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A social enterprise is run like a business, but the profits are

invested back into the local area to create meaningful change

At GSEN, we’re creating a space for different organisations to come together and exchange ideas, resources,

and support. Our membership is growing and we’re always open to new members. GSEN brings together over

150 social enterprises (our members) and organisations that support their work (associate members)

We Support

Offering bespoke services,

provide information and

signposting to specialist


Offering a platform

for members to form

partnerships and


We Develop

Providing and enabling

access to events and


Undertaking research

to influence policy and

strategy development

We Promote

Providing an outlet for

awareness raising of social


Engaging and consulting

with social enterprises

to ensure their views are


We Connect

Facilitating a safe space

for members to share

resources, ideas and


Enabling opportunities

for trading between

members, the public

sector and private sector

We’re a growing movement.

The past year has shown how valuable relationships with others

in our local area can be. It has never been more important that we

can share our skills and create opportunities for each other.

Not a social enterprise? Don’t worry, you can still be part of our

network. Whether you’re starting up a social enterprise, or your

organisation supports them, there’s a membership for you. GSEN

membership is free for everyone.

Full membership? You’re an established social enterprise in the

Greater Glasgow area and you meet the voluntary code for social

enterprise in Scotland

Aspiring Membership? You’re developing your organisation, and

you’re working towards the voluntary code for social enterprise

Associate Membership? You’re a supporter or partner of social

enterprises in the Greater Glasgow area

Some of our members (from bottom to top, left to right): Jeely

Piece Club, African Challenge Scotland, GalGael, Locavore, Urban

Roots, People’s Pantry (Govanhill Baths)



Cover Image By Gregor Reid Photography


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4 Editor’s Letter

Out & About

6 Al Fresco Life:

Summer In The City

11 Restaurant Review:


22 West End Live

24 Top Things

Arts & Community

12 Charity: Wedding Day

Support For Beatson

16 Community:

Making Tracks

30 Cover To Cover

Fashion & Beauty

10 WIN! At Rainbow Room


26 Wardrobe Edit:

Frocks Away

Westender Living

34 Artisan Made

41 Get The Look

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Image © Gregor Reid Photography

What a whirlwind putting this edition of

Westender together has been.

The West End is buoyant right now

and positivity abounds. After the trying last

two years – I’m loving it! Plus the sun’s been

out (a bit, kinda).

Westender food writer Amy Glasgow,

was inspired by the rays to round up her top

al fresco picks for eating and drinking around

the West End, from Page 6. A drink in the

summer sun with your pooch by your side?

It’s a ‘yes’ from me.

With a top gigs round up from Greg Kane

and a full schedule of theatre and the arts

from Tracy Mukherjee, your free time can

be as jam packed as you like this summer

– check out Pages 22 to 25 for inspiration.

Charities have been hard hit these

past few years and as well as returning to

fundraising events are having to find new

ways of raising vital funds. The Beatson

Cancer Charity have been particularly

innovative designing a new tartan for kilts

and all things weddings, see Page 12. If you,

or someone you know is tying the knot

this year – please have a look through their

extensive range, it is rather beautiful!

And finally, a huge ‘thankyou’ to you,

our Westender readers. We’ve been

producing your magazine for the past 14

years and continue from strength to strength.

Couldn’t do it without you, love ya!

Suzanne Martin




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summer in the city

WORDS AMY GLASGOW /theglasgowdiet

The Prancing Stag’s Doggie Friendly

Summer Sun Trap

A Guide On Where To Eat And Drink

Al Fresco This Summer!

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It seems no matter what the temperature actually is,

when the sun shines on Glasgow you can bet we’ll be out

in force. Whether it’s lunch on the streets of Finnieston or

a drink on Ashton Lane – we love a bit of outdoor dining.

So we’ve put together our top picks for where to enjoy

the best of the sunshine this summer.


Partick Duck Club

Looking over Mansfield Park, Partick Duck

Club’s outdoor booths provide a relaxed

dining spot whose food packs a punch.

Sitting in the sunshine with an aperol spritz

and a bowl of their duck fat fries might be

the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

I’d also highly recommend trying their deep

fried spicy lasagne – it is a wonder to behold!

If you’re looking for something lighter to enjoy

in the sunshine though, you simply cannot

beat their Barra monkfish scampi with pea

and coconut chutney.

Ox and Finch

Nothing says summer like sharing plates

in the sun, right? The outdoor space at

Ox and Finch might be limited, but it is

bathed in sunshine all afternoon and has

a range of small plates to choose from.

Keep things light with their smaller snacks,

like butter bean hummus or burrata with

muhamarra, walnuts and pomegranate,

or create your own filling feast. The best part

is, their menu changes regularly depending

on what’s available, so you can eat there July

and August and still have new dishes to try.

Eusebi Deli

I’m always amazed that even on a rainy and

not very warm day, you can find customers

willing to sit outside at Eusebi Deli, such is

their power! However, when the sun does

shine, their tables on Gibson Street and

Park Road provide plenty of warm sunshine

and can transport you to the streets of Italy.

Again, their menu changes seasonally,

so expect a summer menu to arrive soon,

filled with dishes and flavours perfectly paired

with summer sun.

Five March

Another spot to enjoy some small plates

and some unique cocktails in the sunshine.

What could be better than indulging in a

crisp glass of white wine and a plate of their

famous fried potatoes while bathing in the

rare but spectacular Glasgow sunshine?

Seating outside is limited, so be sure to get

there quick on a sunny day.

Eusebi Deli’s Popular Al Fesco Dining Space

The Terrace At Five March

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Brel’s Extensive Beer Garden and Beach Club

The Prancing Stag

Hidden away in Jordanhill is a restaurant that

deserves a lot more time in the spotlight.

The Prancing Stag serves up delicious

Scottish cuisine that feels both modern and

comforting. More importantly, they have

a stunning deck area at the front of the

restaurant that makes for a perfect sun trap.

Take advantage of their market menu which

is just £27 for three courses – who needs to

go abroad?

The Rooftop Bar at The Ubiquitous Chip



Probably one of the go-to beer gardens in

the West End, Brel on Ashton Lane is always

packed when the sun comes out, and this

summer they’re taking it to a whole new level

with their Beach Club. There’ll be a sizzling

summer food menu and a refreshing line-up

of drinks including Boozy Snow Cones,

wine slushies and Negroni pitchers.

