Pancake powerhouse Stack & Still has become the latest restaurant to join Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace in Edinburgh. Stack & Still says it will open the new outlet on Wednesday June 1st.

The announcement comes after celebrity chef Tony Singh MBE last week brought his Indian street food venture, Radge Chaat, into the upmarket Food Hall, the main dining offer within the St James Quarter.

Over the weekend, teams from Bonnie & Wild and Stack & Still fitted out the new unit, which will employ almost a dozen chefs and counter staff.

Chief executive Paul Reynolds, founder of the Glasgow-based Scottish start-up, said: “All of us at Stack & Still are over the moon to be joining the Bonnie & Wild community. The venue’s fantastic, with some superb chefs who I’m really excited to be working alongside.”

Stack & Still joins the likes of Tony Singh’s Radge Chaat, National Chef of Scotland Gary Maclean’s Creel Caught and BBC Chef Jimmy Lee’s Salt & Chilli Oriental, alongside local heroes east PIZZAS and Joelato, and winner of UK’s best burger, El Perro Negro.

Mr Reynolds said: “The ethos at B&W really chimes with us. We focus on fresh food, cooked to order, using local, sustainably sourced ingredients as much as possible. We proudly use Scottish ingredients as much as possible and make the most of the fantastic food and drink products available. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack inbetween, we offer an unbeatable selection of options.”

Stack & Still, which expanded into the capital last year with the launch of its flagship restaurant in the Assembly Rooms, says its menu gives diners “an unbeatable choice with 12 million options” for its pancakes, including a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options.

Mr Reynolds added: “Alongside our classic buttermilk pancakes, we provide health-conscious customers buckwheat pancakes, protein-packed pancakes made with vanilla whey protein, or low-fat pancakes, which pair superbly with the fresh fruit and other healthier toppings on our menu. For those with dietary requirements we also offer a gluten-free vegan pancake along with a great selection of gluten-free toppings and sauces.”

Less than a year old, Bonnie & Wild has exploded onto the Scottish food scene and has fast become one of the must-visit destinations to eat and drink, attracting more than 15,000 visitors each week.

The latest move bolsters the venue’s breakfast and brunch offer, although Mr Reynolds stressed that like the other food units at Bonnie & Wild, Stack & Still would continue serving until 9pm, meaning guests could enjoy their unrivalled mix of savoury and sweet pancakes throughout the day.

Paul added: “One of the big favourites is our Big Breakfast Stack, which comes with bacon, black pudding, Lorne sausage, baked beans, fried egg, and sautéed onion all served atop our fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Another popular choice is the strawberries and chocolate offer. We’re expecting to go through several tonnes of Scottish strawberries this summer!”

Launched in October 2018, Scottish start-up Stack & Still has four units in Glasgow, one in Livingston, and its unit in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. The new food stall at Bonnie & Wild will be Stack & Still’s seventh outlet as the business continues its to drive its expansion.

Ryan Barrie, Operations Director at Bonnie & Wild, said: “This is another superb signing for Bonnie & Wild, and I can’t wait to see them open to an eager public next week. Stack & Still’s popular, high quality offer will really chime with both our loyal regulars and new visitors alike, and I think it’ll help to cement Bonnie & Wild as the go-to for a truly exemplary eating and drinking experience, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night drinks.”

After a competitive selection process, six social enterprises from across the country have been announced as the latest participants on LaunchMe, Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator.

The selected enterprises operate across sectors and geographies, and include EnableNet, the UK’s first social enterprise internet service provider, and Animalia CIC, a sportswear brand that manufactures world-class fitness and fight wear gear. All the enterprises were selected based on their potential to scale, secure investment and generate social impact in their communities.

LaunchMe, which is delivered by social enterprise start-up agency Firstport, supports ambitious social enterprises to achieve scale by getting them investment ready and directly connecting them with investors looking for social as well as financial returns. In addition to initial seed funding, selected participants have the opportunity to apply for grant funding as co-investment to match any private and institutional investment they secure during the programme.

The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and supported by Barclays bank. LaunchMe alumni include well-known social enterprises including letting agency Homes for Good; art retailer the Scottish Design Exchange; and tour company Invisible Cities.

