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Local business newsStirling Castleshuttlebus launchedThe Castle Shuttlebus is running over the summer months from Castleview Park & Ride toStirling Castle Esplanade.The bus operates 09.10 – 17.15 Monday to Saturday, operating every 20 mins.Adult £1 return, child 50p return, concession card holders free.Enter £50prize draw!Provide feedback on Stirling Eye and you could win£50 to spend in a local shop of your choice.We would be grateful if you could provide feedbackon Stirling Eye to help us improve future editions.Everyone completing the feedback survey will be entered into the prize draw.To provide feedback and enterthe prize draw, please visitBig Wheelskeep onturning!Wheels Cycling Centre in Callander isgoing from strength to strength. Latelast year it acquired Trossachs Cycles and at Easter this year it opened a new joint venturewith the SS Walter Scott Trust at Loch Katrine. With over 23 years experience, Wheels willbring a new level of professionalism to ‘Katrinewheelz’.The timing could not have been better as the new venture coincides with Scottsland 2010,which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem, Lady of the Lake.Mark Shimidzu of Wheels said: “We have an all new team at Loch Katrine and are looking forwardto offering a much higher quality service that is in keeping with this world class destination.”Katrinewheelz is an important part of their development plans, which include a proposed newfacility at their existing Callander site as well as other possible hire centre locations.www.wheelscyclingcentre.comwww.surveymonkey.com/s/stirlingeyeLaunch of KatrinewheelzBett Homesstart a newphase at itsWaterfrontdevelopmentBett Homes is challenging thecommon perception that the housingindustry has stalled with the newsthat it has already sold 89 apartmentsat its Waterfront development atForthside, Stirling City centre.Bett Homes’ Sales and Marketing Director,Tricia Malek said: “The versatility of the mixof one, two and three bedroom apartmentsis very appealing to a wide range of citydwellers and the development has nowmoved on to a new phase. Prices andincentives also remain attractive and there’sno shortage of enthusiasm and interest asthe market starts to pick up momentum.”Another local business, Guardian Systems(Scotland) Ltd, is also pleased with thelatest phase of development after winningthe contract for the supply and installationof windows. Garry Bowman, Sales Managersaid: “Having previously worked with Betton the prestigious Waterfront development,we are confident our productsand services will be requiredin future phases. Our localfactory and workforce makeus ideal for similar projectsin Central Scotland.”www.betthomes.comwww.guardiansystems.co.ukwww.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy

Business welcome…Local business newsNew and relocating businesses in the Stirling area include:Alison Kirk BridalA new bridal boutique in theStirling Arcade. The shop is anexpansion for Alison Kirk, who alsohas a bridal boutique in Perth.Tel: 01786 479996www.alisonkirk.co.ukAvenue LettingA new letting company located inthe Stirling Arcade, specialising inletting domestic property.Tel: 01786 430301www.avenue-lettings.co.ukBannjaxx ComicsA comic book store in the StirlingArcade. Bannjaxx comics openedin November 2009.Tel: 01786 463699www.bannjaxxcomics.comBluebell’s Baby WearA new independent retailerspecialising in baby wear. Theshop opened in the Stirling Arcadein June. Tel: 01786 463841DivinityDivinity is a new gift shop in theStirling Arcade specialising inretail of unusual and unique gifts.The shop opened in January.Tel: 01786 478097www.divinity.uk.comEuronet TranslationsEuronet Translations is atraditional translation companywith over 30 years experience.The family run business recentlymoved from Wales to Strathyre.www.transeuronet.co.ukHartsmailing HamsA new delicatessens located at the Stirling AgriculturalCentre near Stirling. The business includes a café, deli andsoon to open meat counter. Tel: 01786 464747Khushi’s IndianRestaurantA new Indian restaurant onUpper Craigs, Stirling. Therestaurant is an expansionfor the Khushi family,who have successfullyrun Khushi’s in Edinburghsince 1947. Khushi’s hasa unique bring your ownbottle policy withoutcorkage charge.Tel: 01786 470999www.khushis.comKiddie KoutureLuxury childrenswearand accessories retailerKiddie Kouture recently moved from the StirlingArcade to a bigger premises in the Thistle Marches, Stirling.Tel: 01786 473113www.kiddiekouture.co.ukLipstickLipstick is a new boutiquespecialising in ladies fashion.Lipstick is located in the StirlingArcade. Tel: 01786 446347Morelands InsuranceBrokerA new branch of generalinsurance broker Morelandslocated in the Stirling Arcadein May. Morelands InsuranceBrokers specialise in business andhome insurance.Tel: 01786 473469www.morelandinsurance.co.ukFat FaceFat Face, the active lifestyle clothing brand, opened in the StirlingThistle Centre in May. Fat Face specialise in quality clothing, footwearand accessories for men, women and kids, who enjoy those everydayadventures. www.fatface.comIf you have recently set up a business in the Stirling Councilarea and would like a mention in Stirling Eye or would liketo report a business news story, contact Joëlle Russell on01786 442778 or email russelljl@stirling.gov.uk(L to R) Former Miss ScotlandKatherine Brown, River Cityactress Pamela Byrne andweatherman Sean Batty at theopening of Khushi’s, Upper CraigsNew Stirlingdeli hits themartHartsmailing Hams is a newdelicatessen situated at the £15million Stirling Agricultural Centre.Owned and run by Paul and CaroleRichmond, the company stocks bothlocal and international foods and pridesitself on its range of quality products.Before setting up the business, Paulworked as a Procurement Director for a multinational company. The rolecalled for extensive worldwide travel and, with the arrival of two youngchildren, came the decision to turn a passion for food into a business.Hartsmailing Hams has three elements to its business - a café, a deliand a soon to open meat counter that will sell fresh meat from DavidBennett & Son family butcher in Dunblane.Printing MattersPrinting Matters specialises in design,marketing, print and distribution. The shopopened in the Stirling Arcade in April.Tel: 01786 472475www.printingmatters2u.comShoe TreeA new shoe shop on Upper Craigs, Stirlingspecialising in retail of Rieker and Gaborshoes. The shop opened in May and alsostocks handbags and accessories.Tel: 01786 469959www.shop4rieker.co.ukTop Class BarbersTop Class gents barbers opened on PortStreet, Stirling in March. Top Class alsospecialise in authentic Turkish shaving.Tel: 01786 474664WD Harley ArchitectsWD Harley Architects recently expandedinto premises on Cross Street, Callander. Thebusiness specialises in the tourism sector,with a well established client base fromhoteliers to B&B owners. www.wdharley.comWhile the business benefits from the trading surges that high profileevents such as Perth Bull Sales bring to the agricultural centre,Hartsmailing Hams has seen turnover steadily increase month on monthas awareness of their presence has spread to the wider Stirling public.www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy

Opportunities to workwith the UniversityStirling University’s Career Development Centre (CDC) is organising a Sport,Tourism and Food & Drink Careers Fair on Thursday 14th October 2010. Theevent is designed to help organisations within these sectors raise their profileand promote positions and work experience opportunities to students at theUniversity. The event also gives students the opportunity to talk to potentialemployers. Any local employers wishing to exhibit at the event should contactthe CDC for more information.The CDC is also working on other projects to bring businesses and studentstogether. They are keen to work with local businesses to identify the skillsemployers are looking for and also to promote paid vacation work to theirstudents, giving them specific experience on projects employers might not havetime to carry out otherwise. If you are a public or voluntary sector organisation,you may also be interested in offering a 30-hour volunteering project as part ofthe CDC’s accredited ‘Active Learning in the Community’ module.The CDC also has an online vacancy system where local employers canadvertise any paid vacancies free of charge, from graduate vacancies to parttimework (part of the University Job Shop).For further information, please contact 01786 467070 or e-mailemployers@stir.ac.ukwww.careers.stir.ac.ukStrategies a go go …New economic and businessspace strategies have beenproduced for the Stirling Councilarea.‘Open for Business’ – the StirlingEconomic Strategy for 2009-2013 is based on principles ofsustainable growth, innovationand enterprise, resilience andeconomic opportunity. The strategy,prepared by the Stirling Community Planning Partnership, issupported by detailed implementation plans focused on:Economic successCommunity confidenceBusiness supportBuilding for the futureSkills development and access to jobsFinancial inclusionThe ‘Stirling Business Space Strategy and Appraisal’ reviewsthe commercial property market and identifies futurebusiness space requirements. The Business Space Strategywill inform the Stirling Local Development Plan 2012-2032. Akey conclusion is that an additional 34 hectares of land needsto be allocated for office development over the next 20 years.Both strategies are available online atwww.stirling.gov.uk/strategies30 second interviewName:Job title:Place of work:Brief company description:How do you get to work?Where is your favourite place to eat out? Why?What do you think the Stirling area couldmost benefit from?What is your favourite colour?What is the best thing about doing businessin Stirling?What do you think the biggest issue is forbusinesses in the Stirling area?What is the biggest issue for your business?What is your favourite shop?What is your greatest ambition?Joanne InglisCo-ownerBriarlands FarmA working farm and visitor attraction offering ‘A fun family day out in the fresh air!’WalkThe Portcullis, have been going here for years and always enjoy the food and surroundings.Couldn’t think of anything, it’s a wonderful place to live and work in!RedLocationSeasonalityThe weather!!Doune Antiques CentreAt present to build a new visitor centre for 2011 and continue to develop our businessfor the future of our family.Briarlands Farm: 01786 841309 www.briarlandsfarm.co.ukwww.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy

