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Although Scotland is famous for its beautiful and dramatic landscape, the country is also filled with
wonderful buildings and visitors to Scotland will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to visit.
From castles and Victorian manors to country houses and contemporary museums, Scotland has a huge
number of great attractions waiting to be explored. Read on to discover five must-see places in

Braemar Castle
Braemar Castle is a stunning 17 th century fortress situated within Cairngorms National Park in Braemar,
Aberdeenshire. This castle has turrets, curtain wall and dungeon. The grand rooms with furniture inside
the castle include morning rooms, dining rooms, Victorian bathrooms and games rooms where visitors
can imagine old games being played long before the invention of modern online games such as those at
https://onlinebingo.co.uk. With steep stone staircases and a lovely courtyard this castle has a wonderful

Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart is a 19 th century manor house located on the Isle of Bute. This house showcases stunning
Victorian gothic architecture and sits within 300 acres of grounds and gardens. This property costs £3.50
to visit and can make a memorable day out for families with a picnic area and adventure play area in the
gardens and a gallery, shop and restaurant.

St Andrews Cathedral
Situated in St Andrews, Fife, this ruined cathedral was the largest to have ever been built in Scotland.
Built in 1158, this medieval cathedral had a central tower and six turrets, and after a fire destroyed the
building it was restored in 1440. It fell into decline and has been abandoned since 1561, however since
the 19 th early century St Andrews Cathedral has been tended and cared for so that it can be visited and
admired today.

Kelburn Castle
Kelburn Castle in Ayrshire is a stunning sight as it has been decorated by graffiti artists who were invited
by the Earl of Glasgow to create a bright design for the exterior walls. The castle features breathtaking
gardens and 3500 acres of grounds plus a 7 feet high wall that circles the main estate. The Kelburn Glen
nearby is host to wild flowers, waterfalls and woodlands.

VA Dundee
Opening in September 2018, the V&A Dundee is one to watch for modern design enthusiasts. This
exciting new design museum is the first of its kind in Scotland and will be free to enter. Located opposite
the Dundee railway station and situated on the waterfront, this striking building was designed by

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It has the look of an ocean liner about it with staggered, diagonal sides
making a bold statement.

Many businesses, both local and nationwide, ignore the potential impact that they can have through a simple thing like their choice of envelope. Just think, for many people it’s the first interaction they may have with your business to receive mail from you. Thinking outside the box and using something different to the competition is a quick and easy way to make sure you’re giving your recipients the right message when you send them mail. Local businesses in Paisley should profit from this benefit to get their business know within the region.

The options are essentially endless; just spend a few minutes browsing around an online specialist website and you will see how easy and affordable it is to have something printed just for you. Square envelopes are available in many options and are a good way to be distinct and capture the attention. So what can you use these square envelopes for? Here are some ideas.


Be Different with a General Mailing

Using a square envelope is a great way to mark yourself out from the crowd and give a subtle cue to your recipients that you do things differently to the rest. After all, you’re even being different with something small like your choices of mailing stationary. Whether it be to your customers or business to business, you’re going to be sending a very subtle but no less poignant message, and it’s a great way for you to differentiate yourself without needing to spend much money.


Envelopes for Invoices

A square envelope can have a much more practical application too and can be easily used for more mundane business tasks such as accounting and invoicing. Thanks to their practical shape, a square envelope makes the job much easier. It can also serve as an easy way of keeping the process of keeping your books efficient – if you only use those envelopes for invoicing then it makes it much simpler to keep track of your paperwork.


Send Special Invitations

Using a square envelope is ideal for a more “special” purpose than your day to day mailings, if you want to help make sure your recipients don’t confuse what you have sent them for something more “mundane”. This becomes particularly useful for something like invitations to local events in Paisley and functions that you’re taking part in or organising. It´s allowing you to make sure that your recipients understand from the moment it comes through the letterbox that it’s something special, something different from the norm.


These are just some of the ways that a square envelope can be used to make your business stand out from the rest in mailings. Just remember that there are no rules, and anything you can do to enhance your business’ appeal economically and easily, has to be worth considering.


