We’re excited to announce the winners of our Little Mix competition are Megan Erskine and Emily Davidson.
A massive thank you to all who entered and helped us raise a fantastic £662 for Breast Cancer Now!
We’re excited to announce the winners of our Little Mix competition are Megan Erskine and Emily Davidson.
A massive thank you to all who entered and helped us raise a fantastic £662 for Breast Cancer Now!
The Hub hosted another informative social media seminar with Peter Graham from Bridge Interactive, a design and digital marketing consultant who collaborates with Jigsaw PR & Marketing.
The seminar provided a comprehensive follow up to a recent workshop held by Peter, which covered the fundamentals of the main social media channels for business and discussed trends in digital marketing.
Peter delved into the practicalities of social media marketing for small to medium businesses. There were some interesting learnings.
Social media is fast overtaking traditional media channels giving businesses and individuals the opportunity to directly communicate with their customers and other stakeholders. Stats show that 93% of buying decisions are influenced by social media, this highlights how important it is for small businesses to engage socially and plan a strategic approach to social media. Consider the tone of voice you’ll use across all channels because your social media profile is an important reflection of your business, and its leadership. Engaging with people through social media requires two-way communication. You aren’t dictating, you’re engaging directly with customers so ultimately managing good and bad conversations.
Another interesting statistic highlighted in the seminar is that 13-year olds can now join LinkedIn! As a professional social channel, having younger demographics shows how integrated it is in career building from a young age.
Facebook for business has the capacity to set up out of office responses, as well as automated replies. Customers look for speed of response and convenience so now more likely to message a business than to pick up the phone. An interesting development is that Facebook adverts can be tailored to show when the target audience is online. This maximises your Return on Investment (ROI).
Instagram is fast overtaking Facebook in terms of popularity. Owned by Facebook, Peter highlighted that adverts created for Facebook can be seamlessly placed on the Instagram channel so a cost effective way of maximising presence on both channels.
Positive and managed engagement is essential for start-up companies. One of the best ways to improve positive engagement is through useful and engaging content, and copy that’s educational, rather than promotional. Identifying your buyer’s problems and creating solutions with your content is a valuable tip!
The world of social media and digital marketing is fast paced, these channels can be an invaluable asset for any business yet incredibly daunting to the uninitiated. For future advice on Social Media please visit- https://www.socialmediatoday.com or https://www.hubspot.com
Alternatively, please contact Jigsaw PR & Marketing with any particular questions or social media training enquiries. E:firstname.lastname@example.org
This is going to be music to your ears!
The Hub has managed to source tickets to Little Mix’s sell-out Summer Hits Tour at Falkirk Stadium on Friday 27th July!
We’re sure that there are plenty of fans out there who would be desperate to get their hands on tickets for what is set to be the concert of the summer with the girls performing all of their biggest hits including ‘Touch’, ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Wings’ as part of the Summer Hits Tour 2018.
These really are the hottest tickets in town with a difference. We’ve wrapped up a superb prize package to see these global pop superstars with the funds going to a great cause, our nominated charity Breast Cancer Now.
We’ve set up an online raffle via (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/falkirkbusinesshub) giving you the chance to enter as many times as you wish to win one of two pairs of VIP hospitality tickets to the concert along-with Champagne, a chauffeur driven limousine and Lunch provided by Findlays Cafe. The winners will also look and feel fantastic for the concert with stage ready beautiful make-overs courtesy of the award-winning Stacey Leigh Spalding team Tyler Lawless, Sno Akram and Stacey Leigh Spalding. Our very own charity champion Mandie Stevenson will also be accompanying the winners on the day.
As Scotland’s leading charity dedicated to fighting breast cancer, the Hub fully supports Breast Cancer Now’s work to achieve the goal that by 2050, no woman will die from Breast Cancer.
The charity first came on the Hub’s radar as a result of a local young woman called Mandie Stevenson who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in September 2015 aged just 25 years old.
The Hub is an active supporter of Mandie and the Breast Cancer Cause. We launched our first fundraising campaign with the fragrant Perfectly Frank candles and diffusers collection, which is now sold out. These were a fantastic success raising over £5,000. There is also our dedicated Stevenson meeting room located in the Hub’s co-working lounge. A donation from every booking made for this room is given to Breast Cancer Now with all supporters credited on our fundraising window.
