local organisations. The purpose of this well-attended meeting was to generate ideas and support for making Milngavie a better place to live, work and visit. Independent facilitators led discussions on the following issues • • • •

What do you most like about Milngavie? What's special about it for you? What don't you like? What bright ideas do you have for Milngavie’s future?

Views were shared and it was agreed that this was a big step forward for the area. There will be more public meetings and community involvement, with the chamber of commerce playing a key part in the process. Take part by visiting www.tinyurl.com/milngavie-june2013. 4

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Chamber Elects New President Photo courtesy of Green Highlander Images.

BEARSDEN solicitor Stewart Rennie is the new president of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce. Stewart (48) has been on the board of directors for more than two years and is company secretary of the chamber. He was elected unanimously at the AGM which was hosted by chamber member, Virgin Active, in Milngavie in June.

Major Development Proposed for Kirkintilloch PLANS to develop East Dunbartonshire Council’s former headquarters and a neighbouring site were recently unveiled by the Sim Property Group. Tom Johnston House and the adjacent Whitegates Business Park could become a major mixed use development with a large foodstore, petrol filling station and restaurant/drive through. There would also be business and general industrial units, a day nursery, car parking and associated landscaping. Chamber directors Nick Allan and Iain Ross attended a consultation event at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre at the end of June to find out more. They will report to the August meeting of the board so that the chamber can make representations when this important planning application is made probably in autumn.

Stewart is a partner in the legal firm Rennie McInnes LLP which he runs with his wife, Aileen. They have two children aged 10 and 11. “The chamber is the voice of business in Dunbartonshire,” he said. “It’s our job to ensure members talk to each other – it’s through networking and events that they can develop their businesses and drive commerce. “We have good links with East and West Dunbartonshire Councils and with Scottish Chambers of Commerce which means we can raise issues on behalf of members.” Honorary president, John Corcoran, said he looked forward to working closely with Stewart. Chairing the AGM, Mr Corcoran admitted that it had been a ‘tough year’ both for the chamber and its members due to the economic climate. He added: “We have strengthened the board with new director appointments and will focus on giving our members an events programme to be proud of.” The AGM approved the co-option of businessman Erik Archer, chartered surveyor Nick Allan and telecoms consultant Iain Ross to the board of directors. Mark McRae of accountancy firm Haines Watts was appointed finance director and freelance journalist, June Hyslop, was reelected to head up chamber communications.

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news in brief… Responsib’ALL Day of Action on Drinking EMPLOYEES at Chivas Brothers’ Kilmalid site in Dumbarton took part in parent company Pernod Ricard’s global day of action on responsible drinking – Responsib’ALL Day in June. Employees heard from guest speaker, police superintendent Martin Gordon of the Scottish Academy of Business Resilience Excellence, and took part in driving simulations, quizzes, reaction-time challenges and a morning-after test to see how long it takes alcohol to leave your body after a night out.

Responsib’ALL Day takes place simultaneously at Pernod Ricard affiliates throughout the world – with 18,800 people taking part globally.

East Dunbartonshire Business Survey

Low Carbon Skills Funding Launch

FOR the first time, businesses in East Dunbartonshire are being asked for their views to help shape support services in the area.

SCOTTISH businesses can access funding to help train employees in energy efficiency.

The inaugural East Dunbartonshire Business Survey takes place from Monday 2 September to Monday 4 October 2013.

Skills Development Scotland has launched the Low Carbon Skills Fund for 2013-2014. This gives businesses with up to 250 employees the chance to apply for up to £12,500 towards employee training costs. Including:

Firms will have the chance to say how business support services in East Dunbartonshire can better meet their needs, to reflect on the previous year’s performance and on confidence levels for the future. The results will be published and should provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities of running a business in East Dunbartonshire. The information will be used to help determine the future range of products and services offered by East Dunbartonshire Council and the local Business Gateway service. Businesses of all sizes and sectors are being encouraged to participate, particularly chamber members. You can complete the survey online at www.edbusiness.net/ survey or by e-mailing chris.filby@eastdunbarton.gov.uk. For more information call 0141 578 8621. www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk

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Funding for up to 25 episodes of training; 50 per cent of training costs, up to a maximum of £500 per episode.

The aim is to make Scotland a world leader in sustainable energy. Eligible training includes renewable energy, low carbon technologies and microgeneration; energy efficiency, environmental and clean technologies; waste management and re-use and reducing carbon in supply and energy management. The fund cannot be used for statutory training, however, it is available for training relevant to emerging legislation in the low carbon sector. There’s more information and an application form at the Our Skillsforce website www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/develop/lowcarbon-skills-fund.


New Your Radio MD TRACEY McNellan has been appointed managing director of Your Radio by the Romanes Media Group (RMG). Tracey has extensive radio experience including 20 years with Radio Clyde, latterly as boss, the only female to head up the station. Her most recent role in radio was as managing director at Capital FM East Midlands, based in Nottingham. In her new role, Tracey will have overall responsibility for the station including programming and commercial strategy as well as overseeing its growth.

Photo courtesy of Your Radio.

Your Radio is an independent radio station serving the Firth of Clyde broadcasting on 103 and 106.9 FM with a transmission area including Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Kilgreggan. It is also the station of choice for many listeners in Greenock and Clydebank.

Funding for Recruitment and E-Commerce EXTRA help is on offer in East Dunbartonshire for small firms to grow both their workforce and their online business.

In addition to Your Radio, RMG has 32 newspaper titles, including the Dumbarton Reporter and Clydebank Post, complementary and sister websites with over one million visitors a month, and special interest magazines.

A grant of up to £750 is available, in addition to fully funded consultancy support covering financial, human resources and legal advice, as well as management training, through East Dunbartonshire Council’s recruitment programme.

Graham Morrison, of Romanes Media Group, said : “We are delighted to have Tracey on board. She has extensive experience in the media industry and is a trusted and familiar face in the business community in Scotland. I have no doubt her skills, enthusiasm and infectious personality will help us grow Your Radio.”