According to a recent study, the global value of the online e-commerce community is at least $2.3 trillion dollars (£1.7 trillion pounds). Not only is this a burgeoning industry, but even those with little experience will be able to enjoy their own “piece of the pie”. This is why building an efficient, attractive and user-friendly e-commerce website is of critical importance. Thankfully, this venture will not necessarily have to cost a great deal of money. Those who are concerned about limited funds will be pleased to know that there are economically viable alternatives at their disposal. Let’s break the concept of a free web store down into its core components. 

Coding Conundrums and Much More 

Coding is arguably the most daunting challenge facing those who have never built an e-commerce platform from the ground up. One of the primary benefits associated with many modern website templates is that they automatically assume that the user has little experience. They are also flexible in terms of the input (incorporating different options such as CSS and HTML). So, prior expertise is no longer required. 

Another issue involves what can only be called a sense of anonymity. Older website generators only supplied a handful of themes to select. As a result, many portals were associated with a rather bland appearance. This dramatically impacted their visual appeal and as a direct result, sales suffered. 

It is now possible to access an abundance of pre-formatted themes. Not only are these highly advanced, but they are able to accommodate the viewing requirements of mobile devices. Such “liquid” templates can likewise be adjusted with the click of a button; providing the owner with an amazing level of personalised control. 

Quick, Simple and Modular 

The ability to uncover a successful e-commerce solution does not necessarily have to involve brain surgery. In fact, there are many programs which have been specifically designed in order to suit the needs of those who are looking for quick and efficient solutions. Shopify provides several unique advantages such as: 

  • Customised themes and templates.
  • A modular nature (the ability to add or subtract elements as may be required in the future). 
  • Options and payment plans to suit discrete budgetary constraints.

Above all, the creative process is much more efficient when compared to many typical in-house design solutions. This will enable you to have your site up and running in no time at all. These advantages are then enhanced through a wealth of downloadable apps which will allow you to proactively manage any portal while addressing basic concerns such as SEO and marketing. Such an all-around sense of functionality has been engineered to address even the most daunting CMS requirements. 

Assuming that you possess a viable product or service, the next logical step is to present these options to the online customer. No longer will you be forced to deal with a middleman in regards to web design and e-commerce solutions. The power is now entirely in your hands.

Road users in Renfrewshire are being reminded to give their litter a lift home as part of a national campaign this week.

The Council has joined forces with national environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to support their Week of Action, which aims to make motorists recognise the effect littering can have on the environment.

Running from 12-20 May, it encourages everyone across Scotland to take action to help tackle roadside litter by getting involved in roadside litter-inspired clean ups and sharing the message on social media.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It is unacceptable for roads users to discard their litter at the side of the road and it is important that people recognise the seriousness of their actions.

“It is not only a blight on the attractiveness of our area but it can have a severe impact on the local environment.

“We are getting set to introduce a Roadside Litter Rapid Response Team as part of our Team Up to Clean Up campaign which outlines our commitment to tackling this issue in Renfrewshire and it will be a key strand of our work moving forward.

“We’re pleased to be working closely with Keep Scotland Beautiful to promote this campaign and I would encourage everyone to show their support and give their litter a lift home.”

National charity Keep Scotland Beautiful campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for.

Carole Noble, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Our latest figures show that the amount of litter and flytipping in Scotland is at its worst level in a decade, with 82.8% of motorways and A class roadside verges recording a presence of litter in 2016/17. Our Roadside Litter Campaign aims to address this problem at its source.

“We recognise that each piece of litter on our roadsides, in our parks and on our streets, was discarded by a thoughtless individual. Those who clean litter up, the local authorities staff, the road operators and the volunteers are not to blame. Littering is illegal.  We need individuals to do the right thing; to use a bin or to take their litter home.”

For further information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visitwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup and for the Week of Action, visitwww.keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Looking for travel destinations can be exciting and a little troublesome, especially if there is a lot we would like to see. One way to approach this for Renfrewshire residents could be choosing a so-called sister city. There seem to be only few of those for our region, with Paisley being twinned with two: Germany’s Fürth and Gladsaxe in Denmark. However, we are going to focus on Kilmacolm’s partnership in France, and on what you can do around there.

The place is called Mérignies, and it is a small commune in the northern region of the country, with area of 8.61 square kilometres and population of under 3,000. Due to such circumstances, there might not be too many regularly scheduled events in the closest vicinity. Although beautifully located golf courses entice players and encourages sportsmen to compete in tournaments. Plus, there’s always a lot of celebration of holidays and festivities happening everywhere in France, such as Mountain Festival, World Music Day, French Cuisine Festival, New Beaujolais Festival or French National Day. However, the proximity of Lille and Lens that are just about half an hour drive away can almost guarantee a fun thing to do for everyone.