STIRLING BUSINESS PANELScottishregionalfinalist at theEnterprisingBritain awardsSeptember Trade Fair – Tuesday 21st September- mark your diary now!All 50 exhibitor stands for the Stirling Business Panel TradeFair have been snapped up.The Stirling Development Agency is kindlysponsoring the trade fair by providing thevenue, Strathallan House at Castle BusinessPark. We are also pleased to announcesponsorship of the event by Central FM andthe Stirling Observer.A whole range of businesses will berepresented at the show, which will runfrom 10 am until 4 pm on Tuesday 21stSeptember.As well as the many exhibitors, the day willprovide a great opportunity to network anddevelop new business contacts.Tony Moulsdale, Chair of the Stirling BusinessPanel and Managing Director of M.A.C.Electrical & Heating Engineers, said: “Therewas a clear need identified by the Panelto provide an opportunity for members todisplay their goods and services to the localbusiness community and this event is inresponse.”We have deliberately kept the exhibitorcosts low for two reasons: to make the eventaccessible to all local businesses and inacknowledgement of the current economicconditions.”This venue proved an ideal location whenwe held our Funding & Innovation event lastyear. I am sure that this year’s businessto-businessevent will be an even biggersuccess. Thanks to our sponsors, the day willbe promoted throughout the Forth Valley, andwill include some exhibitors from outside theStirling area.”Entry to the Trade Fair is free for pre-registeredvisitors. To register to attend, please visit the‘Events’ section of the Business Panel websitewww.stirlingbusinesspanel.org or phone01786 443172.Morag makes the panel 600 strong!Stirling Business Panel was pleased to welcome its 600th member in June.Designer Morag Meighan, owner of Comfort Zone Interior Designers inBridge of Allan registered online.Formally trained in design, Morag started the business in 1997, with help from STEP training. Initially operatingfrom home while she built up the business, Morag was able to move to business premises in 2002.Morag works with both corporate and domestic clients. One of her more prominent commissions was tenderingfor and winning the contract to design and install a multifunctional Internet Zone in John Dewar and Sons worldheadquarters building in Glasgow. Quite an achievement for a small local business!Reflecting the current economic climate, Morag has given more time to the consultation part of her business, where she uses her professionalexperience to provide advice to clients on how to fully utilise their existing space and fittings. Full commissions are still undertaken for avariety of clients, but this flexibility of response has ensured that Comfort Zone has continued to flourish.Tony Moulsdale, Chairman of the Stirling Business Panel, said: “Stirling Business Panel is delighted to welcome Morag as our latest member.”www.comfort-zone-interiors.com10 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

www.stirlingbusinesspanel.orgNot already a Business Panel member?Please contact Bill Fortune (Business PartnershipExecutive – Stirling Council) on 01786 443172,email panel@stirling.gov.uk or join online atwww.stirlingbusinesspanel.orgMember ProfileJane Steel ofDataspace ScotlandUpdate on the ‘HaveYour Say’ eventIt took some time to collate the many action points raisedin the lively workshop we held at the Double Tree by HiltonDunblane Hydro back in March.Business Panel members contributed to developing actions to addressthe four main themes under debate that day. They were:Business SupportBusiness SpaceTraining & Skills/recruitmentCity Centre RevitalisationOn the day, Dr John Rogers of the University of Stirling and Chair of theStirling Economic Partnership, promised to raise these points at thenext meeting of the Economic Partnership. The Economic Partnershipis key to developing the Economic Strategy for Stirling and fordeveloping the Action Plans that will help to deliver the strategy.Panel members are now actively engaged in the ‘Business Support’working group for the Economic Strategy, which has been tasked withdeveloping an Action Plan to deliver business support objectives. TheBusiness Panel members on the group will seek to integrate some ofthe action points suggested at the Dunblane Hydro meeting.In addition, a steering group is being formed to look specificallyat City Centre Re-generation and the Business Panel will be wellrepresented, with four members of the Executive Group participating.This group too will look to integrate some of the many suggestionsmade at the ‘Have Your Say’ workshop.We hope that by the next edition, we will be able to report howsome of the actions suggested by Panel members are beingincorporated into the main Action Plans for the Economic Strategy.Not every suggestion will be practical oraffordable. We are confident that by beingrepresented in the groups developingthe detail of the main Action Plans, Panelmembers can contribute, wherever that ispossible.We will keep Panel members up to date asthis matter is progressed.In this issue, we profileBusiness Panel ExecutiveMember Jane Steel ofDataspace Scotland.Jane started her career as anelectronic engineer in the semiconductor industry working formajor international companieslike Motorola and NationalSemiconductor, travelling all over the world in the course of her work.With family came new priorities and after a spell with ScottishEnterprise attracting inward investment in the electronicsindustry, Jane joined the Virtual Component Exchange (VCX),helping to develop this important online facility for the globalelectronics industry.Jane joined Dataspace Scotland in 2002 when the businesswas almost exclusively involved in electronic data back up andrecovery. Since then, the business has expanded its operationsinto secure document storage and has partner facilities inCheshire, Oxford and the Netherlands.Jane believes that her business development skills and overallcompany focus on customer service are the key to this continuedexpansion.Jane said: “Dataspace are active in the local community, andsponsor various clubs in the area (Stirling Rowing Club & StirlingCounty Rugby Club). We joined the Business Panel and specificallythe Executive Group in order that we can, by actively contributingto discussion with other businesses and Stirling Council, help drivethe growth of Stirling as a business community and to help makeStirling and the surrounding area a better place to live and work.”www.dataspacescotland.co.ukBUSINESS PANEL WEBSITEDon’t forget to take advantage of the Stirling Business Panel website by reporting any news,awards or expansion plans - www.stirlingbusinesspanel.orgThe site receives regular hits, if you are a local business take advantage of this and get yourbusiness some coverage. All we ask is that you give us business news and not an advert.www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy11

Stirling ArcadeSpecial featureStirling Eye caught up with three independentbusinesses within the Stirling Arcade…Andy Simpson MusicAndy Simpson Music is the Stirling Arcade’slongest serving tenant. Andy Simpsonwas a music teacher and manager of amusic shop in Edinburgh before openinghis own business in the Arcade in 1994.Andy combines teaching with the retail ofmusical instruments - customers receivefree lessons with every keyboard sold.Being a specialist shop, most customcomes through word of mouth and astrong customer base has been establishedover the years. Andy puts this down to thehigh level of customer service delivered.Andy said: “We like to move with thetimes, always stocking the most up-to-dateinstruments. For example, we now haveYamaha’s new range of digital pianos instore, starting from less than £600.”With regard to the recent improvementsto the Stirling Arcade, Andy said: “Therefurbishment of the Arcade is fantastic– many people coming into our shop haveremarked on it.”“We are glad to do our part in developingthe ambience – we currently provide thepiano for the pianist who plays in theArcade at lunch times on Saturdays.”Andy Simpson Music – 01786 449555www.homeworld.yamaha-europe.comDid you know?Andy Simpson Music Shop is one of only twoYamaha Homeworld centres in Scotland.Betti Loves itSisters Connie andNichola Moore openedfashion boutique BettiLoves It in the StirlingArcade three years ago.The shop provides a range of affordable fashionfrom all over the globe, including designs byLipsy, Motel, Mina, MaxC and ARYN.K.Connie Moore said: “I love fashion andstudied marketing and fashion at GlasgowCaledonian University. I’m from Kippen andused to find it quite difficult to get somethinga bit different when going out at weekends. Iidentified a niche market in Stirling and knewa fashion boutique was something that wouldgo down well with locals and students alike.”“I found out about an opportunity in theStirling Arcade and though this was beforethe refurbishment, I was excited about theplans and decided to go for it, in partnershipwith my sister.”“We went down to Pure at Olympia inLondon, a big fashion event and picked outour stock – every girls dream!”“The refurbishment of the Stirling Arcade isabsolutely stunning! Shoppers are pleasantlysurprised by the changes and I’ve really noticedan increase in footfall over the last year.”Betti Loves It - 01786 451256www.bettilovesit.comDid you know?Connie and Nichola Moore’s mum PatriciaJackson recently opened ladies fashionboutique Connie’s Closet in the Stirling Arcadewith business partner Shona Snowie. Pickingthe name of the shop was easy, both Patriciaand Shona have daughters called Connie!Alison Kirk with Lesley Dow, Co-owner ofAlison Kirk Bridal, Stirling ArcadeAlison Kirk BridalAlison Kirk Bridal is one of the StirlingArcade’s newest tenants. The businesswas launched with a fashion show at theend of May.Alison Kirk opened her first bridal shop inPerth in 2008, after she identified a gapin the market for a small friendly designerbridal business. Following success of thebusiness in Perth, Alison decided to takethe same model to Stirling.Alison said: “I was looking to expandthe business and thought Stirling wouldbe perfect for the business model. Weare highly focused on customer service,making the whole experience of choosinga dress fun and unique.”“When an opportunity became availablewithin the Stirling Arcade I thought it wasthe perfect location for an independentbridal shop, providing a welcoming, funand exciting experience.”Lesley, Manager and Co-ownercommented: “I am really impressedwith the direction the Arcade is going.The quality shops compliment our own– customers can enjoy a coffee at Full Stopand look for mother-of-the-bride outfits inConnie’s Closet or wedding outfits in BettiLoves It and Lipstick.”Alison Kirk Bridal stocks designerwedding dresses by Christina Rossi,Justine Alexander, Ella and Alfred Sung.Bridesmaid dresses are by Forever Yours.www.alisonkirk.co.ukwww.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy13

