World Famous Pilates Instructor Teaches New Course at Life Fit


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.


The Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2017

Alistair Campbell - Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2017

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

Bellair (Scotland) Ltd, Falkirk

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.”