Ubiquitous Chip

Move down Ashton Lane a little and you’ll find

yourself at one of Glasgow’s most famous

eateries, but we’re not here for the food.

No, on a sunny day, you want to grab yourself

a spot on their rooftop bar. The perfect sun

trap that will make you feel a million miles

away, with an extensive cocktail list on offer

alongside all the usual choices of wines,

beers and spirits.


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The Drake

Located just a short walk away from Charing

Cross, The Drake is somewhat of a hidden

gem these days. Not only does it have a large

beer garden and a fantastic seasonal food

menu that still brings you all the pub classics,

it is entirely dog friendly, boasts live DJ sets

on Saturday nights, and has a fantastic

cocktail, beer and wine menu. Take your furry

friends and grab a cocktail in the sun!

Inn Deep

Another dog friendly bar that offers outdoor

seating along the river Kelvin, Inn Deep

is famous for its extensive craft beer list,

so if trying new beers in a relaxed setting is

your thing, this is the summer spot for you.

With a regularly changing beer list, enjoy a

refreshing pint while listening to the sound of

the river running by and pretend you’re on the

French riveria, or something...

The Parlour

Just off Byres Road, the Parlour has one of

the larger outdoor seating areas in the West

End and a fun, relaxed vibe. The drinks menu

is huge and varied, with plenty of cocktails,

wines, beers, ciders, spirits and even the

latest trend, hard seltzers, on offer. If you get

peckish, they also serve up a range of tacos,

and in the evenings there are heaters to keep

you warm after the sun goes down.

Have we missed somewhere? Tell us

your favourite place to drink or dine

al fresco and enjoy the summer sunshine!

Drop us a message on Instagram

@westendermagazine and let us know.











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Reviewed by Amy Glasgow


For me personally, nothing says summer

like seafood. When the weather (finally)

gets warmer and the sun is shining,

I crave BBQ grilled prawns, bowls of fresh

clams or mussels, or a beautiful piece of pan

fried fish. While I’d say my cooking skills are

pretty good, seafood is one of those foods

that I often prefer to leave to the experts,

so when the team behind Michelin-starred

Cail Bruich announced the opening of a

seafood restaurant in the heart of Hyndland,

I was beyond excited.

The aptly named Shucks, which opened

its doors in April of this year, has taken

the West End by storm with its offering of

local, fresh seafood and regularly changing

specials which include whole fish cooked on

the bone on the kitchen’s special BBQ.

The space, previously home to Nick’s,

has undergone an extensive refurbishment,

and the new restaurant feels modern yet

timeless, with an air of elegance to it.

The service matches the interiors, with every

member of staff extremely welcoming yet

unobtrusive, and always ready to answer any

questions about the menu and provide their

own recommendations. I mean, you know

you’re in for a treat when your meal begins

with a champagne trolley rolling to your table.

The trolley offers a range of sparkling

wines and cocktails to kick off your meal,

each ranging in price and quality. There is

also the option to create your own bellini with

their house made apple and rhubarb cordial,

which I can confirm, is absolutely delicious.

I topped up the cordial with a glass of

Crémant d’Alsace brut, and I honestly could

have drank them all night. It tasted like

summer in a glass.

Onto the food! We kicked off the meal

with a couple of snacks, including a cod and

halibut ceviche on shrimp crackers with chilli

and lime. These are perfect mouthfuls and

are so fresh and vibrant. The perfect way

to start a meal. We also ordered the snack

from the specials – battered and deep fried

kingfish wings with a spicy mayo. These too

were delicious with a perfectly crisp and

flavoursome batter and tender, succulent fish.

They were served on the bone so were a bit

fiddly to eat, but absolutely worth the messy


Main courses proved just as delicious.

The Shucks surf and turf is a new take on

a classic, with Iberico pork, smoked belly

and seared scallop. The Iberico pork belly

is a wonder in and of itself. Alongside it I

couldn’t resist the call of the lobster frites in

a green curry butter, though it bore a heavy

price tag of £65. It was beautifully cooked

and presented, with a flavoursome butter

and tender, sweet meat. The fries were also

a big hit – perfectly crunchy and crispy while

remaining fluffy and light inside.

It’s not hard to see why Shucks is doing

well and I have no doubt I’ll be back. But I

think it will almost certainly be for a special

occasion as the high quality of the food and

service does mean high prices. Not one for

those watching the pennies, but if you fancy

treating yourself to a night of incredible

seafood and service, Shucks is for you.

Shucks Seafood Bar & Restaurant

168 Hyndland Road G12 9HZ

0141 473 0080


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Support The Beatson

cancer charity on your special day


IMAGES ©Beatson Cancer Charity/Wild Soul Photography

With wedding/civil partnership

‘season’ upon us (is that still a

thing?), those ready to make the leap

into matrimony will undoubtedly be looking to

choose a theme, a colour scheme… a tartan.

Interested in raising money for a fantastic

charity at the same time?

Here at Westender Magazine, let us be

your own personal wedding planner.

Beatson Cancer Charity. Care, Love, Hope,

a beautiful motto for an incredible

organisation. And there are many people

heading towards the altar for whom cancer

care is a cause dear to them. With this in

mind, the charity has created a bespoke

tartan. Designed by Jane Hunter of Hunters’

Atelier, Stirling, the stunning tartan was

created to honour the millions of people

facing cancer in Scotland.

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Featuring the yellow, black and white

indelibly associated with the charity and

with a medium weight wool, it’s perfect for a

Scottish wedding.

The trading team at the charity,

Kathleen McLaren and Ginette Hamilton,

worked with Jane Hunter and Slanj Kilts

Scotland to create the design. Jane is an

Alumni of the Glasgow School of Art and

has now gone on to create and own Hunter’s

Atelier. Produced at the Isla Bank Mills in

Keith, as part of the MacNaughton Group,

there is 200 years of niche manufacturing

expertise behind the weaving of the tartan.

A ‘pedigree’ tartan indeed.

Initially the tartan was developed

to produce kilts. However, Beatson

Cancer Charity are proud to announce

that the tartan itself is available to

create even more beautiful tartan

touches to make your day extra special!

