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Scottish Hairdressing institution Cheynes Training is ensuring it is a cut above, thanks to a new interactive education website.

The training centre, which is part of the internationally renowned Cheynes group, works with 200 top salons across the UK to help them equip their staff with NVQ qualifications in hairdressing.

The Edinburgh-based Group’s owner and founder, Jennifer Cheyne, won the hearts of people in Aberfan, Wales this year when she helped out charities while part in Channel 4 hit TV show Secret Millionaire

And to ensure her hairdressers provide a service second to none in their salons, Cheynes Training have teamed up with leading UK multimedia development company Channel 6 to revamp its website.

Part of the restructure includes the introduction of interactive learning modules, which will save the salons using the Cheynes Training service both time and money.

Cheynes Training programme director William Howarth said: “Our training website in crucial in terms of providing up-to-the minute information to the salons we work with across the UK.”

The full release is available at the website of Holyrood Partnership PR in Edinburgh.

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03-JUN-Eagle-Courier-VanA Rangers fan was given the chance to hand deliver the SPL trophy to his heroes just days after they beat arch-rivals Celtic to the title.

Delivery driver Jim Gilmour got the unexpected job during his shift with Scotland’s leading independent courier delivery firm Eagle Couriers, and was delighted to find out that he would be delivering the prestigious trophy back to Ibrox after being engraved. 

Read what Jim had to say about the honour and the full story at the Edinburgh PR Holyrood Partnership site.

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03 JUN roca graduatesA group of care inspectors have been recognised by the Care Commission and Scottish Government for their efforts in improving care standards across the country.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison presented 40 staff with a Regulation of Care Award (RoCA) (Scotland) certificate at a ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Dundee.

Amongst those was Margaret Hughes, 43, from Tayport, Lorraine McDonald, 43, from Alford, Aberdeenshire, Officer Chris Barratt, 53, from Gatehouse of Fleet, Mandy Ross, 42, from Inchinnan and Mary Soutar from Polmont.

Read what the award winners had to say at the Edinburgh PR Holyrood Partnership site.

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Burl Cain

Burl Cain

The warden credited with cleaning up America’s most notorious prison – Louisiana State Penitentiary – is to give Scottish entrepreneurs tips on success.

Burl Cain will be speaking to members of the Winning Entrepreneurs business network after he was impressed by charity work at the jail carried out by two group members, a leading Scottish dentist Biju Krishnan and fellow businessman Richard O’Connor.

Louisiana State Penitentiary is nicknamed Angola or The Farm and is one of the most infamous jails in the US, renowned for inmate violence and gang troubles. Many of its 5000 inmate population will never be freed.

However, under Warden Cain’s leadership the largest prison in the US has been transformed virtually beyond recognition has seen a large decrease in violent incidents.

Father of two Dr Krishnan and serial entrepreneur Richard O’Connor travelled to the in April to lay groundwork for a potential charity project providing shipping containers to be converted by inmates into homes and classrooms to ease the shortages in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Dr Krishnan made such an impact on Warden Cain that he decided to fly with his wife to the UK so she can be treated at his acclaimed specialist dental centre, Lubiju, in Edinburgh. Since Warden Cain is also one of America’s most sought-after motivational speakers he agreed to address members of Edinburgh’s elite networking group, Winning Entrepreneurs.

The rest of this story, and other useful information is available on the site of Holyrood Partnership, PR in Edinburgh

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Panton McLeod's VR600 cleaning robot

Panton McLeod's VR600 cleaning robot

Panton McLeod’s underwater cleaning robots have been getting more coverage in the local English press.

This time, the Leicester Mercury ran a story about the company using the innovative robot during a cleaning job in the Severn Trent Water region. They highlighted the fact that, by using the VR600, Panton McLeod were able to ensure that the underwater reservoir being cleaned did not have to be taken out of service – which would potentially have disrupted supplies for tens of thousands of people.

But after the newspaper was sent a photo of the robot, they noticed the VR600 bore an uncanny resemblance to WALL-E – the star of the blockbuster Pixar animated movie.

You can read the full article here or by clicking on the following link:  http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Wall-E-s-latest-clean-8211-water-supply/article-575475-detail/article.html

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Edinburgh's leading estate agents - the ELPG

Edinburgh's leading estate agents - the ELPG

Read the full article in the Evening News here

House prices across Scotland are likely to level out in 2009 as falling interest rates and better mortgage deals create the ideal conditions for first-time buyers, according to a group of the country’s leading property solicitors.

The ELPG group, which is made up of Warners, Neilsons, Leslie Deans & Co, Drummond Miller and the Lints Partnership, believes that house prices will reach their lowest figure in the early months of 2009 before they level out – prompting buyers to quickly enter the market before prices start to recover.

The group, which accounts for around 25% of property sales in Edinburgh, says that consecutive cuts in the base interest rate and the continuing freeze on Stamp Duty on properties up to £175,000 has created favourable conditions for first-time buyers to make their first step on the ladder.

And they predict that banks and lenders will start offering better mortgage deals within the coming year, which will encourage more buyers into the market.

Les Deans, senior partner with ELPG firm Leslie Deans & Co, said: “I think we are starting to see house prices level out now, which is a positive sign for the property market. I don’t believe prices in Scotland – and Edinburgh in particular – will continue to fall dramatically and this will encourage buyers to make a purchase.

“At the moment, there are still many people who are waiting for the market to fall even lower before they buy a property. They’re seeing interest rates and house prices continuing to fall and they think that they will get a better deal if they hold on.

“But the truth is that they won’t get a better chance than this to get a bargain. We’re already seeing property investors enter the Edinburgh market, which is a sign that we’re nearing the bottom in terms of prices, so I do not believe buyers will benefit from waiting.

