Tenant Tuesday: Drac Logistics

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DRAC LOGOWe’d like to introduce Drac Logistics in this week’s Tenant Tuesday feature at The Hub.

Who are they?

Drac Logistics are a Freight Forwarding Company awho offer import, export & cross-trade services via road, air and sea. The company have 4 offices: Stone, Manchester, Birmingham and here in Falkirk at The Hub within one of our office suites. The services they offer are available for around the world and for both individual clients and businesses alike from a variety of industries.

Drac deploy advanced IT solutions in offering a global track and trace service with direct links to customers proprietary systems.

Services

Air freight

They offer a range of air freight services to meet an array of import and export services. With four different routes available, Drac can be flexible and work with you to meet your requirements. If you have an urgent shipment to made they offer their quickest freight service; whereas if you are on a tight budget they offer a lower priced consolidated air service. If the price for air is too expensive for your budget they can also look at a combination of air and sea to get you to best possible price.

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The approach adopted by Drac for freight management is based on integrating Drac Tracks technology with Vendor Compliance, Purchasing, Order Management and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reporting. Vendor compliance includes an overview of the supply chain along with other specific considerations including the terms of purchase and order and logistics procedures. Drac Tracks functionality provides a host of benefits such as purchase order confirmation, order progress reporting, bookings, receipts, document notification, and commercial invoice reconciliation

Project Cargo

Their service offering regarding project cargo includes the following:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Route surveys
  • Supply chain consultancy and network optimisation
  • Export packaging and quality inspections
  • Export and import customs and border control formalities
  • Air freight and sea freight transportation of all cargo sizes including over dimensional movements
  • Off-site receipt and delivery to project site

As well as air freight, they offer a range of services for sea shipment. There is a variety of different carriers to meet your required transit times, more information of which can be found here.

Supply Chain Management   Drac Logistocs

Ensuring an effective supply chain is vital to all business models so Drac can help with the management of this if you don’t have the technical ability or time in house to do it. Drac would start this process with a supply chain audit which is fundamental to gaining a full understanding of the business and its logistics requirements.

The outcome of the audit would be focused on:

  • Network designs
  • Process map to eliminate non value-added tasks
  • Information management integration to remove process duplication and bridge information gaps

Following on from the initial audit and implementation of identified improvements, further supply chain reviews would then be arranged.

Service specifics   container-port

Although Drac can ship a large variety of goods they have key specialisms in a few areas. This includes:

  • Vehicle exports: Drac are one of Europe’s leading vehicle exports and logistics providers, responsible for the planning, transport, secure loading and shipment of new and used vehicles worldwide.
  • Breakbulk Cargo: These are not loaded in standard containers or bulk carriers, but loaded direct to the vessel in packaging such as drums, barrels etc.
  • Food exports & imports The UK food export market was worth over €12 billion to the UK economy during 2012. Whilst whisky, confectionery, dairy produce, seafood and meat are the main products shipped broad, many more items are exported, from both large manufacturers and cottage industries. Drac is involved in the export of both seasonal and non-seasonal produce, including the provision of freight management services to cereal manufacturers
  • Recycled commodities: Drac works with clients in the recycling industry to arrange shipments from the UK, Ireland and Europe of commodities such as metals, paper, plastics, garments and used IT equipment to world-wide destinations.

Contact

Details of their office locations and how you can contact them can be found here. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter – don’t forget to give them a follow!

All of our office suites within The Hub are full but if you would like to be put on the waiting list more details are found on our website.

 

Tenant Tuesday: Key Community Supports

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Falkirk Business Hubs weekly Tenant Tuesday blog this week features Key Community Supports who are a community support group for adults and young people with disabilities and long-term conditions throughout Scotland.

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Key was originally set up by a group of passionate families who had a vision for their sons and daughters to live their life as normally as they could. Some of these families are still involved in the organisation today. Although first set up as a housing association, their primary focus is now to deliver high quality, personalised support to people in their own homes and communities.

However, the organisation continues to have a housing function which manages a number of properties across 15 Scottish local authorities.

The team at Key works in close partnership with The Advisory Group (TAG), which was set up by Key in 1996 to enable people with learning disabilities to have a stronger voice in the services they use and their local communities.

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The organisation supports individuals in their own home, their family home or their community. They can offer support just a few hours a week, a few hours a day or 24-hour support, including overnights. Details of funding available for support can be found here.

The team have specific experience in a variety of areas including Autism and Dementia.

