Adventure Circus is to embark on a tour of Perth and Kinross care homes to entertain isolated residents during August and September.

Devised during lockdown thanks to funding from the Corra Foundation’s Community Wellbeing Fund, the 30 minute acrobatic outdoor show will thrill residents with trapeze, aerial silks and hoop, juggling, handstands and hula hooping.

Glencairn House Activity Co-ordinator, Julie Davies, initially got in touch with Adventure Circus to discuss ideas to help cheer up their Auchterarder residents who were missing their usual activities and family visitors. With Julie’s ideas, the show, called ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ was devised to be themed around the swinging 60s. The circus spectacular includes music from Marvin Gaye, Millie Small and Jackie Wilson as well as colourful costumes and fun props.

Adventure Circus Director, Gemma Simpson said:

“During lockdown, like all other arts and entertainment organisations, our performance work and circus lessons came to a halt. However it has always been on our to-do list to create a pop up outdoor circus show that we can take to care homes, galas, festivals and other events.

“The time that we gained during lockdown gave our team the ability to focus on creating the show and I am delighted that we are now in a position to visit care homes and bring a bit of sunshine into their lives after a long period of isolation.

“We are starting our tour in Auchterarder and so far we are heading to homes in Crieff, Pitlochry and Dunkeld. Our show takes place in the grounds of care homes rather than indoors, so that we can physically distance from the residents and keep them safe.”

Limited dates are available for performance bookings in August and September. Activity Co-ordinators are urged to get in touch with Gemma via email or by telephone on: 07709815564 and an information pack is available on their website.

Industry Body Awards Local PR Leader ‘Chartered Practitioner Status’

Chartered Practioner

PBN Member, Tricia Fox, Managing Director and founder of independent PR and Marketing agency Volpa, has been awarded ‘Chartered Practitioner’ status by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the communication industry’s leading professional body in the UK.

The Chartered Practitioner status was awarded following an online Chartership Assessment day in which candidates were assessed on their understanding of ethics, strategy, and leadership. The Chartered Practitioner status represents the highest standard of professional excellence and integrity in public relations. As well as reflecting breadth of experience and achievements, it demonstrates candidates are keeping pace in a fast-moving profession and updating knowledge and skills through continuing professional development (CPD).

Tricia, who founded Perth based Volpa in 2002, joins an exclusive community of only 340 Chartered PR professionals worldwide. The CIPR is the only organisation with a Royal Charter enabling them to assess and award Chartered PR Practitioner status. There are many benefits to becoming a Chartered Practitioner including gaining a professional competitive edge and enhancing career prospects, enjoying greater influence within the profession, and reassuring prospective employers and clients that the highest standards are practised.

Tricia commented: “It is fantastic to be formally recognised as a Chartered PR practitioner by the UK’s leading public relations professional body and a great way to be rewarded and recognised for my professional judgement, industry knowledge, skill, experience, ethical competence and for the many hours I have put into my professional development to stay ahead in a constantly evolving industry.”

Volpa is a full-service PR & Marketing agency based in Perth. The agency has received a raft of awards over the years including the Silver Award for Outstanding Small Consultancy at the CIPR PRide Scotland awards for two years running.

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Volpa Backs 2.6 Challenge

Perth based marketing agency, Volpa, is backing The 2.6 Challenge campaign which is aiming to help save the UK’s charities from Sunday 26th April.

Organisers of the country’s biggest mass participation sports events have come together to create the campaign to help save the UK’s charities which are facing an estimated £4 billion shortfall as a result of thousands of fundraising events being cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.

Volpa has been actively involved in the mass participation industry for over a decade, supporting the efforts of major sporting events like Etape Caledonia and, like many organisations operating in their industry, their business has also been directly affected by the nationwide cancellation and postponement of mass gatherings.

The 2.6 Challenge officially begins on Sunday 26 April, which should have been the 40th edition of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event and, for many charities, the biggest fundraising day of the year.

Volpa’s team, a number of whom have been furloughed as a result of the coronavirus crisis, have come together to create a team challenge. The team have created individual challenges to raise funds for Asthma UK, a charity that has seen its income drop while also experiencing an eightfold increase in demand for its services during the pandemic. Their challenges include hiding 26 rainbow stones around the Perthshire village of Scone for residents to find on their daily walk, and running 26km.

