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Three Little Pigs – Izzy Kerr

What gave you the idea/inspiration for your business?

It all began with being a chef since I was fifteen. I used to play cafe when I was a wee girl, calling it the Three Little Pigs cafe. Losing both my parents in my teens, I had to grow up quickly. I lived in the Larbert area until I was eighteen, then moved to Glasgow to study hospitality at university. Although I initially wanted to study dietetics at Queen Margaret, I couldn’t complete it due to circumstances. Food is my life, and this is what I was meant to do. I trained as a pastry chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France for seven months, then became a chef at some prestigious local restaurants.

Please tell our readers about your offerings.

We sell delicious, fresh street food including Katsu loaded fries, little piggy dishes, burgers, nachos and we have a whole gluten-free menu. We also offer vegan options, a kid’s menu and desserts. Our popular desserts include our cookie pies and our newest creation, the brookiepie, which is half cookie pie and half brownie. We have an easy-to-use online app that makes it simple for our customers to order our tasty dishes straight to their door!

What makes your business unique?

Me! I am the unique selling point because I am so passionate about my business. Since starting seven months ago, I have drafted about ten new menus to keep things fresh. There is nothing boring about Three Little Pigs. We are constantly creating new specials and sourcing everything fresh. We use local suppliers for our vegetables, fruit, and our amazing cakes are from Fondlyiced, an award-winning bakery in Stirling. Shaws Fine Meats supplies our meats; they are an award-winning butcher from Edinburgh.

Describe your company ethos/motto or values?

Everything we do is done ourselves, homemade and made with love.

Did you always aspire to be a business owner?

Yes, and I love to inspire others too. I have an amazing team without whom I would be nowhere. I love to bring on new local staff and nurture them, fostering a love for learning and enthusiasm for their work as much as I love the business.

Have you won any awards or achieved any business successes we can tell our readers about, such as moving to new premises?

Yes, I won an award for Best Newcomer with your fabulous magazine, and we are finalists for the Molson Coors Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards in the categories of Best Burger and Best Takeaway.

In other exciting news, we had the food influencer Danny from Rate My Takeaway visit; he was blown away by what we offered, calling us the best takeaway in Scotland and voting for us for this award.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting out in business?

Plan, plan, and plan more; be prepared for the costs. Put your all into it; you must put in as much as you want to get out of it. I am there all the time pushing forward and striving to always be better. Don’t become complacent.

What does the future hold?

We are opening a new restaurant on the Falkirk high street later this year, at the latest by the beginning of next year. The Three Little Pigs Bistro will offer seating for around seventy covers and be open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not to worry, we will continue our pick-up and delivery service five days a week from our takeaway.

We are also collaborating with a company called Above and Beyond Events, which aligns with our ethos of going above and beyond for our clients. We will be offering wedding services with our outside catering division, with the website now launched, Three Little Pigs Catering.

We can’t wait to expand our amazing brands: Three Little Pigs Takeaway, Three Little Pigs Catering and Three Little Pigs Bistro. Watch this space!

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PIGGS: A Spanish Haven in the Heart of Edinburgh

Nestled discreetly along Edinburgh’s bustling Royal Mile lies PIGGS, a charming Spanish wine bar and tapas haven that has quickly become a beloved fixture in the city’s culinary scene. With its intimate ambiance and dedication to offering fine wine and delectable tapas, PIGGS is a testament to the vision and passion of its owners, Daniel and Victor, two brothers whose love for the Spanish way of life permeates every aspect of their establishment.

Founded just before the frenzy of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2019, PIGGS was the brainchild of Daniel and his father, who shared a dream of bringing a taste of Spain to the streets of Edinburgh. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant culture of Spain, they transformed their vision into reality, creating a cosy retreat where patrons could unwind and indulge in authentic Spanish flavors.

