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Dundee’s Largest Festive Market Provides Platform for Local Start-Ups

The largest festive market and business start-up exhibition will take place in Dundee next month.

Hosted by Women’s Business Station in association with Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee, the ambitious event will take place in Wellgate Shopping Centre from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December 2019.

The event, which is free to attend, will showcase the talent of around 100 local businesses, with everything from wine, gin and sweet treats, to toys, jewellery, furniture, fashion and complementary therapies on sale, as well as gift vouchers for sports massages, beauty treatments, business services and more.

L-R: Angie De Vos (Foreman) – Women’s Business Station;
Elaine Falconer – Boot Loot Boutique;
Peter Aitken – Wellgate;
Claire Semple – Semple Sports Therapies;
Carrie Shannon – DD1 Events.


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Making Mental Health Child’s Play

A Dundee nursery business is putting the mental health of both children and staff at the top of the agenda.

Balgillo Nurseries, who run four nurseries in the city, have introduced a number of wellbeing initiatives.

Staff are teaching children how to be mindful, as well as actively working on resilience, conflict management, openness and a growth mindset. On a physical level, the nursery is introducing regular yoga sessions and laps of the nursery garden, both of which are reaping rewards when it comes to the children’s focus and behaviour.

Similarly, breakfast boxes have been introduced in staff areas, alongside a ‘Balgillo spa box’ filled with personal care items for staff to refresh themselves throughout the day. Meanwhile, weekly ‘Fit Fridays’ encourage staff to dress down in sports clothing for comfort. There are also plans to enlist the support of a local personal trainer to support regular exercise events as a team.

Meanwhile, at the Turnberry Avenue and Torridon Road nurseries, local lettering art project Outdoors Type has created stunning murals on the outside of the buildings.

Our story attracted the attention of STV News, and a host of other media.


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“It’s Happening!” – 1K Ticket Milestone for Dundee Hogmanay Party

The first 1,000 tickets for Dundee’s New Year city centre celebrations have been snapped up.

“It’s Happening!” Dundee Hogmanay 2019 will see two days of music and family entertainment, with one of Britain’s best-loved bands Squeeze, Eddi Reader and Dundee’s very own Kyle Falconer, the Hogmanay headliner.

With any profits split between three Dundee charities, the celebrations will be kicked off by national treasures Squeeze, who have enjoyed a string of hits including Up The Junction, Tempted and Cool For Cats.

They will kickstart the party on the evening of Monday 30 December before a full, family-focused day of free entertainment and music on Hogmanay.

The evening will kick off with rock pipe band Gleadhraich, followed by Sinderins, Eddi Reader and Kyle Falconer, who will bring in the bells with a piper. Tay FM DJs will play for the last half hour bringing the event to a close at 12.45am.

Kyle Falconer and Jill Gibson


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Leading Fife Business Advisor Joins EQ’s Ranks

An experienced Fife business advisor, who has supported the local business community for over 30 years, has been appointed Consultant with leading Scottish tax and business advisory specialists, EQ Accountants LLP.

Bryan Johnston, former Relationship Director with Royal Bank of Scotland, will strengthen EQ’s presence in Fife, working alongside Partners and staff within EQ’s Glenrothes office.

Bryan Johnston with Fife EQ Partners: L-R – Ross Oliphant, Steven Todd, Bryan Johnston & Mark Gibson


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Drumming Up Support for Scotland’s First ‘Hope Hub’

A Dundee charity is drumming up support for Scotland’s first ‘Hope Hub’, to be launched on World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10 October 2019).

Front Lounge is holding a free, celebratory event in the city’s Blend Coffee Lounge, marking the culmination of a six-week mental health project.

The charity is now actively fundraising to kickstart Hope Hubs across the country, as well as a Hope Forum which will bring together a group of young people to help shape and inform future policy on mental health services throughout Tayside.

Leigh Addis and Michael Elliott from Foolish Optimism, discussing Thursday’s World Mental Health Day celebrations in Blend Coffee Lounge, Dundee.

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