Looking for commercial property? Visit www.stirling.gov.uk/propertyCastle Business Park232 sq m (2,500 sq ft) of space withinLomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirlingwas recently secured by GVA Grimley onbehalf of Southerncross Healthcare oncompetitive lease terms.More information on current opportunities atCastle Business Park can be obtained fromjoint agents Mike Irvine of Montagu Evanson 0131 229 3800, email mike.Irvine@montagu-evans.co.uk or Craig Watson ofJones Lang Lasalle on 0131 225 8344, emailcraig.watson@eu.jll.com .Forsyth Business Centre provides servicedoffice accommodation and is also locatedwithin Lomond Court, Castle Business Park.More information on current opportunitiesat Forsyth Business Centre can be obtainedfrom Shirley-Ann O’Hare of Forsyth BusinessCentre on 01786 431700.IndustrialIndustrial availability figures from Scottish Property Network (31st March 2010)highlight that Stirling’s industrial availability rate of 6.3 per cent is lower thanthe Scottish rate of 13.0 per cent.Springkerse Industrial EstateA new build development by Muddy Fields LLP at Munro Road has its first occupier – FEShas taken 376 sq m (4,050 sq ft) for their developing operations. More announcements areexpected soon, according to agent Sandy Falconer of J&E Shepherd. Sandy also confirmedthat the yard at 17 Springkerse Road, Springkerse reported in the last edition of Stirling Eyehas now been sold for owner occupational storage purposes.Further information on remaining space within the Munro Road development can beobtained from Sandy Falconer of J&E Shepherd on 01786 450438, email sandy.falconer@shepherd.co.uk or John Quinn on 07876 658980, email john.quinn@rokholdings.co.uk .Elsewhere in Springkerse Dial-a-Journey has purchased 867 sq m (9,334 sq ft) in MunroRoad, for their door-to-door transport service for people with mobility issues, and the lastunit in Springkerse Trade Park is under offer.Business centre case study:Evans Business CentreEvans Easyspace wasestablished in February2000. Since then, EvansEasyspace has built anetwork of 54 businesscentres throughout the UK, including Evans Business Centre inSpringkerse Industrial Estate, Stirling. The company aims toprovide affordable flexible office and workshop space tailored specifically to the needs ofsmall to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and business start ups.Stirling Eye caught up with Sally Cassidy, Regional Manager of Evans Easyspace to findout more about the Business Centre…What type of space does Evans Business Centre offer?“The Centre provides small flexible office space for SMEs and business starts from21 sq m (230 sq ft) to 74 sq m (800 sq ft).”How are occupancy levels holding up?“The occupancy level is currently 80 per cent, over ten per cent higher than last year. InJune, occupancy levels were at the highest since we opened our doors for business inStirling four years ago.”“I think the high level of demand for space in the Centre is as a direct result of offeringvalue for money, good standard of accommodation, comprehensive support services and‘easy in, easy out agreements’ meeting business requirements.”“Providing a quick turnaround is important – a recent enquirer viewed officeaccommodation in the morning,completed the agreement and movedin that afternoon!”Further details on opportunitiesat Evans Business Centre can beobtained from Sally Cassidy on07919 186 892, emailSally Cassidy,Evans Easyspacesallycassidy@evanseasyspace.com .www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy15

Business space developmentsIndustrial continuedManor Farm Business ParkPhaseone of theexpansionprogrammeto ManorFarm Business Park, Blairlogie, Stirling isnow complete providing a range of highquality, modern industrial units of 116 sqm (1,250 sq ft) and 232 sq m (2,500 sqft), as well as two units of up to 325 sq m(3,500 sq ft).The new accommodation providesflexibility to meet the requirementsof small to medium sized businesseslooking for high quality premises ina convenient and attractive location.Features include electrically operatedup and over insulated doors, high loadbearing floors, six metre eaves height andgenerous office and staff facilities in eachunit. The additional space also providesexpansion potential for existing occupierswho wish to grow their business withoutundertaking a major relocation.The construction of a new children’snursery will serve the business park andsurrounding areas.Graham Moore of Glendale Plc, an existingtenant, said: “We undertake long-termcontracts for grounds maintenance andcarry out our work with a particular regardfor the environment. The ‘green’ locationof Manor Business Park suits our companyprofile and as we work throughout CentralScotland, the good road links have provedparticularly useful for ourselves and oursuppliers.”Graham added: “This year Scotlandexperienced the worst snow and ice forthirty years and we found that roads inthis area escaped the worst of it, allowingus to get through to other areas whereour snow clearing and gritting serviceswere required.”The man behind the expansion, Mr TomCox, himself a successful entrepreneur,commented:“The completion of Phase One of thedevelopment marks the start of asignificant investment programme andgives Stirling some of the highest qualitybusiness premises in Scotland.”“In addition to the new buildings Ihave invested over a million pounds ininfrastructure which I believe clearly setsout my ambition and vision for the futureexpansion of this business park. Ourinitial marketing has already successfullyattracted and relocated two new Englishbased internet businesses to the park anddespite the recent recession I am veryencouraged by the level of enquiries fromlocal and new start companies looking forthis type of business environment.”Manor Farm Business Park offers flexibleand affordable lease terms, on siteparking and panoramic views of Stirling’scountryside and landmarks, yet is onlyfive minutes from the city centre.For further information onaccommodation, and incentives available,please contact the sole letting agentsRoss & Liddell on 0141 204 7355 oremail j-sorley@ross-liddell.com .Retail and leisureRetail availability figures fromScottish Property Network (31stMarch 2010) highlight that Stirling’sretail availability rate of 13.2 per centremains lower than the Scottish rate of15.7 per cent.Murchison Park, DouneThere are showrooms with workshop andretail opportunities at Murchison Park, nearDoune. A lease opportunity exists for a carsales operation as well as a filling stationwith store for lease as a going concern.For further details on these potentialopportunities please contact Murdo Murchisonat Murchison Park on 01786 842222, emailsales@murdomurchison.co.uk .The Thistles ShoppingCentreThe Thistles in Stirling recently benefitedfrom space being taken up by clothesretailer, Fat Face. A lease has also beenagreed with a leading international clothingcompany on the former Woolworth’s unitextending to some 2,275 sq m (24,492 sqft), providing further evidence of activity inthe retail property market place.LeisureStirling’s leisure offer is showing signs ofimprovement with the opening of restaurantsCoq Au Vin in Baker Street, Kushi’s in UpperCraigs as well as refurbishment of the SpiceGarden in Allan Park.16 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

Looking for commercial property? Visit www.stirling.gov.uk/propertyPlanningLocal Development Plan– get involvedForthbank PerformanceSport CentreForthbank Performance Sport Centreincludes a new development by ActiveStirling comprising five conference suitesideal for business meetings, educationalcourses and team building events. Thesuites were recently renovated throughoutand are kitted out with an array of state ofthe art IT and AV equipment, including 50inch LCD screens, an interactive white board,wifi and video conferencing. The ForthbankPerformance Sport Centre also has free carparking and excellent sporting facilities.For more details please contact KatherineMacgregor, Conference and Events Coordinator,on 01786 448308, email meet@activestirling.org.uk .www.activestirling.org.ukDid you know?Forthbank Performance Sport Centre plans tomake the most of the increasing importanceof sport due to the London 2012 Olympicsand Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Gamesby hosting sporting teams over the comingyears, providing them with Internationaloutdoor pitches and a private strength andconditioning gym.The process of creating and adopting anew Local Development Plan for Stirling iswell under way, with the Council havingpublished its Main Issues Report in May. TheMain Issues Report is a discussion document which sets out options for future land use anddevelopment across the wider Stirling area and is a precursor to the Proposed Plan to bepublished in May 2011.After initial consultation with communities, landowners, individuals, key agencies,Council service providers and external agencies, the Main Issues Report was agreed at aSpecial Council Meeting on the 22nd April. As Stirling Eye went to print, the Council wasundertaking further consultation with anyone who has an interest in land in the area. Aseries of Summer Roadshows were held around key settlements, providing information andanswering questions.The Proposed Local Development Plan will be published for consultation next year, whenthere will be a further opportunity for the public and businesses to comment on it. It isintended that the Plan will be formally adopted in December 2012 and this document willcontain a detailed strategy for development for the first 5-10 years and guiding principlesfor the following 10 years, up to 2032. All of the information relating to this process can befound on the Council’s website at the address below. Any questions can also be submittedto the Planning and Policy team on 01786 443071.www.stirling.gov.uk/localdevplanPlanning applications updateThe following planning applications with a significant business focus have been submittedto Stirling Council since the last edition of Stirling Eye (Spring 2010) and are still beingconsidered, pending a decision:l An application by Stirling Council Waste Services for erection of a waste managementcentre and office block (255 sq m approx. floorspace) 200 m west of PolmaiseRecycling Centre, Fallin.l An application by Joanne & John Inglis for erection of a visitor centre (520 sq mapprox. floorspace) at Briarlands, Blairdrummond.The following planning applications have been approved:l An application by Cameron Developments (Scotland) Limited for a new retail unit (360sq m) on land at 19 Kerse Road, Stirling.l An application by Graham’s Dairies for erection of a steel framed storage building,steel framed extension to existing building and two additional parking spaces (995 sqm of new floorspace) at Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan.l An application by Scotbeef Meat Packers Ltd for extension to chills and replacement ofcooling plant (600 sq m approx. extra) at Longley’s Farm, Carse of Lecropt Road.Planning applications correct at June 2010. Planning schedules can beviewed at www.stirling.gov.uk/planningschedulewww.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy17

