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Summer 2010

Inside this issue... Food & drink industry Interviews with Stirling Farmers Market, Nicky Tams and Scotbeef

Interview with local entrepreneur John Quinn Business Panel feature September Trade Fair, 600th Panel member

Business space developments Latest developments, including Evans Easy Space and Manor Business Park

Business profile H&R Gray Haulage

Special feature on the Stirling Arcade 0845 277 7000



Local business news


Business profile - H & R Gray Haulage 8

Our cover story this Summer is on the Stirling Arcade. It is pleasing to note that investment in the refurbishment of the Arcade is starting to pay dividends for the owners with many new independent retailers moving into the Arcade over the last year. Continuing on the entrepreneurial theme, our interview this time is with property developer John Quinn. Having sold his successful engineering supply business, John has invested significant sums in the development of new business space in the Stirling area. He is also actively engaged in Stirling Enterprise, the organisation that assisted him when he first set up in business. It is good to note in the local business news the amount of business activity and new start-ups in the Stirling area. While the business case studies in this edition note the impact of the recession, it is encouraging that they have been able to diversify or find new clients and markets to sustain future business activity. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage businesses to attend the Trade Fair being held in September by the Stirling Business Panel. 50 businesses will be exhibiting at the Fair and there will be excellent opportunities for networking.

Councillor Scott Farmer Depute Leader of Council and Portfolio Holder for Economy, Tourism and Finance.

If you need this information in large print, Braille, audio or in another language please contact 0845 277 7000 and quote reference number 7064.

Cover photo: Joan Colston from Lipstick and Jodie Hughes in the Stirling Arcade – please see pages 12-13 for feature on the Stirling Arcade. Photo taken by Caralin Montgomery-Cichy.

Opportunities to work with the University Career Development Centre


Strategies a go go …


30 second interview


Stirling Business Panel


Special feature - Stirling Arcade


Business space developments


Sector feature - Food & Drink


Business Mentoring Programme


Forth Valley Business Diversity Awards 2010


RACMSA Rally of Scotland 2010


Business Club Scotland


Interview with John Quinn, Senior Partner of Bluewater Scotland LLP


ASPIRE – helping employees improve skills


Stirling picks up Top EXPO Award


At your service - Roads and Transport


Bull sales success


Retailers Against Crime


Fit like


Touch Business Centre celebrates 10 years of success


Forth Construction


Bringing life to Stirling’s street


LEADER update


Hollywood comes to Stirling


Economics facts


Diversification Funding Training Event For Farmers


Help with training costs for businesses


Forthcoming events/training


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Stirling Eye is compiled and produced by Stirling Council’s Economic Support & Tourism service. If you have any interesting news with a business or economic focus, or would like to comment on this publication, please contact: Joëlle Russell, Business Research & Intelligence Executive Economic Support & Tourism, Stirling Council, Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET Tel: 01786 442778 Email: Web: Printed on recycled paper.


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Local business news

Stirling Castle shuttlebus launched

Bett Homes start a new phase at its Waterfront development

The Castle Shuttlebus is running over the summer months from Castleview Park & Ride to Stirling Castle Esplanade. The bus operates 09.10 – 17.15 Monday to Saturday, operating every 20 mins. Adult £1 return, child 50p return, concession card holders free.

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that it has already sold 89 apartments Forthside, Stirling City centre. Bett Homes’ Sales and Marketing Director,

Tricia Malek said: “The versatility of the mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments is very appealing to a wide range of city dwellers and the development has now

Big Wheels keep on turning!

moved on to a new phase. Prices and incentives also remain attractive and there’s no shortage of enthusiasm and interest as the market starts to pick up momentum.” Another local business, Guardian Systems (Scotland) Ltd, is also pleased with the

Wheels Cycling Centre in Callander is

Launch of Katrinewheelz

going from strength to strength. Late

latest phase of development after winning the contract for the supply and installation

last year it acquired Trossachs Cycles and at Easter this year it opened a new joint venture

of windows. Garry Bowman, Sales Manager

with the SS Walter Scott Trust at Loch Katrine. With over 23 years experience, Wheels will

said: “Having previously worked with Bett

bring a new level of professionalism to ‘Katrinewheelz’.

on the prestigious Waterfront development,

The timing could not have been better as the new venture coincides with Scottsland 2010,

we are confident our products

which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem, Lady of the Lake. Mark Shimidzu of Wheels said: “We have an all new team at Loch Katrine and are looking forward to offering a much higher quality service that is in keeping with this world class destination.”

in future phases. Our local factory and workforce make us ideal for similar projects

Katrinewheelz is an important part of their development plans, which include a proposed new facility at their existing Callander site as well as other possible hire centre locations.

and services will be required

in Central Scotland.”


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Local business news Making fitness business Stirling mum of two Mandy Beer has made it her business to get more children eating healthily and keeping fit. Mandy started the official Lazy Town Sports Club classes in Stirlingshire in 2009 as part of the FitKid franchise. With strong demand for fun ways to keep children active, Mandy now runs classes in Riverside, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Dollar, Alloa and four West Lothian leisure centres. New classes started at Gleneagles hotel in May and the company now provides PE for all Little star nurseries and Bright Beginnings in Stirlingshire. Mandy said: “I was quite unfit and unhealthy as a child and I was determined that my own children would find enjoyment in healthy eating and exercise from an early age. I decided it would be good to set up the classes and I loved the idea of classes based on my children’s favourite TV show LazyTown.” “When I looked into it I discovered that I could start a franchise in the Stirlingshire area through FitKid and things have just taken off from there.”

A caffeine hit Twenty-four year old David McDonald recently opened Stirling’s newest independent coffee shop, the Burgh

Nearly out of date? Local entrepreneur Ray Conn has created an online market place for retailers to advertise their products that will soon go out of date. Ray is hoping to cut down the amount of food waste that ends up in landfill sites all over the world. Ray said: “Retailers will list their nearly out-of-date products free of charge, while customers will feel the benefit in their pocket and it all helps to lessen the damage to our environment and the impact of waste and pollution on nature’s balance.” Some 6.7 million tonnes of food are thrown

Coffeehouse. David decided to open his own coffeehouse after visiting coffee shops where he felt that the quality of the coffee didn’t live up to the price. He has chosen his own custom blend of coffee for the Burgh Coffeehouse and sources sandwiches and paninis from Get Real, the same company that supplies Gleneagles Hotel. Their homemade soup is made by three times Red Rosette winning chef Gregor Powell. The Burgh Coffeehouse brings back into use one of King Street’s most iconic units. David, who made a significant investment in the refurbishment of the property, said: “I made the most of the economic situation, taking advantage of lower property rents and building costs. Since opening in December, business has been good with excellent feedback.”

away every year in the UK, most of which is still safe to eat. The average British family spends some £3,500 a year on food and costs are moving in an upward direction at a time when wages are on the slide. If you are a business who would like to list your merchandise, you can register free of charge on the website.


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Did you know? The building occupied by the Burgh Coffehouse once housed an agricultural museum owned by the Drummond family. The museum stocked agricultural and horticultural implements, produce, scientific curiosities and a large selection of Scottish tartans. The Drummonds also ran the Drummond Tract Depot next door, now occupied by Carters Toys. The family also paid for the Pyramid Star (also known as Salem Rock) in the Valley Cemetery, commemorating religious martyrs; and the statue of William Wallace on the Steeple at the top of King Street.

Local business news A new national brand for NHSScotland

Talking Mats wins national award

Stirling business Vizibility was recently commissioned to develop a national brand and marketing initiative to promote volunteering within NHSScotland.

A University of Stirling venture that helps people to

The new brand is being used on a variety of marketing material, aimed at highlighting the role volunteering can play within NHSScotland. Commencing in August, the campaign is being piloted within four area health boards and is targeted at people using or entering major NHS outlets.

Not only was this the sole award presented for speech and

communicate has won a prestigious UK award. At the 2010 Advancing Healthcare Awards in London, the Talking Mats resource was recognised for its outstanding work in improving communication for people with aphasia. language therapy work, but Talking Mats was the only Scottish project to be recognised in this way. Devised in 1998 by Dr Joan Murphy, Talking Mats was used originally with adults with cerebral palsy, but has since been developed to help people with a wide range of communication difficulties.

Highland upgrade

Vizibility’s Managing Director Scott Dickson stated: “This is a new national brand and it is another example of the high level of creativity our Stirling team can operate at. This campaign will be highly visibile and has the opportunity to make a real impact on the number of people coming forward to volunteer within the NHS.”

The four star Barceló Stirling Highland Hotel has undergone an extensive makeover to refurbish over half of its bedrooms. A quarter of a million pounds has been invested in the refurbishment of the hotel, located in the former high school on Spittal Street, Stirling. 57 of its rooms were refurbished; complete with new furniture, beds, upholstery, lights and even state of the art LCD flat screen TVs. The remaining 39 bedrooms, which were refurbished earlier, have also had a light makeover to mirror the hotel’s contemporary new look.

Vizibility is currently expanding into larger premises within Stirling Business Centre due to an increase in the level of online work they produce as more clients shift marketing budgets into digital areas.

Local letting agency shortlisted for national award The Stirling office of UK letting agency Martin & Co was a finalist at the Company’s ‘Local Market Leader’ Annual Award. Only four offices out of over 175 made it to the finals. Imtiaz Ahmed, Managing Director of the Stirling branch, said: “Being a finalist for this award is a real honour and a tribute to the hard work, dedication, and passion of our staff. Such success can only help our business further and give much needed confidence to our clients in this largely unregulated industry in which the right choice of letting agency is of paramount importance.” Martin & Co Chairman Richard Martin said: “Imtiaz instantly embraced everything that Martin & Co stands for. Landlords and tenants alike clearly know where they stand and I have been really impressed with the positive feedback I have received.”

Richard Martin, Chairman of Martin & Co UK Ltd and Imtiaz Ahmed, Managing Director of Martin & Co Stirling Ltd


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Local business Local company cleans up! Aquaklenz Limited, providers of specialist maintenance services to local authorities and housing providers, has bucked the recession by doubling its staffing levels. An increase in services that the company now offer and winning public sector contracts for cleaning services, gum removal and bird control, has increased their staffing from five to nine. The company is also looking to employ students and part-time workers as part of their “on-call” service. Pat Duffy, Director of Aquaklenz, said: “We are recruiting at the moment due to the new pest bird control service we provide; basically we install spikes or netting to curb the roosting of gulls or pigeons which are a real issue in buildings with their waste having health issues.” “We founded the company in 2003 and are delighted that, even through the harshest of recessions, we have continued to grow.”

(L to R) Ms Carol Graham; Dr Robert Graham; University Principal and ViceChancellor, Professor Christine Hallet; Mrs Jean Graham and Mr Robert Graham.