Short breaks

Key offer short breaks for those who need support ranging from planned regular short breaks of just a few hours or up to a few weeks, through to support in times of crisis or emergency. They can be community-based, offered in the person’s family home or in our specially adapted short break accommodation, which is currently available in Annan, Stranraer and Nairn. There is also have a fully accessible holiday lodge available to rent!

Each person who uses the short breaks support also has a plan of what they want to achieve from this time, which could include:

  • Taking a break from day-to-day routines
  • Resting and recharging batteries
  • Meeting new people and maintaining friendships
  • Experiencing new things
  • Increasing independence.

Do they operate in your area?

They support people in many local authority areas across Scotland. The Area Managers are the first point of contact for local areas and all the services are registered with the Care Inspectorate – the agency responsible for regulating all social care services in Scotland.

You can find out more about locations here.

In areas where there is no current service, you will be directed to a Regional Manager contact.

Key Housing

The team are committed to providing high quality housing while offering a range of personalised housing solutions.

hosuingThey have 713 properties across Scotland and typically have around 50 vacancies a year.

More details of those who might be able to get support from Key Housing can e found here.

Getting involved

The organisation currently employs around 2000 staff. Workers are generally part of a small team providing individualised support. Support is delivered at times that fit in with the person’s needs and wishes, so all workers have flexible working hours, which will include nights and weekends. Hours and days of work (rotas) are planned in advance by Team Leaders so that workers can plan their work and other commitments.

If this is something which you think you might be interested in can be found here.

Get in touch

Details of how to contact the organisation can be found here as well as being able to subscribe to their mailing list.

Is it time for your business to make use of Falkirk Business Hub?

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Running your own business can be extremely challenging; however, Falkirk Business Hub provides a range of services to local business people across central Scotland to help ease these difficulties.

With a range of meeting spaces, business community and our spacious coworking lounge, The Hub can help you overcome the challenges of your business. Keep on reading to find out the four main reasons to come down to The Hub:

1. You’re tired of trailing round coffee shops

Understandably, people often find that the distractions at home minimises their productivity and working elsewhere is a lot more favourable, so often you find yourself opting to take time away from home and work in a local café or coffee shop.

However, the noise of a busy coffee shop isn’t always the best working environment. The background music along with the barista calling out customers’ names over the constant chatter of coffee lovers is bound to keep you distracted from your work and the size of the table isn’t always conducive to juggling your laptop, paperwork and your coffee!

The temperamental slow internet connection also can’t be anyone’s best friend, and will no doubt minimise efficiency of whatever kind of work you do.

What you need: A spacious desk with reliable wifi without the challenges and distractions of coffee shop surfing.

The HubLounge provides coworking facilities for local business people and you are able to join as a “pay as you go” or monthly member.

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2. You need a meeting space to meet with your clients

Meeting with a client in person allows you to build a more personal relationship opposed to email or telephone communication. This in turn will lead to increased client satisfaction and customer retention. Often small business owners struggle to find a good venue to meet with clients which presents a professional approach.

What you need: A private meeting room with equipment for visual presentations in addition to reliable internet connection.

Falkirk Business Hub has a range of meeting rooms available to hire for up to 59 people. We also have small rooms available by the hour which comfortably accommodate 2 people – if you simply need a quiet professional space to meet.

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3. You wish to have your own office space

Your business is expanding – what was once a lone venture has grown to become a small business with a few members of staff. If your business is thriving, working at home or in a coffee shop isn’t ideal. You need a space where you can all come together and work comfortably with one another.

What you need: A small office space that allows you to work all together and collectively share ideas.

Falkirk Business Hub has 50 serviced office suites over three floors in a variety of sizes. We have over 35 businesses at The Hub and are currently fully occupied however our flexible agreements mean that we often have space become available. Get in touch to find out more, arrange a viewing or join our waiting list.  Or come and view our HubLounge and consider our corporate membership, where all your colleagues can work on a flexible basis.

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4. You need a venue to host your business event

If you’re looking for a space to host an upcoming event for your business and holding it in a crowded restaurant with poor lights and sound systems doesn’t sound attractive then the The Hub has a solution!

What you need: A large space where you can host an event to network with your clients.

The HubLounge is our coworking space which can also be easily converted to accommodate seminars or events for up to 59 people. With a wall mounted 50 inch flat screen television that can also be connected via HMDI or USB to a laptop, sonos sound system and flexible layout, the HubLounge is ideal for presentations, exhibitions, drinks receptions or special events.