Its e-commerce programme has the same grant available plus expert consultancy support and training. The aim is to promote business growth and support is tailored to the particular needs of each client, comes fully funded, and is completely impartial. Micro businesses with less than 10 employees currently provide almost one-third of private sector jobs in Scotland, yet they face a unique set of challenges when looking to expand their workforce. E-commerce offers micro businesses a unique opportunity to raise brand awareness, reach new markets and increase sales. Greater competition among service providers, expanding channels and the growing importance of social media for business mean that e-commerce is now easier to adopt than ever before for all types of small business. For more information call 0141 578 8530 or visit www.edbusiness.net. DUNBARTONSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS MAGAZINE • AUTUMN 2013

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Photo courtesy of Tissue Solutions.

BREAKTHROUGH: (L-R) Azhar Ali; Mark Briscoe, ECL managing director; Jim Broom and Khalid Habib at European Circuits.

European Circuits Secures Major Asian Contract EUROPEAN Circuits Limited (ECL) has secured a breakthrough Asian contract likely to be worth more than £250,000. Two engineers from Pakistan-based Horizon Technical Services, Khalid Habib and Azher Ali Khan, recently visited its Clydebank electronics manufacturing plant to carry out acceptance testing on six different printed circuit board (PCB) products that ECL is supplying. Feedback from the Pakistani engineers was very positive and they have since indicated that their company would be placing more orders. ECL’s own engineers will continue to perform testing on behalf of Horizon before shipping the products. Horizon Technical Services, which employs around 200 people in Islamabad, produces data verification and telecoms products for the banking industry in Pakistan.

Photo courtesy of European Circuits Limited.

This is ECL’s first major order from the Asian region. If successful, it’s anticipated that not only will there be more demand for these same products, but that other Horizon products are likely to come on stream creating more business for ECL.

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Jim Broom, ECL sales director commented: “This is an important piece of new business from an untapped market. “We hope this will open doors for other business potential not only within Pakistan, but in other regions of Asia and the Middle East.

Tissue Solutions Strengthens Business Development Team TISSUE Solutions has appointed Dr Derek McFerran as business development director Derek has more than 15 years’ experience in life science research with 12 of them spent in industry working in the fields of bio-manufacturing and drug discovery. He has held a number of positions spanning roles including assay development, project design and management, as well as in sales and marketing. He joins Tissue Solutions after five years at PeproTech, a world leader in the manufacture of cytokines, where he was responsible for account development within UK, Ireland and Scandinavia achieving key account growth of up to 200 per cent. Derek said: “I am delighted to be joining Tissues Solutions at what is an exciting time for the company. “It is an organisation with a clear focus on providing tissue for research through a high quality and ethical service.

“This breakthrough is due in part to the excellent work being done by our sales and marketing team in creating awareness through our website and social media activity.”

“The company has seen significant growth, a testament to its unrivalled expertise in tissue sourcing and commitment to customer service, and I look forward to building upon this as part of the team.”

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The Loch Lomond Steamship Company also organised a diamond jubilee dinner aboard the Maid to showcase what it has to offer to invited guests. This took place in the beautifully refurbished Queen's Restaurant at the rear of the ship. Guests included MSPs Jackie Baillie and Annabel Goldie; John Millar, depute provost of West Dunbartonshire Council; Lomond ward councillor Hazel Sorrell; Murdoch Cameron, MBE, of Balloch and Haldane Community Council and Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce directors John Corcoran, Robert Wilson, James Richardson and June Hyslop. The last paddle steamer to be built in Britain is currently tied up at Balloch Pier as a visitor attraction and venue for events and functions. From June to the end of August the Maid is open from 11am to 5pm weather permitting. There is a tearoom and souvenir shop on board. www.maidoftheloch.com

CHAMBER member Iain Robertson (pictured) has been appointed to the board of the charity that owns the Maid of the Loch.

He said: “The Maid of the Loch is a great asset which will bring jobs and boost the economy of the area.”

Businessman Iain, who runs JJR Print in Dumbarton, has helped design a publicity leaflet for the Maid of the Loch fundraising appeal, and is delighted to be involved with the Loch Lomond Steamship Company (LLSC).

He joins at the same time as fellow director, Aelred Nicholas, who organised a successful 1980s music night on board the Maid in June. The Balloch woman is the youngest board member of LLSC whose directors all give their time for free.

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The Journey Rewarded Vince and Sheila Sweeney tell how they fell in love with the luxurious facilities at Portavadie Marina. IN the summer of 2011, Vince Sweeney and his wife Sheila spent three months sailing around the west coast of Scotland. They visited beautiful places, saw stunning scenery and met interesting characters along the way. But it wasn’t until they sailed into Portavadie Marina that the real adventure began. Two years on and their yacht Islay is now permanently berthed there, and the couple, who live in Cheshire, jump in the car and head north as often as they can.

“We instantly fell in love with the place,” explained Vince. ”Having spent the winter squeezed back into my tight berth in the tidal marina at Conwy, the lure of the luxury of Portavadie, with its commodious berths and access into some of the finest cruising grounds in Europe, really became a bit of a no-brainer. ”Yes, we would have an extra four hours to drive but again, the marina’s strap line of ‘The Journey Rewarded’ resonated in our continued >

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minds and we knew in our hearts that it was perfect for all of our future sailing and holiday needs.”

and the Kilbrannan Sound, the wider expanse of the Firth of Clyde and the majestic beauty of the Kyles of Bute.

The five-star facilities were certainly a draw. Vince describes the bathrooms, complete with under-floor heating and hair straighteners, as ‘undoubtedly the best I’ve come across’.

“Ardrishaig, a 10-mile sail up the Loch from Portavadie, gives access to the Crinan Canal, and the Western Isles beyond.”

The real pull, however, was the location. “It’s just stunning,” he said. “Here’s this modern marina set in the most glorious wild scenery. The view from the boat across the loch to Arran is pretty unbeatable. And where else offers berths with over thirteen metres of crystal clear water under keel?” The waters around Portavadie were a revelation: “It’s the almost limitless number of sailing options within hours, or less, of Portavadie that make this area unique. There are so many deserted bays, silent anchorages, lovely hotel moorings and hidden gems that it’s hard to know where to begin.” One of his favourite discoveries is Caladh Harbour which he describes as, ‘the most beautiful anchorage’ he’s ever seen. It’s not just the close-at-hand sailing that Vince appreciates – part of the appeal of Portavadie is the ease of access to other sailing grounds. “Loch Fyne stretches north to Cairndow and south to Inchmarnock Water, a virtual crossroads giving access to Arran

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Because the marina is situated in a deep-water lagoon, there’s no restriction on draft and the berths are accessible at all times of the tide. For Vince, who’s used to a tidal marina, this is a real plus: “You just put the sails up and you’re off. There’s no checking the tide timetables or waiting for a window of opportunity. It’s a very relaxing sailing environment.” For Vince and Sheila, Portavadie is about much more than the sailing. They enjoy the whole experience, from the restaurants and bars to the friendly staff.


