South Wales shoe seller bucks trend

While so many businesses are moving online one Blackwood shop owner is bucking the trend determined to save high street shopping. Owner of Footastic Footwear Rhodri Watkins opened his shop in October and vowed to keep in-person shopping alive. Rhodri said: “Instead of just looking at pictures online people need to really see and feelContinue reading “South Wales shoe seller bucks trend”

Government must pump cash into Scottish Water to avert crisis

A surface water expert in urging government ministers to pump cash into Scottish Water to avert a drainage crisis. Frank O’Donnell, AKA the Surface Water Guy, said the huge job ahead for Scottish Water to disconnect properties from storm drainage systems must receive additional government cash. Frank said: “The Scottish sewerage system is under aContinue reading “Government must pump cash into Scottish Water to avert crisis”

Water expert demands public sector green action

A surface water specialist is urging Scottish public and third sector organisations to use carbon-negative drainage systems on new construction projects. Frank O’Donnell, The Surface Water Guy, insists organisations should take proactive steps to reduce their carbon footprints. He said: “These bodies should embrace the need to deal with the surface water and sewage dischargeContinue reading “Water expert demands public sector green action”

Generous entrepreneur ploughing cash into the community

A big-hearted Bishopbriggs entrepreneur is donating a whopping 80 per cent of the money he makes to help three local charities. Get Well Gamers, Birth, Baby and Beyond and East Dunbartonshire Foodbank will benefit from a donation from RefermyJobs’ advertising revenue. RefermyJobs founder Richie Wan has turned job advertising on its head by charging aContinue reading “Generous entrepreneur ploughing cash into the community”

Green light for Aberdeen’s new mosque

Award-winning consultancy Aurora Planning has helped Aberdeen’s growing Muslim community secure permission to convert part of a former school into a mosque. The C-listed Frederick Street School was later used as office space by Aberdeen City Council but has lain empty for three years. Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (AMIC) will turn the building intoContinue reading “Green light for Aberdeen’s new mosque”

Compare fibre reveal full-fibre league tables

UK broadband league tables show huge full-fibre disparity By Patrick Barnham Figures released by broadband champions Comparefibre.co.uk reveal the winners and losers of internet provision in the UK. As a whole, the UK enjoys 96.8% superfast 30 Mbps and faster with England receiving the highest at 97.3% and Northern Ireland the lowest with 89.9%. ButContinue reading “Compare fibre reveal full-fibre league tables”

Art is for life – not just lockdown

An Aberdeen painter is urging people not to ditch art projects started during lockdown as rules further relax. Neale Bothwell, 56, said virtual art clubs championed by the likes of Grayson Perry opened up the world of creativity to countless people but insists it should continue post-covid. Neale said: “It was great the way GraysonContinue reading “Art is for life – not just lockdown”

Entrepreneur brings dating back into the real world

An Edinburgh entrepreneur is taking the tech out of soulmate searching by offering a near-forgotten service used by singletons for centuries. Laura Smyth, dubbed the Cilla Black of the north, launched Match Made in Scotland after helping single friends who were frustrated with the online dating scene. Laura said: “My friends were plain fed upContinue reading “Entrepreneur brings dating back into the real world”

Niche planning consultancy takes off

An aviation expert has set up Scotland’s first planning consultancy for airport safety zones. Nyree Millar-Bell spent years as a senior manager with Edinburgh Airport assessing and at times objecting to planning applications that did not satisfy Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] rules. She now works solely with property, renewables and construction companies across Scotland thatContinue reading “Niche planning consultancy takes off”

Groundwater Guy bags award

A groundwater specialist is celebrating after receiving an award from a top national business body. Frank O’Donnell AKA The Groundwater Guy received the Entrepreneur of the Month Award from Edinburgh Entrepreneurs Circle. Edinburgh-based Frank said: “I am absolutely chuffed to be recognised in this way. When my clients are happy then I’m happy, but it’sContinue reading “Groundwater Guy bags award”