Tricia Fox, founder of Volpa, commented:

“Volpa has been acutely aware of the number of charities who income has been directly affected by the crisis and our clients in mass participation as well as retail have all been impacted as a result. We commend the efforts of those behind the 2.6 Challenge, many of whom we know personally and have worked with over the years, and we wanted to get behind them and support their efforts in any which way we could. This has included pro bono PR support for the campaign in Scotland, helping to get the word out on the challenge.”

“My team has also stepped up with a number of creative challenges. Linda’s rainbow stones are simply beautiful, while others are going the distance with running, and Emma’s going to be juggling for 26 minutes. For my part, I started playing the violin again last week after a 35 year hiatus, so I’ll be doing a Facebook Live of bad violin playing for those who are unfortunate enough to ‘tune’ in!”

“The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

To donate to Volpa’s fundraising efforts for Asthma UK, visit

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit


29th February – 14th March 2020

Women will be making waves throughout Dundee and Angus to entertain, educate and enhance their own lives as well as those of others during Dundee Women’s Festival 2020. This year’s theme “Women Making Waves” gives a nod to the Visit Scotland Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. The 2020 Festival also marks an amazing 20 years since its inception.

Dive into the opening event of Festival on 29th February, when Scottish Government Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP, is the keynote speaker at “Feisty Women Making Waves” – a charity tackling injustice of accelerated pension changes, and developing innovative new thinking and inter-generational solutions to tackle enduring discrimination against women of all ages. The Leader of Dundee City Council, John Alexander, will welcome delegates to Dundee at what is sure to be a lively and thought-provoking event.

Throughout the fortnight, events will see women make a splash in STEM, arts and crafts, transport, crime, film, comedy, storytelling, history – and much more. Events will also take place tackling difficult issues including reproductive loss, ADHD, learning difficulties, issues with alcohol, mental health and domestic abuse.

As always, the Festival spans International Women’s Day on 8th March, when an Arabic Arts, Crafts and Cookery Fair takes place within Dundee International Women’s Centre.

The Festival “waves” farewell with an evening of live music from Make That A Take Records, featuring a variety of artists, bands, speakers, and performers from the UK DIY underground at Conroy’s Basement.

Chair Prue Watson said “Throughout the Festival you will have the opportunity to join our partners who will encourage you through education, music, art and drama and so much more to Make Waves. Why not cross the Tay, churn up the waters and have a go at rowing? Come and join us, give us a wave, wave to a friend, wave to a stranger – make our day and have fun! See you there!”

Programmes for the event are available from local libraries, community centres and other venues throughout Dundee or go to the website to download the programme.

The Dundee Women’s Festival Committee is supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund awarded to University of Dundee and Dundee City Council.

8th February 2020: 2:00pm

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce – City Quay, 37, Camperdown St, Dundee, DD1 3JA

Join the ASB Committee at Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce for our Annual General Meeting 


£5 – members (please remember you will need to be logged into our website to see this rate)

£10 – non-members

NB: voting is only available to members.

Showcase Tables: Why not take a showcase/exhibition table at our AGM?

Member table £30/ Non member table £40.

To book a table follow this link.

Showcase tables are in addition to your AGM admission – so remember to book your ticket on this page too. 


Your ticket includes the AGM, and arrival refreshments.

Registration, refreshments and networking from 2:00pm.

Please book your place by NOON on THURSDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2020

Special thanks to Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event through the use of their facility.

Volpa, the Perth based independent PR and marketing agency, has won a clutch of Gold and Silver awards at this year’s prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Scotland Awards 2019 including Silver for the highly coveted outstanding small public relations consultancy category for the second year running.

The full-service agency, which boasts dedicated marketing, public relations, creative and digital teams, was shortlisted for a raft of awards at the annual industry event. They collected a Gold Award on the night for Regional Campaign of the Year for a promotion that encourages local employers to offer young people work experience placements as part of the #Learnaliving campaign run on behalf of Developing Young Workforce Perth & Kinross.

They picked up a Silver Award for Community Relations, recognizing the digital work undertaken for the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and Best Bar None to support a good night out in Scotland.

Tricia Fox, founder and CEO of Volpa, commented:

“The team are truly chuffed to be recognized once again in the category for Outstanding Small Consultancy, for which we have won Silver two years in a row. We were even more delighted to celebrate our gold and silver wins on the night with the teams from Best Bar None Scotland and Developing Young Workforce Perth & Kinross. It really is the hard work and talents of our skilled and passionate team, and their collaborative way or working with our clients, that delivers such outstanding work and these awards celebrate those achievements. I am incredibly proud of them all.”

