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Business in Action

Mark McFall: Let’s start talking about mental health

In recent years we have all become more aware of our social, physical and mental health, and the term “mental health” itself has become more socially acceptable, but has this tolerance spread into the workplace?

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Josh Littlejohn, right, with Dean Gassabi of Maison Bleue at Social Bite's new venture, Home. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Social dining project set to offer Home cooking

Not-for-profit sandwich shop chain Social Bite has joined forces with key names on Scotland’s dining scene to create Home, a new restaurant where diners can support the homeless, set to officially open its doors on Saturday.

Hollywood star George Clooney is a fan of Social Bite, a high-profile Scottish social enterprise. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Gillian Donald: Social investment goes mainstream

Most of us are familiar with enterprise investment schemes and the tax incentives they offer to private investors.

Ed Monaghan (Chief Executive of Mactaggart and Mickel Homes), Mark Deans (competitive outdoor swimmer) and Andrew Mickel (Director of Mactaggart & Mickel Group).

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Builders take on swim challenge for Beatson Cancer Charity

Co-workers from a building charity swam the equivalent width of Loch Lomond as part of an outdoor charity swim challenge to raise funds for Beatson Cancer Charity.

Fred Berkmiller demonstrates healthy cooking for Eleanor Cunningham and pupils from Gracemount Primary School. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh Larder to embark on food education drive

The social enterprise arm of a cafe and restaurant network based in Edinburgh is aiming to raise £10,000 via crowdfunding to buy an educational food truck promoting better eating habits.

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Adventurer Mark Beaumont.

Mark Beaumont helps finance workers with charity cycle

Colleagues from a Scottish finance firm will cycle 500 miles in five days to raise funds for charity - with help from some famous Scottish athletes.

Social Enterprise Scotland chief executive Fraser Kelly. Picture: Contributed

Shortlist revealed for social enterprise awards

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards, with six accolades up for grabs.

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Champions in Scotland event launch at Wallace High In Stirling.  Scott Frew, who has represented GB playing Handball, takes a group shot.

SEP renews support for Winning Scotland Foundation

Winning Scotland Foundation has announced that venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is to continue as a corporate patron for a third year, supporting the charity in its work to help children in Scotland achieve their personal best.

Social Bite's Alan Mahon, centre, with Spoonfed co-founders Willie Biggart, left, and Murray McNicol. Picture: Dominic Cocozza

Social Bite sinks teeth into corporate catering market

Sandwich chain and caterer Social Bite has booked a healthy rise in revenues thanks to the adoption of a new software system from Livingston firm Spoonfed.

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Thousands of Scots took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in August 2014. Picture: Alastair Pryde/JP Resell

Scots campaigners welcome Ice Bucket Challenge breakthrough

IT WAS the viral charity campaign backed by everyone from Alex Salmond to Andy Murray.

More than 450 bikes have been collected over the past six months. Picture: contributed

Charitable spirit flowing through Diageo staff

Staff at drinks giant Diageo from across Scotland and Ireland are pursuing a different kind of export for the firm by donating more than 450 bikes set to reach rural communities in Africa.

Duchess of Rothesay has a selfie taken with employee Biffy Mackay (right), during a visit to Social Bite. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Duchess of Rothesay visits Social Bite in Edinburgh

The Duchess of Cornwall will follow in the footsteps of Hollywood star George Clooney when she visits a sandwich shop helping the homeless.

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Kari Spence in Rwanda.

Scottish teacher raises money to build kitchen in Africa

An inspirational teacher who has been raising money to build a kitchen for children at an African school has been out to see the new facility.

One of the regular community engagement events at Glasgow Science Centre. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow centre aims to prove science is open to all

IT’S A major tourist attraction best known for being home to Scotland’s tallest tower and welcoming thousands of excited school children each year.

Lindsay Gardiner, Scotland regional chairman at PwC. Picture: Contributed

PwC rolls out mental health help initiative

Senior staff at PwC, the accountancy giant, have launched a “mental health advocate group” to help support those who may be struggling with their own situation or worried about colleagues or friends.

Heather Lynch gave up a job with an oil firm in Aberdeen to realise her goal of setting up Aberdeen's first cat cafe. Picture: Sofiane Kennouche

Oil worker quits job to open cat cafe in Aberdeen

WHEN an Aberdeen oil worker decided to quit her 9-5 office job to open up the city’s first cat cafe, her friends and family didn’t take her seriously.

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Staff Nurses from theatre recovery Jane Waldron, front left, and Catriona Byrne, front right, join in a yoga class for staff run by Mary Ramage to help with empathy. Picture: Greg Macvean

Free yoga classes help Royal Infirmary staff improve wellbeing

FROM reducing stress and improving fitness, to helping manage the symptoms of chronic pain, the health benefits of yoga are well documented.

The breeding pair have lain their first egg this season Picture: Scottish Wildlife Trust

First egg of the season for Dunkeld osprey

The female osprey nesting at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve near Dunkeld has laid her first egg of the season.

Dean Riley will be the first man in the world with MS to compete in the Arch to Arc event. Picture: Neil Hanna

MS sufferer takes on Arch to Arc endurance challenge

HE was devastated after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago.

Edinburgh Leisure staff to raise funds with swim challenge

Edinburgh Leisure staff to raise funds with swim challenge

STAFF from Edinburgh Leisure are helping raise money to fund essential swimming lessons for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Edinburgh.

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