Lille, as a large urban area, is especially attractive to tourists who will have many occasions to sightsee, enjoy the nightlife or taste local delicacies at one of the fifteen working markets in different districts. People connected to cinematography industry have had some success in putting their town on the map which is reflected in the popular events. The 34th edition of European Film Festival has recently concluded, and International Independent Film Festival makes appearances in different parts of city between May and June.

Music has gotten even bigger and more prestigious representation, apart from the usual activities characteristic to a big city. Jazz is greatly appreciated in the region. The Jazz Festival in North provides many concerts in the area from October till the end of March. Then there’s cultural event called Printemps de la Vieille Bourse, taking place in March or April, which focuses on Jazz and more contemporary music. Current trends are highlighted at Les Paradis Artificiels (March, April) and Paysages Électroniques (electronic music). For a different touch, the Festival Lille Clef de Soleil is a series of musical moments involving classical music happening on every Thursday between July and August. The accordion lovers will feel at home during Wazemmes l’Accordéon (May and June).

The city has been known as an important part of nationwide and international series in professional poker. The most prestigious games happen in July and September (for this year it is 18-20 July and 7-9 September). Smaller tournaments are often held on other occasions at Lille’s casinos and hotels, including commonly praised Casino Barriere de Lille where the card game action is usually taking place. Fans, ideally equipped with specialist knowledge that could help them crack a few secrets about how those kinds of establishments operate, can enjoy poker and suchlike activities virtually all year round.

On similar note, Lille has few other niches covered with their interesting events. For example, Lille Comics Festival, happening early November, is the most important convention for British and American comic books enthusiast around these parts. There is, of course, Christmas market in December, with a nice twist in form of Santa Claus is a Rocker festival, offering social events and concerts. But probably the most known attraction is the famous Big Braderie (Braderie de Lille) which is annual street or flea market. Every first weekend of September (for 2018 it is actually 1st and 2nd of September) is an occasion to make a good bargain and try some delicious food. The market is believed to be dated back to 12th century, now being the largest in Europe, presumably holding 10 000 sellers and hosting several million guests.


What makes a trust deed better than regular loans? Following we will answer that question, but before that, we will share different precautions you need to take when applying for a deed.

Expand Your Knowledge

If you are investing for the first time, it is of essence that you know the basics of trust deed investment. So, you should start by learning how it works, and what are the things involved in a deal. You can also opt for a crash course or undergo training from experts.

Just know one thing, you are not going to make any real progress without taking a proper initiative.  Whatever you do, make sure you don’t put your every egg in one basket. You need to save something for a different plan, or else you will end up losing everything.

Choose a Good Partner Company

The title company is a third party in your Carrington Dean. They work to administer your deal and work the transaction between you and the borrower. Therefore you need to take your time to find a well reputed and licensed company.

Before you finalize the deal, you have to check their services, and company status.

Take a Personal Guarantee on Loan

To make sure everything checks out, you have to choose a borrower with a personal guarantee. This is an added layer of protection, and it uses that the borrower is confident about paying back. If they are not confident, they won’t place a guarantee.

Why Should You Get Trust Deed?

Here, we are going to discuss the four points that show why trust deed is better than regular loans.


  • Keep Safe from Creditors


Some unsecured creditors agree to the terms of your Trust Deed. But once you lose the baker, you find yourself at great risk. This won’t be the case with a trust deed.


  • Low-Interest Charges


Charges and interest rates rise with unsecured debts; this rule isn’t applied on Trust Deeds as long as you carry on with repayments. If the trust deed is protected, there won’t be any proceeding instigated against you.


  • Financial Stability


Trust Deeds only lasts a year or two; they are not a permanent burden on your shoulder for a long time.  You get the convenience of knowing you are free to go after you pay back without affecting your credit score. This isn’t the case with regular loans.


  • Good Use of Disposable Income


If you have a disposable income, then you better invest it in a trust deed instead of wasting it on some lavish garbage. Just assess your expenses against common financial statement guidelines and consider what to and not to add to your budget. So reassess your income at least once every year.