Arran View from the marina.

Sheila calls the boat their ‘floating caravan’ and the couple come and stay on it throughout the year, even spending Hogmanay on board. “We just love the place,” Vince said. “It’s great to arrive at the weekend and have dinner in the lodge or a drink in the bar. “The food is fabulous and great value, particularly the seafood ploughman’s which comes with a mountain of locally-smoked salmon and trout – and nothing beats sitting on the boardwalk on a sunny day just watching the world go by.” The fact that there’s such a range of accommodation on site – from luxury apartments to £18 per night bed-and-lockers – makes it easy for Vince and Sheila to ask friends and family to join them on holiday.

Enjoying Mediterranean weather with friend Raymond at Portavadie Marina.

They’ve also enjoyed the social events organised by the marina, such as the cruise to Otter Ferry, and meeting other berth-holders. From day one Vince and Sheila were made to feel welcome by the staff and this has been the icing on the cake. “The team is exceptional. They seem to have this collective determination to make our experience as enjoyable as possible,” Vince added. “Nothing’s ever too much trouble.” He also knows that when he’s away his boat is in good hands. “Craig and the lads keep an eye on Islay and that’s a real comfort. I know they’ll fix any problems or let me know if I need to do anything. You don’t get that level of personal service in many marinas. What’s more, they’re sailors themselves so they know their stuff.” Vince and Sheila always look forward to the sailing season to spending lots of weekends on the boat. “We don’t mind the journey at all,” Vince remarked,Ï “Sheila finishes work at lunchtime on Thursday, we head straight off and we’re on the boat in time for supper. “It feels like we’ve come home. Occasionally in life you make a really good decision – moving to Portavadie unquestionably rates among our ‘Fynest’ yet!”

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Nautical Theme for Kirky Canal Festival IT’S Kirkintilloch Canal Festival time again with a week-long packed programme of events centred around a nautical theme. The festival runs from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 August and offers its most diverse programme of events and activities ever with something for all the family. Highlights include ‘Story Week’ celebrating local history tales, while cruising on the Forth and Clyde Canal, and 'Get Active' Saturday, showcase activities designed to get people of all ages involved on and around the canal. This will be followed by the popular Saturday evening concert and fireworks display. The festival culminates in a gala day around the town centre and marina on Sunday with lots of attractions including: • • • • • • • •

canal boat trips; M&D funfair at Barleybank and the marina; historical re-enactments in Peel Park; police open day; walk on water in giant bubbles at the marina; children’s activities at the Auld Kirk Museum and William Patrick Library; huge outdoor shopping fayre in Cowgate; stilt walkers, face-painting, live music and dancing.

Traders are being encouraged to get into the spirit of things by opening over the whole weekend and by adopting a nautical theme leading up to and during festival week, including window dressing, themed restaurant menus and entertainment. “The Canal Festival is huge for the town and it is estimated that last year it brought out 28,000 visitors and generated £389k for the local economy,” said Rhondda Geekie, leader of East Dunbartonshire Council. “We want local businesses and traders to be a part of that success this year and urge them to get involved. The Festival Team will be happy to discuss local trader participation with anyone who is interested. They can be contacted on 0300 123 4510.” www.kirkintillochcanalfestival.org

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Visitor Numbers Soar at Loch Lomond Shores

LOCH Lomond Shores recorded its highest number of visitors in the early summer months since the attraction opened more than a decade ago. The lochside shopping centre and visitor complex at Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, welcomed more than 210,000 visitors in May and June this year – 14,000 thousand more than the same period last year despite tough economic conditions. Retailers at the complex also report excellent trading during these months demonstrating that Loch Lomond Shores has built on last year’s success, when it was ranked the second most-visited free attraction in Scotland with a record 1.13 million people. Clare Gemmell, manager at Loch Lomond Shores, said: “I am delighted that we continue to attract so many people to this amazing location. “We’re putting on more events than ever before for families to enjoy a day out and we offer visitors an unrivalled selection of shops, cafes and outdoor activities “These factors combined with the recent good weather and more people holidaying in Scotland because of the economic climate have contributed to record levels of footfall. “With the arrival of the Birds of Prey Centre in the late summer, and further developments in the pipeline including a ropes course, adventure golf, and a pontoon in Drumkinnon Bay, I am confident we will continue to offer an amazing visitor experience.” www.lochlomondshores.com

Sealife Aquarium Cinema Nights in Jeopardy Poor attendance at the third trial screening at Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium could jeopardise plans for regular film nights. The owners have called on the local community to support the venture if they want it see it continue. “Our first two trial nights had been such fantastic successes, we were thrilled,” said general manager, Craig Connor. “However, the cinema... is not something we can run at a loss.” The Balloch marine visitor attraction has said it will still show fortnightly films until the middle of September but can only make them a permanent feature if it has popular support. The aquarium boasts a huge iWerks screen, stunning lochside views, easy visitor access and free parking. Ticket prices have been kept low at just £6 for adults and £5 for children. Pre-booking is recommended. www.sealife.co.uk/loch-lomond

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£6.5 Million for Energy Skills Training AN INVESTMENT package worth £6.5 million to further develop oil and gas, and other energy, training courses has been announced by First Minister, Alex Salmond. He said: “Scotland's energy industry – across all sectors – needs 95,000 more people between now and 2020. “This is a huge opportunity – by ensuring our workforce has the right skills and training, Energy Skills Scotland will support our energy industry and ensure that people can access the jobs that are available.” The investment in Energy Skills Scotland (ESS) is led by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and located at Robert Gordon University.

WEST Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) has secured almost £1 million to tackle youth unemployment. Up to 290 young people in Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and Clydebank could be helped into work thanks to funding of £933,000 from the Scottish Government and European Social Fund.

The initiative will help ensure Scotland has the qualified workforce the energy industry needs to meet future demand. ESS will work specifically to attract and support more women, young people and mid-career professionals into the industry.

The Youth Employment Scotland programme aims to give 16 to 24-year-olds a fresh start by paying half their weekly wage for the first six months in a new job.