As well as kilts, trousers and ties,

why not have chair bows, bouquet ribbon,

buttonholes all tied into the colour scheme?

Now this beautiful tartan can be bought by

the metre.

And so, to the other touches for the big

day. And for many, supporting the charity is a

cause close to our hearts. So, it is fitting that

you might want to wear the simply stunning

bespoke Beatson Cancer Charity heart

jewellery collection. With the charity’s iconic

heart emblem taking centre stage, it couldn’t

be a more perfect accessory. Featuring a

sterling silver pendant, earrings and bracelet,

the set was created by the charity alongside

local jeweller Jan Allan of Bothwell. It’s a truly

elegant, limited edition set, so don’t miss out.

With everything just about covered… but

wait, favours! With a choice of rose or thistle

designed chocolate discs, finished in gold

shimmer or fun chocolate lollipops, Beatson

Cancer Charity wedding favours will add a

special touch to your reception tables.

With your theme looking oh-so-fabulous,

there is the small matter of just what you have

helped to contribute towards by choosing

the tartan. The Beatson West of Scotland

Cancer Centre (The Beatson) is the largest

in Scotland and delivers care to thousands

of patients across the West of Scotland.

The Beatson Cancer Charity is dedicated to

enhancing patient wellbeing, helping patients

to self-manage their condition. The charity

also funds specialist posts at the centre,

research and education, as well as providing

vital support to patients and their carers

throughout treatment. The charity firmly

believes that ‘no-one should face cancer on

their own.’

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The anticipated reopening of the Wellness

centre will be a terrific boost to the patients

and staff of The Beatson. As restrictions

ease, the hope is that the centre will slowly

reopen soon, welcoming those living

with cancer back into a calm, stress-free

environment With restrictions in place during

the pandemic, the staff looked to digital

services to support patients. As we now

emerge from the restrictions, the Wellbeing

Team hope to combine both, with patients

attending the centre as well as having the

availability of wellbeing services online.

As Helen MacPherson, Wellbeing

Centre Team Leader notes, ‘The wellbeing

support is such a big part in someone’s

cancer treatment journey. With your help,

The Beatson Cancer Charity can make them

feel better, stronger and more relaxed.’

Who would have thought that choosing

a tartan could make such a difference to

millions of people facing the challenges of

cancer in Scotland? It doesn’t hurt that the

tartan is an absolute cracker! With everything

organised, it’s time for the mud face mask,

glass of fizz and some quiet contemplation

for what you are about to embark on…

Care, Love, Hope.

Happy Wedding Day

If you would like to find out more

about the charity, need inspiration to

fundraise, opportunities to volunteer

or advice for a loved one, please visit:


For more ideas and information about

The Beatson Cancer Charity

tartan range and weddings, visit:


or follow on social media.

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Making Tracks

Heading into summer and lengthy light evenings,

you are sure to have come across one of the

West End’s running clubs. One group who are

making impressive strides in the running community are

West End Road Runners finds Tracy Mukherjee.

Created in 2016, the West End Road

Runners (WERR) club was born

from the sheer number of individual

runners pounding our West End parks and


Graeme Jack, Chairman of WERR

explains, ‘With the growth of parkrun,

we could see that there were hundreds of

runners in the West End who had the running

habit and perhaps wanted to find people to

run with during the week. WERR is based at

Woodend Tennis Club so we’re in the heart of

the West End.’

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The club started from humble beginnings:

including founding members and runners

initially the club was made up of 10-15

people. That number now stands at 130 and

that’s only in the senior section.

What values did the club have that helped

that number grow? ‘Values are very important

to people, so we feel it is important to spell

out what we stand for,’ says Graeme.

‘Inclusivity – whether you’re running

to keep fit or running to race, you’re very

welcome. Achievement – whatever you want

to achieve with your running the club will aim

to help you get there. Openness – it’s your

club. Information will be shared and your

views and input will be valued.’

Running three to four times weekly around

the West End, the club is highly visible

and is known for its friendly welcoming

environment. But like so many clubs,

lockdown hit them hard. Not being able to

meet to run and support each other was an

incredible challenge.

Graeme explains ‘During the most

restrictive lockdown early last year,

when clubs couldn’t meet at all,

we created WERRopoly, a digital challenge

for our runners inspired by the board game

Monopoly. Runners were encouraged to go

out and run groups of streets in the West End

with points allocated for difficulty. They could

add in special sections like the Clyde Tunnel,

the Glasgow University cloisters, or the

statue at Kelvingrove Park. It motivated our

runners to get out there and to run together,


The club also devised a strength and

conditioning programme WERRtual which

was provided on Zoom. Such was the

success of their innovative practices that

WERR were awarded the Innovation award

2021 at the 4J Studio Scottish Athletics

Annual Awards.

With such incredible support being given

virtually, it’s clear that the club has a real

commitment to Mental Health as well as

t h e o bv i o u s b e n e fi t s o n t h e p hy s i c a l s i d e .

‘We were galvanised by some research

by running social media site Strava who

published findings indicating that people

run for mental health and wellbeing reasons,

as much as for their physical health,’

says Graeme.

Such is the club’s investment in

psychological wellbeing, there is a clear

commitment to developing this vision in the

future. ‘We have around 30 qualified run

leaders who take charge of our sessions and

with the support of Scottish Athletics we plan

to offer them the opportunity to have training

from SAMH in mental health awareness,’

explains Graeme. ‘Running provides great

opportunities for people to get out, to talk

and to get some time to themselves. We often

find people coming to the club ready to let off

steam, then finding that a run with their mates

has alleviated this.’

Promoting improved fitness alongside

mental wellbeing, what else has the club

been up to? Well, raising money for charity

for one thing. Recently the group have raised

an incredible amount for Scotstoun foodbank

through creating a digital guide to running

in the West End. Raising money for a good

cause – what a great bi-product for doing

something you love.

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Graeme agrees ‘If we can hook into,

or create initiatives to raise money for good

causes, we’ll do so. The £2000 raised for the

Scotstoun foodbank came from donations

from runners who downloaded a digital

copy of our guide to running in the West End

‘Run Glasgow’s West End’. This was another

lockdown project, for which we managed

to win awards. The idea was simple.