Ruby Wax; David Teed, Director & Senior Consultant of Teed Business Continuity; and, Marc Beveridge, Chair of the Emergency Planning Society

Disaster planning award David Teed, founder of Stirling based Teed Business Continuity took the top award of Business Continuity Consultant of the Year at the CIR Business Continuity Awards in May. Ruby Wax presented the award at the ceremony in London. David started Teed Business Continuity in 1999. Eleven years on, Teed is a thriving consultancy with a strong team of experienced professionals located at Laurelhill Business Park, Stirling. Business continuity planning is fast becoming essential for organisations who recognise the importance of ensuring they can protect their business interests from the impacts of unforeseen disruptions. By thinking ahead and understanding their critical activities, organisations can develop appropriate contingencies to mitigate against bad weather, power failure, IT loss, fire, volcanic ash or worse. David said: “It is an honour to have received this external recognition of Teed’s achievements in the field of business continuity.”

Over the counter pet product danger

Dairy strengthens links with University The Graham family of Bridge of Allan based Graham’s the Family Dairy, have gifted £30,000 to support the rebuilding of the University of Stirling library. The money will be used to create a dedicated reading room within the archive section of the £11.7 million new library. The room will be called ‘The Robert and Jean Graham Reading Room’. The donation and opportunity to put their family name to the reading room, cements a 71-year relationship between Graham’s the Family Dairy and the University. In the 1960s, the family gave up rented grazing land to allow construction of University buildings and for over a decade, the family ran the campus supermarket. They still own the adjacent Airthrey Kerse Farm. Work on the new library is scheduled for completion in August this year.


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Struthers & Scott, a veterinary practice in Doune recently held a series of animal education talks, where they warned pet owners of the dangers of buying certain treatments over the counter. Struthers & Scott partner Colin Scott, said: “With over 60 per cent of people buying their products over the counter, there is a real lack of essential professional advice being given. We all realise the benefit of that advice when administering drugs for ourselves, so we should do the same for our pets.” “Our practice, and many others, do not charge for advice and we would prefer pet owners to get the correct information at the outset rather than have to bring a sick animal in for treatment.” Struthers & Scott animal education seminars have been taken into livery yards and local schools. If you are interested in attending or hosting one of these events please contact Stacy Gamble on 01786 841304.

Local business news

Business welcome… New and relocating businesses in the Stirling area include:

Printing Matters

Alison Kirk Bridal

Hartsmailing Hams

A new bridal boutique in the Stirling Arcade. The shop is an expansion for Alison Kirk, who also has a bridal boutique in Perth. Tel: 01786 479996

A new delicatessens located at the Stirling Agricultural Centre near Stirling. The business includes a café, deli and soon to open meat counter. Tel: 01786 464747

Printing Matters specialises in design, marketing, print and distribution. The shop opened in the Stirling Arcade in April. Tel: 01786 472475

Khushi’s Indian Restaurant

Shoe Tree

Avenue Letting A new letting company located in the Stirling Arcade, specialising in letting domestic property. Tel: 01786 430301

Bannjaxx Comics A comic book store in the Stirling Arcade. Bannjaxx comics opened in November 2009. Tel: 01786 463699

A new Indian restaurant on Upper Craigs, Stirling. The restaurant is an expansion for the Khushi family, who have successfully run Khushi’s in Edinburgh since 1947. Khushi’s has a unique bring your own bottle policy without corkage charge. Tel: 01786 470999 (L to R) Former Miss Sco tland

A new shoe shop on Upper Craigs, Stirling specialising in retail of Rieker and Gabor shoes. The shop opened in May and also stocks handbags and accessories. Tel: 01786 469959

Kiddie Kouture

WD Harley Architects recently expanded into premises on Cross Street, Callander. The business specialises in the tourism sector, with a well established client base from hoteliers to B&B owners.

Katherine Brown, River City actress Pamela Byrne and weatherman Sean Batty at the opening of Khushi’s, Upp er Craigs

A new independent retailer specialising in baby wear. The shop opened in the Stirling Arcade in June. Tel: 01786 463841

Luxury childrenswear and accessories retailer Kiddie Kouture recently moved from the Stirling Arcade to a bigger premises in the Thistle Marches, Stirling. Tel: 01786 473113



Divinity is a new gift shop in the Stirling Arcade specialising in retail of unusual and unique gifts. The shop opened in January. Tel: 01786 478097

Lipstick is a new boutique specialising in ladies fashion. Lipstick is located in the Stirling Arcade. Tel: 01786 446347

Euronet Translations

A new branch of general insurance broker Morelands located in the Stirling Arcade in May. Morelands Insurance Brokers specialise in business and home insurance. Tel: 01786 473469

Bluebell’s Baby Wear

Euronet Translations is a traditional translation company with over 30 years experience. The family run business recently moved from Wales to Strathyre.

Fat Face

Morelands Insurance Broker

Top Class Barbers Top Class gents barbers opened on Port Street, Stirling in March. Top Class also specialise in authentic Turkish shaving. Tel: 01786 474664

WD Harley Architects

New Stirling deli hits the mart Hartsmailing Hams is a new delicatessen situated at the £15 million Stirling Agricultural Centre. Owned and run by Paul and Carole Richmond, the company stocks both local and international foods and prides itself on its range of quality products. Before setting up the business, Paul worked as a Procurement Director for a multinational company. The role

Fat Face, the active lifestyle clothing brand, opened in the Stirling Thistle Centre in May. Fat Face specialise in quality clothing, footwear and accessories for men, women and kids, who enjoy those everyday adventures.

called for extensive worldwide travel and, with the arrival of two young children, came the decision to turn a passion for food into a business. Hartsmailing Hams has three elements to its business - a café, a deli and a soon to open meat counter that will sell fresh meat from David Bennett & Son family butcher in Dunblane.

If you have recently set up a business in the Stirling Council area and would like a mention in Stirling Eye or would like to report a business news story, contact Joëlle Russell on 01786 442778 or email

While the business benefits from the trading surges that high profile events such as Perth Bull Sales bring to the agricultural centre, Hartsmailing Hams has seen turnover steadily increase month on month as awareness of their presence has spread to the wider Stirling public.


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Business profile

H & R Gray Haulage

The company H & R Gray Haulage is a family owned and run transport company currently located in Bandeath Industrial Estate, Throsk. Robin Gray is from a third generation farming family based near Thornhill, where his brother John still farms. The haulage business was originally based at the farm; however as the haulage arm grew and diversified from the main farming enterprise in the mid 1990s, more suitable premises were required to provide a higher profile and quicker links to the main arterial motorway system. Robin Gray said: “Many of our customers are local to the Stirling area such as the Scott Timber Group, Taylor Maxwell Timber and Tradstocks and we have grown alongside these businesses to provide a customer focused quality of service and a reliability over the years.”

We have always taken pride in delivering a high quality of customer service and this has benefited us well with repeat custom making up about 75 per cent of orders. The company has around 40 members of staff including 24 drivers and 10 garage staff. The HGV workshop not only services and

“We have always taken pride in delivering

maintains its own fleet but has developed

a high quality of customer service and this

alongside the transport side of the business

has benefited us well with repeat custom

to provide safety inspections, servicing, MOT

making up about 75 per cent of orders.”

preparation and repair facility for a number

45,000 litres of fuel per year. A 1p per

of local customers.

litre increase in the price of diesel has a devastating effect on our costs. The cost

The recession Jayne Gray said: “The haulage industry was first to feel the impact and warning of recession before the Government even admitted there was a credit crunch. Our

of fuel is a worry for the whole industry with around 35-40 per cent of costs being made up of fuel and another 30-35 per cent comprising of wages.”

customers were a lot quieter, but thankfully

The future

The fleet

we didn’t lose any. We had a major downturn

The Company is pleased to be getting the

in haulage demand but we managed to

volumes of work back. Jayne said: “We

The company is a general haulier with 24

pick up a couple of new customers last year,

have a very low turnover of staff and many

which meant that we did not have to pay off

now have ten years plus service. Our key

any staff. On the bright side, since the turn of

aim is to provide job security for everyone

the year, things have picked up and we are

who works for us by exploring all new

starting to see our customers getting busier

opportunities that arise. We want to ensure

again but 2010 will still be a very tough year.”

that we emerge from the recession focused

HGV tractor units in a variety of marques. The trailer fleet consists of flat-bodied trailers, curtain siders, skeletal and low loader trailers. They can move pretty much everything from round logs, palletised goods and stone, to containerised goods. You may have noticed H & R Gray’s distinctive black on silver liveried lorries on roads around the Stirling area.

“Fuel prices continue to be a big concern. On an annual basis a truck can travel approx

Did you know?

national basis with in excess of 30 trips

HGV drivers can not exceed 90 hours driving per two week period.


over the border each week. Following the re-opening of the Port of Rosyth to short sea cargo the company has re-established


and continues to build good relations with European customers.


the business going forward is paramount.”

120,000 km and will burn in the region of

The company transports goods on a

on the future. The health and strength of

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An HGV vehicle or trailer has to be inspected and maintained to MOT standard every six weeks.

Strategies a go go …

Opportunities to work with the University

New economic and business space strategies have been produced for the Stirling Council area. ‘Open for Business’ – the Stirling Economic Strategy for 2009-

Stirling University’s Career Development Centre (CDC) is organising a Sport, Tourism and Food & Drink Careers Fair on Thursday 14th October 2010. The event is designed to help organisations within these sectors raise their profile and promote positions and work experience opportunities to students at the University. The event also gives students the opportunity to talk to potential employers. Any local employers wishing to exhibit at the event should contact the CDC for more information.

2013 is based on principles of sustainable growth, innovation and enterprise, resilience and economic opportunity. The strategy, prepared by the Stirling Community Planning Partnership, is supported by detailed implementation plans focused on:

The CDC is also working on other projects to bring businesses and students together. They are keen to work with local businesses to identify the skills employers are looking for and also to promote paid vacation work to their students, giving them specific experience on projects employers might not have time to carry out otherwise. If you are a public or voluntary sector organisation, you may also be interested in offering a 30-hour volunteering project as part of the CDC’s accredited ‘Active Learning in the Community’ module.

Economic success

Community confidence

Business support

Building for the future

Skills development and access to jobs Financial inclusion The ‘Stirling Business Space Strategy and Appraisal’ reviews the commercial property market and identifies future business space requirements. The Business Space Strategy

The CDC also has an online vacancy system where local employers can advertise any paid vacancies free of charge, from graduate vacancies to parttime work (part of the University Job Shop).

will inform the Stirling Local Development Plan 2012-2032. A key conclusion is that an additional 34 hectares of land needs to be allocated for office development over the next 20 years.

For further information, please contact 01786 467070 or e-mail

Both strategies are available online at

30 second interview Name:

Joanne Inglis

Job title:


Place of work:

Briarlands Farm

Brief company description:

A working farm and visitor attraction offering ‘A fun family day out in the fresh air!’

How do you get to work?


Where is your favourite place to eat out? Why? The Portcullis, have been going here for years and always enjoy the food and surroundings. What do you think the Stirling area could most benefit from?

Couldn’t think of anything, it’s a wonderful place to live and work in!

What is your favourite colour?