Sector featureFood & DrinkThe Scottish food and drink industry is worthnearly £10 billion a year, with £7.5 billiongenerated by processing companies andtheir supply chain and the remainder fromagriculture, aquaculture and fishing.There are many local food and drinkbusinesses that are passionate about theidea of using Scottishproducts and selling qualityproduce to local people.Stirling’s range of foodand drink businessesincludes shortbreadmanufacturers, qualitybeef providers, finedining, gastro-pubs,food processors,manufacturers ofcatering equipmentand more. TheUniversity of Stirling is a worldleader in aquaculture research and ForthValley College’s new Stirling Campus willinclude a hospitality training facility to ensurethe future supply of quality staff for theservice side of the industry.Scotland Food & Drink –www.scotlandfoodanddrink.orgScotland Food& Drink, aGovernmentsupportednot-for-profitorganisation,has produceda guidefor smalland medium sized food and drinkbusinesses to help them win public contracts.Scotland Food & Drink also has a strategyfor the food and drink industry whichidentifys a £2.5 billion growth opportunity.Both the guide and strategy are availablefrom the websitewww.scotlandfoodanddrink.orgInterview with Hilary and Bernard BarkerHilary and Bernard farm at Mid Torrienear Callander and breed pedigreeHighland cattle. Bernard also managesthe Stirling Farmers Market on avoluntary basis.What is the Stirling FarmersMarket?The Stirling Farmers Market sells freshlocal produce on the second Saturday ofeach month in Port Street, Stirling Citycentre.Up to 25 stalls offer a wide rangeof quality produce including organicvegetables, Highland beef and otherred meats such as venison and game,cheese, fish, jams and home-bakingincluding gluten-free foods, countrywines and natural berry drinks plus asmall selection of craft stalls.What are the advantages of theMarket?Started ten years ago, local producersare able to add value to their productsby selling direct to the public. Severalnew food businesses have developedfrom these small beginnings, to thebenefit of the local economy and ruralareas in particular. For shoppers, themarket offers a friendly atmosphere inwhich to buy fresh quality produce andwww.barkershighlandbeef.co.ukHilary and Bernard Barker with oneof their Highland cowsoften unusual foods, and the opportunityto talk to stall holders and farmers abouthow and where the food is grown orproduced.On a like-for-like basis, prices arecomparable to goods available insupermarkets or even less. Shoppers alsoreceive a high level of customer serviceand can ask traders for recipes and adviceon preparation. At the same time thetraders value the direct feedback fromtheir customers, which helps with productdevelopment and future sales.All traders are vetted to ensure they meetthe rigorous standards set by the marketand to ensure the authenticity of theirproduce. Obviously compliance with foodsafety regulations and trading standards isobligatory.Plans for the future?There are plans to expand the frequencyand scope of the market so that the rangeof products on offer can be increased stillfurther.For information on selling local produceat the Stirling Farmers Market, pleasecontact Mrs Pat Wilson on 01877 330151,email kilmahog@aol.com .www.stirlingfarmersmarket.co.uk18 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

Food & DrinkSector featureFrench BarracksStirling Community Planning Partnership is currently considering anoutline business case to develop the French Barracks in Stirling’sForthside into a regional Food, Drinks and Creative Industries Hub.The case includes proposals to develop the 19th century French Barracksbuilding to include:A permanent shop, showcasing local produce.A training café, offering training, employment and education opportunities.Covered farmers’ market facilities.Outdoor farmers market and event space.Events and exhibition space.The project is still in development, however, if you would like to find outmore about the plans being put forward for the French Barracks, pleasecontact Andy Kennedy (City Centre Initiatives Manager, Stirling Council)on 01786 442534 or email kennedya2@stirling.gov.uk .William Paterson,Nicky Tams Bar &BothyWilliam Paterson owns Nicky TamsBar & Bothy, located on Baker Street,Stirling City centre.William said:“On the food side of things, ourfocus is quality homemade foodprepared on the premises using localproduce. Our chips are freshly cut,soup homemade and meat locallysourced. Our vegetarian meals areof a high standard – my vegetarianwife has made sure of that!”“Our customers include locals,students and passing trade to thecastle. There is a high demand forlocal produce from tourists.”Can you tell us more aboutsourcing your produce?“As I worked as a livestockauctioneer for United Auctions inStirling for 14 years, I know only toowell the importance of supportingour local farmers.”“We source most of our meat fromGray’s butchers on Port Street,Stirling, who buy in their lamb andbeef from Stirling’s two auctionmarkets. In the prime seasons, wesource fruit from Briarlands Farm,Blairdrummond and vegetablescome from Forsyths, Coatbridge.We source our fish, chicken andhaggis from Campbells PrimeMeat, near Linlithgow.”“We always try to use localbusinesses where possible, such asCariel in Dunblane for soft drinks.”What about the recession?“We’ve had to innovate and workextra hard to market the business,handing out flyers and sendingFacebook promotions. We evenintroduced a heavy metal night ona Tuesday and this is now one ofour busiest nights.”And the Future?“I hope the Government bringsin policy to increase minimumalcohol prices, bringing morepeople back into pubs.”Suzie England, Head ofAgricultural Livestock Liaison,Scotbeef LimitedScotbeef Limited is a wholly ownedsubsidiary of J W Galloway Limited, aprivately owned company established inthe 1920s and still run by the Gallowayfamily. Originally a retail butcherycompany with 54 retail shops throughoutthe central belt of Scotland, Scotbeefre-assessed its strategy by 1980 to focus on slaughtering andprocessing cattle and lamb. Today Scotbeef has four sites whichsupply major customers in the UK and Europe, including a stateof the art slaughtering facility in Bridge of Allan.Suzie said: “Scotbeef specialise in developing, marketing andexporting quality fresh meat products. We have over 1,000producers in Scotland that we source our beef and lamb from,with one third of them based in and around the Stirlingshire/Perthshire area.”“Our annual turnover is £190 million and we have over 620employees located throughout our sites.”Can you tell us more about your products andcustomers?“We supply high quality beef and lamb to major high streetretailers, some of the largest UK manufacturers and therestaurant and hospitality sectors. Local customers include theLion & Unicorn, Thornhill and MacDonald’s Hotels.”“Our products range from ready to cook meats to fresh beefand lamb. We supply 11 European countries with Scotch beefand lamb on a weekly basis.”What about the recession?“We have had to become more competitive on some aspects,but overall our business has continued to grow year on year.We have seen a large increase in demand for low valueproducts in both the UK and on the Continent.”And the future?“Our future is very optimistic, and we are currently expandingour production and chilling facilities at our Bridge of Allansite. Our future depends on our innovations, and at presentwe are involved with Quality Meat Scotland, and the ScottishGovernment in a project looking at future technology toimprove and assess eating quality.”SuzieEnglandwww.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy19

Business Mentoring ProgrammeGrowing a successful business is difficult at the best of times and you will oftenfind you need a wide range of skills and experience. It can bring new challengesfrom staffing, or where to get hold of new capital through to managing cashflow, or finding new markets.That’s where the Business Mentoring Programme comes in, matching people with experienced businessmen and women. The mentors have agenuine desire to make a difference to the business – they volunteer their time and are committed to sharing their skills, knowledge, experienceand contacts. An experienced mentor can help you boost profitability, enter new markets, launch new products and improve customer service.Business mentors can help you stand back from your business and look at the ‘big picture’, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities andthreats. They can offer helpful advice, caution against potential pitfalls and build your confidence in your own abilities.Mentors will meet with you to work on specific objectives and activities, but just as importantly, will also be only a phone call away to lendsupport or talk things through.The Business Mentoring Programme is free, but your business turnover needs to be in excess of the VAT threshold. To find out more, pleasecontact Alistair Johnston on 01698 426882 or email ajohnston@businessmentoringscotland.orgBusiness Mentoring Scotland is a partnership between Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Chambers of Commerce and is supported by European Funding.Business Mentoring case studies:Briarlands Farm,BlairdrummondThe Inglis Family diversifiedthe family farm five yearsago into a Visitor Attractionoffering ‘A fun family dayout in the fresh air’.How did you firsthear about BusinessMentoring?Joanne Inglis, Co-owner, said: “I met Alistair Johnston at a StirlingBusiness Panel event back in March 2009 where he explainedabout the project.”What was involved?“After an initial meeting with Alistair to find out more aboutour business, he matched us up with Colin Smith from GlamisConsultants as our business mentor. We then started meeting on amonthly basis to discuss various issues.”How has mentoring helped your business?“Mentoring has been a tremendous help as it coincided with aperiod of change for the business. Our new attraction proved verypopular and we were at tipping point regarding infrastructure andwe had to decide how best to restructure the business to moveforward. Colin helped a greatdeal by being a great listener andsomeone we could bounce ourideas off. He would try to see anydifficulties from two sides.”www.briarlandsfarm.co.ukThe Inglis FamilyFiona Barratt,Your LaunchpadStirling based Fiona Barratt is aPersonal Coach and founder ofYour Launchpad. She works withcorporate organisations,public bodies and individualsto improve performanceand deliver effective andsustainable results.How did you first hear about BusinessMentoring?“I was lucky to meet Alistair Johnston from Business Mentoring ata networking event.”What was involved?“I had a meeting with Alistair to assess my needs and discussthe type of mentor I would like. I was quickly matched with mymentor who I met on a monthly to two monthly basis.”How has mentoring helped your business?“Mentoring has provided the opportunity to speak to peoplewho have been there and done it, who are established and haveachieved.It was great having an outside perspective, sometimeswhat they said was not what I wanted to hear, but it was what Ineeded to hear at that time, I really appreciated it.”“In a nutshell, mentoring has significantly reduced the time ithas taken me to get where I am, I feel like it has accelerated mygrowth and reduced the potential pitfalls I may have faced.”www.yourlaunchpad.co.ukFiona Barratt20 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