To encourage runners to get out. We asked

them to run, document and photograph their

favourite run. We compiled this and offered it

to the wider running community. It’s now part

of our welcome pack for new runners!’

Talking of welcome packs, new members

are very welcome. The club asks new runners

to come along for a couple of weeks free.

Once they are hooked, it is easy to join


With ever growing numbers in the

club, how have they met this challenge?

‘We’re seeing that those who have joined us

are starting to set goals and achieve some

very significant and notable performances.

We’d like to support this and have recently

put six of our members through the UK

Athletics Level 2 Coaching qualification

– so we have much more coaching capacity

than before.’

It sounds as though WERR has not only

weathered the pandemic but has gone from

strength to strength despite it. However,

regardless of its many awards, accolades

and successful challenges, Graeme’s key

message is a simple one. ‘We just want to run

and to inspire people to come and join us,’

he says. ‘We’re your running club and we’re

here to help.’


Email: info@westendroadrunners.co.uk

or message WERR on Facebook or


For more info or to advertise

call: suzanne@westendermagazine.com

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Maggie Blue

Sunday 10th July 7.30pm

The Hug & Pint thehugandpint.com

Magpie Blue, aka Millie Hanlon-

Cole is an electric guitar playing

singer/songwriter from Peebles in the

Borders. According to the blurb on her

website, she’s inspired by the music

of Antony and the Johnsons, PJ Harvey,

Alt J and Joy Division.

But with her telecaster slung high,

Strymon footpedal set to a long

release and her low tenor voice

pushing out dramatic, climactic

melodies, I keep thinking of

Roy Orbison rather than these

contemporary artists. Anyone who

reveres 'The Big O' will surely love

Magpie Blue.

An incredibly gifted 22-year-old

singer songwriter we will hopefully be

hearing much, much more of.

Choice Tracks: Maggie Blue 'Haunted'


Thursday 14th July 6.30pm

OVO Hydro ovohydro.com

There’s a nebulous place where music

collides with emotion, and for many

musicians this meeting of the mind’s

sensory neurons, motor function

and cognition proves combustible,

and whatever wells up is commonly

manifested in a musician’s most

noticeable feature: their face.

Este Haim of the band HAIM gives a

truly impressive facial performance

when playing her bass. Alternating

between grimaces and unfettered,

wide-mouthed bewilderment. Audiences

don’t just come to listen to a band.

Music involves seeing, hearing and

moving and when you come to see HAIM

you get all three in abundance.

HAIM are three sisters, all singers

and multi-instrumentalists, daughters

of musicians from California USA.

They’ve been making their brand of

power/pop/rock since 2012. God only

knows how they’ve managed to make

three siblings work in one band

but they are now 10 years and three

albums into their career.

Choice tracks: HAIM ‘Lost Track'

The Christians

Sunday 24th July 7pm

Òran Mór oran-mor.co.uk

Charismatic lead singer Garry

Christian has been fronting his band,

The Christians, since 1985. Their first

six singles all made the UK top 40 in

the late 80s and they’ve enjoyed chart

success throughout Europe and the US

ever since.

Garry is the consummate front man,

ever wry, smart and very aware

of what’s going on around him.

Throughout his career Garry has

used his influence and his music to

help raise awareness of injustices

he feels need highlighted: from their

1988 hit 'Harvest For The World'

(all proceeds were donated to UNICEF),

a cover of 'Ferry Cross The Mersey'

along with Paul McCartney and Holly

Johnston (with all proceeds going to

The Hillsborough Disaster Fund) and

most recently, the reworking of their

song 'Man Don’t Cry' renaming it 'Naz

Don't Cry' in reference to the plight of

Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe. Garry has

put together a great band for these

2022 live dates and he still has one of

the best British soul voices out there.

Choice track: The Christians

‘Harvest for The World'

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by Greg Kane


Rex Orange County

Wednesday 3rd August 6pm

Galvanisers Yard SWG3 swg3.tv

Thank goodness for these young kids

who are not afraid to show their jazz/

soul chops whilst making their own

brand of accessible contemporary


Alexander James O'Connor, known

professionally as Rex Orange County,

is a 24-year-old English singer

and songwriter. O’Connor rose to

prominence in 2017 following multiple

features on American rapper Tyler, the

Creator’s Grammy-nominated album

'Flower Boy'.

He has released four solo albums to

date with his last album 'Who Cares?'

reaching no.1 in the UK Charts

and no.5 in the US Charts in March

this year. His streaming stats are

impressive too with over 12 million

streams per month on Spotify alone!

Critics describe his sound as 'artsy,

post-genre teen music'… known as

'Sophisti-pop' in my day. Once again

I’m so late to this, but I’m so glad I’ve

found him.

Choice track: Rex Orange County

'Pluto Projector'

Kurt Vile

Monday 29th August 7pm

QMU qmunion.org.uk

Kurt Vile is a 40 something

American singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist,

and record producer.

He is known for his solo work and

as the former lead guitarist of the

rock band The War On Drugs and is

steeped in classic 70s Americana…

from Neil Young, Fairport Convention

to outsider folky Michael Hurley with

some Bert Jansch thrown in too. You

get the idea of where Kurt Vile is at

from this list of influencers.

His music is pretty laid back and

endearing, performed and recorded

as though you’ve wandered in in the

middle of a chilled out folk session

in The Lismore pub on a Sunday

afternoon. His most recent album

'Watch My Moves', released in April

this year is preceded by eight studio

albums spanning 14 years of work.

Choice Track: Kurt Vile 'Pretty Pimpin'

Laura Mvula

Wednesday 31st August 7pm

Òran Mór oran-mor.co.uk

Laura Mvula is a singer/songwriter

and a graduate from the esteemed

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and

has been a director of the Lichfield

Community Gospel Choir.

The first time I heard her music was

back in 2013, when the signature intro

of her debut single 'Green Garden' just

blew me away. Syncopated Kalimba/

Celeste sequences with tight vocal

harmonies on top of complex funk/

African rhythms, how could you resist?

The rest of the album this song was

taken from, 'Sing To The Moon', is

a masterful piece of work drawing

heavily on her Gospel and Jazz roots.