What is the best thing about doing business in Stirling?


What do you think the biggest issue is for businesses in the Stirling area?


What is the biggest issue for your business?

The weather!!

What is your favourite shop?

Doune Antiques Centre

What is your greatest ambition?

At present to build a new visitor centre for 2011 and continue to develop our business for the future of our family. Briarlands Farm: 01786 841309


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STIRLING BUSINESS PANEL Scottish regional finalist at the Enterprising Britain awards

September Trade Fair – Tuesday 21st September - mark your diary now! All 50 exhibitor stands for the Stirling Business Panel Trade Fair have been snapped up. The Stirling Development Agency is kindly

Tony Moulsdale, Chair of the Stirling Business

This venue proved an ideal location when

sponsoring the trade fair by providing the

Panel and Managing Director of M.A.C.

we held our Funding & Innovation event last

venue, Strathallan House at Castle Business

Electrical & Heating Engineers, said: “There

year. I am sure that this year’s business-

Park. We are also pleased to announce

was a clear need identified by the Panel

to-business event will be an even bigger

sponsorship of the event by Central FM and

to provide an opportunity for members to

the Stirling Observer.

success. Thanks to our sponsors, the day will

display their goods and services to the local

be promoted throughout the Forth Valley, and

A whole range of businesses will be

business community and this event is in

will include some exhibitors from outside the

represented at the show, which will run


Stirling area.”

from 10 am until 4 pm on Tuesday 21st

We have deliberately kept the exhibitor


Entry to the Trade Fair is free for pre-registered

costs low for two reasons: to make the event

visitors. To register to attend, please visit the

As well as the many exhibitors, the day will

accessible to all local businesses and in

‘Events’ section of the Business Panel website

provide a great opportunity to network and

acknowledgement of the current economic or phone

develop new business contacts.


01786 443172.

Morag makes the panel 600 strong! Stirling Business Panel was pleased to welcome its 600th member in June. Designer Morag Meighan, owner of Comfort Zone Interior Designers in Bridge of Allan registered online. Formally trained in design, Morag started the business in 1997, with help from STEP training. Initially operating from home while she built up the business, Morag was able to move to business premises in 2002. Morag works with both corporate and domestic clients. One of her more prominent commissions was tendering for and winning the contract to design and install a multifunctional Internet Zone in John Dewar and Sons world headquarters building in Glasgow. Quite an achievement for a small local business! Reflecting the current economic climate, Morag has given more time to the consultation part of her business, where she uses her professional experience to provide advice to clients on how to fully utilise their existing space and fittings. Full commissions are still undertaken for a variety of clients, but this flexibility of response has ensured that Comfort Zone has continued to flourish. Tony Moulsdale, Chairman of the Stirling Business Panel, said: “Stirling Business Panel is delighted to welcome Morag as our latest member.”



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Not already a Business Panel member? Please contact Bill Fortune (Business Partnership Executive – Stirling Council) on 01786 443172, email or join online at

M ember P rofile Jane Steel of Dataspace Scotland

Update on the ‘Have Your Say’ event It took some time to collate the many action points raised in the lively workshop we held at the Double Tree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro back in March. Business Panel members contributed to developing actions to address the four main themes under debate that day. They were:

In this issue, we profile Business Panel Executive Member Jane Steel of Dataspace Scotland. Jane started her career as an electronic engineer in the semi conductor industry working for major international companies like Motorola and National Semiconductor, travelling all over the world in the course of her work.

Business Support

Training & Skills/recruitment

With family came new priorities and after a spell with Scottish

Business Space

City Centre Revitalisation

Enterprise attracting inward investment in the electronics

On the day, Dr John Rogers of the University of Stirling and Chair of the Stirling Economic Partnership, promised to raise these points at the next meeting of the Economic Partnership. The Economic Partnership is key to developing the Economic Strategy for Stirling and for developing the Action Plans that will help to deliver the strategy.

industry, Jane joined the Virtual Component Exchange (VCX), helping to develop this important online facility for the global electronics industry. Jane joined Dataspace Scotland in 2002 when the business was almost exclusively involved in electronic data back up and recovery. Since then, the business has expanded its operations

Panel members are now actively engaged in the ‘Business Support’

into secure document storage and has partner facilities in

working group for the Economic Strategy, which has been tasked with

Cheshire, Oxford and the Netherlands.

developing an Action Plan to deliver business support objectives. The Business Panel members on the group will seek to integrate some of the action points suggested at the Dunblane Hydro meeting. In addition, a steering group is being formed to look specifically at City Centre Re-generation and the Business Panel will be well represented, with four members of the Executive Group participating. This group too will look to integrate some of the many suggestions made at the ‘Have Your Say’ workshop.

Jane believes that her business development skills and overall company focus on customer service are the key to this continued expansion. Jane said: “Dataspace are active in the local community, and sponsor various clubs in the area (Stirling Rowing Club & Stirling County Rugby Club). We joined the Business Panel and specifically the Executive Group in order that we can, by actively contributing to discussion with other businesses and Stirling Council, help drive

We hope that by the next edition, we will be able to report how

the growth of Stirling as a business community and to help make

some of the actions suggested by Panel members are being

Stirling and the surrounding area a better place to live and work.”

incorporated into the main Action Plans for the Economic Strategy.

Not every suggestion will be practical or affordable. We are confident that by being represented in the groups developing the detail of the main Action Plans, Panel


members can contribute, wherever that is

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Stirling Business Panel website by reporting any news,


awards or expansion plans -

We will keep Panel members up to date as this matter is progressed.

The site receives regular hits, if you are a local business take advantage of this and get your business some coverage. All we ask is that you give us business news and not an advert.


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Special feature The Stirling Arcade was recently renovated and has been successful in attracting a number of new tenants over the last year. Stirling Eye caught up with Stirling Arcade Manager Christine Maciver and a number of Arcade businesses to find out more…

Stirling Arcade

Christine Maciver, Stirling Arcade Manager Christine Maciver joined the Stirling Arcade as Manager in September last year. Her key objectives are to attract new tenants and increase footfall, following the extensive refurbishment of the interior of the Arcade carried out in 2008. Christine said: “I am delighted to be working in the Stirling Arcade, it provides such a lovely atmosphere. It is my pleasure to continue to develop the Stirling Arcade as a destination to come and relax – shopping as it should be!” “Since September, we have welcomed ten new tenants and increased occupancy of the retail units to 95 per cent. Businesses are predominantly local independent retailers – recent tenants include Printing Matters, Alison Kirk Bridal, gift shop Divinity, babywear shop Bluebell, licensed café Full Stop and Morelands Insurance Brokers.” “We are looking at ways of increasing footfall from the current average level of 1,500 per day. In March we introduced a farmers market in the Arcade and now host one every second and fourth Friday of the month – the market is already boosting the number of people passing through. All goods sold at the market are sourced from businesses within a 50 mile radius of Stirling.” Celebrations will begin next year for the 130th anniversary of the Stirling Arcade and Christine is looking at a programme of events to attract visitors, including a historical exhibition engaging with the Smith Art Gallery. Next on the agenda is work to brighten up the entrances to the Arcade. Options are also being considered to bring the Alhambra Theatre back into use, possibly as working or learning space. Christine is currently promoting a number of upper floor office units that the Arcade’s owners would like to bring back into use, with lease opportunities for office units ranging between 500 and 2,100 sq ft. If you would like to find out more about the office units, please contact Christine on 01786 450719 or

Stirling Arcade tenants: Alison Kirk - specialist bridal wear

Bluebell - babywear and accessories

Lipstick - fashion boutique

Andy Simpson Music - musical instruments

Connie’s Closet - ladies fashion boutique

Morelands Insurance Brokers

Cornish Pasty Bakery - hot & cold food takeaway

Pretambeau - hairdressers/beauticians

Avenue Lettings - letting agents A Wee Sweetie and All the Best… confectionery and chocolates Balaclava Club - The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Social Club Bannjaxx Comics - comic store

Divinity - niche gifts and complementary therapies Full Stop - licensed café Furnish - furniture store

Printing Matters - design, marketing, print & distribution Silver Gems - jewellery Stirling Albion Supporters Trust campaign shop

Beauty at Ebu - beauticians

Homes for You - estate agency

Stirling Council – Youth Services: Information Station

Betti Loves It & Betti Loves Shoes fashion boutique

Lazybeez Toning Clubs - ladies toning club and gym

The Personal Touch - specialist lingerie



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Stirling Arcade

Special feature

Stirling Eye caught up with three independent businesses within the Stirling Arcade…

Andy Simpson Music

Betti Loves it

Andy Simpson Music is the Stirling Arcade’s

Sisters Connie and Nichola Moore opened fashion boutique Betti Loves It in the Stirling Arcade three years ago.

longest serving tenant. Andy Simpson was a music teacher and manager of a music shop in Edinburgh before opening his own business in the Arcade in 1994. Andy combines teaching with the retail of musical instruments - customers receive free lessons with every keyboard sold. Being a specialist shop, most custom comes through word of mouth and a strong customer base has been established over the years. Andy puts this down to the high level of customer service delivered. Andy said: “We like to move with the times, always stocking the most up-to-date instruments. For example, we now have Yamaha’s new range of digital pianos in store, starting from less than £600.” With regard to the recent improvements to the Stirling Arcade, Andy said: “The refurbishment of the Arcade is fantastic – many people coming into our shop have remarked on it.” “We are glad to do our part in developing the ambience – we currently provide the piano for the pianist who plays in the Arcade at lunch times on Saturdays.”

Alison Kirk with Lesley Dow, Co-owner of Alison Kirk Bridal, Stirling Arcade

Alison Kirk Bridal Alison Kirk Bridal is one of the Stirling Arcade’s newest tenants. The business was launched with a fashion show at the

The shop provides a range of affordable fashion from all over the globe, including designs by Lipsy, Motel, Mina, MaxC and ARYN.K. Connie Moore said: “I love fashion and studied marketing and fashion at Glasgow Caledonian University. I’m from Kippen and used to find it quite difficult to get something a bit different when going out at weekends. I identified a niche market in Stirling and knew a fashion boutique was something that would go down well with locals and students alike.” “I found out about an opportunity in the Stirling Arcade and though this was before the refurbishment, I was excited about the plans and decided to go for it, in partnership with my sister.” “We went down to Pure at Olympia in London, a big fashion event and picked out our stock – every girls dream!” “The refurbishment of the Stirling Arcade is absolutely stunning! Shoppers are pleasantly surprised by the changes and I’ve really noticed an increase in footfall over the last year.” Betti Loves It - 01786 451256

Did you know? Andy Simpson Music Shop is one of only two Yamaha Homeworld centres in Scotland.

