We sat down with Fiona Govan from Shipco Transport this week to find out why she likes working out of Falkirk Business Hub!
Shipco has 60 plus offices worldwide and Fiona is the only employee who is based in Scotland! She is the VP of Client Relations and is responsible for global accounts which means she travels often! Her base is one of the two-person offices within the Hub.
Fiona lived and worked in New York, USA for 22 years! She is originally from the Falkirk area and when asked she explains that she never had foreseen moving back to Scotland. But when family situations brought her home she made the most of it and truly loves being back!
The Community Aspect
Since Fiona has dealings in all time zones it didn’t matter which country she worked out of. It was decided that she would continue her job with Shipco Transport and work out of Falkirk Business Hub when she moved back to Scotland.
The alternative would have been working out of a spare bedroom at home. Fiona says: “This works for some people but not for me. I need human interaction and the routine.” Fiona likes leaving home at the same time and working the full day. She also loves the community aspect at the Hub as she is on her own within her office but gets to interact with our reception hosts and other tenants on a daily basis.
Fiona says: “ My day could never end if I worked at home.”. She finds it much easier to switch off having a working environment outside of the home. Falkirk Business Hub gives her the structured day she desires.
Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland runs from November 4th – 9th.
This campaign is headed up by Dyslexia Scotland, a Stirling-based national charity for dyslexia. This annual week-long campaign aims to increase understanding of what dyslexia is, how it affects people and to show ways you can celebrate and support dyslexia in your life, learning and work. The theme this year is ‘Building Independence for Life’.
As part of this they will be promoting Dyslexic Career Stories, beginning with a suite of posters showing dyslexic people in the workplace, to highlight the varied work and career journeys that dyslexic people have. They hope to inspire the next generation of dyslexic young people to be optomistic for their own futures. This will be the launchpad for a series of dyslexic career videos with dyslexic adults talking about what their career experiences, highs and lows, have been.
Managing Director of Bellair and owner of Falkirk Business Hub, Colin Campbell is one of the individuals opening up about his dyslexic career story.
Dyslexia Awareness Week will also feature a film screening in Stirling, a ‘Loud in the Libraries’ event in Edinburgh and dozens of local activities from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders, with local groups and organisations raising dyselxia awareness at a community level.
Colin will also be compering the ‘Loud in the Libraries‘ event on Thursday, 7th November. There will be live performances by dyslexic musicians Eilidh Steel and Jennifer Ewan followed by a question and answer session led by Colin. People of all ages are welcome to this event. To book a free place: https://bit.ly/32xv2Es
Paul McVeigh is our part-time handyman who ensures that the Hub is always looking its very best 🔨 🧰 If our tenants need anything, Paul is always on hand to help.
He joined us in February of this year making him the newest member of the Falkirk Business Hub team. Paul says his favourite aspect of working at the Hub is “The relaxed atmosphere and friendly environment created by Kenny and the rest of the Bellair team.”
Fun Facts about Paul
He is from Belfast originally, but has lived in Scotland for 35 years. Over the 35 years he has lived in many parts of Scotland but he now lives in Winchburgh with his family. Paul is passionate about rugby and in his free time he coaches an Under 16’s team in Linlithgow. He is a fully qualified rugby referee. 🏉
When you walk into Falkirk Business Hub you are greeted by one of our friendly Hosts.
During the week we have Sharon and Sylvia on duty! They are the face of the Hub on a daily basis and handle everything from guests, phone calls, virtual office services, mail handling services, arranging meetings and coordinating events.
Sharon has worked as a Host for six years and her favourite aspect of her job is that it is like a big family at the Hub.
“Sylvia and Sharon are so helpful and efficient. They are the first impression of the place and they make it a great one.” – Eric Smith, FBH Coworker
Sylvia has worked at FBH for five and a half years, but it’s hard to imagine the pair without one another! They are the dream team! Sylvia enjoys meeting the variety of different people that work in the building and that walk through the door.
Virtual Office Services
FBH’s Virtual Office or HubTouchdown services are ideal if you are self-employed and need additional support to manage your mail or calls! Sharon and Sylvia agree the narrative with you to use when answering the phone as a representative of your company.
Get in touch with the Falkirk Business Hub team and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on our office space, coworking, meeting rooms or other services we offer.
On Monday evening we hosted Strathcarron Hospice for their Make a Will Month information evening.
This October, Strathcarron Hospice have partnered with local solicitors and event planners. Two of the participating solicitors who have agreed to waive their will-writing fee for the month and instead write or update your Will in return for a donation to the Hospice are Cruse Wealth Management and our tenants Moore Marshall Solicitors. At this free information evening all parties spoke about their services to attendees.