Her music is complex, ambitious,

demanding at times, but ever soulful

and engaging. She’s achieved chart

success with the four albums she’s

released to date and her music has

featured on many a film soundtrack

and advert. Taste makers are drawn to

her and rightly so.

Choice track: Laura Mvula

'Green Garden'

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

Top For School Holidays

Summer Holiday Camps, a godsend for

most parents. Few do it as well as West End

Adventures, that’s why they are award winners!

Kayaking, rock climbing archery; the activities

are endless. Drop off and collection points

are selected by the company to ensure stress

free mornings for parents. Children are cared

for by a team of expert outdoor instructors.

You can choose the duration of the camp, from a

day to weeklong, and can be assured their time

will be filled with a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Although Glasgow based, the children will

experience adventure in Scotland’s stunning

West Coast and Central Belt. The camps are

extremely popular so book as soon as you can.

Reel Kids Music in Hyndland are running

weeklong music camps during the summer

holidays. The team note that the camp will have

'creative music-making with regular outdoor

play opportunities.' Designed for five to eight

year-olds who enjoy singing and playing music,

the sessions will mix songs and movement to

music with percussion, action games, crafts

and musical quizzes. Led by experienced music

tutors, this is a summer camp for creative kids.

Halo Arts bring you Hillhead Summer Arts

Academy for both juniors (6-8) and seniors (9+).

This weeklong summer holiday arts project for

young people mixes drama workshops, circus

skills, street dance and art. And if you miss

out on the Hillhead event there are other Arts

Academies run by Halo in the south of the city

later in July.

West End Adventure Summer Holiday

Camps 27th June – 16th August


Reel Kids Music, Summer Holiday Camp

Hyndland Community Hall, Novar Drive

1-5th and 8-12th August 9am-4pm,

or mornings only options


Halo Arts Hillhead Summer Arts Academy,

Arlington Baths Club 4th – 8th July


Top for Theatre

Bard in the Botanics, a stalwart of the summer

in Glasgow, usually drookit, but we can hope for

10 degrees and overcast, can’t we? For 2022 its

focus is Antic Fables and Fairy Toys.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Yes, really, in

our gardens, in mid-summer. A tale of faeries,

lovers, magic and absolute mayhem! Some of

Shakespeare’s most memorable characters

– Oberon, Puck and of course Bottom – were

created for this glorious play. With themes way

in advance of its time, it’s a story of acceptance

and celebration of being yourself, living your life

the way you want to and loving whomever you

so desire. After all, 'Love looks not with the eyes

but with the mind and therefore is winged cupid

painted blind.'

Medea. No one does Greek tragedy quite like

Euripedes. The legend of the golden fleece,

Jason’s quest with the Argonauts, would have

had no success had it not been for Medea’s

skills as a sorceress. That we all know. But no

happily ever after was in store for this couple.

Abandoned and isolated after Jason finds a new

wife, this is the tale of revenge. Hell hath no fury

like a woman scorned… (yes, I know it’s a William

Congreve quote but it was sooo appropriate).

Starring the award-winning Nicole Cooper.

Much Ado About Nothing. My favourite!

Shakespeare’s warmest and wittiest play with

the will-they-won’t-they dynamic, but with a

twist. Reinvented as Benedict and Bertram

instead of Beatrice, it really is the forerunner for

every 80s romcom. It is a joyous comedy set to a

backdrop of parties, celebrations and weddings.

But remember the vengeful Don John is plotting

to ruin at least one couple’s hope of happiness.

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

The Tempest. I did see this once at BITB on

a gloriously balmy summer’s evening – they

do exist! This new version of Shakespeare’s

alleged last play is a tragicomedy, very much

commencing on darker notes but with a lighter

comedic ending. A mystical island, a sorcerer

plotting revenge on those who have wronged him

by creating the mightiest of storms, and a ship

and its passengers caught in the swell. Magic

and mayhem ensue. Adapted and directed by

Nicole Cooper it’s a tale of love, revenge (it’s a

Shakespeare play) and repentance.

Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow Botanic

Gardens, 22nd June – 30th July


Top for Photography

Coming Into View: Eric Watt’’s Photographs

of Glasgow is an exhibition at Kelvingrove Art

Gallery and Museum. A passionate amateur

photographer, he spent his free time in Glasgow

capturing the lives of the people on the streets.

Over 40 years the photographer captured the

city: the children at play in the streets and many

parks, and adults going about their business.

This is a truly thought-provoking exhibition

reflecting the changes in Glasgow over time,

done with affection and curiosity.

John Patrick Byrne is a Scottish cultural icon.

Instantly recognisable, moustachioed and

stylish, the Scottish artist and writer brings his

first retrospective for 20 years to Kelvingrove.

A Big Adventure brings together the vibrancy

of John’s work and looks at the life behind the

paintings. With 40 self-portraits, Glasgow Life

Museums’ paintings, and works from private

lenders, A Big Adventure does what it says on

the tin!

Coming Into View: Eric Watt’’s Photographs

of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Exhibiting until 4th March 2023

w:glasgowlife.org and visit what’s on pages

A Big Adventure, Kelvingrove Art Gallery

27th May – 18th September

11am – 5pm Full Price Entry £7.50

w:glasgowlife.org and visit what’s on pages

Top for Music

Hurrah! Summer Nights is officially back this

July and August. Under the shadow of Glasgow

University, Kelvingrove Bandstand will play

host to a fantastic line-up of live acts this

summer. The outdoor event with the stunning

amphitheatre in front of the bandstand has

been a firm favourite with music lovers and,

it seems, top musicians too. So far this year

there is some cracking 80s acts playing such

as Altered Images, the Jesus and Mary Chain

and Belinda Carlisle. For the lover of singer/

songwriters you can’t get better than Suzanne

Vega, Van Morrison or Rufus Wainwright. And

for indie enthusiasts, the legend that is Edwyn

Collins is appearing as is the unmistakable

Richard Hawley. I’m not going to mention the

truly fabulous Billy Brag or the Waterboys (cos I

want tickets for these guys myself). The capacity

at the bandstand is 2,500 so it's always a terrific

event with a great atmosphere. With delicious

street food trucks onsite, Kelvingrove museum

as your backdrop, and you and you friends finally

back together enjoying live music. Gosh, but

don’t we deserve it?