Mandie Stevenson’s fundraising journey has been an incredible feat, she has tirelessly championed Breast Cancer Now’s work as an ambassador for them and Marks & Spencer. We would like to thank Mandie for her continued dedication to the charity as well as her work with the Hub.
Buying your tickets is straightforward, just visit our JustGiving page and purchase your tickets for just £10 each. Full terms and conditions are also detailed can also be found on the JustGiving page.
The raffle will close on Thursday 28th of June and winners will be announced on Friday 29th June.
The Hub would like to thank all of our partners involved for donating their time to this fantastic charity wish everyone taking part the very best of luck! We hope this will continue to be another successful fundraising campaign supporting the wonderful work of Breast Cancer Now. To find out more about the work of Breast Cancer Now, you can visit their website here.
Scottish entrepreneur, Jamie MacSween of drivenlower is aiming to reduce the costs and frustrations experienced by motorists dealing with insurance companies after acquiring a pioneering software business.
drivenlower based within Falkirk Business Hub, has taken over Edinburgh-based Logicalware whose customer service support software helps to direct enquiries to the appropriate operator. He says the technology will improve the customer experience by removing unnecessary conversations and delays.
Jamie is merging Logicalware with drivenlower, which has developed a device for collecting data on driver behaviour. The data from the device, which is attached to a vehicle’s windscreen, is examined by insurers and enables motorists to achieve lower premiums.
Jamie, who works from the co-working lounge within the Hub in Falkirk, believes that the combined technology of the two businesses will “empower” the motorist and help insurers to better understand their customers. “Bringing the two businesses together should make for a more interactive experience,” says Jamie, CEO of drivenlower. “Motorists normally only ever interact with their insurer at renewal time or when they make a claim. Our technology will give them more empowerment through having regular ‘conversations’ with their insurer who also wants to develop a relationship with the customer.”
Continuing to grow, Logicalware will add approximately £500,000 in turnover to drivenlower’s £1m recorded in 2016. The eight staff at Logicalware’s Haymarket office have joined drivenlower in Falkirk, taking the total headcount to 17.
To find out more about Jamie, read his interview with the Daily Business Magazine here.
We are delighted to see the continued success of one our key tenants here at The Hub. The future looks very exciting for Jamie and both the drivenlower and Logicalware teams – we look forward to seeing where 2018 takes this innovative firm from Falkirk!
At this time of year many of us feel compelled to engage with exercise, perhaps following a break from regular physical activity through a busy end to the year. That is not the case for everyone and some may have other barriers getting in the way of exercising. I will discuss some of the barriers we commonly encounter at Life Fit and suggest some strategies to overcome them, however I think a good starting point is actually looking at why we might want to exercise in the first place.
Engaging with regular exercise can provide a wide range of general health benefits e.g. 35% reduced risk of heart disease, 50% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, 30% reduction in early death, 83% lower rate of osteoarthritis, 30% reduction in depression and dementia to name but a few. Sounds good doesn’t it?
It gets better….specific benefits can be gained through targeted exercise programs to improve weight management, improve sporting performance and can be used to help overcome illness or injury. Fantastic…..imagine if one medical intervention could provide all of this?
So why wouldn’t we get started? Why wouldn’t we just keep going? All sounds pretty good right? If only it were that simple! In this day and age we tend to pack our lives full which can provide time barriers to physical activity but also act as a mental barrier because we are tired so all we want to do at the end of a long busy day is chill out. Of course, there can be other barriers such as illness or injury which can provide very specific challenges for individuals affected. However it can be done!
If time is an issue, write things down that you need to do, including exercise (remember how important it is), allocate time required for each activity and prioritise them. Then look at a plan of a typical week and see where you might fit things in (or take things out!).
If you feel tired and think you couldn’t possibly exercise remember this: exercise gives you more energy, reduces the sense of fatigue and helps you sleep better. Start small and feed off the energy boost that even a small amount of exercise will provide.
If you are someone who thinks “I don’t like exercise, it’s not for me” then remember that exercise doesn’t need to look (or feel) like exercise to be worthwhile. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise we can participate in (see previous blog “Walk Before You Run”). Park the car up a short distance from work and walk the rest. Make housework slightly more energetic by marching up the stairs, doing a couple of standing squats or knee bends between each ironing item. Before you know it you will be significantly increasing your exercise levels and you don’t even need to put on lycra!