Perth in 2008, after she identified a gap in the market for a small friendly designer bridal business. Following success of the business in Perth, Alison decided to take the same model to Stirling. Alison said: “I was looking to expand the business and thought Stirling would be perfect for the business model. We are highly focused on customer service, making the whole experience of choosing a dress fun and unique.” “When an opportunity became available within the Stirling Arcade I thought it was the perfect location for an independent bridal shop, providing a welcoming, fun and exciting experience.” Lesley, Manager and Co-owner commented: “I am really impressed with the direction the Arcade is going. The quality shops compliment our own and look for mother-of-the-bride outfits in Connie’s Closet or wedding outfits in Betti

Did you know?

Loves It and Lipstick.”

Connie and Nichola Moore’s mum Patricia Jackson recently opened ladies fashion boutique Connie’s Closet in the Stirling Arcade with business partner Shona Snowie. Picking the name of the shop was easy, both Patricia and Shona have daughters called Connie!

Alison Kirk opened her first bridal shop in

– customers can enjoy a coffee at Full Stop

Andy Simpson Music – 01786 449555

end of May.

Alison Kirk Bridal stocks designer wedding dresses by Christina Rossi, Justine Alexander, Ella and Alfred Sung. Bridesmaid dresses are by Forever Yours.


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Business space developments Office The latest office availability figures from Scottish Property Network (31st March 2010) confirm that Stirling’s office availability rate of 14.6 per cent remains well below that of the Scottish rate of 18.2 per cent.

Laurelhill Business Park Demand for good quality office space continues with significant lettings including space being taken up towards the end of last year at Kings Park House, Laurelhill Business Park,

Wallace House Wallace House provides modern office accommodation in the centre of Stirling. Forth Housing Association recently took up 263 sq m (2,837 sq ft) of space, but there is still up to 174 sq m (1,879 sq ft) remaining.

Stirling. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Expro North Sea Ltd each took up 350 sq m (3,772 sq ft). Interestingly, the office space had been refurbished to meet current occupier standards and joint letting agent Iain Taylor of Ryden said: “The recent letting activity at Kings Park House shows that there is occupier demand for good quality office accommodation in Stirling, despite the tough economic climate. We have also recently let 116 sq m (1,250 sq ft) within nearby Hillside House to the Waste and

Park House.”

Tenant case study: Forth Housing Association

Ryden and Jones Lang LaSalle act on behalf of the landlord at Kings

Location: Wallace House

Resources Action Programme (WRAP) who have expanded their operations on-site, leaving only 176 sq m (1,896 sq ft) within Kings

Park House. Ryden also act on behalf of the landlord at the adjacent Hillside House and further information on opportunities can be

Type of Accommodation: Flexible modern office space in Maxwell Place, Stirling city centre. Attractive lease

obtained from Iain Taylor of Ryden on

terms available.

0131 225 6612, email

Recent Occupier: .

Forth Housing Association – a not-forprofit local housing provider and registered social landlord. Established in 1988 Forth Housing Association manage 620 houses and flats for rent and shared ownership in the Stirling area and currently employ 11 full time and 2 part time staff.

There are also serviced office opportunities at Laurelhill Business Park within Springfield House, which includes sub-division of a large office into a number of smaller suites. Further details

Why locate at Wallace House?

can be obtained from Angela Ogilvie of

John Cameron, Forth Housing Association, explained: “We

Ceteris on 01259 721454.

had been searching for suitable space in the city centre for a considerable time when we noted that Wallace House had recently been refurbished in an article in Stirling Eye. We approached the joint agents and were able to secure an office

Stirling Agricultural Centre

suite that met our requirements.”

Sundolitt Ltd and the Highland Cattle Society took up 200 sq m

“The suite’s immediate availability, recent refurbishment

(2,161 sq ft) of office space within Stirling Agricultural Centre

and excellent location are key to meeting Forth Housing

last year. There are still new office and retail space opportunities

Association’s medium term space requirements in the city.”

for businesses associated with the agricultural industry. For more information please contact Ewan Mackay of SGM Property on 0141 285 7940, email or Nicola Cameron of Elphinstone Holdings Ltd on 0141 620 3000, email .



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For further information on remaining space within Wallace House please contact Andrew Peel of Graham and Sibbald on 01786 463111, email or Kate Byrne of Savills on 0131 247 3821, email .

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Business centre case study: Evans Business Centre Evans Easyspace was established in February 2000. Since then, Evans Easyspace has built a network of 54 business

Castle Business Park 232 sq m (2,500 sq ft) of space within Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling was recently secured by GVA Grimley on

centres throughout the UK, including Evans Business Centre in Springkerse Industrial Estate, Stirling. The company aims to

Sally Cassidy, Evans Easyspace

provide affordable flexible office and workshop space tailored specifically to the needs of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and business start ups.

behalf of Southerncross Healthcare on

Stirling Eye caught up with Sally Cassidy, Regional Manager of Evans Easyspace to find

competitive lease terms.

out more about the Business Centre…

More information on current opportunities at

What type of space does Evans Business Centre offer?

Castle Business Park can be obtained from

“The Centre provides small flexible office space for SMEs and business starts from

joint agents Mike Irvine of Montagu Evans

21 sq m (230 sq ft) to 74 sq m (800 sq ft).”

on 0131 229 3800, email mike.Irvine@

How are occupancy levels holding up? or Craig Watson of Jones Lang Lasalle on 0131 225 8344, email . Forsyth Business Centre provides serviced office accommodation and is also located within Lomond Court, Castle Business Park.

“The occupancy level is currently 80 per cent, over ten per cent higher than last year. In June, occupancy levels were at the highest since we opened our doors for business in Stirling four years ago.” “I think the high level of demand for space in the Centre is as a direct result of offering value for money, good standard of accommodation, comprehensive support services and

More information on current opportunities

‘easy in, easy out agreements’ meeting business requirements.”

at Forsyth Business Centre can be obtained

“Providing a quick turnaround is important – a recent enquirer viewed office

from Shirley-Ann O’Hare of Forsyth Business

accommodation in the morning,

Centre on 01786 431700.

completed the agreement and moved in that afternoon!”


Further details on opportunities

Industrial availability figures from Scottish Property Network (31st March 2010) highlight that Stirling’s industrial availability rate of 6.3 per cent is lower than the Scottish rate of 13.0 per cent.

at Evans Business Centre can be obtained from Sally Cassidy on 07919 186 892, email .

Springkerse Industrial Estate A new build development by Muddy Fields LLP at Munro Road has its first occupier – FES has taken 376 sq m (4,050 sq ft) for their developing operations. More announcements are expected soon, according to agent Sandy Falconer of J&E Shepherd. Sandy also confirmed that the yard at 17 Springkerse Road, Springkerse reported in the last edition of Stirling Eye has now been sold for owner occupational storage purposes. Further information on remaining space within the Munro Road development can be obtained from Sandy Falconer of J&E Shepherd on 01786 450438, email sandy.falconer@ or John Quinn on 07876 658980, email . Elsewhere in Springkerse Dial-a-Journey has purchased 867 sq m (9,334 sq ft) in Munro Road, for their door-to-door transport service for people with mobility issues, and the last unit in Springkerse Trade Park is under offer.


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Business space developments Industrial continued

Retail and leisure Retail availability figures from Scottish Property Network (31st March 2010) highlight that Stirling’s retail availability rate of 13.2 per cent remains lower than the Scottish rate of 15.7 per cent.

Manor Farm Business Park Phase one of the expansion programme to Manor Farm Business Park, Blairlogie, Stirling is

Murchison Park, Doune

now complete providing a range of high quality, modern industrial units of 116 sq m (1,250 sq ft) and 232 sq m (2,500 sq ft), as well as two units of up to 325 sq m (3,500 sq ft). The new accommodation provides flexibility to meet the requirements of small to medium sized businesses looking for high quality premises in a convenient and attractive location. Features include electrically operated

The man behind the expansion, Mr Tom Cox, himself a successful entrepreneur, commented:

up and over insulated doors, high load

“The completion of Phase One of the

bearing floors, six metre eaves height and

development marks the start of a

There are showrooms with workshop and

generous office and staff facilities in each

significant investment programme and

retail opportunities at Murchison Park, near

unit. The additional space also provides

gives Stirling some of the highest quality

Doune. A lease opportunity exists for a car

expansion potential for existing occupiers

business premises in Scotland.”

sales operation as well as a filling station

who wish to grow their business without undertaking a major relocation.

“In addition to the new buildings I

with store for lease as a going concern.

have invested over a million pounds in

For further details on these potential

The construction of a new children’s

infrastructure which I believe clearly sets

opportunities please contact Murdo Murchison

nursery will serve the business park and

out my ambition and vision for the future

at Murchison Park on 01786 842222, email

surrounding areas.

expansion of this business park. Our .

initial marketing has already successfully based internet businesses to the park and

The Thistles Shopping Centre

despite the recent recession I am very

The Thistles in Stirling recently benefited

encouraged by the level of enquiries from

from space being taken up by clothes

local and new start companies looking for

retailer, Fat Face. A lease has also been

this type of business environment.”

agreed with a leading international clothing

Scotland, the good road links have proved

Manor Farm Business Park offers flexible

company on the former Woolworth’s unit

particularly useful for ourselves and our

and affordable lease terms, on site

extending to some 2,275 sq m (24,492 sq


parking and panoramic views of Stirling’s

ft), providing further evidence of activity in

countryside and landmarks, yet is only

the retail property market place.

five minutes from the city centre.


Graham Moore of Glendale Plc, an existing tenant, said: “We undertake long-term contracts for grounds maintenance and carry out our work with a particular regard for the environment. The ‘green’ location of Manor Business Park suits our company profile and as we work throughout Central

Graham added: “This year Scotland experienced the worst snow and ice for

attracted and relocated two new English

thirty years and we found that roads in

For further information on

this area escaped the worst of it, allowing

accommodation, and incentives available,

us to get through to other areas where

please contact the sole letting agents

our snow clearing and gritting services

Ross & Liddell on 0141 204 7355 or

were required.”

email .



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Stirling’s leisure offer is showing signs of improvement with the opening of restaurants Coq Au Vin in Baker Street, Kushi’s in Upper Craigs as well as refurbishment of the Spice Garden in Allan Park.

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Planning Local Development Plan – get involved Forthbank Performance Sport Centre

The process of creating and adopting a

Forthbank Performance Sport Centre

published its Main Issues Report in May. The

includes a new development by Active

Main Issues Report is a discussion document which sets out options for future land use and

Stirling comprising five conference suites

development across the wider Stirling area and is a precursor to the Proposed Plan to be

ideal for business meetings, educational

published in May 2011.

courses and team building events. The suites were recently renovated throughout and are kitted out with an array of state of the art IT and AV equipment, including 50 inch LCD screens, an interactive white board, wifi and video conferencing. The Forthbank Performance Sport Centre also has free car parking and excellent sporting facilities. For more details please contact Katherine Macgregor, Conference and Events Coordinator, on 01786 448308, email meet@ .

new Local Development Plan for Stirling is well under way, with the Council having

After initial consultation with communities, landowners, individuals, key agencies, Council service providers and external agencies, the Main Issues Report was agreed at a Special Council Meeting on the 22nd April. As Stirling Eye went to print, the Council was undertaking further consultation with anyone who has an interest in land in the area. A series of Summer Roadshows were held around key settlements, providing information and answering questions. The Proposed Local Development Plan will be published for consultation next year, when there will be a further opportunity for the public and businesses to comment on it. It is intended that the Plan will be formally adopted in December 2012 and this document will contain a detailed strategy for development for the first 5-10 years and guiding principles for the following 10 years, up to 2032. All of the information relating to this process can be found on the Council’s website at the address below. Any questions can also be submitted

to the Planning and Policy team on 01786 443071.