Summer Nights at the Bandstand

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre

Wed 27th July – Sat 13th August

w:ticketmaster.co.uk and search for

Summer Nights tickets

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I hung up my last dress in March

2020 and relaxed in joggers, now

it's time to shave those legs and

consider, dare I say it, a bare ankle?




I'm Elena the

Closet Stylist

and with


approaching it felt like a

perfect time to talk about

the lovely dresses available

locally in our amazing West

End boutiques. All dresses

are available now locally or

even online if you can't get

into the stores.

Scotch & Soda Blue Wrap Dress

£170, Biscuit Clothing

Fabienne Chapot Charlie Dress

£170, Amaryllis Westend

Marble Pink Pattern Dress

£85, Jasmine Boutique

Rails Kiki White Lace Dress

£155, Pampas Glasgow

Ichi Easter Cloud Dress

£75, Biscuit Clothing

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Button Down Beach Dress

£59, Fat Face

Marisa Maxi Beach Dress

£56, Fat Face

Scotch & Soda Open Back Midi

£190, Biscuit Clothing

Rails Yvette Coral Cutaway

£220, Pampas Glasgow

Rixo Cheryl Camp Floral

£315, Pampas Glasgow

Rixo Zadie Green Palm

£275, Pampas Glasgow

CeliaB Olav Dress

£377, Amaryllis Westend

CeliaB Acke Dress

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Culture Tia Dress

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Your wrap look

What works about the wrap dress? Well if you

have larger boobage; a tummy you want to disguise

or even an athletic figure THE RIGHT wrap dress

will give you curves in all the right places, skim

lightly over the hips and pull you in around the

waist which makes us all look taller, slimmer and

generally a bit better.




Ba&sh Benja Green Dress

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Transparent Sunglasses

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Gold Hexagon Hoop Earring

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Heeled Sandal in Bone

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Natural Rafia Bag

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Mary Sewell of Not Just Travel – the West End’s Personal Travel Consultant

Time To Travel

with Not Just Travel

Spain has always been a firm favourite

as a holiday destination, from the

Balearic Islands to mainland Spain there

is something for everyone. Whether you want

to party in San Antonio, Ibiza or experience

the culture and beauty of Barcelona, Spain

never disappoints.

I have recently returned from Majorca

and since I hadn’t been there since the 80s

I had no idea what to expect. We stayed in

Port Adriano at the Adults Only Pure Salt

Hotel with Jet2Holidays. Port Adriano is in

a beautiful part of Majorca – with a small

extremely clean beach lapped by crystal

clear waters, easy for swimming or paddle

boarding. This lovely resort also has a

swanky port where all the super yachts

are lined up and there is an abundance of

restaurants and places to charter a yacht for

the day.

Port Adriano is close to Santa Ponsa

which is ideal if you are a couple, or a family

wanting a great beach and have lots of

restaurants and bars to choose from.

We hired a car and went all round Majorca

and I am so glad we did as we came across

a local weekly market in Andratx, which had

an abundance of fresh fruit, veg, bread and

meats. This market has been going since the

19th century and was worth going to see.

To the north of the island Alcudia has

always been a favourite with families and I

can see why, it has lots to offer and plenty

to keep the kids occupied. It also has an old

town where you can wander through typical

Spanish streets and get a feel for the real


Whether it is a family holiday, a couples

get away, or just a quick weekend break –

Majorca truly has something for everyone.

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The Tick And

The Tock Of The

Crocodile Clock

by Kenny Boyle




Kenny Boyle is a Scottish actor whom you may

remember from the short film ‘Perfect Strangers’, and

a quick Google search will remind you of all the other

productions he’s been involved in. You’ll recognise

him, for sure.

During lockdown, like many

others who were forced to

reimagine how they would spend

their days, Boyle decided to write

this book. I’ve read a few books

written over lockdown – some

of which I’ve reviewed here.

Apparently, everyone has a book in

them, and if this is his book, what

a great book it is. For a debut

novel it’s quite spectacular.

It started life ten years ago as a

play, and it has that dialogue and

pace you’d expect from a really

intense stage play, but the novel

form has allowed Boyle to flesh out

his characters and explore themes

in much more depth than I assume

the original play was able to do.

The central character is

Wendy, an aspiring writer from the

Southside of Glasgow, but that’s

not her only fault! She quits her

job, tries drugs and falls in with

the enigmatic Cat, who turns her

life on its head and allows her

to see the value in the road less

travelled by, and that made all the

difference. They embark on a spree

of shenanigans akin to ‘Thelma

and Louise’, getting into trouble,

flirting with danger, breaking the

law as well as social conventions.

I was reminded of the classic film

‘Restless Natives’ in terms of the

social anarchy and getting one

over on ‘The Man’. There is a lot

of intertextuality in the book,

not just all the references to ‘Peter Pan’. The main character,

Wendy, seems to have a hard time growing up, she feels that

she is being pursued by a ticking clock which could represent

her future or simply her social anxiety. The chapter headings

often refer to ‘Peter Pan’, and Wendy’s obsession with obscure

vocabulary is funny, clever and at the same time highlights how

dumbed down our society has become.

There are several hilarious sequences which clearly borrow

heavily from Hollywood films – no clues, you’ll need to spot them


One of the triumphs of this book, though, is the sudden

changes in tone from hilarity and recklessness to biting social

commentary, anxiety, and mental health issues, as well as

strained relationships between children and their parents,

especially at that tense period when the children are gaining

independence but still need the safety net of parental cash.

Ultimately, it boils down to the quality of conversations we

have with others and how well we communicate with each other.

‘Words are the solution,’ as Boyle states in the final chapter.

Hear, hear.

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by Alan Cumming


Alan Cumming’s intense

autobiography ‘Not My

Father’s Son’ charted his

abusive childhood at the hands

of his father and his gradual

escape to the RSAMD in


In this book we pick

up where we left off with

Cumming getting his first big

break in London, the success of

Victor and Barry at the Fringe

and the subsequent cult status

of ‘The High Life’, followed

by his big break in America,

which was as the compere of

‘Cabaret’ on Broadway.

His meteoric rise is

leavened with plenty of

disasters – both artistically

and in his relationships – and

we again see the self-doubt,

anxiety, restlessness and

irrepressible hedonism which

were refrains in the former

book, but in this book scream

all the louder.