Beth Morrison, founder of Just Breathe O2, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured a place in LaunchMe, as I cannot fault the support received from Firstport from the start of my journey with Just Breathe O2 and am super excited at where this next phase will take the business. Over the coming months, I would like to see the organisation flourish, with a second multi place chamber in place, a growing team and operating at 70% capacity.”

Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Firstport, said: “The ambition and drive of social enterprises continue to impress us. Despite facing incredible challenges over the last two years, these six social enterprises have demonstrated that they have robust and resilient business models with the potential to scale and achieve greater social impact.

With the cost-of-living crisis, Brexit uncertainties and Covid still lingering, now more than ever social enterprises have an important role to play in making our communities fairer, healthier, and more prosperous. We can’t wait to support these enterprises to achieve their ambitions.”

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, said: “The Scottish Government is delighted to continue our support for the Firstport LaunchMe programme. Our support for LaunchMe demonstrates, not only our commitment to the programme, but our commitment to ensuring Scotland retains its position as a world class social enterprise country. I wish each of the six successful social enterprises good luck, and look forward to hearing how they progress, and continue to support our communities.”

Glass-walking is completely different from fire-walking, it’s a slow deliberate walk across a bed of broken glass (mainly empty wine bottles). Glass-walking is about self-belief and giving yourself 100% to the moment.

Firewalk Scotland who deliver the event have been established since 2006 and has a well established reputation for being able to provide exciting, life changing events and courses. “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”, whether your reasons for coming along are spiritual, you are fund-raising or thrill seeking we want you to have a great experience, so there are a few rules:
• Participants must attend a 90 minute workshop prior to the glass-walk (otherwise how do you know what to do) there is no hypnotherapy or magic involved, hopefully it’s fun and inspiring.
• You must not drink before or during the workshop (we want you to have a great night being brave all by yourself, fill your boots afterwards).
• No phones are permitted during the workshop or on the glass itself- we are happy to take photos for you.
• Please don’t prepare your feet with lotions or potions, if you have nail polish on that’s absolutely fine.
• Please wear shoes that come off easily (no knee high lace up boots) and no tights please – you’d just need to take them off. If you are wearing trousers, you will need to roll them up a little for the walk. Feel free to wear shorts or a skirt.
• Spectators can’t sit in on the workshop, they are very welcome and should arrive 15 minutes before the actual fire-walk so approx 1hr 15 mins after you. (please check this out with event organisers).

On the night of your event:
• Glass-walkers should arrive in plenty of time for the workshop which lasts around 90 minutes.
• When our glass-walkers arrive they will be asked to complete a disclaimer which states that they are both drug and alcohol free and that they are walking at their own risk.
• Spectators are NOT permitted to sit in on the workshop
• After the workshop the group are then ready to walk on broken glass, the glass-walk is around seven foot long and depending on the length of your legs can usually be covered in a few steps.
• Start to finish the event runs for around 2 hours.
• Health & Safety is our number one priority, all of our events are insured for £5 million, however the act of walking on broken glass is uninsurable. Although we have a proven track record for providing well managed, safe events, we always bring a full first aid kit.

Learn more Here – https://stjamesquarter.com/event/glass-walk-big-journeys-begin-with-small-steps/

Training provider the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) has come to the aid of facilities hit with spiralling materials costs by providing £54,000 of additional financial assistance.

The substantial funding to the electrical departments at 21 Approved Centres – which range from Stornoway and Thurso in the north to Dumfries in the south – was delivered after costs rose by approximately 30% in just a few months.

SECTT says the extra money recognises the huge contribution that the 20 colleges and one private centre make to training as well as the vital importance of apprenticeships to the future of the electrical industry in Scotland.

Anne Galbraith, CEO of SECTT, said: “The past two years have been extremely difficult for all the centres, which were closed for face-to-face learning for long periods. Working with SECTT, they responded magnificently with online learning, which certainly filled a gap until they were able to reopen.

“However, now we are back to in-person learning again, the rising cost of materials that are essential for training courses has proved a challenge for all our colleges, so we were more than happy to assist.

