CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

Falkirk Business Hub

FALKIRK BUSINESS HUB

OPENING HOURS

CHRISTMAS 2017

Friday 22 Dec:      8 am – 6 pm

Saturday 23 Dec: 9 am – 5 pm

 

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day : Closed

Wednesday 27 Dec -  Friday 29 Dec: 8 am – 6 pm

Saturday 30 Dec: 9 am – 5 pm

 

Hogmanay, New Year’s Day, 2 Jan: Closed

Normal hours resume: Wednesday 3 January

 

www.falkirkbusinesshub.co.uk

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Tenant Tuesday: Select Investment Managers

Tenant Tuesday

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Select Investment Managers are based within The Hub in addition to another four offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Livingston and Stirling.

The team at Select are experienced financial advisers who provide face to face financial planning for both individual and corporate clients throughout Scotland. Specialisations include pensions, savings & investments, estate planning and protection.

Financial planning can be of upmost importance to people, especially those with investments or assets. From minimising inheritance tax to effective management of pension plans, Select offer a range of services. The following are areas which they identify where financial planning can be particularly beneficial:

Savings

Many people have savings account paying negligible interest, so in essence their money is depreciating as prices rise. Expert advice from the team in Falkirk, or at one of the other offices, can help to manage savings.  The recommendations made for each client’s savings depend on their own personal circumstances but they can be influenced by several factors including:

-          Salary and income levels

-          Frequency of withdrawal

-          Willingness to transfer funds

Income

From salary and dividends to inheritances and trusts, income can take many different forms. With these different types of income, tax can become very confusing and people may struggle to get their head round it.

Family security

As well as life insurance, Select Investment Managers can help answer any questions surrounding your family’s security. Are there any particularly tax-efficient ways to dispose of your estate?  Do you have relevant and appropriate policies in place? The team at Select can help you answer these questions!

Investments

These are financial commitments that often require expert management to help maximise potential returns they can bring.

Retirement planning

With the state pension being increasingly modest and the age which people can claim gradually rising it is important for individuals to consider other ways to plan for their retirement. This includes buy-to-let properties or other investment vehicles which are often popular options when saving for retirement.

A regular pension review can ensure that the most suitable path is being taken in terms of risk and rates of return for each of the organisations clients. Those who will soon be reaching retirement, or are thinking to the future, can meet with a financial adviser in person and discuss the best options available.

Equity Release

Should you unlock the equity in your home?

You may be wondering what equity release is, so Select Investment Managers explain: Equity release describes the process of generating cash from an owned property, releasing one or more tax-free cash lump sums that can be spent on practically anything. There is no impact on an owner-occupier’s ability to continue living in the property, although equity release will obviously reduce the value of any future inheritance left to descendants. Nevertheless, equity release can help people to remain in a property they otherwise couldn’t afford to continue living in; it can also help with everything from clearing historic debts to fully enjoying retirement.

Most homeowners will gradually build up equity in their properties while living there. From rising house prices to the capital repayments made on mortgage policies, the amount of debt secured on a property should decline with every passing year. This increases the level of equity provided by ownership of the property, even though this potential is often inaccessible – tied up in bricks and mortar.

Select Investment Managers understand that the decision about whether equity release is right for you is an important one, as such we will refer you to an expert. It involves a variety of considerations, from the impact on inheritances through to an analysis of current cash flow levels and our advisers appreciate that equity release may not be the right solution for everyone.

Meet with an advisor

If you would like more information on any of the services available, then you can arrange to meet with a financial advisor here. You can meet with them at the location most convenient to you by just answering a few quick questions.

Get in touch

You can get in touch with the team by filling out their contact form on this link.

Tenant Tuesday: Step Up

Tenant Tuesday

 

Step Up

 

Have you heard of Step Up? Based within Falkirk Business Hub, they offer a Housing Support and Care at home service to help support people into independent living. Enhancing people’s quality of life by providing support in their own home and in the community that will improve their life chances, their living environment and their wellbeing, is at the forefront of Step Up’s principles.