“After a few months at the bottom of the curve, we’ll start to see more properties being sold and – ultimately – prices starting to recover as people begin to realise that they won’t get a better deal by waiting to buy.”

The ELPG also disagrees with the view of some commentators who have predicted that London and the South of England will be the first areas in the UK to witness a property revival.

They argue that because Scotland’s system of missives means each transaction on the property chain is insulated from the next – unlike the English “subject to contract” procedure, which can lead to a series of deals all falling down at the same time – the first seeds of the UK’s property revival are likely to be experienced north of the Border.

Steve Spence, senior partner of Neilsons, said: “There is a huge distinction to be drawn between the Scottish and English markets.  The English market does not look like improving in the short term, house prices have been falling at a much higher rate than in Scotland and the subject to contract procedure which creates long chains of interdependent  transactions means that the market there will take a long time to recover.
 
“In contrast whilst we have experienced a moderate fall in house prices a look at the numbers of properties on the market would tell you that the Scottish market is all set to go. We have a record number of properties on the market and all of the owners who are proposing to move have got their mortgage agreed in principle.  

“The problem with the Scottish Market therefore is neither lack of confidence in the economic situation nor lack of availability of mortgages.  After all, if those two issues were the problem we would have no properties on the market at all.
 
“The only problem we have is that sellers of properties quite rightly will not commit to a purchase until they receive an offer for their own property. The tipping point for the market will be when first time buyer confidence returns.

“We know that there are a lot of would be first-time buyers out there with sufficient funds behind them to cover the deposit they’d need to make a purchase. I believe that, once interest rates start to level out at record low rates  and house prices remain constant for a couple of months showing the upturn is coming, they will realise that they need to act quickly to take advantage of the conditions before the market improves.

“The Government has been working hard to encourage lenders to pass on interest rate cuts and improve mortgage deals for buyers in recent months. My guess is that they will use the nationalised Banks to introduce first time buyer incentivised mortgage products to help improve lending levels and stimulate the market early in 2009.

“We won’t see an overnight recovery, but there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.”

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East Lothian Courier

East Lothian Courier

Eagle Couriers has launched a search to find unsung community groups across the Lothians who are in need of much-needed funding and equipment.

The Edinburgh-based company, which is Scotland’s leading independent courier firm, is looking for small charities or community projects which can benefit from its “special deliveries” initiative.

Under the drive, Eagle Couriers is asking local groups to contact them and explain what gift they need to aid their valuable work in the region. The company will then choose the best community group or local charity and will purchase the piece of equipment they have requested.

Jerry Stewart, one of Eagle Couriers directors, said: “At this time of year, there are a lot of companies who donate large sums of money to major charities, but the small community groups still tend to miss out.

“We make a lot of deliveries across the Lothians throughout the year, so we would really like to find a small local project in the area that we can help. We want to find a group that is in need of some specific equipment that will help them with their work, and then we will donate this to them.

“It’s easy to forget that a small donation can make a big difference to these charities. Even just replacing a microwave for a pensioner’s group or buying a new laptop for an after school club can be a huge help in ensuring they are able to carry on their work and help improve the lives of others.

“We may not have the unlimited funds of a huge multi-national company, but we’re determined to try and help some well-deserving local organisations at this festive time of year.”

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Braemore Property Management

Braemore Property Management

Problems with buying property in Scotland are leading more people to take longer leases on their rented homes, according to one of the country’s leading letting companies.

Braemore Property Management has said that more tenants, particularly those whose property plans have been influenced by the credit crunch, are choosing to extend their leases as they consolidate in rented accommodation.

The firm, which is based in Dundas Street and has a portfolio of around 850 properties worth more than £250 million, says many first-time buyers struggling to find the necessary funds for a deposit on their first mortgage are now choosing to rent long-term.

The move to longer leases, which is a trend seen in many parts of Europe and New York, is being viewed by tenants as a way to allow them to save money while waiting for the economy to improve and better mortgage deals to become available.

Braemore Property Management says the fact that it has had no properties being re-let onto the market for the last two weeks is an indication that tenants are already seeing the benefits of opting for longer rents.

Braemore director Colette Murphy

Braemore director Colette Murphy

Director Colette Murphy said: “It is very rare to even have one week where we do not have any properties being put back up for let.

“There are usually tenants who decide, for one reason or another, that they do not want to renew their lease and plan to move out of their rented home, so we try to re-let those properties as soon as possible.

“But to have two weeks in a row where there are no properties being re-let is remarkable. It is something we have never experienced before and it’s possible that we may be starting to see a shift towards longer rents being taken out among the younger generation, who would otherwise have been first-time buyers.

“Young people are finding it very difficult to buy a property of their own so are choosing to rent for longer.

“Many of them are still paying off student loans and so aren’t able to raise the 10-20% they would need as a deposit for a mortgage, so they are happy to consolidate in a rented property for the near future as they wait for the economy to improve and more favourable mortgage deals to become available.”

Colette adds that the firm is already seeing many tenants taking up the option of renewing their leases, and that there has been a definite shift towards longer tenancies in recent months.

She continued: “With the economy still in a downturn, it’s a trend that we expect to continue for the foreseeable future as fewer people will be able to afford their first property. A long-term lease is the easiest way to live in the home that they want to.

“It gives people more disposable income because they are not up to their waists in mortgage repayments and they get all the benefits of living in a nice property.

“Of course, if the economy improves, better mortgage deals become available and first-time buyers find they can afford to buy a property of their own, then this trend may become less popular. But I would argue that for the foreseeable future people will be choosing to let for that bit longer.”

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