  • Better Negotiation


You can negotiate and keep your home instead of losing it. This is the fear that keeps most people from getting a mortgage. Fortunately, that’s not the case as you don’t have to move away by losing your home by negotiating a fair deal.


Barcelona Gears up for a Major Poker Tournament

Casino Barcelona located at Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, in Barcelona, Spain is no stranger to glittering poker tournaments. This prestigious venue will kick off one of its biggest poker tournaments to date come Thursday, May 24, 2018. At 6 PM local time, event #1 – No Limit – 888 LIVE – opening event – 1A will commence. The buy-in begins at €200 + €20, with 30,000 points and 2 reentries permitted. With a guaranteed prize pool of €1 million, this contest is sure to attract the crème de la crème of players from the poker world.

Online registration for the contest begins on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 9 AM. Day 1B begins on Thursday, 24 May 2018 at 9 AM, and Day 1C begins on Friday, 25 May 2018 at 9 AM. Day 1D – the Turbo Event – commences on Friday, 25 May 2018 at 9 AM. The final takes place on Sunday, and online registrations are not permitted. There are some 33 levels in the tournament, with Antes beginning at 25, Small Blinds at 100, and Big Blinds at 200 for level #2. By the time level #33 is reached, the Antes are 100,000, the Small Blinds are 400,000, and the Big Blinds are 800,000. This is sure to attract competitive poker players with breaks every 60 minutes.

Satellites for the 888 LIVE Events

Satellites commence on Wednesday, 23 May at 4 PM local time. The No Limit 888 live Turbo satellites have a buy-in of €45 + €5 with 5,000 points and unlimited re-entries. There are currently 15 levels in the Turbo Satellite. On Thursday, 24 May at 4 PM local time, players can compete in the No Limit – 888 Live Turbo Satellite with a buy-in of €45 + €5, with 5,000 points, and unlimited re-entries. The prestigious poker contests include a series of featured tournaments, each of which offers generous payouts.

The following tournaments and dates have been provided by 888poker, the benefactors of 888 LIVE Poker:

  • €100,000 (Guaranteed) for the 888poker live Barcelona Opening Event Day 1A with a buy-in of €220 on Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • €100,000 (Guaranteed) for the 888poker live Barcelona opening event Day 1B with a buy-in of €220 on Friday, May 25, 2018
  • €15,000 (Guaranteed) The Thunder with an €88 buy-in on Friday, May 25, 2018
  • €100,000 (Guaranteed) with the 888poker live Barcelona Opening Event Day 1D with a €220 buy-in on Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • €20,000 (Guaranteed) with The Breeze with a €110 buy-in on Saturday, May 26, 2018

Various other poker contests will be showcased on the May 27 – 30, including the following:

  • High Noon Turbo contest with €5,000 guaranteed on May 27, 2018
  • The Hurricane contest with €10,000 guaranteed on May 27, 2018
  • The Swordfish contest with €10,000 guaranteed on May 28, 2018
  • The Turbo Deepstack contest with €10,000 guaranteed on May 29, 2018
  • The Lightning 8-Max with €8,800 guaranteed on May 30, 2018
  • 888poker Live Barcelona High Roller Day with €100,000 guaranteed on May 30, 2018

From May 31 through June 4, 2018, the action gets ramped up with a series of big money poker contests, including the following highlighted events:

  • €500,000 Guaranteed, with the 888poker Live Barcelona Main Event Day 1A, 1B, 1C
  • €20,000 Guaranteed, with the Mega Knockout (€50 Bounty)
  • €10,000 Guaranteed, Omaha Pot Limit Contest
  • €40,000 Guaranteed, The Whale
  • €2,000 guaranteed, Ladies Event

The tournament schedule for the 888poker LIVE Barcelona 2018 event runs from Wednesday, May 23 through Monday, 4 June. The first event – The Turbo Satellite to opening event 1A has a guaranteed 10 seats, late registration for 6 levels, unlimited re-entries, a chip stack of 5,000, and blinds increasing in 15-minute intervals. The buy-in begins at €45 + €5. The final event on Monday, 4 June 2018 is the 888poker Live Barcelona Festival – Main Event Final Day at 2 PM.

The levels increase every 60 minutes. Players can easily access full details of the upcoming 888poker live Barcelona event from May 24 through June 4, 2018. Qualification for this contest is available through satellite tournaments with buy-ins beginning as low as 1 cent. The qualifiers are rewarding players with seats to this prestigious contest, where players can compete for poker glory in the $1 million 888LIVE poker event.