An information gateway will be established at Robert Gordon University and this will pull together energy training and courses from across Scotland.

Councillor David McBride, convener of housing, environmental and economic development, said: “This is fantastic news and gives our young people a real opportunity to secure a job.

New initiatives include:

“For the very first time young people can obtain funding support in a job even if they are looking for employment outwith the West Dunbartonshire area. I urge both young people and businesses to grab this great opportunity.”

an Oil and Gas Academy of Scotland (OGAS);

1000 transitional training places to up-skill technicians and professionals looking to transfer their skills to the energy sector;

wind turbine technician training college courses across Scotland;

supporting improvements to courses and facilities at HeriotWatt University and Forth Valley College.

Gordon McGuiness, of SDS, said: "We welcome the development of this initiative, as a natural step to build upon existing provision and networks. "It will lead towards increased partnership working, with the additional resources concentrating on priority skills issues for employers within the energy sector." www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/launch-of-new-energy-skillsdevelopment-initiative

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The funding equates to 50 per cent of the cost of paying someone the minimum wage for the first six months in a new job, so long as the recipient lives in West Dunbartonshire. Businesses are also being offered financial incentives to create job opportunities for West Dunbartonshire residents. Employers can claim up to £150 a week, for up to 26 weeks, to cover half the cost of wages. In addition, businesses looking to take on their first employee are also eligible for help. The First Employee Grant offers up to £1000 to help cover the resource implications of hiring staff. Businesses should contact the WDC business support team on 01389 737777 or email business.support@west-dunbarton. gov.uk; young people contact Working 4U on 01389 738296 or 0800 923 0070 or email employabilityservice@westdunbarton.gov.uk.


New Manager for Love Loch Lomond LOVE Loch Lomond has a new manager – Karen Donnelly – who also runs her own tourism and training consultancy business. Karen has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years, both in the public and private sectors, and latterly with the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions. Her new role is part-time and she will be based at The Old Station Building in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire. Karen said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity of working with the members of Love Loch Lomond and am looking forward to helping to maximise the potential of the area. “I am in the process of setting up office space and, once this is finalised, I welcome members and prospective members to visit me at the office. “I also aim to get out and meet as many members as possible."

Photo courtesy of Love Loch Lomond.

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Tourism Chief Unveils Visitor Guide A GUIDE to Scotland’s natural playground should generate £1.7million of new business for the Loch Lomond, Clyde sea lochs and Trossachs area. The new leaflet was launched by Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland; members of Love Loch Lomond (LLL) and other local tourism businesses as part of the Year of Natural Scotland initiative. It highlights gardens, viewpoints, waterfalls, walks, boat trips, nature reserves and other things to see and do in the area. It includes a useful map and gazetteer to help people get the most out of their visit to what is Scotland’s most popular countryside destination.


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Belgian TV Travel Showcase A MAJOR TV travel show from Belgium visited the area to film some its key attractions. The crew of three visited Glengoyne Distillery, The Trossachs and Inchcailloch on Loch Lomond in one of Macfarlane Boatyard’s traditional clinker-style boats. 150,000 copies have been printed and are being widely used to underpin a targeted £85,000 marketing campaign jointly funded by LLL, VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise.

They also discovered the pretty conservation village of Luss and filmed the haggis-making process with master butcher, Joe Callaghan, in Helensburgh.

Stuart Cordner, chairman of LLL, said: “We are a very active consortium of 150 local businesses and are determined to strengthen the promotion of the area in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

While in the area, the crew stayed at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss and at The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha. They filmed for the main holiday travel programme shown on Eén, the largest television channel on VRT, which is the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish region of Belgium. The programme is also broadcast in the Netherlands.

“The Year of Natural Scotland and the availability of funding support from VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise enables us to punch well above our weight in UK and European markets.”

It will be shown in spring 2014 and is presented by wellknown Belgian journalist, Kobe Ilsen. Love Loch Lomond chairman, Stuart Cordner, said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase our area to a key European market. “Thanks to many of our consortium members who worked closely with the team on both the recce and on the actual filming, we will be able to promote the Love Loch Lomond area to an audience of one million viewers in Belgium and the Netherlands. “We are also grateful to VisitScotland and VisitBritain who have supported the crew’s travel to our area.” www.lovelochlomond.com @lovelochlomond Facebook “f ” Logo

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WHATEVER the stage of your business, whether you are thinking of starting one, are a new start or well established, West Dunbartonshire Council Business Support Team and Business Gateway work handin-hand to offer a comprehensive range of information, advisory services, funding and support initiatives to assist in the creation, development and growth of businesses. West Dunbartonshire Council manages Business Gateway which provides free services to all businesses, through a mix of information, advice and skills workshops across the local area. The Council has a wide range of business support programmes which have been developed to provide financial investment to new and existing businesses with growth potential and businesses looking to relocate within the local area. This funding package can include financial investment support in relation to capital investment, property improvements, training, exporting, innovation and job creation. In addition to the current range of loan, grant and support initiatives available through the Business Support Team, the council has pledged additional funding over the next five years through its Jobs Investment and Growth Framework to assist local businesses to sustain and grow employment opportunities in West Dunbartonshire.

Whatever your business needs, the team is waiting to help you.

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from little acorns grow oak trees Business Gateway West Dunbartonshire ADVISORY and expert help, services, workshops and events are offered for pre-start, start-up and established businesses in West Dunbartonshire through Business Gateway. Workshops cover a wide range of standard business topics like finance, marketing and sales, bookkeeping, and increasingly, focus on harnessing the power of ICT and social media to make a real difference to the bottom line. Over autumn and winter 2013, Business Gateway is planning a series of events aimed at helping local firms develop and grow through increased employment, turnover and operational efficiency. The workshops have been designed to complement the enhanced range of grant and funding initiatives offered by the Business Support Team at West Dunbartonshire Council, and to help local businesses improve their applications. New topics will include:-

Workforce Development Recruiting, training and retaining staff is critical for business survival and growth. Find the right people at the right time and ensure their skills are kept up-to-date.

New Employer Series Employing someone for the first time can be daunting. Are you worried about the cost, red tape, how to pay them and even how to find them in the first place? Let Business Gateway walk you through the essentials.