“Electrical apprentices require considerable practical training, so the centres were made a priority, with the money approved by the SECTT Board of Trustees at a recent meeting and allocated proportionately to the number of classes starting in the 2021 recruitment year.”

Scott Foley, Regional Officer at Unite the Union, and Chair of the SECTT Trustees, added: “SECTT is pleased to be able to make this financial contribution to our college partners as we have been a consistent advocate of the practical encouragement of young people and of the value of meaningful training.

“SECTT has achieved major success in recent years, not least in establishing a new perception of the next generation of electricians by emphasising their skill, dedication and professionalism as well as the competence, confidence and maturity required to achieve their qualified status.

“This has been reflected in the 770 apprentices and adult trainees who enrolled on the electrical apprenticeship in 2021 – the highest figure for 12 years – and recruitment remains buoyant.”

SECTT was established in 1990 by Unite the Union and Scotland’s largest construction trade association, SELECT and now manages the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) training scheme for electrical apprenticeships in Scotland.

During the pandemic, it offered an employment lifeline to apprentices made redundant by the fallout from COVID-19 and loaned computers to electrical apprentices and trainees to allow them to continue their studies remotely.

Running a company with vehicles at its heart means that staying still isn’t an option. The AA’s business breakdown cover will make sure your drivers get back on the road quickly – and with minimum disruption – if the worst happens. All you need to do is choose the right level of cover for you.

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Gone are the days when women were expected to stay at home to look after the children while the man went out to work. Not only is the nuclear family no longer the ‘norm’, but many parents aspire to being successful in both their career and parenthood.

Whether you’re a single parent or in a relationship, juggling parenthood and full-time employment can certainly be tricky, and exhausting, at times. If you continue to struggle with the pressures of work, household chores, and looking after young children, you might start to suffer from anxiety, overwhelm and stress, which will eventually lead to burnout.

Not everyone finds the pressures of managing a successful career and parenthood a walk in the park. Juggling all the responsibilities of full-time employment and raising children can leave very little time for relaxation or social activities.

Because many of us want to appear that we have everything under control and we worry what our boss or colleagues might think of us if we show any signs of struggling, we continue in silence and avoid asking for help.

Nowadays, companies have a responsibility to assist working parents and offer alternatives for their work situation. Being unable to work overtime due to parental responsibilities, for example, shouldn’t mean that you can’t do your job properly during normal working hours.
Ways you can lighten the load
• Ask your manager for flexible working hours. If you discuss your situation with management, they may be able to suggest some options that will assist you, such as working from home a couple of days a week or working your hours in four days rather than five. Working from home can be helpful by freeing up valuable commuting time which can be used for work, chores or relaxation.
• If your workload is unmanageable and it starts to eat into your home life, speak to your boss about how they can help. Maybe they can allocate some of it to a colleague or extend deadlines.
• If you’re in a relationship, ensure you share parental responsibilities. Perhaps one of you can focus on the morning routine while the other takes care of the evening routine. That way it can relieve some of the pressure for both of you.
• Be more organised. We often get stressed because we don’t have any plans in place so the morning rush seeing to the kids and yourself and getting to work can seem frenzied. Make a plan the night before of what you need to do, or even prepare things such as packed lunches, P.E. kit, changing bag, etc. You could even make meals in a slow cooker to save time when you get home from work.
• Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals. Try not to compete with other parents who might have more free time than you. There’s no pressure to bake the best cakes for the school fayre or volunteer for the parent’s committee! Although they might be nice to do, decide whether or not they are priorities and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t/choose not to do them.
• Make time for yourself either alone or as a family. When you do more of what you enjoy your mental wellbeing will be in much better shape, meaning you’re more able to cope with any challenges and tasks that lie ahead. If needs be, recruit a childminder, friend or family member so that you enjoy some much-needed time off.

If you have any questions or queries regarding our service or resources, please contact us on 0845-872-1780 or by email at info@firstpsychology-assistance.co.uk. Our team are available during normal working hours and we would be delighted to help you.”

A new phase of work on the Trams to Newhaven project is set to begin, as the scheme continues to take shape along the route.