Did you know?

Forthbank Performance Sport Centre plans to make the most of the increasing importance of sport due to the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by hosting sporting teams over the coming years, providing them with International outdoor pitches and a private strength and conditioning gym.

Planning applications update The following planning applications with a significant business focus have been submitted to Stirling Council since the last edition of Stirling Eye (Spring 2010) and are still being considered, pending a decision: l

An application by Stirling Council Waste Services for erection of a waste management centre and office block (255 sq m approx. floorspace) 200 m west of Polmaise Recycling Centre, Fallin.


An application by Joanne & John Inglis for erection of a visitor centre (520 sq m approx. floorspace) at Briarlands, Blairdrummond.

The following planning applications have been approved: l

An application by Cameron Developments (Scotland) Limited for a new retail unit (360 sq m) on land at 19 Kerse Road, Stirling.


An application by Graham’s Dairies for erection of a steel framed storage building, steel framed extension to existing building and two additional parking spaces (995 sq m of new floorspace) at Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan.


An application by Scotbeef Meat Packers Ltd for extension to chills and replacement of cooling plant (600 sq m approx. extra) at Longley’s Farm, Carse of Lecropt Road.

Planning applications correct at June 2010. Planning schedules can be viewed at


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Sector feature The Scottish food and drink industry is worth nearly £10 billion a year, with £7.5 billion

Food & Drink Interview with Hilary and Bernard Barker

generated by processing companies and

their supply chain and the remainder from

Hilary and Bernard Barker with one of their Highland cows

agriculture, aquaculture and fishing. There are many local food and drink businesses that are passionate about the idea of using Scottish products and selling quality produce to local people. Stirling’s range of food and drink businesses includes shortbread manufacturers, quality beef providers, fine dining, gastro-pubs, food processors, manufacturers of catering equipment and more. The

Hilary and Bernard farm at Mid Torrie

often unusual foods, and the opportunity

University of Stirling is a world

near Callander and breed pedigree

to talk to stall holders and farmers about

leader in aquaculture research and Forth

Highland cattle. Bernard also manages

how and where the food is grown or

Valley College’s new Stirling Campus will

the Stirling Farmers Market on a


include a hospitality training facility to ensure

voluntary basis.

On a like-for-like basis, prices are

the future supply of quality staff for the

What is the Stirling Farmers Market?

comparable to goods available in

The Stirling Farmers Market sells fresh

receive a high level of customer service

local produce on the second Saturday of

and can ask traders for recipes and advice

each month in Port Street, Stirling City

on preparation. At the same time the


traders value the direct feedback from

service side of the industry.

Scotland Food & Drink – Scotland Food & Drink, a Government supported not-for-profit organisation, has produced

Up to 25 stalls offer a wide range of quality produce including organic

development and future sales.

vegetables, Highland beef and other

All traders are vetted to ensure they meet

red meats such as venison and game,

the rigorous standards set by the market

cheese, fish, jams and home-baking

and to ensure the authenticity of their

including gluten-free foods, country

produce. Obviously compliance with food

wines and natural berry drinks plus a

safety regulations and trading standards is

small selection of craft stalls.


for small

What are the advantages of the Market?

Plans for the future?

Started ten years ago, local producers

and scope of the market so that the range

businesses to help them win public contracts. Scotland Food & Drink also has a strategy for the food and drink industry which identifys a £2.5 billion growth opportunity.

are able to add value to their products by selling direct to the public. Several new food businesses have developed from these small beginnings, to the

Both the guide and strategy are available

benefit of the local economy and rural

from the website

areas in particular. For shoppers, the


their customers, which helps with product

a guide and medium sized food and drink


supermarkets or even less. Shoppers also

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market offers a friendly atmosphere in which to buy fresh quality produce and

There are plans to expand the frequency of products on offer can be increased still further. For information on selling local produce at the Stirling Farmers Market, please contact Mrs Pat Wilson on 01877 330151, email .

Food & Drink French Barracks Stirling Community Planning Partnership is currently considering an outline business case to develop the French Barracks in Stirling’s Forthside into a regional Food, Drinks and Creative Industries Hub. The case includes proposals to develop the 19th century French Barracks building to include: A permanent shop, showcasing local produce. A training café, offering training, employment and education opportunities. Covered farmers’ market facilities.

privately owned company established in the 1920s and still run by the Galloway family. Originally a retail butchery company with 54 retail shops throughout

supply major customers in the UK and Europe, including a state of the art slaughtering facility in Bridge of Allan. Suzie said: “Scotbeef specialise in developing, marketing and exporting quality fresh meat products. We have over 1,000 with one third of them based in and around the Stirlingshire/ Perthshire area.” “Our annual turnover is £190 million and we have over 620 employees located throughout our sites.”

William Paterson owns Nicky Tams Bar & Bothy, located on Baker Street, Stirling City centre.

“We source most of our meat from Gray’s butchers on Port Street, Stirling, who buy in their lamb and beef from Stirling’s two auction markets. In the prime seasons, we

subsidiary of J W Galloway Limited, a

producers in Scotland that we source our beef and lamb from,

William Paterson, Nicky Tams Bar & Bothy

“As I worked as a livestock auctioneer for United Auctions in Stirling for 14 years, I know only too well the importance of supporting our local farmers.”


processing cattle and lamb. Today Scotbeef has four sites which

The project is still in development, however, if you would like to find out more about the plans being put forward for the French Barracks, please contact Andy Kennedy (City Centre Initiatives Manager, Stirling Council) on 01786 442534 or email .

Can you tell us more about sourcing your produce?

Scotbeef Limited is a wholly owned

re-assessed its strategy by 1980 to focus on slaughtering and

Events and exhibition space.

“Our customers include locals, students and passing trade to the castle. There is a high demand for local produce from tourists.”

Suzie England, Head of Agricultural Livestock Liaison, Scotbeef Limited Suzie

the central belt of Scotland, Scotbeef

Outdoor farmers market and event space.

William said: “On the food side of things, our focus is quality homemade food prepared on the premises using local produce. Our chips are freshly cut, soup homemade and meat locally sourced. Our vegetarian meals are of a high standard – my vegetarian wife has made sure of that!”

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Can you tell us more about your products and customers? “We supply high quality beef and lamb to major high street retailers, some of the largest UK manufacturers and the

source fruit from Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond and vegetables come from Forsyths, Coatbridge. We source our fish, chicken and haggis from Campbells Prime Meat, near Linlithgow.” “We always try to use local businesses where possible, such as Cariel in Dunblane for soft drinks.”

What about the recession? “We’ve had to innovate and work extra hard to market the business,

restaurant and hospitality sectors. Local customers include the Lion & Unicorn, Thornhill and MacDonald’s Hotels.” “Our products range from ready to cook meats to fresh beef and lamb. We supply 11 European countries with Scotch beef and lamb on a weekly basis.”

What about the recession? “We have had to become more competitive on some aspects, but overall our business has continued to grow year on year. We have seen a large increase in demand for low value products in both the UK and on the Continent.”

And the future?

handing out flyers and sending

“Our future is very optimistic, and we are currently expanding

Facebook promotions. We even

our production and chilling facilities at our Bridge of Allan

introduced a heavy metal night on

site. Our future depends on our innovations, and at present

a Tuesday and this is now one of

we are involved with Quality Meat Scotland, and the Scottish

our busiest nights.”

Government in a project looking at future technology to

And the Future?

improve and assess eating quality.”

“I hope the Government brings in policy to increase minimum alcohol prices, bringing more people back into pubs.”


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Business Mentoring Programme Growing a successful business is difficult at the best of times and you will often find you need a wide range of skills and experience. It can bring new challenges from staffing, or where to get hold of new capital through to managing cashflow, or finding new markets. That’s where the Business Mentoring Programme comes in, matching people with experienced businessmen and women. The mentors have a genuine desire to make a difference to the business – they volunteer their time and are committed to sharing their skills, knowledge, experience and contacts. An experienced mentor can help you boost profitability, enter new markets, launch new products and improve customer service. Business mentors can help you stand back from your business and look at the ‘big picture’, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. They can offer helpful advice, caution against potential pitfalls and build your confidence in your own abilities. Mentors will meet with you to work on specific objectives and activities, but just as importantly, will also be only a phone call away to lend support or talk things through. The Business Mentoring Programme is free, but your business turnover needs to be in excess of the VAT threshold. To find out more, please contact Alistair Johnston on 01698 426882 or email Business Mentoring Scotland is a partnership between Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Chambers of Commerce and is supported by European Funding.

Business Mentoring case studies:

Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond

Fiona Barratt, Your Launchpad

The Inglis Family diversified the family farm five years ago into a Visitor Attraction offering ‘A fun family day out in the fresh air’.

Stirling based Fiona Barratt is a Personal Coach and founder of Your Launchpad. She works with corporate organisations, public bodies and individuals to improve performance and deliver effective and sustainable results.

How did you first hear about Business Mentoring?

The Inglis Family

Fiona Barratt

Business Panel event back in March 2009 where he explained

How did you first hear about Business Mentoring?

about the project.”

“I was lucky to meet Alistair Johnston from Business Mentoring at

What was involved?

a networking event.”

“After an initial meeting with Alistair to find out more about

What was involved?

Joanne Inglis, Co-owner, said: “I met Alistair Johnston at a Stirling

our business, he matched us up with Colin Smith from Glamis

“I had a meeting with Alistair to assess my needs and discuss

Consultants as our business mentor. We then started meeting on a

the type of mentor I would like. I was quickly matched with my

monthly basis to discuss various issues.”

mentor who I met on a monthly to two monthly basis.”

How has mentoring helped your business?

How has mentoring helped your business?

“Mentoring has been a tremendous help as it coincided with a period of change for the business. Our new attraction proved very popular and we were at tipping point regarding infrastructure and we had to decide how best to restructure the business to move forward. Colin helped a great deal by being a great listener and

“Mentoring has provided the opportunity to speak to people who have been there and done it, who are established and have achieved.

It was great having an outside perspective, sometimes

what they said was not what I wanted to hear, but it was what I needed to hear at that time, I really appreciated it.”

someone we could bounce our

“In a nutshell, mentoring has significantly reduced the time it

ideas off. He would try to see any

has taken me to get where I am, I feel like it has accelerated my

difficulties from two sides.”

growth and reduced the potential pitfalls I may have faced.”