There is a who’s who of

Hollywood and the arts in

America as well as British

acting royalty. He’s not so

much name dropping as

highlighting the relentlessness

of the publicity machine,

and the bubble within which

he often has to move is often

a bubble which contains

the same people in different

films, different hotels and

supporting different causes,

but nevertheless the circles

within which he moves are

fairly repetitious.

It’s a very honest book

which may annoy in parts,

but it’s always interesting and

will make you think. At times

Cumming is difficult to like, and

the litany of party here and

drinks there and drugs over

there becomes tiresome after

a while. Then you’re hit with

searing honesty and a oneliner

which takes your breath


Marianne Grant was a

remarkable woman who died

at the age of 86 in Glasgow.

As a young Czech-Jewish

artist, she was imprisoned in

Teresienstadt ‘model Jewish

village’. Her art made her

interesting and valuable to

the Germans, as she provided

presents for their children in

the form of illustrated stories,

artwork for the walls of the

playrooms where she helped to

supervise and surreptitiously

teach the children, as well as

depicting the life of the camp.

She managed to draw

and paint several disturbing

images which documented

the degradation, humiliation

and ultimately annihilation of

those around her. How she

managed to retain these works

of art – not only keep them

hidden from the authorities

but also preserved against the

squalor – is nothing short of a

miracle. To then be moved to

Auschwitz, then Neuengamme

and finally Bergen-Belsen,

and to survive all of them,

is incredible. Trainloads of Jews

who arrived before and after

her were murdered, yet she


Glasgow Museums have

brought out this book to

complement their collection

of Marianne Grant’s paintings.

There are different sections

written by a range of experts.

These accounts on their own

are fascinating, but when

accompanied by Marianne’s

artwork, together they tell

a story of death, misery,

resilience, but ultimately one of


Her art was integral to

her survival, both by sparing

her from the gas chambers

and by giving her a chink of

light in a bleak hell. Seeing

art produced by someone in

such circumstances is truly


Painting For My Life

The Holocaust Artworks Of Marianne Grant

by Glasgow Life Museums


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Higher Rate Taxpayers:

no longer a select club

Once upon a time paying tax at more

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member of a select club. Times are

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taxpayers taxed at more than the basic rate

was 10.4%.

Five years on, and the figure is close to

16%. It briefly dropped to 13.6% as higher

rate thresholds were raised. Not for long.

The Office for Budget Responsibility

(OBR) issued estimates that the freeze in

the personal allowance, outside Scotland,

and basic rate bands through to 2025/26 will

mean by 2026 almost 19% of taxpayers will

be liable for higher rate tax. The number of

taxpayers will also be increasing too because

of the personal allowance staying at £12,570.

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Some are highly tax efficient – others carry a

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the value of tax and financial advice rises with

your tax rate.

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Homes & Interiors



Two local furniture businesses are showing

the way when it comes to furniture design and

craftsmanship. Always keen to explore design-led

ingenuity, Westender sent along Diana Kiernander

to find out more.

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Images courtesy of Turner Furniture

Home envy is the grown-up way of admitting

you wasted your 20s drinking wine and buying

too many ‘wear once, then throwaway’ dresses

for all the parties you never really needed to go

to anyway.

What you should have been doing,

in hindsight, during those heady, halcyon styleobsessed

days was saving for a piece of furniture.

Stay with me on this and you’ll see how an

interior addition to your home was probably

always going to be more important than a quickfix

fashion piece you already forgot you wore.

In the name of research, I’ve spent the past

week immersed in looking at the kind of interior

design pieces I thought only existed in otherworldy

period dramas, Hollywood film sets or

episodes of Grand Designs.


First up, I visited Chris Turner, bespoke luxury

furniture and cabinet maker at his studio in

Anniesland. There I saw how the worlds of high

art and furniture design collide. Chris created

the Cubist Credenza sideboard, which is sat

beautifully at the top of the studio stairs, a work

that painstakingly blends over 600 hand-cut

marquetry veneers with pentagonal wood tiles.

And above it hangs a painting by the hyperrealist

renowned Scottish artist, Iain Faulkner.

The sideboard features in the painting, setting

an air of melancholy, stillness and strength that

perfectly echoes the essence of Chris’ sideboard


But I’m excited too by the collection of tables

and chairs that sit to the right of the sideboard

and painting. There’s the Berkeley round coffee

table, built in classic walnut and rosewood

finish, and imbued with the kaleidoscopic colour

and verve of the Busby Berkeley musical era.

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Nestled amongst contemporary classics is the

fascinating whisky chair. With soft, sapwood

highlights and angled bridle joints, it is the

quintessence of elegance.

‘This piece was inspired by leading German

designer Richard Riamerschmidt and his

approach to modern interiors,’ says Chris,

‘I took inspiration from his “House of the Music

Lover” collection created at the turn of the

century and played around with ergonomics,

function and comfort.’ The result is a chair

that reimagines itself as not out of place in the

corner of your kitchen, sipping a sneaky whisky

nightcap. Riamerschmidt was a leading player

in the German art nouveau movement and his

great architectural influences pulse through

Turner’s work today, Hints of early 20th century

style are present in all of Turner’s work, there’s

an heirloom quality to everything he does and

he’s certain the furniture he creates are family

treasures that can be passed down through


‘Everything I make holds its value,’ he says,

proudly. And this goes too, for the fly-fishing

pieces that tap into his long-held love of

exploring the lochs and rivers across Scotland

with a fishing rod.

‘I was asked to make a fly box once for a

guy retiring from flying aircraft in the RAF.

His colleagues wanted to give him a present that

reflected his love of fishing and his esteemed

career. They got the names of all the jets he’d

flown and his name engraved on the box. It was

really special,’ says Chris, ‘I like being able to

create individual pieces that are meaningful to



Over at ThreeFourFive Furniture, design

has never felt quite so imaginative.

From the outside, their space looks just like

any other building set down a semi-industrial

looking lane in Govan, near the banks of the

River Clyde. A faded grey-stone warehouse,

it could be a disused dance studio or a garage.