Two Perth based full-service marketing agencies Volpa and Fraktul will join forces from October 2019, further strengthening Volpa’s position as one of Scotland’s top independent marketing agencies.

The partnership, which sees Volpa’s team boosted by the strategic marketing expertise of Fraktul’s founder and managing director, Stephen Gorton, will bring a stronger B2B focus to the award-winning agency.

With more than twenty years’ marketing experience, including senior marketing roles at Kier Construction, Halcrow and Millard Consulting, Stephen is a Chartered Marketer who founded Fraktul in 2009. In 2014, he was responsible for the rebrand of one of Scotland’s largest recyclers, Binn Group, and has provided marketing since which has helped to increase turnover from £10 million to £16 million. In addition, his work with The Bathroom Company has been instrumental in helping the company to achieve the accolade of UK Bathroom Retailer three times.

Stephen will take up the senior management role of Account Director at Volpa and will continue to service Fraktul’s extensive client base of more than 100 clients, which he has built up over the last decade. Stephen says:

“I’m pleased and excited to be joining the Volpa team. There is a really good complementary fit with clients who will benefit from being part of Volpa.”

Stephen’s appointment is the latest in a series of senior appointments for the award-winning agency. Former Head of Marketing at Crieff Hydro, Sarah Brown, has recently joined the agency as a senior account manager, which followed the appointment of Emma Davies as senior account manager, who brings more than 18 years of PR experience in the B2B agency environment and who also previously ran her own PR agency.

Tricia Fox, founder and MD of Volpa, commented:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be joining forces with Fraktul and welcoming them into Volpa’s den, further strengthening our credentials as one of Scotland’s leading marketing agencies. I am especially pleased to be welcoming Stephen at a time when Volpa is expanding its horizons. He brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise, specifically in the B2B marketing arena, and I look forward to working with him to develop and grow the businesses of our combined portfolio of clients.”

Volpa is a full-service marketing agency boasting dedicated marketing, public relations, design and digital teams. Specialists in the tourism, hospitality and food and drink sectors, as well as working with entrepreneurial high growth startups, the agency has received a raft of awards over the years. This includes The Courier Business Award for Best Small Business, a CIPR Pride Scotland Silver Award for Outstanding Small Consultancy and three times winner of the Scottish Event Award for Best Marketing Strategy for its work on Scotland’s premier sound and light event, The Enchanted Forest.

The Association of Scottish Businesswomen is delighted to announce the winners of their 2019 National Business Awards, showcasing the talents and recognising the achievements and contribution of women in business throughout Scotland; rewarding enterprise, creativity, extraordinary contribution, skill and vision.

Over 170 guests joined this prestigious red carpet event at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on Saturday 14th September to support 45 finalists across 13 categories.

Open to business and professional women across Scotland, the ASB National Business Awards showcase and celebrate the achievement of women working across all sectors. Awards are open to both members and non-members and are supported by sponsors:  Re:markable, Vodafone, Hood Magazine and McKellar Accountants.

ASB President, Lyndsey Greer Phillips, said “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome such high calibre finalists to our Awards Dinner this Year. I know the judges had a very difficult time deciding between all these amazing businesses and inspiring women”

“The Association of Scottish Businesswomen is so incredibly proud to play an integral role in shining a spotlight on the many successful and inspiring women in our business communities by facilitating the awards, and giving the opportunity to praise and reward the most talented women for their achievements in business and in the community, recognising their hard work and dedication.

“The quantity and standard of entries increases year on year making it extremely difficult for our panel of 14 independent judges to decide on the winners. The awards give us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best businesswomen in Scotland.”

Details of the criteria of each award can be found here

A sparkling drinks reception, in the fantastic setting of this historical venue, was followed by a lavish dinner. Finalists, winners and guests celebrated by dancing the night away to live music by Pretty Shameless.

USE OF IMAGES: Official photographs supplied by Ewan Barry of Tete a Tete Foto. Images from the event can be viewed here – where you can also download (for your personal use) or order hard copy prints. Winners will receive a copy of their presentation photographs, together with winners logo/badge, from the ASB. We respectfully ask that any digitally shared images credit the ASB Awards and Tete a Tete Foto. Thank you.