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Forth Valley Business Diversity Awards 2010 Stirling Council’s Employability Service, through the Forth Valley Supported Employment Network, is looking to recognise the good practice of local companies who support employees from a background of disability or disadvantage. Businesses can be nominated if they have employees with a physical or learning disability, mental health issue or autistic spectrum condition. Far from highlighting an area of adversity, the Forth Valley Network of SUSE (Scottish Union of Supported Employment) are keen to recognise the ability and valued contribution of employees who have overcome barriers to employment and employers who have supported staff through difficult periods. The fifth Annual Forth Valley Business Diversity Awards are due to be held in the Autumn and recommendations of local businesses are

being taken now. If you know of someone who has overcome physical, health or other barriers to enter or sustain employment, now is your chance to nominate their company for an award. Categories this year include: Recruitment, Retention, Social Firm and Overall Winner. The Business Diversity Awards are organised by the Forth Valley Supported Employment Network, which is made up of Stirling Council, Falkirk Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Skills Development Scotland, Jobcentre Plus, Capability Scotland, third sector and voluntary organisations.

Forth Valley Business Diversity

Awards Ceremony 2009

Last year saw an increase in applications and the Network is keen to encourage more this year. Winners in 2010 included Capita Life & Pensions Service (Retention), Candies Cuisine (Social Firm), Asda Stenhousemuir (Recruitment) and Stirling Management Centre (Overall Winner). Please contact Gordon Wright at Stirling Council’s Employability Service on 01786 432290 to find out more.

RACMSA Rally of Scotland 2010 Touch Estate was the stunning venue for the media launch of the RACMSA Rally of Scotland, which comes to Stirling and Perthshire again on 15 – 17 October 2010. The rally will be the penultimate round of the high-profile Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which includes other events in Monte Carlo, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic and Cyprus. The Stirling stages of this exciting event will include Loch Ard and Achrey Forest in the Trossachs, with a

Rally drivers Robe rt Reid & David We ston with Provost & Councillor Scott Fergus Wood Farmer

fabulous final ceremony at Stirling Castle on Sunday 17 October. The Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Resort is the setting for rally hospitality for the final day of the rally. The venue is beautifully set in landscaped gardens and woodland on the shores of Loch Ard, near Aberfoyle, an ideal base from which to enjoy the rally. There are also other hospitality options in Perth & Kinross. For more details of RACMSA Rally of Scotland 2010 hospitality packages email rallyofscotland@ or call 0131 477 7767. Rally spectator tickets for advance purchase are now available and this year entry to the rally stages is free for children under 15 years. For further information on tickets and stages go to .

Business Club Scotland Launched by the Scottish Government last year, BusinessClub Scotland owns the exclusive rights to all Rally of Scotland procurement opportunities and, working closely with Rally organisers, has already successfully facilitated tenders for design, printing and accommodation in relation to the event. Jane Gotts, Programme Director for BusinessClub Scotland, said: “We are committed to helping companies across Scotland reap the benefits available through the country’s major events programme. The Rally of Scotland is expected to attract more than 50,000 spectators this year and will generate a considerable amount of business for local firms.” “I would encourage all Stirling businesses to register free with BusinessClub Scotland and keep abreast of all tender opportunities that become available for the Rally of Scotland and the country’s other high profile events.” BusinessClub Scotland is free to join and Stirling’s businesses are encouraged to sign up to be the first to hear about new procurement opportunities at .


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Interview with... John Quinn, Senior Partner of Bluewater Scotland LLP How has your property portfolio developed? Over the years I have bought land in Springkerse and developed many industrial units – you may have noticed the distinctive blue units with yellow doors. The latest development is on Munro Road. I have also been involved in a number of joint projects with Stirling Council to provide office and industrial space and joint ventures with John and Norman Scott, through Muddyfields LLP. Current development sites in Stirling include the new industrial units on Munro Road, a redevelopment site on Cunningham Road and a site off Borrowmeadow Road, for which I’m still considering options. Outwith the Stirling area, I have commercial and industrial developments in Glenbervie, Larbert; Bothwell, Glenrothes, Dunfermline and Grangemouth.

What about the recession? I think Stirling faired well through the recession (assuming it is now over) – it definitely hasn’t been as bad as the early 1990s when the commercial property market really took a dip.

What is your background?

Property enquiries have picked up and we’ve had strong interest

I served my time as an engineer at Weirs in Alloa, before moving into sales,

in the recently completed units at Munro Road, Springkerse.

selling engineering tools, nuts and bolts etc. After switching companies

FES have taken a unit and heads of terms sent to three other

twice, I decided to set up my own engineering supply company in Stirling.

businesses, with expressions of interest in the remaining units.

When I started Hi-Fas in 1985, my first business unit was at Stirling Enterprise Park (STEP) and I will always be thankful for the support I received from them

What is your role in STEP?

in the early days.

STEP were crucial in the start up period of my business and especially in the high growth period. I met many people who

How did you get involved in property development? After outgrowing the business unit at STEP I found it really difficult to find a suitable industrial unit to rent. Identifying a gap in the market, I purchased a site with development potential at Kerse Road, Springkerse, and built a block of industrial units beside my business premises. They let very quickly, thus confirming the need and the opportunity. At that time it was really difficult to find flexible leases and there were lots of hurdles to overcome. My objective was to make it easy for people wanting to let industrial space. I still hold this ethos close to heart, sitting down with

advised and guided me through some difficult times. I now want to support the organisation and help give something back to other people starting out in business. I have supported STEP as a shareholder and board member and I am now Vice Chairman.

What is your interest in radio? In 1992 I bought a small shareholding in Central FM and over the years increased it to an 11 per cent share. In 2009 I bought out the main shareholder and I now have a 75 per cent stake. I plan to relocate Central FM to

prospective tenants to agree flexible lease arrangements.

a good central location within its broadcast area in the near

Do you still have your supply company? No. I amalgamated Hi-Fas with Fasco, which I bought in 1998, and later, after struggling to identify a site in Stirling, created a central distribution centre in Grangemouth. I sold the business to a customer in 2007 – this allowed me to invest in my property development company Bluewater Scotland LLP.



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future and would love to form a creative industries hub, here in Stirling.

Joe and Nicky

from the Cent ral FM Breakfast team

ASPIRE – helping employees improve skills Stirling Council’s European supported ASPIRE project offers free training to help employees struggling to progress or keep up with changes in the workplace to sustain their employment. Around 70 people are currently in training through ASPIRE. Employer training requests range from IT training and English language skills to helping with disabilities or health problems. To find out if ASPIRE can help with your training needs, please contact Marianne Eik on 01786 432366 or email

The following case studies provide examples of recent ASPIRE training…

Andrew Fleming, John Bruce (Cowie Panel Processors Ltd) and Agnes MacQueen BSL tutor from Forth Valley College

Jennifer Kidd, Bannockburn RDA

Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Bannockburn RDA help people with

Laraine Binnie, Airth Station Cattery and Kennels

Airth Station Cattery and Kennels Airth Station Cattery and Kennels provides boarding for cats and dogs.

disabilities learn equestrian activities,

Training requirement?

providing a wide range of learning,

ASPIRE training was required to put six members of staff through the Animal Care Qualification (SVQ).

therapeutic and social opportunities.

Training requirement? Training was required to assist two members of staff to create and manage a Microsoft Access database.

Outcome? Jennifer Kidd from Bannockburn RDA said: “The ASPIRE training was tailored to our requirements – we were able to work and learn using our own database.”

Outcome? Laraine Binnie, from Airth Station Cattery and Kennels said: “ASPIRE training is helping staff further their careers working with animals. It is helpful in terms of business, customers find it assuring that staff are qualified animal care assistants and they feel confident leaving their animals in our care.”

Cowie Panel Processors Ltd Cowie Panel Processors Ltd are manufacturers of wood products.

Training requirement? Cowie Panel Processors recruited a skilled deaf member of staff through Stirling Council’s Employability Service. ASPIRE developed British Sign Language training to help communication in the workplace.

Outcome? Andrew Fleming, Production Manager at Cowie Panel Processors said: “During difficult and busy times, this is not the type of training that we would normally be able to prioritise, however because the training is free and delivered on-site, this has allowed myself and two other members of staff to attend the classes.” “ASPIRE will also be running classes to train 12 of our staff in report writing skills.”

Stirling picks up Top EXPO Award The ‘Stirling: Scotland’s Heart’ stand was praised for its quality contribution to VisitScotland’s tourism EXPO exhibition in Glasgow recently, with its staff picking up the Most Effective Personnel Award. EXPO is Scotland’s flagship business to business event for the travel trade and is entirely Scottish. The Stirling stand was the result of collaboration between Stirling Council and partners Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park, The National Wallace Monument, Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd, Stirling Castle, Stirling Old Town Jail and the University of Stirling. The Most Effective Personnel Award recognised the staff’s friendly and helpful manner, politeness and attentiveness, knowledge of their product and active encouragement of pro-active stand participation. The award was judged by independent industry judges and presented by VisitScotland’s new Chairman, Dr Mike Cantlay. Jason Clark, Tourism Executive at Stirling Council, said: “EXPO gives us a great opportunity to showcase Stirling. It’s a good forum for us to engage with international buyers and make them aware of what Stirling has to offer. The key thing is that we work together to sell the unique Stirling experience.” This year VisitScotland EXPO attracted over 800 buyers from 30 different countries. With 530 international buyers travelling to the event, 2010 has attracted the largest number of international buyers in 10 years. If your tourism business would like to be involved in EXPO next April in Aberdeen, contact Jason Clark, Tourism Executive on 01786 442532 or email . STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy


At your service

Roads and Transport

ROADS improvement and development The transport network plays a vital role in Stirling’s economy. The Roads Improvement and Development team is involved in all aspects of improving, managing and monitoring the transport network, and is responsible for a wide range of activities, from road safety and development control to parking management and transport planning. To enhance the accessibility, efficiency and safety of the transport network for all users, the team design and implement traffic and pedestrian improvement projects; implement traffic regulation orders and restrictions; and implement schemes to promote cycling


and walking. The team works closely with businesses, contractors and developers to control activities on the public road network. This includes a range of issues, from road closures and permits to minor road alterations and major housing or retail developments. The team also provide advice to businesses on travel to work and transport planning issues.

Before carrying out any works or activities on a public road it is essential that you obtain the relevant permission to: Place a builders’ skip on a road.


Construct accesses, vehicular crossings etc.


Make an opening in any public road.

New parking arrangements for city centre


Place building materials, staging or


scaffolding on or over part of a road. Use portable traffic light signals.


Site and operate a street café on the


public footway. Create a new road or extension to an

Following a review of parking arrangements in


existing road.

the city centre, changes to parking restrictions,

Excavate the road for a drainage /

charges and waiting times were implemented


service connection.

in June this year in order to improve parking provision. A key part of this process was the consultation with, and valuable feedback from local businesses. The combination of Park and Ride and revised parking arrangements will provide enhanced

Temporary parking permit for


construction traffic.

support to businesses and the tourist industry as well as residents. The review proposed

The Roads and Transport team will be

several options for improvements to the parking arrangements, including:

happy to assist you with any permit

Increasing the maximum lengths of stay in some areas.

application or query. Please contact

Reducing parking charges for short and long stay parking.