Part 1 – First Steps for New Employers Part 2 – Keep It Legal, Keep it Safe Reduce Your Overheads – Grow Your Profits Improving the efficiency of your premises, equipment and energy consumption can dramatically reduce overheads. However, this can involve significant investment. Prioritise key first steps for your business and find out what practical and financial help is available.

Drive More Profits from Your Website Make your website work for your business. Transform the profits your website can deliver using a range of easy-to-use tools for little or no added cost.

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Get Your Business Noticed – Effective Media Relations Positive PR can be good for business but most can’t afford the high fees charged by large firms. Market your business to a wider audience and drive sales enquiries through effective media relations. Former BBC journalist and STV television presenter, Colin Kelly, will show you how. Expect invaluable insights into how to gain positive and profitable publicity. For more information on the full range of services from Business Gateway, give the local team a call at the number below or visit our landing page on the Business Gateway website. You can also get more detail on the content and scheduling of the new workshops and events, and register your interest in attending.

Business Support Team Economic Development Section West Dunbartonshire Council Council Offices, Garshake Road, Dumbarton. G82 3PU

Are you 16 - 24 years old and looking for a job? If so, we may be able to offer your new employer a grant! The aim of this programme is to provide a financial incentive to businesses to create new youth employment opportunities for West Dunbartonshire residents who would otherwise be unemployed/economically inactive. The subsidy can provide a grant to your new employer for a maximum of 26 weeks, covering 50% of the national minimum wage. Employers outwith the West Dunbartonshire area may also be eligible for this grant.

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Healthy staff = healthy business With sickness absence estimated to cost the UK £6.5 billion every year, helping staff proactively manage their health is fast becoming a vital part of maintaining a successful business. WESTFIELD Health’s Chamber Primary Health Plan provides member businesses with a way of enabling staff to claim back the cost of their healthcare.

Company secretary Lesley Pike said: “Peter was in agony with his knee and was unable to put any pressure on it, which obviously made his job impossible.

The chamber health plan can help reduce absenteeism and related costs. By providing a set amount of money back towards essential healthcare, it works preventively by encouraging employees to be proactive about their health.

“By using the plan to claim back for his consultation and to arrange his operation, Peter was able to undergo treatment privately and enjoy a speedy recovery, which was a huge bonus not just for him but for the company too.”

Stress and musculoskeletal problems tend to be common causes of absence – benefits such as the 24-hour counselling and advice line can help with the former, while quick access to scanning facilities means employees are not waiting too long for physical illnesses and ailments to be diagnosed and treated.

HTI is available as an add-on benefit to the health plan, covering employees for 60 non-urgent surgical procedures.

The plan helped Micron Eagle Hydraulics Ltd of Aberdeen when workshop labourer Peter Bullamore suffered a cartilage problem in his knee requiring surgery.

Westfield is the official health cash plan provider to British Chambers of Commerce which, as affiliates, members of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce can opt in to for as little as £1.10 per employee a week. For more information, call 0845 602 1629 Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm or visit www.westfieldhealth.com/chamber.

The waiting and recovery time would usually have resulted in him taking up to three months’ sick leave – but Micron Eagle had also introduced Westfield’s additional hospital treatment insurance (HTI). Photo courtesy of Westfield Health.

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NEARLY 60 per cent of businesses surveyed by Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said they didn't know enough to take a view on the 2014 referendum. However, more than 70 per cent say they expect that independence will affect their business.

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Businesses Want More Referendum Information “Business needs clarity on these matters if they are to be able to make an informed judgement come the referendum. "SCC will be working hard between now and referendum day to make sure that members' priorities are being addressed.

Commenting on the findings, Liz Cameron, chief executive of SCC, (pictured) said:

“This survey shows that the constitutional debate hasn't yet engaged clearly enough with the priorities of the Scottish business community.

"This sends a clear message to those conducting the constitutional debate in Scotland that more information is needed on key business concerns to ensure that the choice made in 2014 is based on the best evidence available about the implications of the alternatives offered.”

“SCC is apolitical. Its members have a range of views. These survey findings confirm our commitment to making sure that those taking part in the constitutional debate address our members' priorities as fully and as clearly as possible in the lead up to the referendum."

SCC represents businesses of all sizes and sectors across Scotland. While its survey found that many concerns were common across the business community, members in Scotland's largest cities were slightly more likely to feel that they were getting the information they needed.

The SCC survey was conducted in conjunction with eminent Scottish economist Professor David Bell and co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

It feels this demonstrates a clear need to make access to information and debate inclusive across Scotland.

Results were drawn from a sample of over 800 firms from sole traders to companies with more than 500 employees. www.scottishchambers.org.uk

"The key issues for the surveyed businesses were taxation, Scotland's status in the EU and our currency,” Liz added.

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Clydebank Town Hall Jolomo Exhibition Coup ONE of Scotland’s most successful and best loved artists, John Lowrie Morrison, known as Jolomo, returns to his roots in Clydebank. A major career-spanning retrospective of his work, ‘A Passion for Colour’, was opened by Scotland’s Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop. It charts the evolution of John's signature style over 40 years, from his days as an award-winning student at Glasgow School of Art – where he considered a career as a fashion and textiles designer – to the present day. John is one of Scotland's most popular artists, and the exhibition is expected to draw visitors from throughout Britain to see his signature landscape paintings, and a range of other work which has rarely been on display before. John’s expressionist paintings continue to sell well, despite the economic downturn. He is reputed to have an annual turnover

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of around £2 million and is a favourite of the rich and famous, including Madonna, Sting and chef Rick Stein. It was John's affection for Clydebank, where he worked as an art adviser to the old Strathclyde Regional Council, which prompted him to accept West Dunbartonshire Council's (WDC’s) invitation to hold his retrospective in the town. He said: "I felt honoured and humbled at the concept of a retrospective during my lifetime; not something that often happens to an artist. “I really do hope that visitors will find the exhibition interesting and I think that some people might be surprised by the wide range of genres and media used in some of my work. “There are, of course, my iconic landscapes but also on view is figurative, religious, still life, textile design, sketching and drawing work.


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“Personally, I'm greatly excited about taking the time with my wife and family to view the exhibition which brings together so much of my life as an artist." Councillor Michelle Stewart, convener of WDC’s educational services committee, added: "The John Lowrie Morrison exhibition is nothing short of a coup for West Dunbartonshire and I’m sure will put Clydebank firmly on the Scottish arts map. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over Scotland and beyond to this historic town and historic building of ours.” Clydebank Town Hall Museum and Gallery has recently undergone a £3.65 million renovation. The exhibition runs until 21 September and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 4.30pm. Admission is free.