From its beginnings as a six-tabled wine bar, PIGGS quickly gained momentum, thanks in part to its innovative approach to marketing and customer engagement. Embracing the power of social media, Daniel and Victor leveraged platforms like Instagram and Facebook to showcase their offerings and connect with a diverse clientele, both locals and tourists alike. The result was a thriving business that garnered a loyal following and earned rave reviews from satisfied patrons.

Central to PIGGS’ success is its commitment to quality and authenticity. Drawing on their Spanish heritage, Daniel and Victor curate a menu that celebrates the rich tapestry of Spanish cuisine, featuring an array of tapas, meats, and cheeses sourced from the finest producers. Signature dishes like Patatas Bravas and the Meats and Cheese Platter have become fan favourites, while daily specials add an element of excitement and surprise to the dining experience.

But perhaps what sets PIGGS apart is its unique name, which pays homage to the family’s roots and serves as a nod to their heritage. Inspired by their father’s restaurant, which opened its doors in 1989, Daniel and Victor chose the name PIGGS as a playful tribute to their love for all things porcine, a staple ingredient in traditional Spanish cuisine. With a wink and a nod to their distinctive car number plate, the name PIGGS became synonymous with quality, innovation, and a touch of whimsy.

Looking to the future, Daniel and Victor are poised to expand their culinary empire, having just opened a second location in Bruntsfield and ambitions to establish PIGGS as a nationwide brand. The brothers are eager to embark on the next chapter of their journey, confident in their ability to replicate the magic of PIGGS in cities across the UK.

As Daniel aptly puts it, “We’re both very ambitious. We’ve got the formula.” And indeed, with their winning combination of passion, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit, the future looks bright for PIGGS and the brothers who dare to dream big.

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HPP: Keeping plumbing personal.

HEATING | PLUMBING | PARTS

YOUR INDEPENDENT HEATING, PLUMBING, AND BATHROOM SUPPLIER

We are passionate about bathrooms; in fact, we’re passionate about all things plumbing and heating. From large family bathrooms, en-suites, or cloakroom toilets, we have a wide range of bathroom suites available in modern, contemporary, and traditional styles, available with quick delivery by our own transport direct to your door.

When designing your bathroom, HPP knows it can be the little things that make the biggest impact. The best accessories balance functionality and flair, adding a dash of personality that brings the space to life.

HPP’s Bathroom accessories range does just that, offering a high-quality, quick, easy, and stylish way to transform the look and feel of your bathroom.

Our showrooms are open to the public; no appointment necessary, but feel free to call in advance:

  • Luxury wet rooms
  • Designer radiators
  • Trade counter

Visit David and the team at their Falkirk showroom today and get a quote today!

17 Castle Road, Bankside Ind Est, Falkirk, FK2 7UY

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Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs was founded by Izzy Kerr after a lifetime working in the hospitality industry, gaining experience abroad and serving as a head chef at prestigious establishments. 

Izzy and her team built up a following for their tasty takeaway street food and Cookie Pies while running the C-Side Chippy in Shieldhill. Additionally, she operates a successful catering company in the Falkirk area.

In 2023, Izzy opened Three Little Pigs in Falkirk Town Centre, which has gone from strength to strength. They offer fresh, delicious street food, constantly updating their menu and offering enticing specials. Popular menu items include Chicken Boxes, Loaded Fries, Mexican Nachos and their Mac Attack. Their desserts, such as homemade Cookie Pies, have continually grown in popularity.

Izzy was over the moon to have clinched the award for Best Newcomer, and we were absolutely inundated with votes for this new staple!

Three Little Pigs is only the start, as it’s a pop-up location. Izzy and her team will be opening the Three Little Pigs Bistro on Falkirk High Street this year.

You can order takeaway via their app or Falkirk Eats. 

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FBS

Anticipating an Exciting 2024

With a wealth of experience in the bathroom industry, FBS Bathroom & Plumbing Solutions is committed to delivering high-quality products and services, placing customers at the heart of everything we do. 

