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Empowerment – From the Bottom Up!

Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee Case Study

Ask any entrepreneur how they got to where they are today and they’ll tell you how it all began, the journey and the obstacles.

For Deborah (Debz) Breen of Dundee, poor mental and physical health, coupled with a spell of homelessness, did not dissuade her from pursuing her business goal – making colourful and ethical underwear for all genders and sizes.

As a child, a self-confessed ‘tomboy’ and ‘wild child’, Debz was extremely creative, at her happiest tinkering away with her Dad, an upholsterer, and her very own tool box.

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10th Dundee Science Festival Gets Underway

The programme for the 10th Dundee Science Festival was officially launched today (Wednesday 2 October 2019).

The celebration of science will run from Saturday 5 October through to Sunday 20 October 2019, with over 30 events designed to entertain, inspire and fascinate, most of which are free of charge.

Lewis Fitzsimmons of Dundee Science Festival

 

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Food for Thought as Accountants Claw Back ‘Untapped’ Tax Savings

Leading Scottish tax and business advisory specialists, EQ Accountants LLP, are urging food and drink businesses to explore potentially significant tax savings often associated with manufacturing or scientific companies.

The firm, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar, Cupar and Glenrothes, has claimed over £0.5M Research and Development (R&D) tax credits for 13 food and drink clients within the last year, ranging from food producers and food packaging companies to companies involved in designing and manufacturing equipment for the food and drink industry.

Sandi Drummond, EQ; David Morrison, EQ; Scot Kelly, Foodmek.
Pic – Alan Richardson, Pix-AR.co.uk.

 

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Big Boys Don’t Cry: Men Gear up for Daily Battle

A film exploring the mental health struggles facing men has been launched by a group of burly airsoft ‘soldiers’ in a Dundee park today (Monday 16 September 2019).

‘Daily Battle’ is one of six films being released by local charity Front Lounge on the run-up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019.

Pic – Alan Richardson, Pix-AR.co.uk:
Michael Elliott from Foolish Optimism: Hope in Action, alongside Airsoft players from Viperstrike who took part in the film.

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Dundee Fashion Designer Ties the Knot with Global Bridal Market

A Scottish fashion designer, whose bespoke bridal jackets are being snapped up by brides-to-be across the world, is launching her new range in her home city of Dundee.

Samantha Paton’s fashion line Isolated Heroes was launched in 2012 following her graduation from Heriot Watt University with a BAHons in Fashion Design For Industry.

Primarily focusing on the plus-size market, with 70% of their orders coming from women size 16 and upwards, Samantha and her team ship around 200 orders each month. Around 60% of their sales are overseas, mainly to the United States and Australia, with the rest based in the UK. Counting Miley Cyrus, Paloma Faith, Be Charlotte and Pixie Lott amongst its growing international client base, Isolated Heroes works out of the city’s Meadow Mill.

Now, with growing demand for ‘the unique’, Isolated Heroes is creating bespoke bridal jackets, often heavily sequined and embellished with names and other designs, customised into their colour scheme but with scope to be worn again and again. Although early orders have come from overseas, Isolated Heroes is gearing up to attend the ‘Big Dundee Wedding Exhibition’ in Dundee’s Caird Hall on Saturday 21 September, aimed at promoting the new range closer to home.

Christie Wanless and Samantha Paton of Isolated Heroes. Credit Chloe Sidey Photography

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