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Making a difference at One Union Hairspa

By Karen Orr of RIG Arts

You don’t need to spend very long in One Union Hairspa to know that it’s a salon that’s a bit special. Quality is in absolutely everything from the moment a client first walks through the door until they leave delighted with the service they have had. Salon owner Marc McCabe credits some of this to the work of business coach John Moore. He said: “John has been instrumental in changing the salon and is a key part of the management team.” John began working with Marc and the team at One Union Hairspa about two years ago when Marc decided he wanted to make sure that his already good salon became absolutely excellent in every regard. “When I met Marc I asked him ‘why are you doing this?’,” said John. “I wanted to find out what he wanted out of life, what his big dreams were. “One of the things we looked at was adding structure to the business and make him more accountable. With that he could get more done in a week than he had done in a month previously.” He explained that much of the success in using a coach comes from having someone who is expecting you to do certain things to help you move towards

Art beat Spring is in the air so say goodbye to those long dark winter days and get out to enjoy the arts in Inverclyde. Clyde Life Magazine

your goal. If they aren’t achieved you have someone who needs an explanation and it doesn’t take long for repeated explanations to become uncomfortable – therefore things start to happen. With his years of experience and practiced eye, John can quickly find exactly the right questions to lead his clients to making decisions that help them achieve what they want. He said: “There’s a lot of loneliness in running your own business. It can make a huge difference having someone who will give a straight answer to talk to.” But John doesn’t just deal with business owners. At One Union, he has coached all of the staff to help them achieve their personal goals at work which benefits them personally and the business as a whole. “If I had to offer a couple of pieces of advice, I’d say that you need to be sure of your long-term goals – absolutely certain. And surviving in business isn’t a long-term goal. “Also you have to plan your day. If you don’t play your day, it’s going nowhere, you’ll do a couple of bits you enjoy and not do the important things.”

There is always something creative to get up to. Check out the RIG Arts Facebook page to keep up to date on exhibitions and the drawing and painting, sculpture, life and master classes that are scheduled. See what’s on the Beacon Arts Centre’s programme of events As regular patrons know, The Seagull Gallery in Kempock Street, Gourock has an extensive and ever-changing exhibition of artworks from more than 150 artists. For those who have yet to discover it, the secret of The Seagull Gallery lies below its street level entrance where stairs lead visitors to a labyrinth of studios with exhibits including original paintings, sculptures, wood-craft, metalwork, stained and fused glass, ceramics, studio jewellery, printmaking, textiles and photography. Recent additions to The Seagull’s portfolio of artists include Sarah Ross-Thompson, Melanie O’Donnell, Suzanne Martin, Tiara Hutchison, Alexa Wilson, Moira Leonard, Stuart Gibbs, and David Carnduff. Another new exciting venture being run by Voluntary Arts Scotland is their ambassador scheme. Voluntary Arts

Scotland promotes participation in the arts and crafts through a combination of advice, support, information and representing artists and crafters needs to policy makers. The Voluntary Arts Ambassadors for Inverclyde are Karen and Jason Orr. This role aims to ensure that the arts and crafts are well represented in the area. This does not just include the visual arts but ALL creative activities and groups no matter how small. Arts and crafts play an important role in local communities. We want to make sure that they have a voice, that groups are connected and to make the groups aware of the opportunities, resources and support available from Voluntary Arts Scotland. The site uk.has lots of resources and information. So if you want to share your views, you would like to see things done differently in Inverclyde, or you have ideas on how to increase or improve opportunities for people to take part in the arts and crafts then please get in touch. Contact vaa-inverclyde@ or via the Facebook page; Voluntary Arts AmbassadorInverclyde. | 57

Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  
Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  

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