Adapting to the changing landscape of bathroom installations and improvements, we aim to build on the successes of 2023 and incorporate them into a new business model for 2024.

Continuing to invest in young people and providing school work placements is a priority. This provides opportunities for future generations and brings fresh ideas to the FBS Team. We are merging both of our buildings into one redesigned space, featuring a new Trade counter, Showroom, and Customer Service area.

There will be a “Vision Room” showcasing the latest trends in bathroom design and plumbing fixtures. Bathroom installers can collaborate with our new design team to access virtual reality tools, enabling their customers to make informed decisions before they purchase.

By redefining our business model and launching a brand-new website, we aim to grow our existing customer base, target new markets, and enhance the entire customer experience from product inspiration to bathroom installation. Stay tuned for updates from FBS in 2024!

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RJM SPORTS

Celebrating 20 Years in team wear and sports apparel

RJM Sports Ltd, a family-run business founded in 2003 by Robert and Janet Marshall, takes great pride in its expert product knowledge and the high levels of customer service offered by the dynamic team. 

Their son, Grant Marshall, is now an integral part of the team, working alongside dedicated staff who contribute to the day-to-day operations.

Over the years, RJM Sports has cultivated relationships at all levels, from grassroots to Junior/Senior levels and national governing bodies. Securing contracts with clubs and organisations has propelled RJM Sports to become one of the main independent sports retailers in the UK.

They cover a variety of sports, including football, encompassing team kits, goalkeeping equipment, and training gear. The basketball department has become a major focus, with contracts signed with top-class professional and club-level teams. We hold the official license from the Scottish FA for the supply of referee kit and equipment and we are privileged to have this contract for many more years. Additionally, we have recently been appointed as the exclusive supplier of team wear and apparel to the GB National squads and the England Handball Association.

RJM Sports offers in-house design, print, and embroidery, ensuring prompt and professional service tailored to individual requirements.

In December 2015, they expanded their services by acquiring Denny Engraving Ltd, a local trophy company. This strategic move has made RJM Sports a one-stop-shop for all trophies and engraving requirements, completing all engraving services on-site.

The team at RJM Sports would like to take this opportunity to thank their customers for being a part of their journey so far. 

Here’s to the next 20 years! 

In conversation with Grant, Janet and Robert Marshall

What sets your company apart, especially with two decades of family-run experience?

We engage with our customers, listening to their team/organisation’s needs. Our emphasis is on offering a personalised service and viewing the customer relationship as a partnership working toward common goals.

Why did you start the business, and how has it evolved over the 20 years?

We started to fill a local gap in the market for sports team wear and equipment. Over the years, through hard work, adaptability, and embracing new technology, we evolved from working out of our home to becoming a leading sports retailer. Our ability to change and grow has been crucial.

What key factors contributed to your business’s success?

Hard work, knowledge, adaptability, and the ability to see the bigger picture. Staying current with market trends and with recent business developments described earlier in the article. We are in a great position to move onwards and upwards. Recently becoming an SFA Licensee and an exclusive supplier for the Great Britain national handball squad has also been instrumental.

How do you maintain high standards of customer service?

We address problems promptly, stay in touch with clubs and associations to ensure we meet their needs, and actively assist them in obtaining grants. Our proactive approach minimises issues, and staying informed about industry changes is a priority.

Can you share how your business creates a sense of community or supports the local community?

We’ve donated sports clothing to various charities and, during our last move, provided thousands of kits and clothing to local charities supporting the homeless and needy.

How has your family-run dynamic played a role in your business journey?

Like any family-run business, we’ve navigated different personalities, but our shared passion for what we do keeps us focused on our goals.

What does the future hold for the business?

We aim to stay ahead in a changing market, providing more opportunities for local involvement. We’re committed to supporting our staff, encouraging their growth, and continuing to contribute to the community.