ASB Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award : Zoe Forbes, Sweetpea Cafe, Dundee

Highly Commended : Suzanne McKellar, McKellar Accountancy

ASB Most Innovative Start-up of the Year Award : Yoga Warrior Online, Dr Yvonne Davies

Highly Commended : Fairy Sleep Mother, Eileen Macdonald

ASB Young Business of the Year Award : Handpicked Lodges

Highly Commended : Deep Miner 

ASB Community Commitment Award : Rowan Alba, Helen Carlin

ASB Recognition of Outstanding Contribution : Margarette Bryan

Highly Commended : Kirste Johnston, Vodafone UK

ASB Recognition of Best Practice in Diversity and Inclusion : Liberty Bligh 

Highly Commended : Jackie Leiper, Scottish Widows

ASB Professional of the Year Award : Kim Moran Hogg, Vodafone Ltd

Highly Commended : Nicola Booth, Finding Your Feet

Highly Commended : Emma Armstrong, B-Able Business Services

ASB Most Enterprising Business of the Year Award : Planit Scotland, Cecilia Grigor

Highly Commended : The Learning Cauldron, Karen Elwis

ASB Business of the Year Award : Appetite for Business Ltd, Sheryl Newman

Highly Commended: Wow (Scotland) Ltd, Gillian Crawford

Highly Commended: Trained for Life, Lez Graham

ASB Best Affiliated Group of the Year Award : Highland Business Women

Visit our website Homepage  (Member Showcase) as our winners tell us more about themselves, their passions and their award.

A Dundee-based design studio has been named
as one of the top 25 branding agencies in the world

The Malting House Design Studio, based in Tay Street Lane, secured the accolade from the Design Rush Agency, a business-to-business online portal that allows firms to connect with creative agencies around the world.

The firm came 19th in the list which also included agencies from as far afield as America and Canada.

Founder and creative director Wendy Maltman said: “We’re delighted to have this acknowledgement.

“It shows that our design and branding work is being recognised on a global basis. This can only be good news for our local clients who can have confidence that they really are getting great quality design and branding work from us.

“It demonstrates that you don’t have to go to expensive agencies in Edinburgh, London or New York to find world-class designers.”

The company is currently undertaking an expansion drive and has committed greater resources into marketing.

The move is paying dividends with an influx of new clients, as well as existing customers buying into more of the company’s offer.

Ms Maltman said: “Currently we are working hard to increase the capacity of the business, bringing in new work and adding to the range of services we can offer existing clients.

“We have had recent success in developing our website design skills and this has brought a great deal of new work into the business, which could see the team expand.

“There are three of us currently working in the business but we will look to increase this when the time is right.”

Ms Maltman previously completed Elevator’s business accelerator programme in Perth.

The ambitious company has set itself the goal of building an influential studio in the creative heart of the city which not only impacts the local business community, but is also sought after by businesses and organisations throughout Scotland.

The Association of Scottish Business Women is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2019 National Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on Saturday 14th  September 2019.

Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award

Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful entrepreneurial woman, in employment or in business, including but not limited to her drive, focus, vision and resilience, inspirational leadership and confidence.

Suzanne McKellar, McKellar Accountancy

Wati Calley, Hepburns Nail Lounge

Zoe Forbes, Sweetpea Café

Most Innovative Start up of the Year Award sponsored by Vodafone Business

This award celebrates the new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have the greatest impact on an organisation’s start up success. This award recognises a young enterprise, that has most successfully applied innovation, and is one year old, or less, at 31st May in the year of the award. 

Fairy Sleep Mother

Yoga Warrior Ltd

Young Business of the Year Award sponsored by HOOD

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) in 2006, this Award is open to businesses, trading for three years or less at 31st May in this award year.


Handpicked Lodges

Heather Thomson Naturopath

Kirsty Anne Rae Coaching

Walker Massage

Wishing Well Health

Community Commitment Award

The Community Commitment Award, introduced in 2017, recognises the contribution of an individual, group, business or organisation to a charity or community project, by promoting social action, community involvement, volunteering or fundraising.

Angie Foreman
Helen Carlin

Best Performing Team of the Year 

Introduced in 2013 this award celebrates the power of the many in driving breakthrough results and impact.

The judges have declared the following as a worthy finalist. However, with insufficient eligible applicants, this award category will not announce an overall winner.