 

What do they do?

The organisation is registered Care Inspectorate and offers their services to people ages 16 and over. This may include young people who are vulnerable, looked after or formerly looked after by local authorities, care leavers and those at risk of homelessness.

 

Some examples of supporting young people to manage the transition to independence include:

  • Support with maintaining their accommodation and developing the independent living skills to achieve and maintain their tenancy.
  • Securing work, education or training and the skills required to achieve this.
  • Promoting positive social relationships and active participation in the community via involvement in health recreational activities.
  • Financial management and budgeting skills.
  • Self-care skills.
  • Emotional, sexual, physical and mental health/wellbeing.

 

Support Plans

Each young person involved in the Step Up programme will get their own Personal Support Plan which is developed based upon their individual needs.

Staff are trained in what to consider when drafting individual support plans and the views and opinions of the young person involvement of their Person Support Plan is recorded.

These supports plans aim to:

 

  • Meet their personal support needs.
  • Identify and meet young person’s throughcare and aftercare needs.
  • Provide and participate in appropriate care planning, review and assessment whilst ensuring young people are central to these processes.
  • Promote a holistic and integrated approach to their needs.
  • Manage risk and ensure that procedures and arrangements are in place to assess risk and review and monitor young people who maybe a potential risk to themselves or others

 

Quality and Outcomes

Step Up aims to provide outcomes focused services to all service users so they can achieve their goals, aspirations and priorities.

The service is designed and delivered to be right for the person and to achieve identified, individual outcomes of care. Their values are incorporated through monitoring and improving the quality of the service through a quality assurance mechanism, which includes consultation and the involvement with the people who use the service.

 

Job opportunities

Careers

If you are looking for a career change or you’re already in the industry but want to try something new, then Step Up could be your answer.  You can get in touch with them to get an application pack which underlines their approach to safeguarding the welfare of young people that we support. Their recruitment process is different from the normal care company, they don’t accept CV’s!

 

Student Placements

Step up work in partnership with further and higher education providers to provide a range of opportunities for students. While it will depend on the nature of the request, Step Up aims to help students find a placement to suit their needs.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are an important and valued part of Step Up. It can be a very rewarding experience and play a pivotal role in delivering our aims and objectives. Volunteering can be very rewarding and will look great on a CV.

 

More details can be found here.

 

Getting in touch

If you would like an application pack or to find out more how Step Up can help you or a loved one you can contact them here. They are also on twitter so give them a follow.

Black Pomegranate Perfectly Frank Products – NOW BACK IN STOCK!

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We are delighted to let you know that a new supply of the black pomegranate “live for the moment” products in the Perfectly Frank charity range are now back in stock! 

As many of you will already know, Falkirk Business Hub is delighted to be supporting Breast Cancer Now this year. They are Scotland’s leading charity dedicated to stopping women dying from breast cancer, with an aim that by 2050, no one will die from breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Now was selected in support of local young woman Mandie Stevenson who has terminal breast cancer.

Earlier this year we developed a range of luxury scented candles and reed diffusers with local candle manufacturer Candle Shack with all monies raised from their sale being donated to Breast Cancer Now. 

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The candles were developed with Mandie in mind – she is an inspirational woman, determined to raise the profile of the importance of checking your breasts and raising funds for invaluable cancer research.  Mandie is also very keen to make sure that everyone goes out and makes the most of every minute!  She has been writing a column in the Falkirk Herald to share her views, which, inspired by her Pug Frank is entitled Perfectly Frank! You can read more on the Falkirk Herald website here:

The Perfectly Frank products have been very popular and we sold out of the beautifully black pomegranate scented candles and diffusers very quickly!  Generously hand-crafted and donated by Larbert based company Candle Shack, every penny of the sale price will be donated to charity.  The additional stock has been kindly sponsored by Bellair so again all money raised will go to Breast Cancer Now.

