World Famous Pilates Instructor Teaches New Course at Life Fit

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The Life Fit team are delighted to welcome Michael King, world-renowned Pilates instructor this January to teach a brand new course.  The Kick Start 2018 Course held by Michael King at Falkirk Business Hub aims to ‘motivate and educate by bringing the latest research and techniques to enhance your Pilates method’.

Michael King is regarded as the leading presenter and trainer in both Fitness and Pilates with 2018 being his 40th year teaching Pilates. He was co-founding director of the Pilates Institute in London and now co-owner of his own training school, Michael King Pilates along with Malcolm Muirhead. Michael’s training programmes are now taught in over 30 countries worldwide and he has been instrumental in the development of national and international standards in the industry.

The Kick Start 2018 Course, will be taught in the custom-built pilates studio at Life Fit studio and has been devised and taught by Michael himself with the objective of motivating and educating through the latest research and Pilates techniques.

Pilates is a system of exercise created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the 1920’s. A full body programme with a mind/ body emphasis. Focus is placed on controlled movements performed in a fluid and balanced way to improve strength, mobility, flexibility, and coordination when practiced regularly.

David Bowmaker, co-founder of Life Fit Wellness at The Falkirk Business Hub, said: “It’s a real privilege to welcome Michael King to the Falkirk Business Hub and Life Fit Wellness. He’s an inspiration to the yoga and Pilates communities worldwide and continues to pave the way with his revolutionary courses and workshops.”

Kenith Munro, Manager for the Falkirk Business Hub, added: “This is a real coup for Life Fit Wellness and testament to their reputation as a leading physiotherapy and fitness Centre.  Michael is a world-renowned Pilates instructor recognised for his techniques and this is an extremely unique opportunity for people to meet him and learn from his teachings.”

To find out more about the services offered at Life Fit, visit the website here.

 

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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The Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2017

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Business Personality of the Year accolade for Alistair Campbell

Our very own Alistair Campbell has been awarded Business Personality of the Year at The Falkirk Herald Business Awards for 2017.

Aimed at acknowledging the achievements of those who have helped support Falkirk’s economic growth, Alistair received the award for his contribution to the Falkirk business community. Whilst Alistair prefers to shy away from publicity, we couldn’t let this award go un-noticed.

Whilst he has been in the press recently for unveiling a potential £50m regeneration masterplan for Falkirk Town Centre aimed at providing a new civic and arts centre, public image017.editplaza, hotel, commercial and residential development next to Grahamston railway station but his achievements go much further back.

Alistair left Falkirk High School and trained as a quantity surveyor working for Falkirk architects Wilson & Wilson before eventually joining his family’s successful plumbing firm, George Campbell & Sons in 1973. Instead of renovating flats for other people, Alistair steered the business into property investment and that’s where it all began.

Bellair (Scotland) Ltd was set up in 1976 and, 41 years later, its still going strong with Alistair very much at the helm with his son Colin Campbell and director Crawford Geddes now actively involved in taking the business forward.

Over the years, Bellair has been involved in innovative work which has included retail units and flats in Bank Street, Falkirk; Lochlands Industrial Estate, Larbert; The Hub, Grangemouth; and most recently, The Business Hub in Falkirk’s landmark former post office building. Last year, Alistair received his OBE for his services to the economy and town centre regeneration.

We would also like to say congratulations to another member of the Falkirk Business Hub, Findlays café who took the award of Best Start-Up Business. Well done to Fiona and Scott and the whole Findlays team on this fantastic award and we are sure 2018 will continue to be even bigger and better!

Fiona Henderson from Findlays said: ‘To be nominated as a finalist at the prestigious Falkirk Herald Business Awards was one thing, but to win it, wow! We would not have been able to win this amazing award without our hard working and committed team. This award is for everyone at Findlays.’

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Alistair, said: “It was a real privilege to receive this award, I’d like to thank the Falkirk Herald and everyone who has supported Bellair in business and the community throughout the years. It was superb to also see Fiona and Scott win an award for Findlays, it’s testament to their passion for business and the contribution they make to the Community and Hub, they’ve built up a fantastic business which continues to grow from strength to strength.”