Forth Valley BusinessDiversity Awards 2010Stirling Council’s Employability Service, through the Forth ValleySupported Employment Network, is looking to recognise thegood practice of local companies who support employees from abackground of disability or disadvantage.Businesses can be nominated if they haveemployees with a physical or learningdisability, mental health issue or autisticspectrum condition. Far from highlighting anarea of adversity, the Forth Valley Networkof SUSE (Scottish Union of SupportedEmployment) are keen to recognise the abilityand valued contribution of employees whohave overcome barriers to employment andemployers who have supported staff throughdifficult periods.The fifth Annual Forth Valley Business DiversityAwards are due to be held in the Autumnand recommendations of local businesses arebeing taken now. If you know of someonewho has overcome physical, health or otherbarriers to enter or sustain employment, nowis your chance to nominate their companyfor an award. Categories this year include:Recruitment, Retention, Social Firm andOverall Winner.The Business Diversity Awards are organisedby the Forth Valley Supported EmploymentNetwork, which is made up of Stirling Council,Falkirk Council, Clackmannanshire Council,Skills Development Scotland, Jobcentre Plus,Capability Scotland, third sector and voluntaryorganisations.Forth Valley Business Diversity Awards Ceremony 2009Last year saw an increase in applicationsand the Network is keen to encourage morethis year. Winners in 2010 included CapitaLife & Pensions Service (Retention), CandiesCuisine (Social Firm), Asda Stenhousemuir(Recruitment) and Stirling ManagementCentre (Overall Winner).Please contact Gordon Wright at StirlingCouncil’s Employability Service on 01786432290 to find out more.RACMSA Rally of Scotland 2010Touch Estate was the stunning venue for the media launch of the RACMSA Rally ofScotland, which comes to Stirling and Perthshire again on 15 – 17 October 2010.The rally will be the penultimate round of the high-profile Intercontinental RallyChallenge, which includes other events in Monte Carlo, Brazil, Argentina, Spain,Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic and Cyprus. The Stirling stages of thisexciting event will include Loch Ard and Achrey Forest in the Trossachs, with afabulous final ceremony at Stirling Castle on Sunday 17 October.Rally drivers Robert Reid & David Weston with Provost Fergus Wood& Councillor Scott FarmerThe Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Resort is the setting for rally hospitality for the final day of the rally. The venue is beautifully setin landscaped gardens and woodland on the shores of Loch Ard, near Aberfoyle, an ideal base from which to enjoy the rally. There are also otherhospitality options in Perth& Kinross. For more detailsof RACMSA Rally of Scotland2010 hospitality packagesemail rallyofscotland@matchpoint.co.uk or call0131 477 7767.Rally spectator ticketsfor advance purchase arenow available and thisyear entry to the rallystages is free for childrenunder 15 years. For furtherinformation on tickets andstages go towww.rallyofscotland.com .Business Club ScotlandLaunched by the Scottish Government last year, BusinessClub Scotland owns theexclusive rights to all Rally of Scotland procurement opportunities and, working closely with Rally organisers,has already successfully facilitated tenders for design, printing and accommodation in relation to the event.Jane Gotts, Programme Director for BusinessClub Scotland, said: “We are committed to helping companiesacross Scotland reap the benefits available through the country’s major events programme. The Rally ofScotland is expected to attract more than 50,000 spectators this year and will generate a considerableamount of business for local firms.”“I would encourage all Stirling businesses to register free with BusinessClub Scotland and keep abreast ofall tender opportunities that become available for the Rally of Scotland and the country’s other high profileevents.”BusinessClub Scotland is free to join and Stirling’s businesses are encouraged to sign up to be the first tohear about new procurement opportunities at www.businessclubscotland.co.uk .www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy21

Interview with...John Quinn, Senior Partnerof Bluewater Scotland LLPHow has your propertyportfolio developed?Over the years I have bought land in Springkerse and developedmany industrial units – you may have noticed the distinctive blueunits with yellow doors. The latest development is on Munro Road.I have also been involved in a number of joint projects withStirling Council to provide office and industrial space and jointventures with John and Norman Scott, through Muddyfields LLP.Current development sites in Stirling include the new industrialunits on Munro Road, a redevelopment site on CunninghamRoad and a site off Borrowmeadow Road, for which I’m stillconsidering options.Outwith the Stirling area, I have commercial and industrialdevelopments in Glenbervie, Larbert; Bothwell, Glenrothes,Dunfermline and Grangemouth.What is your background?I served my time as an engineer at Weirs in Alloa, before moving into sales,selling engineering tools, nuts and bolts etc. After switching companiestwice, I decided to set up my own engineering supply company in Stirling.When I started Hi-Fas in 1985, my first business unit was at Stirling EnterprisePark (STEP) and I will always be thankful for the support I received from themin the early days.How did you get involved in property development?After outgrowing the business unit at STEP I found it really difficult to find asuitable industrial unit to rent. Identifying a gap in the market, I purchased asite with development potential at Kerse Road, Springkerse, and built a blockof industrial units beside my business premises. They let very quickly, thusconfirming the need and the opportunity.At that time it was really difficult to find flexible leases and there were lots ofhurdles to overcome. My objective was to make it easy for people wantingto let industrial space. I still hold this ethos close to heart, sitting down withprospective tenants to agree flexible lease arrangements.Do you still have your supply company?No. I amalgamated Hi-Fas with Fasco, which I bought in 1998, and later, afterstruggling to identify a site in Stirling, created a central distribution centre inGrangemouth. I sold the business to a customer in 2007 – this allowed me toinvest in my property development company Bluewater Scotland LLP.What about the recession?I think Stirling faired well through the recession (assuming it isnow over) – it definitely hasn’t been as bad as the early 1990swhen the commercial property market really took a dip.Property enquiries have picked up and we’ve had strong interestin the recently completed units at Munro Road, Springkerse.FES have taken a unit and heads of terms sent to three otherbusinesses, with expressions of interest in the remaining units.What is your role in STEP?STEP were crucial in the start up period of my business andespecially in the high growth period. I met many people whoadvised and guided me through some difficult times. I now wantto support the organisation and help give something back toother people starting out in business. I have supported STEP as ashareholder and board member and I am now Vice Chairman.What is your interest in radio?In 1992 I bought a small shareholding in Central FM and overthe years increased it to an 11 per cent share. In 2009 I boughtout the main shareholder and I now have a 75 per cent stake.I plan to relocate Central FM toa good central location withinits broadcast area in the nearfuture and would love toform a creative industrieshub, here in Stirling.www.centralfm.co.ukJoe and Nicky from the Central FM22 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeBreakfast team

ASPIRE – helping employees improve skillsStirling Council’s European supported ASPIRE project offers free training to help employees struggling to progress or keep up withchanges in the workplace to sustain their employment. Around 70 people are currently in training through ASPIRE. Employertraining requests range from IT training and English language skills to helping with disabilities or health problems.To find out if ASPIRE can help with your training needs, please contact Marianne Eik on 01786 432366 or email eikm@stirling.gov.ukThe following case studies provide examples of recent ASPIRE training…Jennifer Kidd, Bannockburn RDABannockburn Ridingfor the DisabledAssociation (RDA)Bannockburn RDA help people withdisabilities learn equestrian activities,providing a wide range of learning,therapeutic and social opportunities.Training requirement?Training was required to assist twomembers of staff to create and manage aMicrosoft Access database.Outcome?Jennifer Kidd from Bannockburn RDA said:“The ASPIRE training was tailored to ourrequirements – we were able to work andlearn using our own database.”Laraine Binnie, Airth Station Cattery and KennelsAirth Station Catteryand KennelsAirth Station Cattery and Kennelsprovides boarding for cats and dogs.Training requirement?ASPIRE training was required to put sixmembers of staff through the Animal CareQualification (SVQ).Outcome?Laraine Binnie, from Airth Station Catteryand Kennels said: “ASPIRE training ishelping staff further their careers workingwith animals. It is helpful in terms ofbusiness, customers find it assuring thatstaff are qualified animal care assistantsand they feel confident leaving theiranimals in our care.”Andrew Fleming, John Bruce (Cowie PanelProcessors Ltd) and Agnes MacQueen BSL tutorfrom Forth Valley CollegeCowie PanelProcessors LtdCowie Panel Processors Ltd are manufacturersof wood products.Training requirement?Cowie Panel Processors recruited a skilled deafmember of staff through Stirling Council’sEmployability Service. ASPIRE developedBritish Sign Language training to helpcommunication in the workplace.Outcome?Andrew Fleming, Production Manager at CowiePanel Processors said: “During difficult and busytimes, this is not the type of training that wewould normally be able to prioritise, howeverbecause the training is free and deliveredon-site, this has allowed myself and two othermembers of staff to attend the classes.”“ASPIRE will also be running classes to train 12 ofour staff in report writing skills.”Stirling picks up Top EXPO AwardThe ‘Stirling: Scotland’s Heart’ stand was praised for its quality contribution to VisitScotland’s tourismEXPO exhibition in Glasgow recently, with its staff picking up the Most Effective Personnel Award.EXPO is Scotland’s flagship business to business event for the travel trade and is entirely Scottish.The Stirling stand was the result of collaboration between Stirling Council and partners Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park, The NationalWallace Monument, Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd, Stirling Castle, Stirling Old Town Jail and the University of Stirling.The Most Effective Personnel Award recognised the staff’s friendly and helpful manner, politeness and attentiveness, knowledge of theirproduct and active encouragement of pro-active stand participation.The award was judged by independent industry judges and presented by VisitScotland’s new Chairman, Dr Mike Cantlay.Jason Clark, Tourism Executive at Stirling Council, said: “EXPO gives us a great opportunity to showcase Stirling. It’s a good forum for us to engage withinternational buyers and make them aware of what Stirling has to offer. The key thing is that we work together to sell the unique Stirling experience.”This year VisitScotland EXPO attracted over 800 buyers from 30 different countries. With 530 international buyers travelling to the event, 2010has attracted the largest number of international buyers in 10 years.If your tourism business would like to be involved in EXPO next April in Aberdeen, contact Jason Clark, Tourism Executive on 01786 442532 oremail clarkj@stirling.gov.uk .www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy23