There are 4 Perfectly Frank products in the range with 2 inspiring phrases and 2 different scents:

dream candle“always remember to dream” - scented with beautiful summery peony: an extremely smooth floral fragrance

moment candle“live for the moment” - scented with fruity black pomegranate:  an uplifting fresh fragrance with woody undertones

 

Each scent comes in a luxury candle or reed diffuser style.

 

The candles are 220gm each with a 40-50 hour burn time.

Each 100ml  diffuser offers an excellent alternative for home fragrancing where candles are not practical.  Lasting for up to 6 weeks, the diffusers can be used to fragrance hallways, bathrooms and children’s rooms without the worry of a naked flame.  With the Candle Shack reed diffusers there is no need to ‘flip’ the reeds as they have been developed so that the diffuser oil will evaporate completely.dream diffuser

 

Each product is £20 – with the full amount being donated to charity.  The candles and diffusers are only on sale at Falkirk Business Hub reception.  Don’t miss out! 

Payment is by cash only please – we have a limited supply of these products, so pop in and see our Hosts from 8am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm on Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday to pick up your products and make your contribution to Breast Cancer Now.

Breast Cancer Now fund cutting-edge research into the disease in Scotland, collaborating with the brightest researchers and foremost organisations from around the world. In Scotland the charity support 21 scientists, working on research projects in locations such as Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.  You can find out more about Breast Cancer Now on their website.

Thank you for your support.

Stevenson Meeting Room

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We have now raised over £500 from donations from each meeting booked in the Stevenson Room here at The Hub.  

The wall of support pictures companies who have used the meeting room up to the end of August 2017. For each Stevenson room booking we are donating 20% of the hire cost to Breast Cancer Now.

Thank you to all supporters.

The Stevenson room is available for meetings for up to 4 people from £10 per hour (+VAT) with at least 20% of all hire costs from the Stevenson room donated to Breast Cancer Now throughout 2017. All supporters will be listed on the meeting room’s glass wall each month.

If you would like to book the Stevenson room online please visit our meetings page.

Tenant Tuesday: Careline Home Support

Tenant Tuesday

wpf5c39edf_05_06The last Tenant Tuesday for September is Careline Home Support who provide care services for people of all ages, helping encourage independent living. Careline are based within The Hub  on the second floor as well as in Glasgow.

The team specialises in the provision of care in peoples homes, and are registered with The Care Inspectorate. They create tailor made packages to suit individual needs and wishes, enabling individuals to lead a more independent life.

Careline offer day and night care as well as respite care.

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Support at hone

Do you or someone you know need help with their washing and ironing? Or perhaps shopping for food or other household essentials? Careline can help with various domestic services and assist with general household tasks.

Personal care

A personal care package can be used for individuals who require further assistance in daily living. This includes

  • Prompting to take medication
  • Assistance with getting in and out of bed
  • Assistance with going to the bathroom
  • Assistance getting dressed and undressed

Additional services

  • Attending appointments such as the doctors or dentist
  • Respite for family and friends
  • Budgeting and banking, including helping with paying bills

Care providers for Falkirk CouncilFunding care

People always assume care is going to be too expensive for them, so the team at Careline help you in ensuring you have the right funding and the right package to meet your/your relatives needs.

There are two normal ways to fund a care service: either privately funded or by receiving funding from a local council for the provision of care services.  The team work either with privately funded clients or clients in receipt of allowances such as Self Direct Support, Disability Living Allowance and/or Attendance Allowance.

Self direct support (SDS) is the most common and allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them the chance to choose any provider that they want, ultimately giving them control of their individual support budget.

Careers

Careline are always looking to grow and expand their team of carers as they are continually growing their service delivery. If you think you’d like to work alongside Careline then you can get in touch by emailing them at recruitment@carelinesupport.com or fill out their application form which can be found here.

Get in touch

If you would like more information on Careline it is best to contact the directly, full details found here. Don’t forget to give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter.

 

Tenant Tuesday: Drac Logistics

Tenant Tuesday

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

Tenant Tuesday

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

Tenant Tuesday

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!