Marketing firm bags 100-plus side hustle clients 

A Rochdale digital marketing agency is celebrating after notching up more than 100 new clients thanks to a side hustle boom.  Kasim Javed, CEO and founder of Creative Marketing (NW) Ltd [pictured] believes the upsurge in home-based entrepreneurs is a direct result of Covid lockdowns and challenging economic times. Kasim said: “Covid-19 and the costContinue reading Marketing firm bags 100-plus side hustle clients 

Around the world in 80 ways

A Mearns travel consultant is taking the tech out of holiday planning by offering a home visiting service. Andy Cromar from Laurencekirk wants to champion people who can’t get online or simply prefer doing business face-to-face. Andy said: “Not so long ago it was normal for a local doctor or insurance agent to visit peopleContinue reading “Around the world in 80 ways”

Flaxman launch album at Drummonds

By Marcus MacBeath Aberdeen band Flaxman launched their new album Lambs at Drummonds on Friday night Easing into the 10-song set with the delicate title track Emma Harkins slowly caught the attention of the audience before Martin Wyllie took to the mic. He set the tone of the rest of the night with his rumblingContinue reading “Flaxman launch album at Drummonds”

Life lessons launch

A former teacher is on a mission to equip young people with the life skills often glossed over by mainstream education. Kristina Neeme created Kea Academy to help guide pupils through what can be a daunting transition to adulthood. She said: “I’ve been working with young people for a long time and met so manyContinue reading “Life lessons launch”

John Stewart

Following the heartbreakingly untimely passing of John Stewart I wanted to air as many tributes to him that I could as there were far too many to include in a single press article. In no particular order here is what others wanted to say. Deirdre Robertson. John was an exceptional extraordinarily passionate, authentic life force,Continue reading “John Stewart”

Commando crooner sets sights on music career

A Scottish war veteran who swapped his assault rifle for a guitar released his first solo single. Former Royal Marine Nicky Aiken from Aberdeen drew on his gritty experiences in war-torn Afghanistan and gruelling commando training when writing I’m on Fire. The track is all about not giving up and pushing through barriers to getContinue reading “Commando crooner sets sights on music career”

Niche planning consultancy takes off

An aviation expert has set up Scotland’s first planning consultancy for airport safety zones. Nyree Millar-Bell spent years as a senior manager with Edinburgh Airport assessing and at times objecting to planning applications that did not satisfy Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] rules. She now works solely with property, renewables and construction companies across Scotland thatContinue reading “Niche planning consultancy takes off”

Green solution for flood-hit park

A popular Edinburgh park plagued by years of flooding will have a new lease of life thanks to an innovative carbon-negative solution. Inverleith Park has been beset with drainage problems since 1894 and various preventative steps had been taken over the decades but now work has begun to install a sustainable drainage system. During extremeContinue reading “Green solution for flood-hit park”

Art is for life – not just lockdown

By Patrick Barnham An Aberdeen painter is urging people not to ditch art projects started during lockdown as rules further relax. Neale Bothwell, 56, said virtual art clubs championed by the likes of Grayson Perry opened up the world of creativity to countless people but insists it should continue post-covid. Neale said: “It was greatContinue reading “Art is for life – not just lockdown”

Fab Folkestone Four called to the capital

Four of Folkstone’s coolest teachers are hitting the big time after being booked for a gig in the capital. The King Rooks thought their first gig of the year at the Beehive was doomed but at the eleventh hour heard their London debut can go ahead on January 15. Formed by childhood friends and nowContinue reading “Fab Folkestone Four called to the capital”