But once inside, prepare to be dazzled by the

scale of creative workmanship taking place

in this furniture design haven. Witness the

clamour and calm of wood-cutting, painting,

restoring and building pieces. This is where

classic crafting co-exists with modern

technology to help you create a dreamy design

space in your home.

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Arne, Steven and Chevy are the original

self-starters who met at Glasgow School of

Art and opened the doors of this workshop in

2014. Sharing a love of furniture making and

bringing a diverse set of skills to the forefront of

the art, they have carved out an enviable market

in bespoke design.

Arne’s great love is creating kitchens for

customers who come with an idea but need

guidance in realising the dream.

‘You can come to us with a starting point

– a colour or a shape, and we can discuss what’s

possible and use digital technology to show you

what we can achieve,’ he says.

The company also excel at working with

IKEA’s modular cabinet units, to put an exciting

colour or style spin on the Swedish originals.

The space houses an impressive array of design

inspiration and storage solution ideas too.

There’s retro vanity units in pop colours and

adorable step features that can be incorporated

into a family bathroom to cater for small

children. But most innovative is some of the

projects they have taken on to revolutionise the

look of independent businesses opening up in

Glasgow and far beyond.

Think cork pegboards, draped in hanging

plants, and delicious gifts.

Amidst all of this, I’m most taken by Doris,

the adorable family dog who belongs to the

team in Govan and comes to work with office

manager Claire most days. She’s a sweet

reminder that pets, like comfy furniture,

are often central to a happy, beautiful home.

Furnishing a home always throws up

commitment issues that a new dress or a

designer bag never would. You might have

to live with this look at home for a long time!

But like properly falling in love, the fickle,

undecided heart could just melt away the second

you see an upholstered armchair or a reworked

cocktail cabinet. Sometimes you just know.

Suddenly I’m in. I can promise, that I’m going

to love this look forever. And not a throwaway

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Legal Matters

Estate Planning with

Foreign Property

Owning a home in another country is

not uncommon. It is a great way of

getting to know another country,

perhaps learn another language and is

somewhere to go when you need time to

relax. However, not all owners of overseas

properties tell their solicitors about their

holiday home abroad when they make a

will. There seems to be a presumption that

beneficiaries will inherit such a property along

with the rest of the deceased’s estate.

Also, sometimes a testator (the person

who makes the will) includes their overseas

property in their Scottish will without realising

that they need a will in the country where that

property is located.

As a general rule in the European Union,

the inheritance laws of the country where

your property is situated will apply. If you

live in Scotland and your holiday home is in

Greece or Italy it is governed by the law of

Greece or Italy. In Scotland you have relative

freedom to choose who will inherit each of

your assets but that is not necessarily the

case abroad. In many countries there are

‘forced heirship’ rules which could mean that

your property may pass to specified people

regardless of your wishes. These ‘forced

heirship’ rules could also affect your overall

estate planning.

To try to simplify the administration of

cross-border estates, the EU introduced

a ‘choice of law’ Directive which became

effective in August 2015 and is known as

‘Brussels IV’. Brexit does not affect its

applicability in the UK. Put simply, this means

you can make a foreign will saying that you

want the law of your nationality to apply to

your estate. So, if you have a property in

France you can leave your French home

according to Scottish law by making a will in

France and asking for this option.

The essential point to note here is that

whichever country’s law you want to apply to

your property you should, at the very least,

speak to a solicitor or notary where your

property is situated as they should know

what is required.

Finally, and most importantly, if you are

making a will overseas then it is vital that your

overseas solicitor communicates with your

Scottish solicitor to ensure

that what is being done by

both solicitors actually

complements each other.

If Mitchells Roberton

Partner, Heather McKee,

can assist you please

email direct on:


Note: This material is for information

purposes only and does not constitute

any form of advice or recommendation by

us. You should not rely upon it in making

any decisions or taking or refraining

from taking any action. If you would like

us to advise you on any of the matters

covered in this material, please contact

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It Pays Landlords To Take A

Long View

It’s interesting times for landlords in

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to an increasing burden of regulation and

taxation; on the other hand, a lack of stock is

driving rent levels through the roof. There is

a connection between these two stories, but

that’s for another day.

Amid this uncertainty, I urge landlords to

take a long-term view on their investments.

Prepare your property well, set a fair

market rent, never take a flyer on a tenant,

and be prepared to bend with the wind if your

relationship with your tenant takes a turn for

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When preparing a property for the

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With the current regulatory framework,

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comprehensively referenced. There are plenty

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this. If there are any concerns, let someone

else take the risk. Reduce the asking rent and

get some more applicants.

At the right price, you’ll easily find a

perfect tenant. Make sure to get a signed

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keep one. Be prepared for some teething

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with Walker Wylie

Estate Agents

As the West End streets start to

warm up (we hope!) we can look

forward to our property market

continuing to shine, following a recordbreaking

spring for house sale prices.

The increase in demand for properties

continues to rise, as the latest Zoopla UK

Property Index reports a 61% increase in

property demand in the four weeks leading

to 22nd May, compared to the same period

five years previously. The market continues

to move quickly, however the report noted a

slight increase on time to sell, compared to

the previous few months, a natural evening

off after an intense Spring period.

Glasgow has shown a 6.1% increase in

house prices compared to last year, leading

us to continue to advise property owners

to sell without hesitation whilst the market

conditions are so favourable. Rightmove

report an increase in house price sales over

the last four months, stating this continued

growth has not been seen since May 2014.

We can expect to see a very gradual

slowing down of this increase over the

coming months as the cost-of-living crisis

filters through to the market and supply

increases. However, as a property owner you

are in an excellent position if you sell just now

or in the coming months.



Sun Shines On West End Property Market

Barry Walker said: ‘Demand is still vastly

outweighing supply in our property market in

the West End of Glasgow, meaning the rest

of the year will continue to see a month-onmonth

growth in property prices. We urge

property owners thinking about selling to

take advantage of these conditions, as things

really couldn’t be more positive for sellers.

While so many of us put our lives on hold

during the past couple of years, now really

is the time to make the move you’ve been

dreaming of. We’d love to help you on that


Rightmove predicts Scotland overall

will see a 7% increase in property prices

in the coming year, so these optimum

conditions are set to continue for some time.

For more information on the market, to

discuss your own property or for an informal

chat – please get in touch.






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