The Jolomo Awards for Scottish landscape painting were launched in 2006 and have been awarded in 2007, 2009 and 2011. With total prize money of £35,000, they are the largest art awards in Scotland and have become an important part of the art scene. In April 2012, John launched the Jolomo Schools Painting Award for landscape painting in conjunction with the Scottish Government. This is aimed at senior school pupils. In the 2011 New Year Honours List, John received an OBE for services to art and to charity in Scotland. In November 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland and in November 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Abertay University in Dundee for ‘a significant contribution to Scottish culture’.

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by Mark McRae of Haines Watts, accountants and business advisers

OVERALL there seems to be very little help for most UK ownermanaged businesses in this year’s budget. The Chancellor has thrown a lifeline to the construction industry with his Help to Buy and Government Guaranteed Mortgages schemes but it remains to be seen whether these will work. Some of the budget changes applied from April 2013 and some take effect at a later date, so timing needs to be carefully considered. Where relevant changes were announced earlier or later, these are included for context.

Income tax and allowances Personal allowance is up from £8105 to £9440 for under 65s. The government plans to ultimately raise this to £10,000 from 2014/15 onwards. Basic rate income tax is currently 20 per cent. The band of income taxable at this rate is being reduced from £32,010 to £31,895. Consequently, the threshold for 40 per cent higher rate tax is up from £41,450 to £41,865 for those entitled to the full basic personal allowance. The rate for taxable income above £150,000 is reduced from 50 to 45 per cent.

Corporation tax The main rate of corporation tax is 23 per cent from 1 April 2013. The Chancellor had already stated that, from 2014, it would be 22 per cent. This is now being reduced to 21 per cent and, from 1 April 2015, to 20 per cent, to equal the small company rate.

Annual investment allowance (AIA) The AIA provides a 100 per cent tax deduction for the cost of plant and machinery purchased by a business up to an annual

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limit. This was raised from £25,000 to £250,000 for the two years starting January 2013. On 1 January 2015, the AIA reverts back to £25,000.

Computing taxable profits on cash basis for smaller businesses Smaller unincorporated businesses can opt to compute their profits based on net cash receipts, payments, allowable expenses and other tax adjustments. Most businesses can elect for this if their receipts are less than the VAT registration threshold (currently £77,000).

New scheme for tax free childcare If both parents work, each earning less than £150,000 a year and, if certain other conditions are met, there may be relief of 20 per cent on up to £6000 worth of childcare a year. This will be phased in from autumn 2015.

National Insurance employment allowance From April 2014, there will be an allowance of £2000 a year for all businesses and charities to be offset against their employer national insurance contributions liability, to be claimed as part of the normal payroll process through Real Time Information.

Tax free employee loans Limit doubled to £10,000 (e.g. to pay for season tickets for commuters). If you have any queries on the impact of the budget, contact Mark McRae at Haines Watts on 0141 227 4700 or email mmcrae@hwca.com.

Photo courtesy of Haines Watts.

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Freedom and Success at Kilgraston SUPPORTIVE, ACADEMICALLY successful and consistently in the top three Scottish Schools at Advanced Higher, Kilgraston is a truly thriving community. Two years ago, Kilgraston in Bridge of Earn, with a balanced mix of day girls and boarders, was UK Independent School of the Year. Judges praised it warmly as “an example to other schools”. From the 45 leafy acres set amongst rolling hills, to the swimming, hockey and tennis academies, Equestrian Centre (the only school in Scotland with on-campus facilities) and now the current £1m investment in a state-of-the-art Science Centre, Kilgraston facilities look and feel world-class. Principal Frank Thompson says: “At Kilgraston, small is beautiful. With small class sizes, we are totally committed to individualised care. We know every one of our 340 girls extremely well. Staff know who needs a little extra help or who needs to be stretched a little further.” Kilgraston is part of the Sacred Heart network of schools and welcomes girls of all faiths. It has four sections: Nursery (ages 2½ to 5), Preparatory (ages 5–13), Senior School (ages 13–16) and Sixth

Form. Boarders love being here, this is clearly evident thanks to a warm and supportive atmosphere - Kilgraston girls are not only taken care of, they learn to take care of themselves and each other. Dr Leonard Sax, a world-renowned expert on the benefits of single sex education, held a seminar at Kilgraston last month and told parents: “Girls at single-sex schools are more likely to study computer science, physics, engineering and technology and participate in competitive sports than are girls in co-educational schools. “That’s because at the co-educational school, the focus is on how you look. But at the single sex school, the focus is more on who you are. The best possible thing you can do to help your daughter is to get her into a girls’ school.” www.kilgraston.com To visit Kilgraston, please call (01738) 812257. Tours of the school are available year-round.

The Fairways Funeral Plan

The personal service you deserve. The Fairways Funeral Plan is individually tailored to meet your needs. Everything included in The Fairways Funeral Plan is fully guaranteed no matter how high prices rise and we’ve created flexible payment plans to suit any budget. So even in uncertain times, you can rest assured everything will be taken care of. Simple, affordable ways to pay. Pay in full with a single payment or over a set period. Or by fixed monthly payments. Saves your loved ones worry and a financial burden. Choose from a Tailor-made option or from 3 Set Cremation Plans.

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New Members THE EAGLE LODGE

OVER the past eight years, the Eagle Lodge has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment programme.

It scored a near perfect 24/25 from Daily Record restaurant critic, Tam Cowan, when he visited in 2012, so comes highly recommended.

It now has five quality function suites, offers a full conference package, including free wi-fi, catering, bar facilities and extensive on-site parking, making it the perfect venue for any meeting of up to 200 people. Its restaurant – Oregano – is ideal for eating out at any time of the day – serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and will happily provide set menus for tables of 12 or more. The addition of the fully temperature controlled Glasshouse and the outdoor Terrace means you can dine under the stars or enjoy an al fresco cocktail.

ENTERPRISINGME

ENTERPRISINGME specialises in providing customised WordPress websites and forums for small to medium sized enterprises, professional interest groups and start-ups. Owner, Charlotte Craig, offers a package of logo, brand, web design, social media set-up, print images, plus a range of skills in web development. She will help you find cost effective independent hosting, listen to what your business needs for your website and ensure you can use it in a way that minimises ongoing costs.