Significant progress has been made on several elements of the project, which remains on target for completion in spring 2023 and within the £207.3m budget. More than 60% of track has now been laid (2.8km), 85% of the necessary utility diversions have been carried out and construction work is complete on two new tram stops at McDonald Road and Ocean Terminal.

As part of the next stage of construction the temporary tram stop at York Place, built for the original tram line, will be demolished to allow for the installation of a crossover linking the existing line with the new route. From 9 February until April the tram from Edinburgh Airport will stop at the West End stop on Shandwick Place. From April, the tram will terminate at St Andrew Square. Details of operational arrangements for this are available on the Edinburgh Trams website.

Construction work on a new, permanent stop at Picardy Place will begin in May. This will come into use when the line to Newhaven opens in 2023.

With construction works on the west side of Leith Walk nearing completion, February will also see changes to traffic management in the area. While traffic will continue to run citybound, from 2 February it will be moved from the east to the west side of the road so that changes to kerb lines, improvements to public realm and the creation of a new carriageway can be carried out on the east side.

This means Pilrig Street and Steads Place can reopen for southbound traffic. There will be some closures to side streets on the east of Leith Walk at certain times, with further details published on the Trams to Newhaven website when these closures are implemented.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, said:
We’re entering a significant phase of the Trams to Newhaven project, as we work to link the old line to the new. We are in the final year of construction for the project which will be followed by a period of testing and commissioning ahead of opening for service in Spring 2023.

With 60% of track laid and main construction on two of the new tram stops completed, we’re making great progress and it’s exciting to be able to see elements of the new line in place, giving us an idea of how the route will look next year.

Of course, as is expected of major infrastructure projects of this nature, there is bound to be some disruption, and I’d like to thank all those living and working nearby for their patience. We’re working hard to mitigate the impacts and will continue liaising with residents, businesses and public transport providers to keep them up to date.

Councillor Karen Doran, Transport and Environment Vice Convener, said:
Delivering the tram line to Newhaven will unlock a large area of the city for housing and economic development, while providing a sustainable, reliable mode of transport to densely populated communities.

We’re clearly making great strides towards its completion, and we’re making every effort to minimise disruption as part of this process.
Logistics hubs on Montgomery Street, Albert Street, Dalmeny Street and near the Foot of the Walk will remain open for local businesses as part of the Support for Business package, which also includes a local voucher scheme and a business continuity fund.

As work on a bidirectional cycle lane continues the existing cycle diversion remains in place on either side of Leith Walk. Pedestrian footways and access to shops, hospitality and leisure venues on the east side will be maintained at all times.

The London Road to Crown Street section of the project is estimated to be complete by July 2022, while it is expected that the London Road to York Place section will be finished in September.

Find out more about Trams to Newhaven online.

Judith O’Leary and Brigid Whoriskey take up shared position as Co-Chairs of Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange

Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith O’Leary and Brigid Whoriskey as Co-Chairs of the not-for-profit membership organisation, with both women commencing in the shared position from 1 January 2022.

Established in 2016, Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange is a growing business membership organisation that connects professionals from both sides of the Irish Sea and aims to facilitate business growth and collaboration through networking and events, as well as provide a valuable space for professionals to connect, communicate and collaborate.

Supported by the Irish and Scottish governments, Causeway represents a growing membership of professionals, from a variety of sectors, across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and provides a valuable forum and space for entrepreneurs, professionals and companies that either currently operate – or seek to expand or export – into the island of Ireland and Scotland.

The role of Chair of Causeway is to lead the development of the not-for-profit organisation, growing its membership numbers and reach, and having an overarching key mission to support, promote and strengthen Irish-Scottish trade and economic relationships. The Chair role also acts as a key liaison with Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish government, partner organisations and advisors. Ms O’Leary and Ms Whoriskey taking over from David Greenlees, Chief Commercial Officer for Cooper Software, who served from 2018 – 2021.