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Tenant Tuesday: DMS Office

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Along with an array of different types of businesses, DMS Office are located on the 1st floor of Falkirk Business Hub and are this weeks tenant for our Tenant Tuesday blog feature. DMS Office have a variety of office supplies and operate throughout Scotland. They served over 4000 businesses across Ayrshire, Glasgow, Falkirk, Edinburgh and Stirling, with their fleet of vehicles making more than 3000 deliveries every month.

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The team is made up of Account Managers, Consultants, IT Managers and Customer Service Assistants who can give advice and guidance across every area of your business.

They can deliver products, services and solutions that reduce the costs to your business and maximise its efficiency.

What can they provide your business with?

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From stationery to facility management and catering supplies the team at DMS have it sorted. They have over 30,000 stationery products to choose from they can ensure that whatever you need for your team they can source it. In addition, they have a range of commercial washroom and hygiene supplies and a wide selection of cleaning materials which are all competitively priced, and ready for next day delivery.

You can shop all their office supplies here.

Print and Promotional

Based in Falkirk? You don’t need to go to Edinburgh or Glasgow to print your marketing materials, the team at DMS Office will sort you out. They offer professional printing promotional goods to enhance your brand. On top of marketing brochures and flyers, DMS can print high-quality business cards or promotional goods such as mugs and pens. Unsure about the design? The specialist designers can help create the perfect graphic and ensure what is created is exactly what you need. Sound interesting? 

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The specialised team of experts can design, deliver and install all types of office furniture. The includes computer desks, workstations, chairs and storage solutions. The range is available in a range of different materials, sizes and designs, so there is plenty to choose from.To find out more of what they have on offer click here.

IT & Software

DMS Office supply, install and support award winning hardware and software to make your business more efficient and secure. There is no need to have an in-house IT department when DMS can save you money, time and effort by managing all maintenance and support for you. They can help you improve your security and data protection along with increasing your efficiency and speed.

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Want to reduce the cost of your office print? DMS are a certified supplier of Samsung photocopiers throughout Scotland. Samsung provide straightforward, flexible print solutions. DMS highlight Samsung copiers key features here. The team have qualified copier and printer engineers and provide a range of service and support.

Web and Digital

All under one roof, the DMS team design, build and maintain digital solutions across the web. An effective website is vital for any brand so the team ensure to use their experience to professionally write websites, which are compatable with mobile/tablets as well as desktops to ensure your customers can interact with your business. They also have experience with E-Marketing, social marketing and content writing. You can improve your digital marketing strategy today!

Get in touch

If you would like to get more information from the DMS team you can make an appointment with a specialist. You can also like them on Facebook and give them a follow on Twitter. 

Also, don’t forget to check out their summer deals!

Tenant Tuesday: Pegasi

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This week it is Pegasi’s turn to feature in our Tenant Tuesday blog post. Pegasi are a professional translation company based here within The Hub in Falkirk centre. The team is made up of highly trained translators, editors, proof-readers and project managers who are their to provide a superior language service.

Pegasi concentrates on translation services for French, German and English.

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Services available

Translation

Pegasi specialise in offering translation services which are carried out by certified, specialised native-speaking translators, from basic text to technical and complex reports. The team at Pegasi Translations provide technically accurate and highly fluent translations to a wide range of commercial, legal and technical fields.

Proof-reading

In addition to the translation services, the team in The Hub offer exceptional proof-reading services to help ensure text is error-free without any spelling or grammatical mistakes.

There are a range of other services available,  including editing and desktop publishing, which you can find more about on their website

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The team have an array of experience within the field, however; particularly the translators at Pegasi combine their professional language skills and industry knowledge in three specific areas: Technical, Engineering and IT.

The team have extensive experience in these three industries; ensuring that they use the right terminology.

Information technology

The team is knowledgeable with regards to the IT industry and are able to provide high-quality translations of I.T. documents such as websites, contracts, software manuals and instructions.

The team understand that like any other technical translation, it requires appropriate vocabulary and terminology for the type of project. To ensure this is delivered the team works with specifically developed glossaries and ensure to have clarity and consistency.

Technical / Engineering

pegasci francePegasi has carried out hundreds of technical translations varying in length and complexity including engineering drawings, operation manuals and production machinery documentation.

Not inly are the translators experienced in the technical literature, they also have comprehensive knowledge of the science industries.

