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‘Entrepreneurs Can Die of Isolation’ – Global Economic Development Expert to ‘Covid-Proof’ Struggling Businesses

Entrepreneurs working in isolation are unlikely to survive the post-COVID business climate, according to a world leader in Economic Development.

As the full impact of COVID-19 begins to bite, with thousands of people facing redundancy across the country, Women’s Business Station has invited Dr Ernesto Sirolli to help ‘COVID-proof’ struggling entrepreneurs.  Dr Sirolli’s principles and teachings complement the aims and objectives of the social enterprise as it continues its mission to enhance the socio-economic empowerment of 10,000 women in Scotland by 2030.

As well as entrepreneurs, The Trinity of Management (ToM) online course will help established businesses in ‘recovery mode’ maximise the talent in their teams, teaching those working in academia, government, community and third sector organisations how to retain and invest in their most gifted people, contributing to business growth in the months and years ahead.


Dr Ernesto Sirolli


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Young Parents’ Course Feeds Fashion Industry Skills Gap

A course, which teaches young parents how to sew, could become a feeder to the fashion and textile industry after one its first students landed work with one of Scotland’s leading fashion houses.

Dundee mum Chelsie Bruce was one of the first 10 students to complete the online pilot Kindred Clothing course.  The course, which is currently awaiting official SQA accreditation, was due to be taught in person but moved online at the start of lockdown.

The course, run by Dundee charity Front Lounge, takes learners through the key stages of the garment production process from setting up and using a sewing machine through to mood boards, pattern making and construction.  Learners also gain practical fashion photography skills and techniques to present themselves, their stories and their clothes.

Chelsie Bruce with daughter Brooke Burns. Pic credit – Alan Richardson, Pix-AR, Dundee.

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Dundee Cleaning Company on a Mission to ‘Clean up’ the Industry

A Dundee cleaning company is on a mission to ‘clean up’ the industry’s image.

Kelly Fairweather, owner and founder of At Your Service, has recently been appointed Associate Director of the Domestic Cleaning Business Network (DCBN).  The not-for-profit trade association, formed late last year, provides general advice and resources to domestic cleaning companies across the UK.

As part of Kelly’s mission to clean up the industry, she will be supporting member cleaning businesses, whether helping with risk assessments, employment contracts, terms of service or products, arming them with the skills to run profitable businesses while maintaining high standards. Kelly will also support the DCBN in its role as a voice for the industry, pushing for clearer guidance and procedures from the Government.


L-R – Team Leaders Jenna Patterson , Danielle Murray and Claire Percy with Kelly Fairweather – pic credit: Mr Drew Photography, Dundee


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The Cost of NOT Doing it Right

How do you promote your business?

With a growing choice of online tips, self-help templates and other resources, many businesses are taking the matter into their own hands.

However, as much as I appreciate that businesses, especially sole traders, have limited budgets, the cost of winging it or doing it ‘on the cheap’ may be higher than you think.

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Clowndoctors Raise a Smile for Local Families

Two Scottish children’s charities are working in partnership to bring smiles to local children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yard is working with Hearts & Minds to host video calls with the Clowndoctors, offering support through fun and laughter for children with additional support needs and their families, who cannot currently attend group sessions in person.

The Yard usually runs school sessions, drop-in family play sessions and youth clubs for disabled children and young people in Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee.


Tia Timoney from Edinburgh, having a blast with the Clowndoctors!


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