The terms and conditions associated with the 888poker LIVE Barcelona promotion state that the winner of the qualifier will receive a poker package valued at $2,200 to the event. This package is made up of €1,100 entry fees to the €500,000 Main Event buy-in. Players will also receive assistance with their accommodation expenses to the value of €450, and an additional €220 in travel-related expenses. The Main Event take place over 3 nights, with €150 being allocated to each night of stay. This poker tournament features prominently on the poker calendar for 2018.

About Casino Barcelona

Casino Barcelona is an established gambling resort set on the waterfront of the Mediterranean. It is 15 minutes away from downtown Barcelona and includes access to a wide range of gambling activity, shows, live music performances, and cuisine. The casino’s restaurants include Buffet del Casino, Magnum Restaurant, La Terraza, La Taverna, Bet Bar, Aji and La Vinoteca.

Events include a Barcelona comedy club, football championships, pop icons like Kiko Veneno, Coque Malla, and Juan Perro. Patrons can even take the Friday night dancing activities, with salsa, and fabulous celebrations at the Cotton Club Barcelona. The hotel & casino resort also includes shopping at FC Barcelona store. Patrons are permitted to wear casual attire; however, sandals and swimsuits are not allowed.  

Hundreds of millions of football fans are keenly awaiting the start of FIFA World Cup in mid-June in Russia. Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will soon come to life and 32 strong football teams from all over the world will play a total of 64 football matches, spread over a period of one month.


It’s no surprise that FIFA World Cup is considered by many as the pinnacle of all sports tournaments in the world.


A great multitude of people would also be following the football action because of betting reasons. If you’re someone who had been contemplating betting on football games, but hasn’t started yet, FIFA World Cup can be the best platform to make that beginning. What more, you could also make use of World Cup free bets offered by reputed bookmakers and find your feet before investing any of your own money.


History has shown that football teams often depend heavily on individual miracles to find their way forward in the tournament. While the 1974 World Cup was about Johan Cruyff’s intelligence, the 1986 edition was owned entirely by Diego Maradona. The upcoming World Cup could perhaps prove to be a stepping stone for a bunch of promising youngsters, giving them an opportunity to have their names etched into history books for eternity!

Let’s take a look at 3 such promising players who’d prove to be a key for their respective teams in Russia.

Neymar Jr – Brazil

The star forward for Brazil and Paris St. Germain, Neymar would be hoping to guide Brazil to World Cup victory and successfully erase the memory of disappointing semi-final loss against Germany in World Cup 2014.


Brazil is one of the favourites to win the tournament, alongside Germany, and Neymar would be keener than ever to avenge the 2014 defeat. The former Barcelona player moved to PSG in the summer of 2017, and has emerged as one of the top players in the modern-day football.


Although Brazil have a pretty strong and talented squad overall, with many players of the same calibre as Neymar, the striker would be hoping to inspire his team to greatness in Moscow.

Mohamed Salah – Egypt

Things can’t be easy when you are up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of top scorer in European football leagues! However, the Egyptian and Liverpool forward managed to stand his own and scored a huge number of goals, competing very well with the Argentinian and Portuguese star. He’s been regularly compared to Messi and has become increasingly popular over the 2017-18 season.

Although Egypt isn’t as high ranked as some of the other contenders for the World Cup, Salah would be hugely confident of delivering some amazing individual performances for his country.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

There’s nothing denying the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has already cemented his name as among the best finishers in the history of football. Portugal, the defending champions of the European cup would enter the FIFA World Cup 2018 as underdogs.


Not having any big names (other than Ronaldo) in the roster, Portugal’s performance will depend heavily on the determination of its players.


When hosting an event, it’s important your guests enjoy themselves and leave with fond memories. When it comes to fundraising events in particular, organisers want people to enjoy value for money plus have an understanding of the great cause they are supporting. To ensure your next fundraising event is a winner, follow these top tips when planning the next one in the calendar.

  1. Choose a theme that resonates with the audience

Fundraising events are great for everyone as they benefit a great cause and are always fun to attend too. However, it’s important to take some time to think about the audience you are going to be entertaining and plan ideas that resonate with them. A theme doesn’t need to be expensive but ensure you choose one that engages the audience and gets people excited – black tie is a popular choice, along with perhaps a masquerade ball.