Get in touch

If after reading this blog you would like to find out anymore about any of the services that Pegasi have on offer you can contact them using the form on their website or email them at info@pegasitranslations.com.

You can also follow them on LinkedIn.

Tenant Tuesday: Advance Laser & Skincare Clinic

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advanceAdvance Laser & Skincare Clinic are based on the third floor of the Hub and provide a range of skin treatments. They have a number of years experience and an abundance of delighted customers.

Their two main areas of work are tattoo removal and hair removal which are both performed by a laser treatment.

Laser tattoo removal

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Before and after photos

Although a tattoo may seem the right thing to do at the time, time and feelings can change so the team at Advance can help you to get it removed. This laser treatment sends short bursts of energy into the ink pigments of the tattoo and breaks up the particles and the ink, enabling your immune system to safely remove the ink.

There is no set amount of sessions that are needed as everyone is different. Indian ink is removed the easiest followed by amateur tattoos. If you have a professional tattoo these do take the longest to come off and takes around 6 sessions and upwards.

To avoid scarring it is recommended that you keep your skin hydrated by regularly moisturising and do not pick any scabs. The skin is the largest organ of the body and you need to look after it.

Hair removal

advanceFed up of shaving or waxing? Let the team at Advance clinic take away the chore by booking in for laser hair removal. The highly experienced nurses provide a fast, non-invasive hair removal treatment to get rid of any unwanted hair.

Normally six to eight treatment sessions are needed to provide a permanent reduction of hair growth. The gap between sessions is normally between 4 – 6 weeks. The number of hair removal sessions depends on various factors, including where the hair is, how thick it is and also your particular skin type and hair colour.

The initial consultation

If laser hair removal is something which is of interest to you the next step is to pop into their clinic within Falkirk Business Hub for a consultation. At this appointment you will be able to meet with one of the trained laser nurses and ask any questions you might have and what you wish to achieve from the hair removal treatments.

The nurse will determine your skin type and the kind of hair you have to ensure the laser is right for you. Next, the nurse will create a tailored treatment programme specifically to your needs.

If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, the nurses can book you in for your first appointment.

Prices

A full price list of their services can be found here, with prices starting from £35 for tattoo removal and £20 for hair removal.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more information about any of their services you can fill out their contact form and one of the team at the Advance Clinic will be in touch. You can also give them a like on Facebook.

Tenant Tuesday: Swimtime

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Swimtime, based within Falkirk Business Hub, offers swimming lesson services for both children and adults. The company has 19 franchises across the UK each with independent teachers who teach thousands of pupils every day, across the country. Swimtime are known for their high standards, in addition to effective and fun methods of teaching.

Children’s lessons

Swimtime understand how it important it is to parents for their children to learn to swim. They provide both group lessons and 1-2-1′s and are happy to discuss with any parent what they think would be best for their child. The three different types of classes available are:

1. Children’s groups (aged 4 to 11)

swimtime groupGroup lessons are arranged according to the children’s ability and experience in the water. The classes start from beginners all the way through to challenge classes where the children will work on Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Classes can also include the opportunity to work on water polo or synchronised swimming skills.

For those children who are experienced and really enjoy swimming they can attend a Masterclass where they will continue a progressive fitness programme without the pressure of a competitive environment. The pupils can work towards receiving the Platinum award, while working on survival, rescue and advanced swimming skills.

The team at Swimtime can speak with you if you are unsure of what class to book your child into. More details on the different levels of group children classes can be found here.

2. Swimtime (baby groups from 0 to 4)

These classes are a parent & baby swim class and helps the baby feel really secure whilst getting used to being in the water. It also provides a swimtime babyparent a great way to bond with their child and since the classes are very sociable it allows parents to meet other parents with children the same age.

More information on these can be found here.

3. One-2-Ones (aged 0 to 16)

If a child needs a bit of extra attention; for example, if they are nervous about getting into the pool or require additional teaching on a particular skill, then a one-2-one class is suggested by the team at Swimtime. They also offer one-2-ones for children with special needs. swimtime one

The good thing about these kind of classes is that the parent can choose what is taught, in addition to when they would like the lesson and also having the ability to choose the teacher.

To find out more click here.

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The Swimtime team believe that you are never to old to learn to swim and teach all the way up to age 99! They offer classes for total beginners as well as those who are simply looking to improve their technique. These classes are taught one a one-2-one basis.

Swimtime teachers are very experienced in teaching adults and are able to reassure you and deal with any anxieties that you may have. There is no need to be embarrassed!