B-Able Business Services Ltd

Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Re:markable

The Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award was introduced in 2000, and revised in 2017, to showcase and celebrate achievement among women in Scotland across all sectors. This award will be presented to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to a business or the wider community, over and above her normal working activities. She may be a mentor, volunteer or charity ambassador giving of her time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. The award is aimed at identifying business role models who inspire and motivate others.

Ann-Maree Morrison

Debbie Hutchison

Kirste Johnston

Margarette Bryan

Professional of the Year 

Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession who makes a significant individual contribution to support her organisation to deliver superior performance.

Carol Dickie, Ardanach Lettings Ltd

Emma Armstrong, B-Able Business Services

Julie Hall, WEvolution

Kim Moran Hogg, Vodafone UK

Louise Cameron, ICTS UK

Monica Coyle, Positive Pulse Scotland

Nicola Booth, Finding your Feet

Exporting Business of the Year

This award was introduced in 2017 and is open to any business who is exporting a product or service, or is planning to export within the next six months.

The judges have declared the following as a worthy finalist. However, with insufficient eligible applicants, this award category will not announce an overall winner.

Scottish Keepsakes

Most Enterprising Business of the Year

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) in 2003, entrants for this award, are selected and endorsed as the nomination by their affiliate groups. The  award recognises the efforts of those members who have perhaps identified a niche market or moved the business in an entirely new direction, as well as those who are more recently established.

Clinic 22

Wild Blossom

Planit Scotland

The Learning Cauldron

Business of the Year

Introduced in 2013, this award is open to businesses established before 31 May 2015.

Appetite for Business

B-Able Business Services Ltd

Sew Nice Neckwarmers

Sarah’s Creative Occasions

Scottish Keepsakes

Trained for Life

Wow (Scotland) Ltd

Recognition of Best Practice in Diversity and Inclusion

Introduced in 2019 this new award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to enhance diversity, equality and inclusion in their business or business area. 

Angie Foreman, Coca Cola 5by20

Ann-Maree Morrison, Labels4Kids

Jackie Leiper, Scottish Widows

Kerry Anne Quinn, TCS-eco

Kirsty Horrocks, LifeScan Scotland

Liberty Bligh, Liberty Bligh

Best Affiliated Group of the Year

Introduced in 2015, this award recognises and rewards the contribution of an affiliated group to the overall success of the businesswomen throughout Scotland. Revised in 2019 to encourage every affiliated group to celebrate their achievements by demonstrating the values of linking, inspiring and supporting their members, committees, the entire affiliated network. And to recognise their own contribution to the wider business community and the Scottish economy.

Ayrshire Business Women

Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club

Highland Business Women

Moray Business Women

Judging Panel

We are most grateful to our panel of independent judges who have deliberated over the application forms and interviewed our finalists:

Sandra Benn –  Board Member, Mentor, Active Contributor To Causes, Especially Gender Diversity

Roz Haughey – Re:markable

Bonnie Clarke – Re:markable

Helen Livingston – Branding Boutique

Steve Turner – DPS Group & Exolta Capital Partners

Dorothy Henke – Business Gateway

Kim Moran Hogg – Vodafone UK

Nick Price – Bright Purple

Maggie Gorman – Business Gateway

Emma Miller – Hood Magazine

Jeanette Stevenson – Royal College of Physicians 

Gordana Ross – Rise to Health Coaching

Julie Hall – WEvolution

Alison Henderson – Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce

We are indebted to our Awards sponsors: 



2019 ASB National Business Awards Dinner

Join us for our twentieth National Business Awards at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on Saturday 14th September as we celebrate the achievements and successes of businesswomen from throughout Scotland.

This is a night for dressing up, shouting from the rooftops, and applauding the hard work, determination and commitment of all our finalists.

Our evening will begin with a drinks reception at 6.30pm. After being seated in the Exchange Room, we will honour all our finalists and present each with a certificate.

Following a delicious three course dinner with wine we will hear from our guest speaker and then announce the award winners. Each will be presented with a beautiful trophy to mark their achievements. Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away! 

Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away! 

Tickets On Sale – Book now! 

ASB Member Tickets are £85 

Non-member tickets are £95

Tables of 10 cost £850 (full tables may include non-members guests). 

So join us at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh and Book via our website now.

Ticket Sales End at 18:00 on Friday 30th August 2019 

Advertising opportunities

Promote your business to over 200 finalists and guests in the Awards Dinner programme from only £100.

Contact to book your space. Copy deadline Friday 30th August.