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Life Fit Physiotherapy.................................7 The Toastmasters’ Mission....................... 8 £52m investment to create over 5000 jobs............................. 11 Rowing the Arctic with a Flavell waterproof notebook.................. 13 X-Factor bullying accusations – would it be acceptable in the workplace?.......................................... 14 Support for local Employers.................. 17 Case Study Specialised Castings Ltd.........................18 My Future’s in Falkirk Supplement.......................................... 21-28 The Westfield Lounge and Café.............29 Banking on Falkirk’s Future.....................30 Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2011.....................32-33 Local MP becomes Business Buddy.....36 Supplier Development Programme...... 37 The Business Panel+ Christmas Social Event................................................ 37 What is a QR code?..................................39 Michelin Praise For ‘Scotland’s Wealth of Good Eateries’................. 40-41 The Business Panel+.......................... 42-43 Goodbye and Good Luck......................... 43 Business Gateway.....................................46 For advertising contact D-Tech, T: 01389 736000 E: sales@incommerce.biz For editorial enquiries contact the Editor, Michelle McKearnon T: 01324 66 55 00 E: Michelle.McKearnon@falkirkforbusiness.org Publisher: D-tech Distribution: D-Tech Distribution InCommerce is published by D-tech Graphic Design & Print Ltd. Unit 14, Birch Road, Broadmeadow Industrial Estate G82 2RE. T: 01389 736000. F: 01389 736002. E: info@dtechuk.com. W: www.dtechuk.com Edited by Falkirk for Business, The Falkirk Stadium, 4 Stadium Way, Falkirk, FK2 9EE T: 01324 66 55 00 F: 01324 61 76 37 E: info@falkirkforbusiness.org W: www.falkirkforbusiness.org InCommerce is fully protected by copyright and nothing may be printed wholly or in part without the written permission of the publishers. The proprietors of this magazine are publishers and not agents, or sub-agents of those who advertise therein. They cannot be held liable for any loss suffered as a result of information gained from this publication. The views expressed by authors of articles published in this magazine are solely those of the author and are not necessarily the views of or shared by the editor, nor the publisher or the directors, shareholders and/or employees of InCommerce Ltd or D-Tech Graphic Design & Print Ltd.

As we head towards 2012 at an alarming rate, where did 2011 go? In the current challenging economic climate businesses continue to seek new and inventive ways to market themselves. Surveys continue to tell us that what’s important to business leaders is access to business finance, management training and networking opportunities. We have been striving to satisfy each of these priorities with the East of Scotland Investment Fund and the BP Loan Fund. We continue to develop our support network to provide access to relevant training opportunities and business advice as well as access to business mentors. In addition, we have run a number of business networking events through Business Panel Plus. September 23rd saw the Business Panel’s Annual Conference – “Inspiring & Growing Business”. There is more information about the Conference with photographs on pages 4 and 5. The Conference was seen by businesses as a real opportunity for them to come together, share experiences and receive insights from their contemporaries, and the speakers offered advice and food for thought in several key areas. We would like to thank all those who attended, particularly the speakers and the locally based host, BBC Scotland Newsdrive presenter Bill Whiteford. We will continue to strive to develop our network of support for local business and are always keen to hear from you. Please feel free to let us know your likes and dislikes. Don’t forget to send us articles or case studies which you think other businesses will be interested in hearing about. We would love to publish your success stories! We thank our sponsors, advertisers and contributors as, without your support, we would not be able to publish this magazine. Finally, as I shall be moving on to pastures new at the end of this year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2012. I am sad to leave but am sure that the team at Falkirk for Business will continue to actively support you and your businesses in the coming years. Wishing you all the very best. Laurence Barrett CEO

Issue 3 • December 2011

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