Helensburgh Advertiser Letters Page: April 7, 2022

HELENSBURGH’s emergence from the pandemic – and in particular how the city’s businesses can adapt and make the most of the ‘new normal’ – takes center stage in the Letters to Advertisers page from this week.

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The Helensburgh Community Council (HCC) has emerged stronger from the Covid pandemic.

He continues to represent community views on a broad front – from trash collections to a new vision for Helensburgh and the future of the all-important wharfhead site. His regular beach cleanups and maintenance of the beds in Colquhoun Square never stopped. And, new initiatives continue to be launched, such as Music in the Square.

As advertiser readers will know from regular notes in the newspaper over the past two years, to keep in touch with the local community, HCC has adopted Zoom for its regular monthly meetings.

A new innovation for HCC, Zoom offers an interactive discussion platform for webinars on topics impacting our daily lives, present and future.

A series of webinars on business and entrepreneurship have just concluded, with the first three presentations given by a series of highly qualified personalities from the business world in Helensburgh and beyond.

Vivian Dance: A well-known local businesswoman, former local councilor and currently CEO of the Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce.

Vivien highlighted the contribution of independent local businesses and retailers in making Helensburgh so appealing to anyone who takes up the challenge of the business. They are the backbone of the local economy.

John Smith: Business Gateway Advisor in Argyll and Bute, providing support services to local businesses.

Through its local accelerator program, Business Gateway provides specialist advice and assistance to stimulate the growth of SMEs in the region. Most importantly, its support is 100% from the perspective of the business owner.

Peter Andrew: A professional business consultant with a strong background in business innovation, with a focus on strategic planning in sales and marketing.

This is, however, the last webinar in the series we are focusing on here. It was given on Thursday, March 24 by Professor Eleanor ShawAssociate Director at the Hunter Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the University of Strathclyde.

For Professor Shaw, the future will bring a “new normal”: a very different normal than before the pandemic. And it will happen quickly.

What Covid has done is shine a spotlight on the key trends defining this new normal and the challenges it brings.

City centers: Covid has seen rapid growth in online retail and shut down big names on downtown shopping streets.

But, in suburban towns, working from home has benefited local businesses, so they are less likely to be threatened with closure.

Town centers involve much more than just retail spending. They are also business opportunities where people want to meet, socialize and network.

The changing world of work: Zoom has changed work-life balance. Post-Covid, people are demanding more flexible work models – hybrid working, job sharing, impacted hours – but they’re having a negative impact on mental health. For example, 37% of home workers find it difficult to disconnect and relax.

Well being at work : Employers must extend their duty of care to employees beyond T&Cs. Their mantra must now become: “You said. We were doing”.

Inclusion and diversity: Employees come from a variety of backgrounds offering more than just a pair of hands.

Companies will benefit from engaging with the whole person – their background, experience, commitment, motivation and loyalty. Together they make better decisions and are good for business.

Durability: Saving the planet is everyone’s responsibility. For employers, this means more than just profit. People and the planet must also be recognized as being at the heart of this brave new world.

This “new normal” requires an entrepreneurial spirit to exploit the opportunities it creates.

Organizations large and small, and those who lead them, must demonstrate leadership that demands innovation and entrepreneurship from their people if they are to take full advantage of the “new normal” and all that it brings. has to offer.

For Helensburgh, we believe, that means two things: the first is “think local, buy local,” and the second is saying no to out-of-town retail at the wharf site.

Nigel Millar and Tariq Durrani, Helensburgh Community Council

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I’m proud to support Mary’s Meals, a charity that feeds over two million children in some of the world’s poorest countries every school day.

With spring approaching, now is the perfect time for your readers to get active in helping Mary’s Meals reach more hungry children.

The Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon is an opportunity to swim, run, kayak and cycle around Loch Tay in Perthshire. Or they could try hiking one of three routes in the Pentland Hills for the Artemis Pentland Peaks Challenge. Readers can also set their own Move for Meals challenge and jog, rock climb and even disco dance across the UK to raise funds!

Participating in these events will help support Mary’s Meals, enabling her to reach desperately hungry children with the promise of a school meal in 20 countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, South Sudan and Syria.

And with it costing just £15.90 to feed a child Mary’s Meals for an entire school year, it’s easy for your movements to tell the difference.

Mark Beaumont (athlete and broadcaster), for Mary’s Meals

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