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Little Miss Glam Opens its Doors, a Unique Beauty Salon for Children

A new business has emerged on the local scene, captivating the hearts of children and parents alike. Little Miss Glam, located at 11 Lint Riggs, officially opened its doors on May 15th, introducing a range of delightful experiences including Pamper Parties, Glam Sessions, and Glam Summer Camps.

The visionary behind Little Miss Glam is Caroline Robertson, a well-known businesswoman in Falkirk. With a passion for providing unforgettable moments, Caroline shares, “This business has been a dream of mine for some time, and I am loving watching it come to life. As a mother of two girls, I wanted to bring to life a place that my children would have loved.”

The highlight of Little Miss Glam’s offerings is their Pamper Parties, which include an array of exciting features. Upon arrival, children are greeted with a Candy Mock-Tail, setting the tone for the ultimate pampering experience. They are then provided with fluffy spa-style dressing gowns and headbands to wear during the session. Over the course of two hours, age-appropriate products are used for foot spa treatments, face masks, nails, hair styling, and make-up applications. 

Party-goers can also choose their preferred party music and capture memorable moments in the TikTok Corner, making it a truly special day. To sweeten the occasion, each guest receives a delicious cupcake to take home. Pamper Parties are priced at £30 per person, with a minimum of eight participants required.

Little Miss Glam is also thrilled to announce their Glam Summer Camps, catering to children aged 8 and above. Running during the week from July 3rd to August 7th, these camps offer an incredible summer experience filled with fun and glamour. Participants can join either the morning session from 9am to 11am or the afternoon session from 1pm to 3pm. 

The camp week culminates with a lively PJ and pamper day. Soft drinks will be available for camp attendees. The cost for each 2-hour session is £15 per person, and a special discounted rate of £65 per person is available for those who book all 5 sessions.

Little Miss Glam is dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for children. While the Pamper Parties and Glam Sessions are recommended for children aged eight and above, younger children are welcome to attend with the presence of a parent or guardian on the premises throughout the session or party. The Glam Summer Camps are for children eight plus only.

To book an experience at Little Miss Glam, simply send a message through their Facebook or Instagram page, and a member of the Glam team will respond promptly.

Please get in touch with the Little Miss Glam Team directly for more information regarding their Birthday Parties and Glam Summer Camps!

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Instagram @littlemissglamfalkirk

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KINNAIRD BUTCHER-SHOP AND DELI

From humble beginnings as an 18-year-old apprentice at McKenzies in Johnstone, Gavin Colquhoun has come a long way in his 22 years in the butchery industry. After working for a decade at McKenzies, he embarked on a working visa to Australia, where he continued his butchery career.

 

Upon returning to Scotland, he started his own business by taking over Elderslie butchers, followed by the opening of a coffee shop and a steakhouse, Elderslie Butcher, Steak and Grill.

He then bought the shop where he started his trade, McKenzies, before opening Kinnaird Butchers in Larbert in 2021.

Gavin’s inspiration for his business came from his love for the industry and the diversity of food. Kinnaird Butchers offers the best food experience to its customers, with a whole new butchering experience for cooking at home, using the best produce in Scotland. All items come with cooking instructions, making them perfect for anyone, regardless of cooking experience or time constraints.

What sets Kinnaird Butchers apart is their commitment to family, friendliness, health, and sustainability. They source their products from local farms and producers and use only Scottish-born and raised products. Their motto is to provide the best food experience possible to their customers.

Gavin’s businesses have won numerous awards, including Best Butchers in Britain in 2017, Best Steakhouse in Scotland in 2016, Best Burgers in Scotland in 2016 and 2019, and Best BBQ products in 2019. They have also won multiple gold grade taste awards.

Gavin’s future plans for his business are to continue expanding and offering new products while maintaining the highest standards of customer service and satisfaction. His advice to anyone starting out in business is to ensure they do it right and to put their whole heart into it. Gavin believes that half measures are for people who do not want to succeed.