  1. Pick your venue carefully

Location is key, so be sure to visit different venues and asses them first. You must choose the most suitable location to complement both your guests’ ability to attend as well as to create a great atmosphere. It is important to consider what the venue has to offer in terms of promotions and discounts too, as these can help assist with your fundraising efforts. Consider your budget too, this will help you determine whether or not you are meeting your minimum spend whilst creating a successful fundraising event.


  1. Hire a speaker

Selecting the best speakers for your event can seem like a difficult task but when you find the right one they can help set the entire tone and make it a memorable experience for the audience. When selecting your speaker there are a number of things to consider, such as their knowledge and ability to inspire the audience.

The right speaker should:

  • Attract attendees.
  • Engage an audience.
  • Reinforce key event themes.
  • Entertain and educate.
  • Inspire the audience and drive positive change.
  • Provide fresh insight and perspective on event related topics.
  • Provide actions and motivational takeaways.

Ultimately, choose a speaker who shares your vision and can help when it comes to meeting your fundraising targets.


  1. Seek sponsorship

Whilst money is a hugely helpful consideration, the less money you spend towards the event itself – on expenses such as venue costs, printing, audio visual, beverages and so on – the more profit you are likely to generate from your ticket sales. So spend wisely and choose your event partners strategically to support you in your vision – this guide can help you secure sponsors.

  1. Make an informative event page

The best way to determine whether people can actually attend your event or not is by making an event page. This events page will include all of the relevant information, including the when, where, why and dress code, plus ticket information. Share this on different social media platforms to reach a variety of people. If you are able to share ticket purchases this will also help and encourage those who have not yet got involved to contribute towards your fundraising goal.

Now you have the tips, it’s time to start implementing them into your next fundraising event – to make it the best yet.


If you’re a woman in business and you’re looking for inspiration or confidence, then you can’t go wrong with searching for the advice of those that have come before you. No matter which field you work in or where your career is taking you, finding the right advice from the pioneers and the successes is a fantastic way of boosting your confidence and giving you the drive to continue moving forward. These women have all faced the same or similar challenges that you have, and not only have they learned, they have also passed on what they’ve learned so that a whole new generation can be inspired to make the most of their lives.


Don’t be scared to get help


It can be lonely at the top, and it can be just as lonely as you work your way there, but the worst thing that you can do is try and tackle those challenges alone. The internet is a vast resource, and building your own network and support group of like-minded women can be extraordinarily helpful. Jo Malone MBE is the entrepreneur who founded the perfume business Jo Loves, and she suggests that you have to make success happen. She credits her success to embracing her passions and says: “There will always be people around you that can assist you and help you. The more passion they see in you and the more resilience, the more you’ll find people to gather around you because people love to be around people who make things happen.” So don’t be afraid to look for help, find support, and use the resources of the digital age to beat any of the confidence issues that might be slowing you down.


Own your career


If there’s anyone who knows about the challenges facing women in business, it’s the founder and director of Vida.co.uk, Devika Wood. Regarding her business success, Wood has reached the heights, appearing in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and building her company into a game-changer for the care industry. Sage has created an infographic detailing all the advice successful businesswoman have for other budding female entrepreneurs; here, Devika Wood explains that she lacked confidence, but that soon changed because she made the decision to have belief in her idea. “You must own your idea, commit to it and believe it.” It’s certainly advice that has paid for itself for Wood, with Vida attracting investors to the tune of £1.6million. The fact that Wood’s advice is so relatable means that you can apply it to your own career, no matter your sector.


Be passionate


There’s no denying that the political world remains very much a boys club, but women are becoming an increasing presence in Parliament. One such figure is Mhairi Black, who credits her success to feeding her passions. As someone who is driven by the need to fight injustice, it was perhaps inevitable that Black would take her place in the political world with fervour. “Inequality of any kind is the thing that really drives me. I always look at who’s losing out and why.” Black has taken that passion and fought against the challenges of being not just a woman in the political arena, but also the youngest person in the House of Commons, and if that’s not inspirational, what else is?


Whether you’re building your career in an established company, starting your own business or simply looking for a confidence boost, these women have shared their secrets so that you can find the inspiration to follow your own dreams.