Classes near you

Swimtime operates all across Scotland so you can find out where there is a swimming pool near you. Swimtime are always adding new pools so always keep an eye out for new locations being added.

At Swimtime they don’t believe in waiting lists so when you get in touch they will be able to find a place in a class that suits as soon as possible.

Do you want to be a swimming teacher?

Swimtime are always looking for new Swim teachers to join their expanding team. If you are a qualified, independent swimming teacher looking to work with an organisation then Swimtime might just be your answer! You can teach in your own unique approach and for more details click here.

Get in touch

Full details of everything mentioned in this feature can be found on their website. To contact the team you can enter your postcode on their website and from there they will provide you with a phone number of your local office as well as an email contact to reach them directly.

If you’d like to keep up to date with all their news then you can follow Swimtime on Twitter.

Groundbreaking innovator at The Hub

Congratulations to our new tenant uFraction8 who have won global intellectual property firm Murgitroyd’s Innovator Launchpad competition.  The company was praised for being “groundbreaking” in the development of sustainable, scalable
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Murgitroyd congratulated uFraction8 in a full page advert in The Sunday Herald and you can read more about the award in The Scotsman.

Whilst our congratulations are sincere – if anyone can tell us what uFraction8 actually do – please pop in to explain to the management team in suite 1/15!!??

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Tenant Tuesday: Renewable Heat

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renewable logoThis weeks Tenant Tuesday features Renewable Heat, an installer of renewable heating systems offering both Air source and Ground source heating systems.

They operate all around Scotland, but mainly in the central belt.

What are the benefits of a renewable heating system?

1. These kinds of systems save you money on heating bills as you will be protected against future oil and gas prices.

2. It is clean and environmentally friendly

Services

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Air source renewable energy heating pumps heat homes by extracting heat from the air and transferring it into the building. It works similarly to a fridge but in reverse with an efficient system supplying more energy that it consumes.

Ground source

These kind of heat pumps heat homes by extracting naturally occurring heat from the ground, through pipes, and transferring in into the house. The pumps transfer heat from the liquid in the pipes through a process of evaporation, which can case great savings on energy costs.

Underfloor heating

This one you might have heard of! This used pumps and warm water under the floor to make the heat. The heat is a lot more consistent than you would get from a radiator as since the heat is concentrated near the ground, energy will not be wasted heating air next to the ceiling. This type of system can be paired with an Air and/or Ground source pump.

The team

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The team at Renewable Heat are committed to each and every job, and the engineers have a combined 20 years experience in the industry.

If you are interested in getting a renewable heating system then the dedicated team will be happy to meet for a consultation and give you the best possible advice.

The company has two Company Directors; Barry Sharp (left) and Richard Hailstones (right).

There is also three Heating engineers; Danny, Casper and Ryan (below left to right). They are there to meet all of your renewable heating needs.

 

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 Case study

Renewable Heat has a variety of different clients who they work closely work with to ensure they meet all their required needs.

renewable barnA recent job saw the team at Renewable Heat install an Air Source heatpump as part of a renovation project in Linlithgow. The building was being converted from a historical stable into a stunning home.

In addition, the homeowners chose to have underfloor heating fitted throughout the building.

Another great advantage of this system was the ability to control their heating from their mobile phone or tablet. This can be done with both air and ground heat sources. renewable barn 2

A full list of case studies can be found on their website.

Get in touch

Full details of all of Renewable Heat’s services can be found on their website and you can get in touch with the team through their contact page.

New tenants at The Hub

We’ve been busy moving businesses in and out of Falkirk Business Hub this summer and are delighted to welcome the following new tenants to the building:

  • uFraction8:  energy efficient, scalable bioprocessing technology
  • Beauty by Lee Archibald: beauty treatments and nailcare
  • Sublime Restaurants: management office for Canada Wood Kitchen and Habaneros
  • John R Pettigrew Psychic: natural psychic empath, reiki practitioner and card reader
  • Shipco Transportone of the world’s leading neutral NVOCCs

We’d also like to wish departing tenants Able Heath Care, BrickTek and Lee Ray Pensions the very best as they continue to develop their businesses and look forward to welcoming you back to the The Hub for events and meetings.

The Hub is currently at full occupancy however we operate a waiting list for interested parties.  Should you wish to visit the building for a tour, or would like to note your interest in moving in to Falkirk Business Hub please contact Douglas or Kenny.