At your serviceRoads and TransportROADSimprovementand developmentThe transport network plays a vital role in Stirling’s economy. TheRoads Improvement and Development team is involved in all aspectsof improving, managing and monitoring the transport network, andis responsible for a wide range of activities, from road safety anddevelopment control to parking management and transport planning.New parkingarrangements forcity centreTo enhance the accessibility, efficiency and safety of the transportnetwork for all users, the team design and implement traffic andpedestrian improvement projects; implement traffic regulationorders and restrictions; and implement schemes to promote cyclingand walking.The team works closely with businesses, contractors and developers tocontrol activities on the public road network. This includes a range ofissues, from road closures and permits to minor road alterations andmajor housing or retail developments. The team also provide adviceto businesses on travel to work and transport planning issues.Following a review of parking arrangements inthe city centre, changes to parking restrictions,charges and waiting times were implementedin June this year in order to improve parking provision. A key part of this process was theconsultation with, and valuable feedback from local businesses.The combination of Park and Ride and revised parking arrangements will provide enhancedsupport to businesses and the tourist industry as well as residents. The review proposedseveral options for improvements to the parking arrangements, including:l Increasing the maximum lengths of stay in some areas.l Reducing parking charges for short and long stay parking.l Introducing season tickets for all day parking in outer parking areas.l Improving resident permit parking areas.l Increasing disabled parking, motorcycle parking and loading bays.Linden Avenue and Forthside car parks are now promoted as ‘park and walk’ sites and havea lower charge than other areas. This is to encourage their use and reflect their distancefrom the City centre, with a flat rate of £1 per day.Work has now started on reviewing parking arrangements in Bridge of Allan, Callander andBalmaha which will also include consultation with businesses, residents and other interestedparties.More detailed information can be found at www.stirling.gov.uk/parking or by contactingAlan Ogilvie on 01786 442487, e-mail ogilvieaf@stirling.gov.ukPermitsBefore carrying out any works or activitieson a public road it is essential that youobtain the relevant permission to:l Place a builders’ skip on a road.l Construct accesses, vehicular crossings etc.l Make an opening in any public road.l Place building materials, staging orscaffolding on or over part of a road.l Use portable traffic light signals.l Site and operate a street café on thepublic footway.l Create a new road or extension to anexisting road.l Excavate the road for a drainage /service connection.l Temporary parking permit forconstruction traffic.The Roads and Transport team will behappy to assist you with any permitapplication or query. Please contactCaroline Stewart on 01786 442864 ore-mail stewartc@stirling.gov.uk forfurther information. All applicationforms can be found on the website -www.stirling.gov.uk/permitsDid you know?You can now apply for a permit that grantstemporary parking on restricted parkingareas. This is, for example, to allow acontractor access to their place of workwhere the property has restricted parking.24 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

Roads and TransportAt your servicePROFILEDevelopmentControl TechnicalSupport OfficerName: Caroline StewartCase studyGraham Angusand Alistair DawsonFriars Street and Baker StreetimprovementsEarlier this year, work began on the environmental improvements inBaker Street and Friars Street. The work included new street surfaces,improved layout and alterations to parking arrangements.It was clear from the earliest stages of development that businessesshould have a significant input. Not only because of the impact thatthe work would have on the businesses, but also due to the in-depthknowledge that they have regarding the day-to-day operation of the area.Project Manager, Alistair Dawson said: “We set up a working group thatencouraged engagement and interaction with businesses affected bythe work. This included consultation on the design process, satisfyingbusiness needs in the area and ongoing liaison with the businessesthroughout the project.”“More importantly, adjustments were made to the original schemefollowing input from the businesses, loading bays and residentsparking were relocated and the ‘length of stay’ for visitor parking wasincreased.”Graham Angus, Owner of Mailboxes etc. and member of StirlingBusiness Panel said: “While there was going to be some disruption forlocal businesses, we recognise the benefits of this work in the longerterm. It was refreshing to know that local businesses had a voice andhad an input in to the whole process.”Consultation has started on the next phase of the Baker Streetimprovements so that businesses have the opportunity to providefeedback on the design of the scheme. Work should commence onthis second phase in January 2011.For further information on the project, please contact Alistair Dawsonon 01786 442565 or e-mail dawsona@stirling.gov.uk .Role: I am the initial point of contact for anyone wishing toobtain consent to work on or occupy any part of a public road.I provide advice on procedures and the type of permitrequired. Our aim is to accommodate all necessary work whilstmaintaining the safe and efficient passage of all road users.My duties include road adoption and maintaining the Listof adopted Public Roads. This information provides theframework for the Scottish Road Works Register, which listsall works programmed to take place within the road network.From this we can manage when permissions are granted toavoid different projects and permissions conflicting.Current workload:My workload is varied and elements of it can be of a reactivenature. I have daily contact with the public and permits areoften required at short notice for various permissions (seepermit feature opposite).We are currently in the process of renewing all street cafépermits and I am working closely with the City CentreManagement team to help promote the City centre andminimise any inconvenience to the public and traders. Forexample, erection of scaffolding is limited to a Sunday in theCity centre so as to minimise disruption.Whilst we always try to accommodate everyone’s needs, it isnot always possible to grant consent due to the legislation wemust adhere to, but we are happy to assist and advise on anypermit application or query.Did you know?l Within the Stirling Council area, Roads and Transportmanages the provision of public parking, including on-streetparking and car parks. The authority operates a total of 36car parks providing around 3,251 spaces.l The Springkerse Park and Ride service has carried over1.2 million passengers since it opened in 2006, and nowaverages 29,000 passengers per month.www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy25

Bull sales successIn a real off-peak tourism boost, 12,000 visitors wereattracted to Stirling in February for the Perth Bull Sales ® .The sales were held at United Auctions’ new headquarters atthe Stirling Agricultural Centre and included over 1,000 pedigreecattle from across the UK. Breeds included Aberdeen Angus, BeefShorthorn, Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, British Blue, Blonde d’Aquitaine and Salers.The top price of 28,000 guineas (£29,400) was reached for an Aberdeen Angus Bull from Galashiels.David Leggat MBE, Chairman of United Auctions said: “The sales have been particularly successful with record averages achieved. An exciting newelement is the terrific number of people worldwide who have accessed the Spring Sales via the new webcast.”This is the first time there has been an audio webcast of the event. The Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn Sales were watched live over theinternet by 2,497 people across the world including viewers throughout Europe, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.Local breeders who sold at the spring sales included:l JR Galloway, Cardona, Dounel J Burnett & Sons, Supper Spittalton, Blairdrummond (winner of Female Limousin Championship and Reserve Female Championship)l WI & WA Callion, Bolfornought Farm, Stirlingl R Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling (winner of Reserve IntermediateLimousin Bull Champion)l AW Dunn, Glassick Farm, Bracol D & L Graham, Mains of Burnbank Farm, Blairdrummondl R & J Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Bridge of Allan (winner of the LimousinChampionship)l D McBeath & SJ Jessop, Lower Greenyards Farm, Bannockburnl JH Mitchell, Clarkton Farm, Dounel R & M Paterson, Upper Auchenlay, DunblaneThe Perth Bull Sales® are held in October, February and May each year.www.uagroup.co.ukRepresentatives of the five partner agencies: Thistles Centre, Retailers AgainstCrime, Central Scotland Police, Stirling Safer Cities Initiative and St. James Security.Retailers Against CrimeEvery tenant in the Thistles Shopping Centre has been provided withmembership of Retailers Against Crime (RAC), giving them access toinformation and images of offenders, including organised shopliftingteams, purse dippers and fraudsters.In conjunction with this membership, a new radio system aimed atmaking life tougher for shoplifters is now operational in the Centre.The radio system, used in conjunction with the images, allowsthe fast transfer and sharing of real-time information betweenbusinesses and the Centre’s dedicated security staff.Launched in February 2009 the scheme has achieved consistentsuccess in terms of preventing incidents and the apprehension andremoval of shoplifters from the centre.Fitlike26 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeOn 6th April 2010 the sick note changed to the fit note and the newsystem brings a number of changes. The key ones are:l doctors will no longer issue statements saying someone is fit for work.l a new option is for a doctor to advise if your employee may be fitfor work with some support.l more space for a doctor to provide information on how youremployee’s condition will effect what they do.l helpful tick boxes for doctors to use to suggest common ways tohelp a return to work.l the maximum duration that a medical statement can be issued forhas been reduced from six months to three months.l Employer and employee guides are available on the HealthyWorking Lives web-site www.healthyworkinglives.com/sick-noteto-fit-note.aspxor call their helpline on 0800 019 2211.In addition, following successful pilot initiatives in Dundee, Lothianand Borders, a new service for employees of small to medium sizedenterprises (SMEs) has also been launched by the NHS. Formerly knownas the Fit for Work Service, Working Health Services Scotland (WHSS)is a new NHS service that aims to assist employees of SMEs to remainin or return to work quickly after a period of absence. The service canbe accessed on the Healthy Working Lives helpline and further detailsare available via their web-site at www.healthyworkinglives.com/working-health-services-scotland/about.aspx .