Caroline Stewart on 01786 442864 or

Introducing season tickets for all day parking in outer parking areas.

e-mail for

Improving resident permit parking areas.

further information. All application

Increasing disabled parking, motorcycle parking and loading bays.

forms can be found on the website -

l l l l l

Linden Avenue and Forthside car parks are now promoted as ‘park and walk’ sites and have

a lower charge than other areas. This is to encourage their use and reflect their distance from the City centre, with a flat rate of £1 per day. Work has now started on reviewing parking arrangements in Bridge of Allan, Callander and Balmaha which will also include consultation with businesses, residents and other interested parties. More detailed information can be found at or by contacting Alan Ogilvie on 01786 442487, e-mail



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Did you know? You can now apply for a permit that grants temporary parking on restricted parking areas. This is, for example, to allow a contractor access to their place of work where the property has restricted parking.

Roads and Transport

At your service PROFILE Development Control Technical Support Officer Name: Caroline Stewart Role: I am the initial point of contact for anyone wishing to obtain consent to work on or occupy any part of a public road.

Case study

Graham Angus and Alistair Dawson

I provide advice on procedures and the type of permit required. Our aim is to accommodate all necessary work whilst maintaining the safe and efficient passage of all road users.

Friars Street and Baker Street improvements Earlier this year, work began on the environmental improvements in Baker Street and Friars Street. The work included new street surfaces,

My duties include road adoption and maintaining the List of adopted Public Roads. This information provides the framework for the Scottish Road Works Register, which lists all works programmed to take place within the road network. From this we can manage when permissions are granted to

improved layout and alterations to parking arrangements.

avoid different projects and permissions conflicting.

It was clear from the earliest stages of development that businesses

Current workload:

should have a significant input. Not only because of the impact that the work would have on the businesses, but also due to the in-depth knowledge that they have regarding the day-to-day operation of the area. Project Manager, Alistair Dawson said: “We set up a working group that encouraged engagement and interaction with businesses affected by the work. This included consultation on the design process, satisfying business needs in the area and ongoing liaison with the businesses throughout the project.”

My workload is varied and elements of it can be of a reactive nature. I have daily contact with the public and permits are often required at short notice for various permissions (see permit feature opposite). We are currently in the process of renewing all street café permits and I am working closely with the City Centre Management team to help promote the City centre and minimise any inconvenience to the public and traders. For

“More importantly, adjustments were made to the original scheme

example, erection of scaffolding is limited to a Sunday in the

following input from the businesses, loading bays and residents

City centre so as to minimise disruption.

parking were relocated and the ‘length of stay’ for visitor parking was

Whilst we always try to accommodate everyone’s needs, it is


not always possible to grant consent due to the legislation we

Graham Angus, Owner of Mailboxes etc. and member of Stirling

must adhere to, but we are happy to assist and advise on any

Business Panel said: “While there was going to be some disruption for

permit application or query.

local businesses, we recognise the benefits of this work in the longer term. It was refreshing to know that local businesses had a voice and had an input in to the whole process.” Consultation has started on the next phase of the Baker Street improvements so that businesses have the opportunity to provide feedback on the design of the scheme. Work should commence on this second phase in January 2011.

Did you know? Within the Stirling Council area, Roads and Transport manages the provision of public parking, including on-street parking and car parks. The authority operates a total of 36 car parks providing around 3,251 spaces.



For further information on the project, please contact Alistair Dawson on 01786 442565 or e-mail .

The Springkerse Park and Ride service has carried over 1.2 million passengers since it opened in 2006, and now averages 29,000 passengers per month.


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Bull sales success In a real off-peak tourism boost, 12,000 visitors were attracted to Stirling in February for the Perth Bull Sales®. The sales were held at United Auctions’ new headquarters at the Stirling Agricultural Centre and included over 1,000 pedigree cattle from across the UK. Breeds included Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, British Blue, Blonde d’Aquitaine and Salers. The top price of 28,000 guineas (£29,400) was reached for an Aberdeen Angus Bull from Galashiels. David Leggat MBE, Chairman of United Auctions said: “The sales have been particularly successful with record averages achieved. An exciting new element is the terrific number of people worldwide who have accessed the Spring Sales via the new webcast.” This is the first time there has been an audio webcast of the event. The Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn Sales were watched live over the internet by 2,497 people across the world including viewers throughout Europe, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Local breeders who sold at the spring sales included: JR Galloway, Cardona, Doune


J Burnett & Sons, Supper Spittalton, Blairdrummond (winner of Female Limousin Championship and Reserve Female Championship)


WI & WA Callion, Bolfornought Farm, Stirling


R Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling (winner of Reserve Intermediate


Limousin Bull Champion) AW Dunn, Glassick Farm, Braco


D & L Graham, Mains of Burnbank Farm, Blairdrummond


R & J Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Bridge of Allan (winner of the Limousin


Championship) D McBeath & SJ Jessop, Lower Greenyards Farm, Bannockburn


Fit like

JH Mitchell, Clarkton Farm, Doune


R & M Paterson, Upper Auchenlay, Dunblane


The Perth Bull Sales® are held in October, February and May each year.

On 6th April 2010 the sick note changed to the fit note and the new system brings a number of changes. The key ones are: doctors will no longer issue statements saying someone is fit for work.


a new option is for a doctor to advise if your employee may be fit


for work with some support. more space for a doctor to provide information on how your


Representatives of the five partner agencies: Thistles Centre, Retailers Against Crime, Central Scotland Police, Stirling Safer Cities Initiative and St. James Security.

Retailers Against Crime

employee’s condition will effect what they do. helpful tick boxes for doctors to use to suggest common ways to


help a return to work. the maximum duration that a medical statement can be issued for


has been reduced from six months to three months. Employer and employee guides are available on the Healthy

Every tenant in the Thistles Shopping Centre has been provided with membership of Retailers Against Crime (RAC), giving them access to information and images of offenders, including organised shoplifting teams, purse dippers and fraudsters.


In conjunction with this membership, a new radio system aimed at making life tougher for shoplifters is now operational in the Centre. The radio system, used in conjunction with the images, allows the fast transfer and sharing of real-time information between businesses and the Centre’s dedicated security staff.

and Borders, a new service for employees of small to medium sized

Launched in February 2009 the scheme has achieved consistent success in terms of preventing incidents and the apprehension and removal of shoplifters from the centre.

be accessed on the Healthy Working Lives helpline and further details



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Working Lives web-site or call their helpline on 0800 019 2211. In addition, following successful pilot initiatives in Dundee, Lothian enterprises (SMEs) has also been launched by the NHS. Formerly known as the Fit for Work Service, Working Health Services Scotland (WHSS) is a new NHS service that aims to assist employees of SMEs to remain in or return to work quickly after a period of absence. The service can are available via their web-site at working-health-services-scotland/about.aspx .

Touch Business Centre celebrates 10 years of success Touch Business Centre is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The converted 18th century former stables sits adjacent to Touch House in the spectacular setting of Touch Estate near Cambusbarron. The stables were converted in 2000 to provide modern commercial office space, ensuring the ‘A’ listed buildings were preserved and continue to have a working use. Tom Stones, from software company NeverFail Group Ltd said: “We were one of the first businesses to move into the converted stables, choosing to locate here for good access to motorway networks,

One of the unfortunate impacts of

fantastic rural setting and modern office space, all within three miles

the recession has been an increase

of Stirling city centre. The stunning views of the hills and beautiful

in vacant retail premises in the city

buildings never fail to impress visiting customers and partners.”

centre. As empty shop fronts can be unsightly and often become

Margaret Plews, Office Manager of Touch Business Centre, said:

a mecca for fly posters, Stirling

“After ten years the buildings have settled very well into their new

Council has taken an innovative

guise. Testament to this over the last decade has been the high

step to transform some of the

occupancy levels and very low rates of turnover.” “In 2007 we converted the former Old Laundry cottage to add a further 1500 sq ft (140 sq m) of office space. In 2008, a biofuel boiler was installed to provide occupiers with a sustainable, low cost heat supply. The biofuel boiler runs on woodchip, grown and harvested in neighbouring commercial forestry.” With regard the future, Margaret said: “We are greatly encouraged by the success of the business centre and this has given us the confidence to look forward to other exciting projects over the next ten years.”

Bringing life to Stirling’s streets

empty shop fronts. The window art initiative engages with young artists and youth groups throughout the Council area to fill vacant shop fronts with

Did you know?

designs and images of the city.

Touch Business Centre was recently listed by as one of the Top Ten Historic Buildings in the UK providing office accommodation.

Andy Kennedy, City Centre Initiatives Manager, said: “Towns and cities throughout the country are wrestling with the issue of

Forth Construction

vacant units and the impact they

Forth Construction is delighted to welcome Alison Morrison as their new coordinator. Alison, a Chartered Surveyor said: “I am thrilled to take up the post and I am looking forward to working with partners and members. Although not ideal, the current economic climate has provided the opportunity to take stock and develop ways to adapt while further improving growth, knowledge, practices and services.”

with Youth Services, we have

For more information on Forth Construction please contact Alison on 01259 226696 or email . You can also visit their stand at the Stirling Business Panel Trade Fair in September.

property owners and agents

have on the high street. Working utilised the skills of local young people to improve the look of vacant units.” “I would like to thank all the involved for allowing us to utilise their window space, making this

initiative a success.”


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LEADER update LEADER is the European funding programme for the rural area.

Latest LEADER Forth Valley and Lomond awards Two projects have been awarded £125,781 between them since the last edition of Stirling Eye went to print. Thornhill Community Trust was awarded £5,781 towards their ‘Thornhill - a New Community Future’ project. The project includes bringing in specialist help to assist them in updating their community Action Plan. Camphill (Blair Drummond) Trust Ltd was awarded

Scottsland, celebrating the language of the landscape

£120,000 towards the construction of two modern workshops as part of their ‘building for the future’ capital development project. Camphill Blairdrummond is a well-established social enterprise in rural Stirling that supports and provides purposeful community life for people with complex learning difficulties. The

Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER awarded £13,800 to

InTouch and Craft Workshops will expand and radically

the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park for the

modernise the service and care which will be offered

events grant scheme for businesses and communities.

to day students and residents. In the longer term, the

Successful applicants include Callander Film Society,

development will also open up opportunities for the

Trossachs Business Partnership, Port of Menteith Heritage

local and wider community.

Group, Women in the Trossachs, Kinlochard Village Hall, Balquhidder Businesses, and Callander Youth Project. The

This reaching out to the wider community was evident at

range of events taking place include Soaring Above The

the preview day held on 4th June to which residents, day

Trossachs Kite Festival, Scottsland, Slates and Steamtrains,

students and staff welcomed parents, Council members,

Scottsland 2010 Amateur Photo Competition and an

funders and people from the surrounding community. It

exhibition and guided walks organised by the Woodland

was a day to share information and celebrate progress

Trust. For a full listing of exciting events taking place throughout the Trossachs

to date. The creative work of the residents and day

up to and including October 2010, see . They are all

students was displayed in the gardens, the bakery, the

organised by local communities and businesses.

