Stirling city centre was dealt another blow this week after three businesses decided to shut. Pub and eaterie The Boozy Cow, in King Street, abruptly closed on Monday leaving 18 staff angry and out of work. Cafe and restaurant The Fat Cyclist, Friars Street, shuts tomorrow (Thursday) with one of the business’s owners blaming a combination of low footfall and high business rates. And risque lingerie firm Ann Summers is to shut its outlet in The Thistles on June 23. The closures follow the announcement early this month that Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, which had been trading in Port Street for eight years, is to close because of a downturn in business. Boozy Cow staff learned on Monday morning, by telephone, that the business was to shut with immediate effect. It was opened in September, 2016, by philanthropist Garreth Wood, son of north-east of Scotland oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood, and was part of the Speratus Group which included pubs in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Profits from … [Read more...] about City centre blow as three Stirling businesses are to close
HE'S THE son of a drummer who went on to follow in his father's footsteps by playing in pipe bands himself. So it’s no real surprise that Robert Geary decided to turn his passion into a business when he became a supplier of drumming accessories to retail and band customers. The 54-year-old, from Paisley, launched Robert Geary Ltd last November with wife Caroline, who works as the company secretary. Here, Robert tells us about his working day as founder and managing director at the company based in Hillington Park, Glasgow. Can you tell us about Robert Geary Ltd and the products you sell? We are suppliers of drumming accessories and services to both retail and band customers. We have exclusive distribution rights for the internationally renowned drum maker, Premier Drums. This means we sell a range of Premier marching products, including military snares, spares and accessories, to customers throughout the UK, Ireland and 15 European countries. Where did the inspiration for the … [Read more...] about Pipe band player Robert on how he is drumming up new business
An ambitious new Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme (BFWS) is being launched in Aberdeen to make sure nursing mums can feed their infants in with confidence in city shops and cafes. More than 60 city centre businesses have so far signed up for the scheme, which aims to give mums a choice of safe, secure and supportive places where they can breastfeed if they want.Businesses range from shops, restaurants and cinemas to cafes and organisations, with the newest recruits around the beach area, Union Street and Belmont Street – and more are being encouraged to join.Aberdeen breastfeeding rates are better than some parts of Scotland – but figures show that after the first few weeks the rate quickly declines. Some 45% of mums breastfeed initially but the figure drops to just 36% by weeks six to eight.The NHS project, which is being led by the Aberdeen Public Health Team, supported by the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership, also aims to make mums aware of the support … [Read more...] about Aberdeen Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme signs up 60 city centre businesses
An animated Mark Harvey presents at the latest Lovewell Blake Building Brilliance in Business Masterclass. Picture: Andy Newman Archant Modern brands drive growth – does yours? That was the direct and challenging question posed by marketing expert Mark Harvey at a recent masterclass run by Future50 partner Lovewell Blake. There are seven key lessons about modern branding, and three critical steps that all businesses can take to ensure that their brand plays a - perhaps the - central part in growing that business. So says marketing expert Mark Harvey, presenting at the latest Building Brilliance in Business masterclass. “The biggest mistake that many companies make when considering brand is to get the crayons out too soon and think only of brand in terms of visual identity,” he said. “It is really important to have the commercial conversation first – what does your brand need to achieve in commercial terms, and how can it be embraced in the totality of … [Read more...] about Future50 partner masterclass: How can you use branding to grow your business?
The University of Manchester attracted £25m of research income last year - higher than Oxford and Cambridge. The figures, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), show that Manchester attracted £24,831,000 from UK industry, commerce and public corporations between 2016/17. It places Manchester above other elite universities such as Cambridge, Imperial and Oxford. Through its Business Engagement Support Team, which acts as a gateway to research, recruitment and consultancy services, the university works with a range of different organisations from large multinationals such as Unilever, Astra Zeneca and Rolls Royce, to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The work involves conducting clinical trials on new drugs, developing lightweight materials that make aircraft more efficient, applying digital skills to manufacturing, and understanding how companies can influence their consumers towards more environmentally-friendly behaviour. Commenting on the new data, Professor … [Read more...] about University of Manchester tops UK table for business research income