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with a bespoke solution to ensure the service is right for you and your budget. Customer service is a key element of the service from Enterprisingme with face-to-face contact, no jargon and a period of support at the end of the project. Enterprisingme T: 01389 606640 E: charlotte@enterprisingmedesign.com W: www.enterprisingmedesign.com @enterprisingme

There are a number of fixed price packages and products available but ultimately your online presence is tailored to your business

HORIZON SECURITY SOLUTIONS

HORIZON Security Solutions was established in 2012 by directors with former military, police and business backgrounds.

Its residential security services cover homes, businesses, construction sites and any mobile or static valuable assets.

It provides Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed officers in the UK and internationally.

Horizon can also supply surveillance officers for information gathering on theft or fraud for insurance companies, local businesses and in matrimonial cases.

The majority of its SIA officers come from military backgrounds and are trained by Horizon Security at Strathleven House in Dumbarton. Other services include supplying and training close protection officers who carry out a wide range of duties, including acting as personal bodyguards, security chauffeurs, and ensuring VIP protection.

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Horizon Security Services Strathleven House, by Lomond Gate, Dumbarton G82 3PD. T: 0845 5191 051 E: info@horizonsecuritysolutions.co.uk W: www.horizonsecuritysolutions.co.uk


To join call 0141 280 0272

LITTLE OFFICES LIMITED

LITTLE Offices Limited is managed by Jonathan Cockburn, MRICS, a chartered surveyor with a background in private sector commercial agency work and in property development.

Little Offices place an emphasis on technology and its premises are fully cabled to provide integrated state-of-the-art telecoms systems and unlimited superfast broadband in a modern business environment.

Little Offices provides boutique-style serviced offices and workspace. The company specialises in all-inclusive office space on flexible terms for SME’s and start-ups as well as for larger companies seeking to deploy workforces in selected areas for specific contracts.

Kirkintilloch Business Centre at 74 Townhead offers top quality furnished office space on fully inclusive flexible licence agreements.

Its aim is to provide comfortable, contemporary, hassle-free workspace leaving its tenants to concentrate on running their businesses.

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

MACMILLAN Cancer Support aims to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. It provides a range of services to help them and everyone their cancer has an impact on including expert information about the illness and how to live with it. It listens to how people have been affected, supports them emotionally, helps them financially and does what it can so they can live full and active lives. It provides vital support from the time someone suspects they have cancer to when they no longer need its help.

Photo courtesy of Joanne McAlpine.

THE MCALPINE PARTNERSHIP

Little Offices Limited, Kirkintilloch Business Centre, 74 Townhead, Kirkintilloch, G66 1NZ. T: 0141 776 5436 E: info@littleoffices.com W: www.littleoffices.com @littleoffices

Two million people in the UK today have had a cancer diagnosis – by 2030, those living with or beyond cancer in the West of Scotland will be enough to fill Hampden Park nearly three times. Regional fundraising manager, Ryan Taylor, is responsible for raising awareness and increasing support for Macmillan in Dunbartonshire and the West of Scotland. Macmillan Cancer Support T: 07801 307039 E: rtaylor@macmillan.org.uk W: www.macmillan.org.uk

THE McAlpine Partnership is an established graphic and web design agency.

businesses and organisations in west central Scotland and throughout the UK.

It creates innovative design solutions tailored to the individual needs of clients across many business sectors. Whether it’s a new corporate identity or using an existing logo, it can develop a wide range of promotional material to communicate your message effectively maximising awareness of your products and services to a wide audience.

To help get your marketing strategy in gear, the MacAlpine Partnership offers a free, no obligation initial consultation. The McAlpine Partnership T: 07939 517685 E: gary@mcalpinepartnership.co.uk W: www.mcalpinepartnership.co.uk

Gary and Joanne McAlpine formed the McAlpine Partnership in 1999 after 15 years’ experience in the graphic design and marketing industry. They take great pride in providing a professional and friendly service at competitive rates for a growing list of

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MEI BEAUTY

MEI Beauty salon offers a wide range of treatments including the very popular Shrinking Violet body wrap.

make-up service using MAC cosmetics either in-house or on location.There is also a hairdressing salon within the premises.

It has been achieving impressive inch loss results for clients and demand for it is so great that the salon has extended its opening hours.

Nikki actively uses Facebook to keep clients informed of the salon’s latest treatments and offers – and to post before and after treatment photographs.

Its non-surgical face lifting skin care system Faith Lift is also flying off the shelves. Owner Nikki Wright set up the Alexandria salon more than seven years ago and is herself an experienced beauty industry professional.

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SCOTLAND

SKILLS Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body supporting people and businesses in Scotland to develop and apply their skills. SDS has a range of programmes and financial assistance to help employers plan and recruit the skilled workforce they need. There is also access to learning and training resources designed to help employers develop their employees’ talent and skills. In a bid to provide more focussed skills and training support to Scotland's businesses, SDS has introduced a new Employer Services Team to offer tailored, hands-on skills support solutions for businesses. This comes just months

VISITSCOTLAND

THE purpose of VisitScotland is to grow and develop the sustainable economic benefit of tourism to Scotland's economy. The visitor economy is worth £11 billion to Scotland with potential to influence growth across all business sectors. Based in offices across the country, VisitScotland supports this through marketing, information provision, Quality Assurance, working in partnership and establishing Scotland as the perfect stage for events. VisitScotland’s strategy for success is based on fostering partnerships and co-ordinating effort at every level. In 2014, Scotland will welcome the world with three major events – the Ryder Cup, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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after the launch of its comprehensive new employer web service www.ourskillsforce.co.uk. The Team has a number of employer engagement advisers who work on a regional basis to develop a service that directly responds to calls for support. The local adviser for Dunbartonshire is Sharita Guy. Skills Development Scotland T: 07901 223 713 E: sharita.guy@sds.co.uk W: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk @skillsdevscot

and Homecoming Scotland. It is therefore imperative that VisitScotland and its partners continue to work together to make Scotland shine. You can subscribe to VisitScotland’s eUpdate and view a wealth of advice and support at www.visitscotland.org. VisitScotland, Ocean Point One, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JH. T: 0131 472 2222 E: business.communications@visitscotland. com W: www.visitscotland.org @VisitScotNews


Chamber Supremo Nora Senior Visits Dunbartonshire NORA Senior shared her vision for the chamber movement at a networking meeting with members in May. The newly appointed president of British Chambers of Commerce – their first first female in the role for ten years – also chairs Scottish Chambers of Commerce. She told members of Dunbartonshire chamber that her focus would be around the key themes of connection, communication, collaboration and celebration. Nora, (pictured below and right with honorary president John Corcoran, MBE) first joined the chamber when she set up her own business more than 20 years ago. “There was nowhere to go for advice and the chamber was an absolute lifeline,” she said. “The chamber was set up by business for business – it is an entrepreneurial and enterprising organisation. “We need to make the most of our connections – the potential for international trade is untapped. There are 4.5 million business organisations registered within the UK yet only 77,000 are export active. There are 3.3 million sole traders.”