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Graham + Sibbald are made up of over 200 highly qualified professionals, located in 14 offices across Scotland. They have had an office in the Falkirk area for 15 years and it is with great pleasure that we welcome them to their new office within Falkirk Business Hub.
Kenith Munro, Centre Manager of Falkirk Business Hub said: “It is fantastic that Graham + Sibbald have chosen to relocate their Falkirk office to The Hub. They will be an excellent addition to our vibrant business community and we are looking forward to getting to know the Falkirk team.”
Ian Croall, Partner at Graham + Sibbald said: “We are pleased to be moving to the Falkirk Business Hub after 15 years in our office on Meeks Road. The Hub provides a central business location for a number of companies, with meeting room facilities and a public café. Our team are delighted to be moving to an open plan and modern space which is less than a five minute walk from our old office. We hope that our clients will enjoy the space too and look forward to welcoming all in due course.”
Please get in touch with their office direct to see how they can meet your property needs.
“We are delighted to announce that Falkirk Business Hub have partnered with local charity, Maggie’s Forth Valley. The centre is located in Larbert and helps anyone affected by cancer in our community. We will be supporting their upcoming events as much as we can and encouraging other local businesses to do the same.” – Kenith Munro, FBH Centre Manager
“We are delighted to be launching a charity partnership with Falkirk Business Hub and very much look forward to working with them on some exciting initiatives. Maggie’s Forth Valley provides free, practical and emotional support for anyone affected by cancer including family and friends and our programme of support is free to everyone who visits our centre. Partnerships like this enable us to raise the vital funds we need and helps us raise awareness of the support we offer people across our community”. – Cristina Pouso – Centre Fundraising Manager
We will be keeping you updated with our events with Maggie’s Forth Valley in the coming months via our blog and social media channels.
Kate is originally from Poland, near Gniezno. She has lived in the Stirling area for 15 years now and considers Scotland home. She says, “I loved Scotland from the first moment I arrived here, it wasn’t raining that day.”
Kate joined Bellair in 2016 after previously working as a Management Accountant within the service industry. Kate is based in Falkirk Business Hub and focuses on supporting the Board of Directors of Bellair by controlling financial transactions. Kate also manages a variety of projects within the company’s portfolio. She describes her role as interesting as one day is never the same with the variety of projects she works on.
“I love the energy of the building, so positive and welcoming from the moment you enter the doors. It makes it a great place to work.”
Kate has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from the University of Stirling. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is currently furthering her knowledge by studying a MSC in Professional Accounting at the University of London with their distance learning program.
Fun Fact: Kate loves to travel. Her favourite country to travel to is Greece… because of the food!
Colin Campbell, Managing Director of property investment and development company Bellair, owner of Falkirk Business Hub is a huge supporter of Dyslexia Scotland. He has been involved in many of their initiatives and on Saturday the 25th of August Bellair sponsored a fantastic day out for several Dyslexia Scotland Young Ambassadors.
The event took place in Edinburgh at Game Over Escape Rooms. The Escape Rooms are themed to the last detail to enhance your experience and the chosen one for the day was the Philosopher’s Stone Escape Room, which has a 82% difficulty rating! Escape Rooms are a fantastic way to spend time with friends, team build or celebrate a special occasion. Barrie Henderson of Game Over Escape Rooms says, “I am delighted to hear they all had fun. They did very well, almost completing the challenge and saving the world from the dark one.”
A couple of quotes from the Young Ambassadors:
“Thank you for an amazing day”- Hamish “I had the best time”- Eilidh
Quote from Helen Fleming | Volunteers Manager & Education Conference Co-Ordinator|Dyslexia Scotland
“The Young Ambassadors (Hamish, Eilidh, Yasmine and Innes) and I had a great time on Saturday in the Philosopher’s Stone Escape Room. We were just about to solve the puzzle when Keifer (our host) came in and said our time was over. However, because we were so close, he helped us to finish the final puzzle. The staff that were there on Saturday were so welcoming and helpful. We felt very well taken care of.”
Kenith or as our tenants know him, Kenny, is the Centre Manager at Falkirk Business Hub. He joined Bellair, owner of the Hub, back in 2016 and is primarily responsible for the day to day operation of Falkirk Business Hub. This consists of the co working area, meeting rooms, 50 offices, wellness centre and café. This role is diverse as is the vibrant business community within the hub.
Kenny says that his favourite aspect of his role is engaging with the variety of tenants.
Prior to joining the team at Bellair, Kenny worked in various Payroll and Finance roles within the Public Sector for over 30 years. Latterly as Payroll Manager for Police Scotland. He is also a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. In his free time, Kenny enjoys listening to music and attending concerts.
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