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Keeping Safe this Bonfire Night

This year, there have been several changes to the laws around the use and supply of fireworks in Scotland. With these alterations to the rules, how can we ensure we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe when choosing to hold private fireworks displays and bonfires in our back gardens? According to the publication ‘Scottish …

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Counterfeit Cosmetics – Keeping this Halloween as Scare-Free as Possible

  As consumers, the access we have to makeup and tips from beauty experts on how to apply it is growing every day. You only have to go onto YouTube, Instagram or any other social media platform to see the reach that beauty influencers have, and the brand engagement that endorsed products can have. At …

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Pumpkins: The Fruit, The Whole Fruit, and Nothing but the Fruit (Well it’s also a Legume Actually)

Pumpkins have become a staple symbol of Halloween in Western society. According to finder.com, in 2021, Brits will spend a massive £25.1 million on pumpkins. Although this seems like a exorbitant amount, it is estimated that this is still 15% less than in 2020, when over £29 million was spent. Jack-o’-lanterns, and decorative pumpkins can …

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Avoiding Fire Hazards this Halloween

Halloween is a time of excitement for many of us (adults and children alike). The build up to the big day, and getting our costumes organised to celebrate with family, friends, and other like-minded members of our communities is all part of the fun. Whilst it is a time of happiness and merriment, we should …

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Something Old, Something New: How Upcycled Furniture can Help the Planet, Without Breaking the Bank

In 2020, the Scottish government announced a list of projects which will receive funding from 2020 to 2022 as part of Scotland’s ‘Climate Challenge Fund’ – a public initiative aimed at supporting Scotland’s communities in acting against climate change. The campaign is managed by ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’, supporting community-led projects and enterprises which target carbon-based emissions …

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White Goods: New energy efficiency regulations will make household appliances more affordable and sustainable

An announcement from the UK Government on March 10th, 2021 outlined plans to implement legislation which will make appliances like fridges, washing machines, and televisions cheaper to run and longer lasting. UK consumers will soon find that their home appliances have a longer lifespan and greater cost-effectiveness, following the announcement of new energy efficiency legislation …

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Moving Home and Managing Properties Safely During Lockdown

The Scottish Government has released information and guidelines for those who are moving home, viewing properties, and renting or mortgaging a property under current coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Whilst home moves are permitted during lockdown, these guidelines emphasise the importance of safe conduct to ensure that all home move-related activities can be carried out safely.  Moving …

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Cyber Monday: Avoiding Counterfeit Electronics and Issues with Games Consoles

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are set to be more popular than ever this year, with many retailers offering early and extended sales on the must-have items for Christmas. Cyber Monday presents an opportunity to pick up the latest gadgets and electrical equipment, including the newest releases of games consoles. With the genuine retailers out …

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Using Video Conferencing Applications and Software Safely this Festive Season

With the announcement of tier 4 restrictions across Scotland taking effect from Boxing Day, many of us will be turning again to video conferencing as an alternative to physically attending gatherings this New Year’s Eve. With the various platforms that are out there, ensuring that any interaction is safe and secure is as important now …

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