She went on to say that communications and embracing digital opportunities were important to create the right environment for businesses to flourish. The chamber’s view had been quoted 223 times in either the Scottish or Westminster parliaments. For example - it supports the development of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, has protested about UK air passenger duty being the highest in Europe and has pointed out that GDP would be five per cent higher if our infrastructure was brought up to the standard of comparable nations. She added that Scottish Chambers was very focussed on making it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to get involved in public procurement. On the collaboration front, she explained that the chamber works with employers, the Scottish Government and other agencies to ensure young people have the skills and training to meet future business needs. Scottish Chambers has successfully piloted a graduate employment programme which resulted in more than 100 graduates securing full-time employment. On the constitutional debate, she explained that the chambers’ role is to facilitate debate, to ensure there is clear information to enable businesses to make an informed, rather than emotive, choice on the options. She wound up by saying the chamber needs to celebrate business success, to provide the media with good news stories. www.scottishchambers.org.uk www.britishchambers.org.uk

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Events Diary... August Thursday 29 August 6pm – 8pm

Reach for the Sky – Chamber Launches New Year

and Scottish Enterprise, a non-executive director of Scottish private bank Adam and Company, and Edinburgh Airport Limited, is a member of the UK Commission for Education and Skills IIP Advisory Board, and of the Edinburgh Business Forum.

Titan Crane, Garth Drive, Queens Quay, Clydebank G81 1NX. Linda previously chaired CBI Scotland. She was awarded an OBE for services to business in January 2012.

FREE Light refreshments included. KICK off the new chamber year with a tour of the iconic A-listed Titan Crane at Clydebank. Enjoy fabulous river views from the industrial giant’s jib deck 150 feet above the site of the former John Brown's Shipyard where world famous battleships such as HMS Hood and grand passenger liners like the QE2 were built. Then come back down to earth to find out about the great benefits package that is part and parcel of your chamber membership.

In the charitable sector, she is a trustee of the Royal Scottish Academy Foundation, a member of the Prince’s Trust Scotland Development Board and an ambassador for Girlguiding UK.

Other Events Sunday 1 September 11am – 4pm

Wedding Show Strathleven House, by Lomond Gate, Dumbarton, G82 3PD. FREE

The Titan Crane was acquired by urban regeneration company, Clydebank re-built, from private owners in 2004.

Photo courtesy of Paul Zanre.

It was converted into a visitor attraction with funding from Clydebank re-built, West Dunbartonshire Council, Scottish Enterprise Dumbarton, the Scottish Executive, Historic Scotland and European funding at a cost of around £3.75million.

September Thursday 19 September 12pm – 2pm

Business networking lunch with Linda Urquhart, OBE. Virgin Active Milngavie, Strathblane Road, Milngavie G62 8HJ. Members and guests £20 + VAT Non-members £30 + VAT

A new venture for chamber members, the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, in association with TK2 Events, a show to launch Strathleven House, a category A-listed Palladian mansion, as a unique wedding venue with more than 20 handpicked, established exhibitors. Sunday 8 September 11am – 3pm

Photo courtesy of Morton Fraser.

Doors Open Day and Craft Fayre

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Former solicitor Linda Urquhart has more business experience than you could shake a stick at.

Strathleven House, by Lomond Gate, Dumbarton, G82 3PD. FREE

She currently chairs Edinburgh-based law firm Morton Fraser and was the firm’s chief executive for 11 years. She is also chair of Investors in People Scotland, a board member of the CBI

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A chance to see behind the scenes at this beautiful A-listed Palladian mansion. There will be guided tours, a history talk, a quilting exhibition in its Oak Room, craft stalls and children’s activities. Tea and coffee available.


Business Gateway – East Dunbartonshire

Business Gateway – West Dunbartonshire

Thursday 29 August

Monday 19 August 6pm

Milngavie Enterprise Centre

Social Media

Wednesday 4 September McGregor House, Kirkintilloch – both 9.30am

Increase your understanding of social media and make it work for your business.

Start-up Awareness Workshops

Wednesday & Thursday 21 & 22 August 6pm

Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network with other business owners and find out about useful sources of information, advice and guidance at either of these workshops which are for people thinking about starting their own business. Thursday 12 September 6pm

Trading Online

Business Planning A two part workshop on business planning. Monday & Tuesday 26 & 27 August 6pm

Business Planning A two part workshop on business planning. Tuesday 10 September 6pm

Milngavie Enterprise Centre (TBC)

Tax – Self Assessment

Reach new markets and increase sales online.

Find out about HMRC requirements for businesses.

Wednesday 18 September 9.30am

Wednesday & Thursday 11 & 12 September 6pm

Bookkeeping for Business

Business Planning

Milngavie Enterprise Centre

A two part workshop on business planning.

Manage your business finances through effective bookkeeping.

Wednesday 18 September 6pm

Thursday 3 October 9.30am

Discover how to market your business effectively.

Marketing Your Business

Social Media for Business Thursday 19 September 6pm McGregor House, Kirkintilloch

Bookkeeping

An introduction to social media for business – how to benefit, improve your marketing and increase sales.

Learn how to manage and record your business finances.

Book via www.edbusiness.net or call 0141 578 8530.

All events held at the Titan Enterprise Centre, 1 Aurora Ave, Clydebank G81 1BF. To book call 0141-435-7560.

to book chamber events Call our events team on 0141 280 0272 or e-mail admin@dunbartonshirechamber.co.uk Please note that full payment is required in advance and cancellations made less than three working days prior to the event are non-refundable.


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