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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.
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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.

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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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Putting the ‘Hope’ into Mental Health

Six short films exploring the theme of hope are to be launched on the run-up to World Mental Health Day.

Led by Dundee charity Front Lounge, the films mark the second phase of the charity’s Foolish Optimism project which, last year, saw the launch of a film and 26-stop national roadshow touring aimed at sparking more discussion of mental health throughout Scotland.

With the Foolish Optimism film focused on the harsh realities of mental health challenges, the working group decided to switch the focus to hope as World Mental Health Day approaches on 10 October 2019.

They have since made a suite of six short films – Foolish Optimism: Hope in Action – one to be released each week culminating on 10 October, exploring the positive steps young people can take to feel better, and manage their conditions more effectively.

The second film, shot in Eden Locke, Edinburgh, will be released on Monday 9 September 2019, on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day. Entitled ‘Things to Live For’, the film captures Edinburgh-based Daniella James and her friend Andrew Compston having an everyday about the strategies to ‘keep going’ and the opportunities to stay positive in everyday life.

Andrew Compston and Daniella James


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Dundee Science Centre Welcomes Breastfeeding Mothers

Dundee Science Centre has beenbeenm awarded a special accreditation for its commitment to breastfeeding mothers.

The Centre, which will shortly commence a major refurbishment of its ground floor to improve accessibility, welcomed 10 local mums today to celebrate their new Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland sticker from Dundee Breast Buddies.

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