No Barriers to Success

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Colin Campbell, 31, is director at property investment and development company Bellair, owner of Falkirk Business Hub. Here he tells how he overcame dyslexia to achieve academic success and forge a highly successful career.

 

‘An assessment of his intellectual ability shows that he is an individual with a superior to high average intellectual ability’

This is not the opening line of a recent dyslexia assessment that I was expecting.  But why was it not?  I am a double masters graduate, director of my own property company and have acted on over £700m worth of real estate deals. The rest of the report is more along the lines of my understanding of dyslexia: significant weaknesses in short term auditory and working memories, mild but still significant difficulty with reading, weakness in fine motor coordination and the rapid procession of visual information.

This all makes sense now but back at school I couldn’t understand why my classmates were getting better results than me, even though I knew I was just as intelligent as them. Even now after having achieved what I have, I can still remember how much it hurt when my Primary 3 teacher dismissed me as “thick”. I was struggling to read, write and spell; she informed my parents that I’d be lucky to leave school with any qualifications.

Thankfully my parents and the school stepped in and pushed hard to find out what was going wrong. It turned out I had dyslexia.

At first I was extremely upset, I was different to everyone else in my class and was being sent to learning support. But this was the life changing step that happened, learning support was where I learnt how to study and overcome my dyslexia. Rather than being written off, I had learning support teachers telling me that I could achieve if I put the hard work in.

I ended up leaving school with six Highers and two advanced Highers plus a place at St Andrews University to study Medieval History. So much for leaving with nothing!

I graduated with an MA (Hons) from St Andrews but could have chosen something less challenging for someone with dyslexia; the constant volume of reading and absorption of information was difficult. I find it a lot easier to work with numbers, but I wanted to study a subject that really interested me. I truly believe the study techniques I learnt at school helped as I could break down a difficult subject and process the information.

Once I finished at St Andrews I completed a MSc in Real Estate that enabled me to get into the Real Estate industry, my long-term goal. After finishing my education I joined the graduate programme at JLL, a professional services firm specialising in property.  Working in the Capital Markets team as a Chartered Surveyor was ultimately what I wanted to do and I thrived on the challenges the role provided.  I was in an environment where I could succeed and by the time I left, I’d been involved in over £700m worth of property deals.

I can look back now and take a lot of pride in what I have achieved so far, especially when others had written me off at such a young age.  They weren’t prepared to take the time to invest in me and I’d simply been written off.  All too often dyslexia is undiagnosed for many years yet it’s not intellect that’s the barrier.  For instance, my father only recently discovered he has dyslexia, he left school with a few qualifications, never went to university, but was recently awarded an OBE for services to the economy and town centre regeneration.

My advice to anyone with dyslexia is simple: use those who have put you down to motivate you, find the right study method that suits you – this is where Dyslexia Scotland can help – and follow the degree or career that interests you, it makes the challenges a lot easier to overcome. Finally, don’t expect anyone to do the hard work for you.

People are often surprised when I say dyslexia has been a positive influence in my life, but I’m who I am today because of it.  Dyslexia gave me the drive and determination.

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Cathy Magee, Chief Executive of Dyslexia Scotland added:

“Colin’s success story is really inspiring and his words of advice are very wise. As Colin has outlined, all too often young people with dyslexia are written off at school if their teachers fail to understand what is needed to help support them to overcome their difficulties and build on their strengths.

“As tenants in Wallace House one of Bellair’s properties, Dyslexia Scotland has witnessed Colin’s considerable skills and strengths in property management.

“We provide help, advice and information to anyone with dyslexia and those who support them including teachers, parents and employers, in order to inspire and enable people of all ages to reach their potential.  For further information, you can contact our Helpline, visit our new Dyslexia Unwrapped website for dyslexic young people or, look at our new online training modules or Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit for teachers.”

 

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CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

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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

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Tenant Tuesday: Select Investment Managers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.