Touch Business Centre celebrates10 years of successTouch Business Centre is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The converted 18th century formerstables sits adjacent to Touch House in the spectacular setting of Touch Estate near Cambusbarron.The stables were converted in 2000 to provide modern commercial office space, ensuring the ‘A’ listedbuildings were preserved and continue to have a working use.Tom Stones, from software company NeverFail Group Ltd said: “Wewere one of the first businesses to move into the converted stables,choosing to locate here for good access to motorway networks,fantastic rural setting and modern office space, all within three milesof Stirling city centre. The stunning views of the hills and beautifulbuildings never fail to impress visiting customers and partners.”Margaret Plews, Office Manager of Touch Business Centre, said:“After ten years the buildings have settled very well into their newguise. Testament to this over the last decade has been the highoccupancy levels and very low rates of turnover.”“In 2007 we converted the former Old Laundry cottage to add a further 1500 sq ft (140 sq m) of officespace. In 2008, a biofuel boiler was installed to provide occupiers with a sustainable, low cost heatsupply. The biofuel boiler runs on woodchip, grown and harvested in neighbouring commercial forestry.”With regard the future, Margaret said: “Weare greatly encouraged by the success of thebusiness centre and this has given us theconfidence to look forward to other excitingprojects over the next ten years.”www.touchestate.co.ukForth ConstructionDid you know?Touch Business Centre was recently listed byOfficebroker.com as one of the Top Ten HistoricBuildings in the UK providing office accommodation.Forth Construction is delighted to welcome Alison Morrison as their newcoordinator. Alison, a Chartered Surveyor said: “I am thrilled to take up the postand I am looking forward to working with partners and members. Although notideal, the current economic climate has provided the opportunity to take stockand develop ways to adapt while further improving growth, knowledge, practices and services.”For more information on Forth Construction please contact Alison on 01259 226696or email forthconstruction@clacks.gov.uk . You can also visit their stand at theStirling Business Panel Trade Fair in September.www.forthconstruction.co.ukBringinglife toStirling’sstreetsOne of the unfortunate impacts ofthe recession has been an increasein vacant retail premises in the citycentre. As empty shop fronts canbe unsightly and often becomea mecca for fly posters, StirlingCouncil has taken an innovativestep to transform some of theempty shop fronts.The window art initiative engageswith young artists and youthgroups throughout the Councilarea to fill vacant shop fronts withdesigns and images of the city.Andy Kennedy, City CentreInitiatives Manager, said: “Townsand cities throughout the countryare wrestling with the issue ofvacant units and the impact theyhave on the high street. Workingwith Youth Services, we haveutilised the skills of local youngpeople to improve the look ofvacant units.”“I would like to thank all theproperty owners and agentsinvolved for allowing us to utilisetheir window space, making thisinitiative a success.”www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy27

LEADER updatewww.fvl.org.ukLEADER is the European funding programme for the rural area.Latest LEADERForth Valley andLomond awardsTwo projects have been awarded £125,781between them since the last edition of StirlingEye went to print.Thornhill Community Trust was awarded £5,781towards their ‘Thornhill - a New Community Future’project. The project includes bringing in specialist helpto assist them in updating their community Action Plan.Scottsland, celebrating thelanguage of the landscapeForth Valley and Lomond LEADER awarded £13,800 tothe Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park for theevents grant scheme for businesses and communities.Successful applicants include Callander Film Society,Trossachs Business Partnership, Port of Menteith HeritageGroup, Women in the Trossachs, Kinlochard Village Hall,Balquhidder Businesses, and Callander Youth Project. Therange of events taking place include Soaring Above TheTrossachs Kite Festival, Scottsland, Slates and Steamtrains,Scottsland 2010 Amateur Photo Competition and anexhibition and guided walks organised by the WoodlandTrust. For a full listing of exciting events taking place throughout the Trossachsup to and including October 2010, see www.scottsland.co.uk . They are allorganised by local communities and businesses.Camphill (Blair Drummond) Trust Ltd was awarded£120,000 towards the construction of two modernworkshops as part of their ‘building for the future’capital development project. Camphill Blairdrummondis a well-established social enterprise in rural Stirlingthat supports and provides purposeful communitylife for people with complex learning difficulties. TheInTouch and Craft Workshops will expand and radicallymodernise the service and care which will be offeredto day students and residents. In the longer term, thedevelopment will also open up opportunities for thelocal and wider community.This reaching out to the wider community was evident atthe preview day held on 4th June to which residents, daystudents and staff welcomed parents, Council members,funders and people from the surrounding community. Itwas a day to share information and celebrate progressto date. The creative work of the residents and daystudents was displayed in the gardens, the bakery, theBBQ and the display of craft creations.Funding boost for rural broadbandThe Scottish Government has now opened the bidding process for grant applications to the Rural Broadband Challenge Fund. The grantsare available for broadband infrastructure that will improve access and speed of broadband in rural areas. These will be administeredthrough the Scottish LEADER Programmes. Individual businesses, groups of businesses and community organisations are all eligible toapply. Applications from the Forth Valley and Lomond area need to be with the LEADER office by 17th August 2010. More details areavailable on www.fvl.org.uk or 01786 443123.More information on the Forth valley & Lomond LEADER programme is available onthe website www.fvl.org.uk where you can also download an enquiry form.28 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

John Landis on location at Stirling Castle for Burke & HareHollywood comesto StirlingOver the past eight months, the Stirling area has played host to threelarge-scale filming productions that have featured the likes of veteran actorDonald Sutherland, Australian actress Isla Fisher, housewives favourite SeanBean and up-and-coming, action hero and heart throb Channing Tatum.Jamie Bell & Channing Tatum on location at the Devil’s PulpitThe first of these productions was the pilotfilm for a new HBO series Game of Thrones,which was partially filmed at Doune Castle inwinter 2009. Game of Thrones is a medievalfantasy based on author George R.R. Martin’scult series of novels, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’.Starring Sean Bean and Lena Headey anddirected by Hollywood director and actorTom McCarthy (act: 2012 and Meet theParents, dir: The Station Agent, The Visitor),the film will be televised later in the year.Also in winter 2009, filming for the latestKevin Macdonald film took place (dir: LastKing of Scotland, Touching the Void, Stateof Play). Eagle of the Ninth stars ChanningTatum, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Belland is set in Roman Britain around 140AD. The story revolves around a youngRoman officer, Marcus Flavius Aquila, whois trying to discover the truth about theunexplained disappearance of his father’slegion, the Ninth Legion, in the mountainsof Caledonia twenty years earlier. Locationfilming for Eagle of the Ninth took place atDevil’s Pulpit, a dramatic gorge set in thecountryside near Drymen (see image), andon Touch Estate near the City of Stirling. Theproduction also spent several weeks in theHighlands of Scotland.In February and March of 2010, Stirling to around £1.8 billion per annum. Apartalso welcomed the Hollywood director John from spend on locations and services, filmingLandis (dir: Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson’s productions also assist the local economyThriller and Animal House) and a cast of by employing local cast and crew. Thestars including Simon Pegg, Christopher Clanranald Trust’s ‘Combat International’Lee, David Tennant, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher team were utilised as extras for Eagle of theand Jenny Agutter for the filming of Burke Ninth and Game of Thrones and many of the& Hare. Stirling Castle doubled as part of extras for Burke & Hare were employed fromEdinburgh’s old town for the production.the local population and surrounding areas.Based on the true story about the famous If you live in the Stirling area and would likemurderers, Burke & Hare follows the hapless to register as film crew (CV with evidenceexploits of these two men as they fall into of experience necessary) or register yourthe highly profitable business of providing property as a potential location then contactcadavers for the medical fraternity inCaralin Montgomery-Cichy, Events & Filmnineteenth-century Edinburgh. Eagle of the Liaison Executive on 01786 442535 or emailNinth and Burke & Hare are due for release montgomerycc@stirling.gov.ukautumn 2010 / spring 2011.There are many benefits toencouraging Stirling’s image as a‘film-friendly’ area. In 2008, £28million of direct local expenditurewas generated in Scotland throughfilming activity attracted by theScottish Locations Network (whichincludes Stirling Council’s filmliaison service). Film tourismaccounts for 10 per cent of thetotal value of tourism to theBritish economy, which amountsBurke & Hare Extras at Stirling Castlewww.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy29