BBQ and the display of craft creations.

Funding boost for rural broadband The Scottish Government has now opened the bidding process for grant applications to the Rural Broadband Challenge Fund. The grants are available for broadband infrastructure that will improve access and speed of broadband in rural areas. These will be administered through the Scottish LEADER Programmes. Individual businesses, groups of businesses and community organisations are all eligible to apply. Applications from the Forth Valley and Lomond area need to be with the LEADER office by 17th August 2010. More details are available on or 01786 443123.

More information on the Forth valley & Lomond LEADER programme is available on the website where you can also download an enquiry form. 28


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John Landis on locatio

n at Stirling Castle for

Burke & Hare

Hollywood comes to Stirling Over the past eight months, the Stirling area has played host to three large-scale filming productions that have featured the likes of veteran actor Donald Sutherland, Australian actress Isla Fisher, housewives favourite Sean Bean and up-and-coming, action hero and heart throb Channing Tatum.

Jamie Bell & Channing

The first of these productions was the pilot

In February and March of 2010, Stirling

film for a new HBO series Game of Thrones,

also welcomed the Hollywood director John

which was partially filmed at Doune Castle in

Landis (dir: Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson’s

winter 2009. Game of Thrones is a medieval

Thriller and Animal House) and a cast of

fantasy based on author George R.R. Martin’s

stars including Simon Pegg, Christopher

cult series of novels, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’.

Lee, David Tennant, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher

Starring Sean Bean and Lena Headey and

and Jenny Agutter for the filming of Burke

directed by Hollywood director and actor

& Hare. Stirling Castle doubled as part of

Tom McCarthy (act: 2012 and Meet the

Edinburgh’s old town for the production.

Parents, dir: The Station Agent, The Visitor),

Based on the true story about the famous

the film will be televised later in the year.

murderers, Burke & Hare follows the hapless

Also in winter 2009, filming for the latest Kevin Macdonald film took place (dir: Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, State of Play). Eagle of the Ninth stars Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Bell and is set in Roman Britain around 140

exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in nineteenth-century Edinburgh. Eagle of the Ninth and Burke & Hare are due for release

Tatum on location at

the Devil’s Pulpit

to around £1.8 billion per annum. Apart from spend on locations and services, filming productions also assist the local economy by employing local cast and crew. The Clanranald Trust’s ‘Combat International’ team were utilised as extras for Eagle of the Ninth and Game of Thrones and many of the extras for Burke & Hare were employed from the local population and surrounding areas. If you live in the Stirling area and would like to register as film crew (CV with evidence of experience necessary) or register your property as a potential location then contact Caralin Montgomery-Cichy, Events & Film Liaison Executive on 01786 442535 or email

autumn 2010 / spring 2011.

AD. The story revolves around a young

There are many benefits to

Roman officer, Marcus Flavius Aquila, who

encouraging Stirling’s image as a

is trying to discover the truth about the

‘film-friendly’ area. In 2008, £28

unexplained disappearance of his father’s

million of direct local expenditure

legion, the Ninth Legion, in the mountains

was generated in Scotland through

of Caledonia twenty years earlier. Location

filming activity attracted by the

filming for Eagle of the Ninth took place at

Scottish Locations Network (which

Devil’s Pulpit, a dramatic gorge set in the

includes Stirling Council’s film

countryside near Drymen (see image), and

liaison service). Film tourism

on Touch Estate near the City of Stirling. The

accounts for 10 per cent of the

production also spent several weeks in the

total value of tourism to the

Highlands of Scotland.

British economy, which amounts

Burke & Hare Extras at Stirling Castle


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Economic facts Population and Households Figure 1: Population

Stirling 2002-2009 % Change 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Stirling Scotland

Total Population











Working Age Population











Total Number of Households













Source: General Register Office for Scotland

Employment Rate

Unemployment Rate

Figure 2: Employment Rate (as % of Working Age Population)

Figure 3: Unemployment Rate (as % of Working Age Population) Unemployment rate

Employment rate






Source: Annual Population Survey (Nomis)

4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0

May 2005

Stirling Scotland

May 2010

Source: Claimant Count with Rates and Proportions (Nomis)

Growth in Number of Jobs 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2001-2008 2001-2008 Figure 4: Jobs Growth Change % Change Stirling












2,299,800 2,279,500 2,307,000 2,340,000 2,398,800 2,377,200 2,408,500 2,420,400



Source: Annual Business Inquiry (Nomis)

Enterprise 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2002-2009 2002-2009 Figure 5: New Business Change % Change Starts Stirling Scotland





















Source: The Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers

Business Survival Rates Figure 6: 3 Year Survival Rate of Newly Born Enterprises

65 64 63 62

2003 2005 Year business started up

Source: Business Demography (Office for National Statistics)



Figure 7: Number of Active Businesses per 10,000 Population


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Scotland No. Active businesses per 10,000 population

3 Year Survival Rate - %


Business Density Scotland

350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0



Source: Business Demography (Office for National Statistics) Notes: Active businesses cover PAYE and VAT registered businesses only

Active Businesses, Business Births and Business Deaths Figure 8: Businesses in 2008 – Percentages based on Stock of Active Businesses

Stirling – Number

Stirling - %

Scotland - %

400 290 3,445

11.6% 8.4% -

11.0% 8.7% -

Business Births Business Deaths Stock of Active Businesses

Source: Business Demography (Office for National Statistics) Notes: Active businesses cover PAYE and VAT registered businesses only


Occupational Distribution

Figure 9: Employment by Industrial Sector, Stirling, 2008

Figure 10: Occupational Distribution, Stirling, 2008

Occupational Distribution of workers in Stirling, %

Employment by Industrial Sector, %

Source: Annual Business Inquiry (Nomis)

Source: Annual Population Survey - Workplace Analysis (Nomis)


Visitors to the Stirling Area

% of working age population

Figure 11: % of the Working Age Population Qualified to SVQ Level 4+ (or equivalent) and % with No Qualifications, 2008 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

SVQ Level 4+ No qualifications

Figure 12: Visitors to Key Attractions in the Stirling Council Area Visitors 2007 2008 Argyll’s Lodging


Bannockburn Heritage Centre



Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park



Mugdock Country Park



National Wallace Monument



Old Town Jail



Stirling Castle





Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum Stirling


Source: Visit Scotland; Mugdock Country Park; Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park


Source: Annual Population Survey (Nomis)

Earnings Figure 13: Average Gross Weekly Earnings of people working full time

Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Residents – Stirling Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Residents – Scotland Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Workers – Stirling Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Workers – Scotland

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

2002-2009 % Change

£425.9 £369.3 £376.4 £371.7

17% 28% 23% 27%

£428.4 £381.8 £377.8 £381.3

£419.7 £390.6 £390.1 £390.4

£455.3 £409.8 £382.6 £408.6

£472.1 £427.9 £419.3 £428.1

£479.9 £440.9 £434.2 £441.5

£493.2 £461.8 £452.8 £460.1

£499.9 £472.2 £462.0 £473.6

Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (Nomis)


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An event to help Stirling district farmers tap in to a multi million pound government grant scheme to pursue diversification projects will take place in September.

7pm, 29th September, Buchan Arms Hotel, Drymen – Diversification Funding Training Event. Attendence fee: £20. Contact Caroline Brown at Stirling Enterprise for more details on 01786 463416, e-mail .

Help with training costs for businesses A new programme, 5000 Flexible Training Opportunities, has been launched to help small businesses invest in learning and development for their employees. In order to help small businesses become more resilient through the current period of economic recovery, the programme gives Scottish businesses with 1-50 employees the opportunity to have up to 50 per cent of their employee training costs paid for with an overall maximum of £500 per employee. Eligible training opportunities include learning based on national occupational standards, industry recognised qualifications, first line supervisory management and workshops. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there’s no need to pay it back. To apply call the Skills Development Scotland helpline free on 0800 783 6000

Forthcoming events/training Callander Business Advice Clinics Stirling Enterprise (STEP) hold twice monthly Business Advice Clinics in Callander in the National Park Office. The clinics run from 2-4 pm and are scheduled for the following dates: Thursday 29th July Thursday 12th August Thursday 26th August Thursday 16th September Thursday 30th September Anyone interested in attending the Callander Business Advice Clinics should contact STEP on 01786 463416 or email step@ .

Free Business Gateway training events August 2010 3rd evening – Stirling – Bookkeeping 1. 4th evening – Stirling – Bookkeeping 2. 19th morning – Alloa – Getting real results from your website. 24th morning – Alloa – Advertising & Promotion. 24th afternoon – Alloa – Marketing your Business. 25th morning – Falkirk – Bookkeeping 1. 25th afternoon – Falkirk – Bookkeeping 2.

September 2010 15th morning – Stirling – Improve your search engine ranking. 16th evening – Falkirk – Trading Online. 22nd morning – Falkirk – Advertising & Promotion. 29th evening – Stirling – Marketing your business.

To book your free place, call 0845 609 6611 or check for up-to-date listings. Stirling Enterprise (STEP) also run free training and awareness sessions specifically for people looking to start up their own business. For more information please contact Denise Mallinson on 01786 463416.

Useful web links

Service contacts

Active Stirling – Business Gateway – Forth Valley College – Forth Construction Forum - Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER – Funding Search Facility – The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - Lottery Fund – Property Search Facility – Raploch Urban Regeneration Company – Scottish Chambers of Commerce – Scottish Enterprise – Scottish Government – Scottish Parliament – Stirling Business Directory – Stirling Business Panel – Stirling Council Business Pages – Stirling Enterprise (STEP) – Stirling Eye – Stirling University Innovation Park – Trossachs Rural Mentoring Scheme – University of Stirling – VisitScotland – VisitStirling –

Building Standards, Stirling Council Joyce Wighton, Tel: 01786 432032, email: City Centre Management, Stirling Council Andy Kennedy, Tel: 01786 442534, email: Culture and Adult Learning, Stirling Council Lynne Gibbons, Tel: 01786 432360, email: Economic Support & Tourism, Stirling Council Deborah Murray, Tel: 01786 442467, email: Employability Service, Stirling Council Gordon Wright, Tel: 01786 442866, email: Environmental Health & Trading Standards, Stirling Council Leslie Fisher, Tel: 01786 432180, email Planning, Stirling Council Peter Morgan, Tel: 01786 442914, email: Rates Team, Stirling Council Alison McLean, Tel: 01786 443236, email: Waste Services, Stirling Council David Hopper, Tel: 01786 443038, email

Stirling Council Environment Services, Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET phone: 0845 277 7000 email: text: 0771 779 0001 web:

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Diversification Funding Training Event For Farmers

Stirling Eye - Summer 2010  

Stirling Eye is a quarterly round up of business news and key facts and figures on Stirling's economy.

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