Kinnaird Butchers is not just a business but a community. Gavin and his team pride themselves on getting to know their customers and their likes, with their customers becoming their friends. Kinnaird Butchers is a testament to Gavin’s hard work and dedication to providing the best food experience to his customers, and his journey serves as an inspiration to anyone looking to start their own business.

Kinnaird Butcher Shop and Deli
McIntyre Avenue, Larbert FK5 4TQ
01324 469222

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Kerr Stirling: Dedication and Expertise

Alastair Barclay: Partnering for Success in Falkirk

In January of this year, Alastair Barclay assumed the role of partner at Kerr Stirling, bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to the firm in Falkirk. Prior to joining Kerr Stirling in May 2019, Alastair spent five and a half years leading the commercial legal team at Sainsbury’s Bank. He also worked in private practice with the law firm DWF, specialising in corporate and commercial matters.

Alastair’s extensive knowledge spans the entire lifecycle of businesses, from start-up to exit. As a Falkirk native, he possesses invaluable local insight, and he is thrilled to be the partner representing Kerr Stirling in Falkirk. Alastair’s commitment lies in understanding his client’s needs and the intricacies of their businesses.

A Rich History of Excellence

Kerr & Co, now known as Kerr Stirling, established its presence in Stirling in 1977. Over the years, the firm steadily grew and gained recognition for its exceptional work in commercial and property law. In 2005, the firm experienced rapid expansion, prompting the rebranding to Kerr Stirling LLP. Throughout this growth, Kerr Stirling diversified its areas of specialisation, acquiring the reputable firm of Gibson & Kennedy WS and opening a Kerr Stirling office in Falkirk.

The Falkirk Office: Catering to Your Legal Needs

Kerr Stirling is dedicated to serving the people and businesses of Falkirk, Forth Valley and wider afield, providing a wide range of legal services tailored to meet the needs of their clients. Clients have commended Kerr Stirling for offering a strong and accessible alternative to big city firms.

The Falkirk office currently boasts a team of six knowledgeable professionals, and under Alastair’s leadership, it continues to expand. Alastair is passionate about raising awareness of the Kerr Stirling brand in the local community, ensuring that businesses and individuals alike know they can find reliable legal support right here in Falkirk. Moreover, when you engage Kerr Stirling’s services, you can rest assured that you will work directly with a firm who will provide personalised attention from the beginning to the end.

Active Community Involvement

Kerr Stirling takes great pride in supporting the local community of Forth Valley. Since December 2019, Alastair has served as a non-executive director on the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce board. Additionally, the firm proudly sponsors Falkirk

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OXGANG – BAR | KITCHEN | ROOMS

The Oxgang in Grangemouth has been around for many years but it has continually evolved with the times. Since October 2018, it has been under the ownership of the McBride family from Bo’ness.

Over the past four years, the family have been working hard to put their touch on this well-known establishment and revamping the restaurant menu. They’ve also built up an amazing team who all work well together. Business Owners Diane and Lisa say, “It’s the team that make the business.”

Dining

The restaurant is family-friendly with a warm and homely atmosphere and is headed up by Michael the General Manager and Adam the Assistant manager. There is also a new team in the kitchen led by Head Chef Craig and Sus Chef Josh. The chefs have put together a whole new menu which includes the traditional classics such as Steak Pie and Macaroni Cheese but with a new Street Food menu which has been incredibly popular. One thing they are passionate about is that everything is made fresh in their kitchen.

Events

The Oxgang remains a fantastic venue for special occasions with their smaller Executive Suite and their Ox suite for large functions. Both have their own private bars, sound systems and projector/screening capabilities. Get in touch to find out about their packages.

Hotel Rooms

They have recently renovated their en-suite rooms. Every room has a luxury mattresses, flat screen TV along with free Wi-Fi! Perfect for booking if you’re attending a function at the venue.

PHONE
01324 472977

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hello@theoxgang.co.uk

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15 – 17 Oxgang Road
Grangemouth
FK3 9BY