If you are someone who responds to encouragement from someone else, consider joining a class or if you have the means consider a personal trainer. Having a diary appointment and making a commitment to someone else is a very good way of seeing something through. It could, however simply be a case of writing something down and state your intentions to your nearest and dearest, or agreeing to a regular walk with a friend a couple of times per week; research shows that this alone improves peoples adherence to performing any task.
If you have a very specific barrier that may relate to your health and physical ability then seek professional support. Life Fit Wellness is set up to provide this type of professional support through the team of Chartered Physiotherapists, Clinical Dietitian, Clinical Psychologist and Exercise Professionals. Across the team we have vast experience in assisting people in engaging with exercise for a healthier lifestyle…it’s what we do! There are lots of options to suit each individual ranging from 1-to-1 exercise and rehabilitation sessions to small groups classes such as Pilates, Yoga and other bespoke classes. Our Team are always happy to discuss your exercise and health needs and assist you in your journey.
So whatever you feel the barrier is, get started, get going and keep going with Life Fit.
Find out more ways to assist in Breaking Barriers to Exercise in this presentation:
This year saw another fantastic Burns Supper at Findlays within Falkirk Business Hub on Thursday 25th January. It certainly was the perfect way to warm up after the recent snow and those who were lucky enough to snap up a ticket up for this event were in for a real treat.
Guests were piped into the building by Tommy Couper for a very special entrance. To celebrate Scotland’s national dish taking centre stage, the words of burns well-kent poems and an address to the Haggis was ceremonially recounted for all to hear. Having worked on a special menu, the Findlays chefs provided guests with an incredible three-course meal, starting with locally sourced haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by rich homemade steak pie served and then traditional cranachan… and of course homemade Scottish Shortbread to finish!
Entertainment was supplied by Captain Howe and Burns MC Brian Goldie with poems, songs and a mortal memory of Robert Burns. It was a fantastic night, and the food was a wonderful highlight once again.
The annual Burns Supper at Findlays was a night to be remembered and one we will definitely be looking forward to again next year. To find out everything going on at Findlays, check out their website here.
We love running but so many people start running as an exercise but don’t actually do any walking!
Yes, obviously they can walk but they don’t use walking as an exercise. So why if you don’t walk as an exercise do you think you could and should run as an exercise? Before starting a running regime it is well worth establishing a walking regime. If you do have any physical issues you may even need to do something easier before you actually start walking as an exercise. You might have to do some basic leg strengthening, walking on the spot, or even partial body weight exercise such as swimming or cycling. You might also need to lose some weight beforehand even if losing weight is the reason you want to start exercising.
Whatever exercise you start doing you need to start gradually. Long term health is achieved only by starting regimes that are sustainable long term. If you start anything too abruptly it is likely you will not continue and therefore not achieve the objectives you set out to achieve.
If you can, start walking more on a daily basis! If you can’t, for whatever reason, go and see someone such as a physiotherapist or your GP to see if you can remove that barrier.
If you are unsteady, hold onto something, like the kitchen bench, and walk on the spot. You could walk up and down your hallway, up and down stairs or outside between lampposts.
Start gradually within your limits. Get confident that you have achieved your base goals then begin to challenge! 10 steps to 12, 5 laps to 6, 2 flights to 3 continuing to add small manageable but challenging increments. Done every day, for weeks, months and years you will be amazed by what you can achieve. To take your walking to another level you could consider Nordic Walking or with a good walking base you are now ready to take on the running challenge. Perhaps do all three and give yourself variety and options for however you feel, whatever the weather and what time you have available.
If you are a runner but have been ill (such as the flu) or injured you may be able to keep active by walking. Walking is better than doing nothing and can make you return to running quicker and easier.
Move Well, Stay Well, Live Well.
Life Fit Wellness can help, find out more about our services online now.
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.
Continuing our year support, we have been are delighted to have a very special offer for our beautiful candles.
Mandie 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!
The Perfectly Frank products have been generously hand-crafted and donated by Larbert based company Candle Shack, so every penny of the sale price will be donated to charity.
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.
Each product is £20 – with the full amount being donated to charity. The candles and diffusers are on sale at Falkirk Business Hub reception, but for a limited time only, receive a free diffuser with every candle purchase. 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 continued support.
The Life Fit team were 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 was 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. 17 Pilates enthusiasts were lucky enough to attend the sold out course.
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.
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:
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.
The HubLounge provides coworking facilities for local business people and you are able to join as a “pay as you go” or monthly member.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.