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”

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”

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”

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”

Groundwater won’t stray at the YMCA

Groundwater won’t stray at the YMCA By Patrick Barnham An under-threat Fife community project is now due to open its doors thanks to a crew of groundwater specialists. The Gallatown Community Centre project in Kirkaldy ground to a halt when its budget couldn’t stretch to provide drainage for the site. The nearest storm drain wasContinue reading “Groundwater won’t stray at the YMCA”

Wherefore art thou Romeos?

High-flying Scottish women are ditching dating apps and outsourcing their search for love. And now Scotland’s only matchmaker is working flat-out to find more male executives to keep up with demand. Match Made in Scotland founder Laura Smyth said: “I know there are just as many men out there looking for a partner but theyContinue reading “Wherefore art thou Romeos?”

Singer songwriter demands government action

Singer songwriter demands government action By Patrick Barnham A singer songwriter is urging MPs to go further to give musicians a voice following report calling for a reset of music streaming. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] Committee said artists should get a fair share of streaming royalties. But British artist James Passey insistsContinue reading “Singer songwriter demands government action”