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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!

Facebook @littlemissglam
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

EMAIL
hello@theoxgang.co.uk

LOCATION
15 – 17 Oxgang Road
Grangemouth
FK3 9BY

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DTA

DTA has been in business for over eleven years in Falkirk – they are very passionate about helping women in business and creating opportunities for the next generation.

Deborah, pictured on the left with some of the women in the team – who set up the business went to school in Falkirk – after university, she went on to qualify as a CA with KPMG. She is passionate about giving young people an opportunity in the accounting industry. Over the years, DTA has given a number of students the opportunity to gain work experience while they have been at school, college or university. A number have gone on to secure training contracts with other national firms.

In the summer of 2021, DTA decided to extend the opportunity of work experience to create a Modern Apprentice role for a school leaver. Amy joined DTA in July 2021 on an initial 18-month apprenticeship studying towards an AAT – Diploma in Accounting. Amy has been a great success since she joined and will now study to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. The whole process will take Amy seven years -she will earn while she learns, plus she will be an integral part of the DTA team.

Due to Amy’s success, DTA is now looking for another school leaver. Please contact them at andy@dtaccounting.co.uk for more information on this exciting opportunity.

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HIGHLAND CLOTHING SPECIALISTS

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Highland Clothing Specialists

JH Kilt Hire in Grangemouth town centre has been kitting out clients across the UK in kilts and highland clothing for over 20 years. They have an outstanding range of tartans including the official Falkirk FC tartan and their extremely popular in-house designs, Breacangorm, Breacandubh and Destiny range.

They also stock the largest selection of accessories in the Forth Valley area, including sporrans, buckles, kilt pins, cufflinks, sgian dubh’s, ghillie brogues and much more. Jim Healy and his team will make sure you have everything you need to stand out from the crowd with their highland packages!

13 York Arcade, Grangemouth, FK3 8BA
T: 01324 489 196
E: info@jhkilthire.co.uk

Monday – Saturday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

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The Weir’s

Ross and Nicola Weir are high school sweethearts who met in 2009 at Grangemouth Stadium when they were only twelve years old. Over the next 10 years they grew up together and their relationship grew from strength to strength.

On the 25th of June, on their 10th anniversary, with the view of Loch Lomond in the background, Ross got down on one knee and held open a Tiffany box.

Their first step in the wedding planning process was to secure their venue and Balbirnie House in Glenrothes blew the couple away. It was the modern vintage décor that Nicola always had her heart set on. The couple set their date for Saturday 2nd July 2022.

The Suppliers

Nicola gushes, “Each and every one of our suppliers was incredible and made our day everything we ever dreamed of.” They did their best to use as many local suppliers as possible.

Celebrant

Their celebrant was Sheila Scobbie from the Humanist Society Scotland. The couple wanted a personal ceremony that would be both relaxed and funny. Sheila did just that and the ceremony was everything the couple wanted.

Mother-of-the-Bride & Groom Outfits

Both the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom got their gorgeous outfits from Catwalk in Falkirk. They both loved every minute of trying on dresses for the big day and found the service to be second to none. Nicola, “I thought their outfits complimented each other perfectly and both looked breathtaking.”

Bridemaids’ Dresses

For the bridesmaids’ dresses, Nicola’s bride squad had a great experience at Olivia Cameron. She says, “I knew I wanted the bridesmaids to be in silk but had originally thought the colour was going to be blush pink. However, while trying on the sample dresses the Tuscan Gold won everybody over. My golden girls looked incredibly glamorous.”

Hair and Makeup

“It was so special to have my sister Naomi Milne (LK Glam, Larbert) do my wedding hair and cousin Justine Weir (Tweedie & Marshall, Falkirk) do the bridesmaid’s hair. Laura Ann Smith (Smiths Hairdressing, Bonnybridge) was their other hairdresser on the day. They were all both so talented at what they do and made us all look and feel amazing.”

Finally, their Make Up Artists Tyler Lawless MUA and Rachel Wilcox MUA were a big part of their wedding morning. They joined the morning celebrations and had Nicola and her bridesmaids looking and feeling so glamorous.

“It was the most incredible day of our lives with all our amazing friends and family – memories to last a lifetime.”