Judith O’Leary has been on the Causeway Management Board for five years. Originally from Cork, Ireland, Judith moved to the UK in 1989, achieving a long and established successful career in PR and communications, and launched her own agency, Represent, in 2001. She was awarded Creative Industries Leader of the Year at the Scottish Women’s Awards 2019, and her agency, Represent, has been shortlisted for numerous awards including CIPR outstanding consultancy and has extensive expertise in fintech, food and drink, sustainability, travel and tourism, education and professional services.

Brigid Whoriskey joined the Causeway Management Board in 2018. Originally from Galway, Ireland, she has lived in Scotland for over 28 years and is a business advisor and an executive coach with her own business, Envision Business Solutions Ltd. She works with a wide range of organisations across private, public and third sectors, specialising in strategy and planning; change; decision-making; and stakeholder engagement. Prior to setting up her own business in 2016, she was Head of Research and Innovation at the Royal Bank of Scotland and previously was Marketing Director at Lloyds UDT. She is also an accomplished conference speaker and Brigid is also Board Member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board and a Trustee of Tong-Len UK – a charity helping destitute families of Northern India.

Remarking on being appointed Co-Chair, Judith O’Leary said:

“It is more important than ever that we forge and nurture strong trading relationships between Scotland and Ireland – North and South.

“I am proud to be a part of an organisation with the drive, ambition and connections to make this a reality for ambitious organisations on both sides of the Irish Sea.

“As business leaders, time is precious so it’s important to invest in where we can achieve maximum impact and influence and Causeway delivers that and more!”

Adding to this, Brigid Whoriskey said:

“I’m excited about the potential that Causeway has to foster meaningful business connections and collaboration across the Irish Sea.

“We have a reputation of being accessible, friendly and member-focused – it’s what you make of it.

“Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve increased our membership, expanded our events and networking opportunities and kick started our Young Professionals membership. I can’t wait to build on that platform and continue to raise the profile and impact of Causeway.”

To find out more, visit causewayexchange.net or follow on Twitter @causewayxchange

For further information contact Communications and Events Manager, Aoife O’Sullivan on aoife.osullivan@causewayexchange.net or at 078 7055 6486.

The firm appoints Amy Cornelius as Director and Gregor Hayworth as Senior Associate in its Dispute Resolution team based in Edinburgh

Burges Salmon is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Cornelius as Director and Gregor Hayworth as Senior Associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team based in Edinburgh.

Further demonstrating the firm’s commitment to a strong presence in Scotland and to delivering exceptional client service across the UK, Amy and Gregor’s appointments will enhance Burges Salmon’s already 100+ strong UK-wide Dispute Resolution team that has deep expertise in multiple sectors, including: transport, energy, real estate, financial services, construction and the public sector.

Both Amy and Gregor have a wealth of recent experience that includes leading on substantial and complex claims across a range of sectors.

Prior to joining Burges Salmon, Amy has held a range of senior roles, including Senior Associate, Commercial Dispute Resolution at Dentons UK and Senior Solicitor at Brodies LLP. Gregor Hayworth comes from Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP where he was Associate, Property and Infrastructure Disputes and was previously Associate, Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

The appointment of Amy and Gregor follows the arrival of heavyweight dispute resolution practitioner Ewan McIntyre to Burges Salmon’s Edinburgh team as well as Burges Salmon’s recent appointment of Penny Shannon to Senior Associate in the firm’s Real Estate disputes team in Edinburgh. In May 2021, the firm also celebrated the second anniversary of the launch of its Edinburgh office, signalling continued growth and investment in its Scotland practice.

Amy Cornelius says: “I’m really proud to be joining a firm with an exceptional reputation in its Dispute Resolution team and genuine commitment to its clients – one that also recognises its responsibility to help the wider community flourish with its responsible business aims.”

Gregor Hayworth says: “I am thoroughly pleased to be joining Burges Salmon at such an exciting time in its growth to help shape the firm’s dispute resolution offering in Scotland. The broad sector expertise of Burges Salmon’s Dispute Resolution team has been clear to me from the outset.”

Ann Metherall, Head of Dispute Resolution at Burges Salmon, comments: “These appointments are a positive step in the growth and development of Burges Salmon’s Dispute Resolution team and we are delighted to have Amy and Gregor on board.”