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Russell takes top job at FEAT

THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has a new boss.

Russell Parker has taken over as the director of Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT). He replaces Sandy Riddell, who retired in September.

Mr Parker (45) said he was “delighted” to take on the position. He was previously assistant director of the Enterprise Trust, which is based at Newhouse Business Park in Grangemouth.

“As a Small Business Gateway outlet, we provide advice and training for anyone starting or growing a business, much of it free,” he said. “I’m happy to say the number of new firms FEAT is helping is increasing each year – and I want that trend to continue.”

Mr Parker’s links with the Enterprise Trust go back to 1990, when he took up a post as marketing manager. An honours graduate in marketing and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he left to become a partner in a creative consultancy a year later.

He returned to FEAT in 1995 as a business adviser, becoming business development manager in 1998 and assistant director in January 2001.

“My time here has been really varied and I’ve had the pleasure to help a wide range of people and businesses,” said Mr Parker.

“As well as Small Business Gateway services, FEAT runs a regular marketing club – helping local companies gain the exposure and sales leads they need. I’m also kept busy dealing with partners such as BP and the other Small Business Gateways in Stirling and Clackmananshire.

“Planning and running events such as our successful Start Your Own Business Show, E-Business Forums and Employment Law Seminars are also a time consuming and rewarding activities.

“We also provide room hire and training facilities for businesses and other local organisations.

“We provide such a wide variety of services here. Life at FEAT is never boring – and that’s why I’m so pleased to take on the director’s job.”

He added: “The staff at FEAT our Trustees – supported by, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, Falkirk Council our sponsors and partners – are excellent. Our main aim now is to build on the results achieved so far and help even more people realise their dream to start and run a business.”

You can find out more about FEAT by logging onto the website at or e-mailing: Or you can call 01324 665500. Training and support for new businesses is provided free of charge. Call for details.


During the 2001/2002 year, 268 businesses started up with FEAT’s assistance, creating 519 jobs. The number of new businesses helped increased by 12 per cent and the numbers of new jobs created increased by 8 per cent.

Full details are available in the 2001/2002 annual report. Click here read the report online

For further information contact:

Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500


Adrian Mahoney at
The PR Store on 01506 823714
or 07967 150560