Economic factsPopulation and HouseholdsFigure 1: Population Stirling002-2009 % Changeand Households2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Stirling ScotlandTotal Population 86,150 86,370 86,370 86,930 87,810 88,190 88,350 88,740 3.0% 2.8%Working Age Population 53,501 53,667 53,268 53,588 54,310 54,367 54,341 54,530 1.9% 3.2%Total Number of Households 35,961 36,454 36,658 36,958 37,164 37,328 37,555 37,789 5.1% 6.0%Source: General Register Office for ScotlandEmployment rateEmployment RateFigure 2: Employment Rate (as% of Working Age Population) 2008Source: Annual Population Survey (Nomis)Growth in Number of JobsUnemployment rateUnemployment RateFigure 3: Unemployment Rate (as %of Working Age Population) 2005 May 2010Source: Claimant Count with Rates and Proportions (Nomis)StirlingScotlandFigure 4: Jobs Growth2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2001-2008 2001-2008Change % ChangeStirling 42,100 41,300 40,900 42,800 45,600 46,500 47,500 45,500 3,400 8%Scotland 2,299,800 2,279,500 2,307,000 2,340,000 2,398,800 2,377,200 2,408,500 2,420,400 120,600 5%Source: Annual Business Inquiry (Nomis)EnterpriseFigure 5: New BusinessStarts2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2002-2009 2002-2009Change % ChangeStirling 449 534 460 452 474 480 351 272 -177 -39%Scotland 18,518 21,468 20,808 21,383 23,468 25,041 20,028 15,726 -2,792 -15%Source: The Committee of Scottish Clearing BankersBusiness Survival RatesFigure 6: 3 Year Survival Rate of NewlyBorn Enterprises3 Year Survival Rate - %66656463622003 2005Year business started upSource: Business Demography (Office for National Statistics)StirlingScotlandBusiness DensityFigure 7: Number of ActiveBusinesses per 10,000 Population400No. Active businessesper 10,000 population35030025020015010050StirlingScotland02004 2008Source: Business Demography (Office for National Statistics)Notes: Active businesses cover PAYE and VAT registered businesses only30 STIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeye

Active Businesses, Business Births and Business DeathsFigure 8: Businesses in 2008 – Percentages based on Stock of Active BusinessesStirling – Number Stirling - % Scotland - %Business Births 400 11.6% 11.0%Business Deaths 290 8.4% 8.7%Stock of Active Businesses 3,445 - -Source: Business Demography (Office for National Statistics) Notes: Active businesses cover PAYE and VAT registered businesses onlyIndustryFigure 9: Employment byIndustrial Sector, Stirling,2008Employmentby IndustrialSector, %Occupational DistributionFigure 10: Occupational Distribution, Stirling, 2008OccupationalDistributionof workers inStirling, %Source: Annual BusinessInquiry (Nomis)Source: Annual PopulationSurvey - Workplace Analysis(Nomis)QualificationsFigure 11: % of the Working AgePopulation Qualified to SVQ Level 4+(or equivalent) and % with NoQualifications, 200845% of working age population4035302520151050StirlingSource: Annual Population Survey (Nomis)ScotlandSVQ Level 4+No qualificationsVisitors to the Stirling AreaFigure 12: Visitors to Key Attractions in the StirlingCouncil AreaVisitors 007 2008Argyll’s Lodging 50,573 28,470Bannockburn Heritage Centre 61,410 40,925Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park 433,070 412,589Mugdock Country Park 559,695 622,375National Wallace Monument 135,000 117,466Old Town Jail 30,719 27,045Stirling Castle 389,011 375,344Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum 40,859 51,438Source: Visit Scotland; Mugdock Country Park; Blair Drummond Safari &Adventure ParkEarningsFigure 13: Average Gross Weekly Earnings of people working full time2002-20092002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 % ChangeAverage Gross Weekly Earnings – Residents – Stirling £425.9 £428.4 £419.7 £455.3 £472.1 £479.9 £493.2 £499.9 17%Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Residents – Scotland £369.3 £381.8 £390.6 £409.8 £427.9 £440.9 £461.8 £472.2 28%Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Workers – Stirling £376.4 £377.8 £390.1 £382.6 £419.3 £434.2 £452.8 £462.0 23%Average Gross Weekly Earnings – Workers – Scotland £371.7 £381.3 £390.4 £408.6 £428.1 £441.5 £460.1 £473.6 27%Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (Nomis)www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeSTIRLING EYE Focus on the local economy31

Diversification FundingTraining Event For FarmersAn event to help Stirling district farmers tap in to a multi millionpound government grant scheme to pursue diversificationprojects will take place in September.7pm, 29th September, Buchan Arms Hotel, Drymen –Diversification Funding Training Event. Attendence fee: £20.Contact Caroline Brown at Stirling Enterprise for more details on01786 463416, e-mail cbrown@stirling-enterprise.co.uk .Help with trainingcosts for businessesA new programme, 5000 Flexible Training Opportunities, has beenlaunched to help small businesses invest in learning and developmentfor their employees.In order to help small businesses become more resilient through thecurrent period of economic recovery, the programme gives Scottishbusinesses with 1-50 employees the opportunity to have up to 50 percent of their employee training costs paid for with an overall maximumof £500 per employee.Eligible training opportunities include learning based on nationaloccupational standards, industry recognised qualifications, first linesupervisory management and workshops. Funding is available for upto 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there’sno need to pay it back.To apply call the Skills Development Scotland helpline free on0800 783 6000Forthcoming events/trainingCallander Business Advice ClinicsStirling Enterprise (STEP) hold twice monthly Business AdviceClinics in Callander in the National Park Office. The clinics run from2-4 pm and are scheduled for the following dates:Thursday 29th JulyThursday 12th AugustThursday 26th AugustThursday 16th SeptemberThursday 30th SeptemberAnyone interested in attending the Callander Business AdviceClinics should contact STEP on 01786 463416 or email step@stirling-enterprise.co.uk .Free Business Gateway training eventsAugust 20103rd evening – Stirling – Bookkeeping 1.4th evening – Stirling – Bookkeeping 2.19th morning – Alloa – Getting real results from your website.24th morning – Alloa – Advertising & Promotion.24th afternoon – Alloa – Marketing your Business.25th morning – Falkirk – Bookkeeping 1.25th afternoon – Falkirk – Bookkeeping 2.September 201015th morning – Stirling – Improve your search engine ranking.16th evening – Falkirk – Trading Online.22nd morning – Falkirk – Advertising & Promotion.29th evening – Stirling – Marketing your business.To book your free place, call 0845 609 6611 or checkwww.bgateway.com for up-to-date listings.Stirling Enterprise (STEP) also run free training and awareness sessionsspecifically for people looking to start up their own business. For moreinformation please contact Denise Mallinson on 01786 463416.Design by The Write People, Stirling Tel: 01786 445022 www.thewritepeople.co.ukUseful web linksActive Stirling – www.activestirling.org.ukBusiness Gateway – www.bgateway.comForth Valley College – www.forthvalley.ac.ukForth Construction Forum - www.forthconstruction.co.ukForth Valley and Lomond LEADER – www.fvl.org.ukFunding Search Facility – www.stirling.gov.uk/fundingThe Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park- www.lochlomond-trossachs.orgLottery Fund – www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotlandProperty Search Facility – www.stirling.gov.uk/propertyRaploch Urban Regeneration Company – www.raploch.comScottish Chambers of Commerce – www.scottishchambers.org.ukScottish Enterprise – www.scottish-enterprise.co.ukScottish Government – www.scotland.gov.ukScottish Parliament – www.scottish.parliament.ukStirling Business Directory – www.stirling.gov.uk/directoryStirling Business Panel – www.stirlingbusinesspanel.orgStirling Council Business Pages – www.stirling.gov.uk/businessStirling Enterprise (STEP) – www.stirling-enterprise.co.ukStirling Eye – www.stirling.gov.uk/stirlingeyeStirling University Innovation Park – www.suip.co.ukTrossachs Rural Mentoring Scheme – www.ruralmentoring.co.ukUniversity of Stirling – www.stir.ac.ukVisitScotland – www.visitscotland.orgVisitStirling – www.visitstirling.orgService contactsBuilding Standards, Stirling CouncilJoyce Wighton, Tel: 01786 432032, email: eoadmin@stirling.gov.ukCity Centre Management, Stirling CouncilAndy Kennedy, Tel: 01786 442534, email: kennedya2@stirling.gov.ukCulture and Adult Learning, Stirling CouncilLynne Gibbons, Tel: 01786 432360, email: gibbonsla@stirling.gov.ukEconomic Support & Tourism, Stirling CouncilDeborah Murray, Tel: 01786 442467, email: murrayd@stirling.gov.ukEmployability Service, Stirling CouncilGordon Wright, Tel: 01786 442866, email: wrightg@stirling.gov.ukEnvironmental Health & Trading Standards, Stirling CouncilLeslie Fisher, Tel: 01786 432180, email eoadmin@stirling.gov.ukPlanning, Stirling CouncilPeter Morgan, Tel: 01786 442914, email: morganp@stirling.gov.ukRates Team, Stirling CouncilAlison McLean, Tel: 01786 443236, email: rates@stirling.gov.ukWaste Services, Stirling CouncilDavid Hopper, Tel: 01786 443038, email hopperd@stirling.gov.ukStirling Council Environment Services, Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET phone: 0845 277 7000email: info@stirling.gov.uk text: 0771 779 0001 web: stirling.gov.uk

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