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GalloGlas to join forces with Balkan Security Academy

GalloGlas Security & Logistics are today delighted to announce a partnership with Balkan Security Academy (BSA).  BSA are the only SIA approved Training Company in Eastern Europe providing courses taught by British instructors with military and civil police backgrounds, as well as over 20 years of combined front line operational and client experience in hostile environments. Continuously delivering exceptional operators from their course, this is in line with their planned expansion goals.



What does this news mean?

In a move that will see GalloGlas Security & Logistics Ltd as a Group restructure into various bodies, GalloGlas Security Solutions Ltd will now add the SIA Close Protection Level 3 qualification to its catalogue.  As part of the restructuring, we also can announce that Steve ‘Tab’ Lambert will be announced as Director of Training for GalloGlas Security Solutions and will lead the team of highly trained and experienced UK licensed protection personnel.  Tab brings with him an exceptional amount of experience, both operationally and from a security training environment on a Global level.  Following on from the SIA CP Course, GalloGlas will also be able to offer students various fully accredited ‘bolt ons’ which can include Medical, Live Firing Ranges and Advanced Security Chauffeur Driving to name but a few. 



We will also see the creation of GalloGlas Logistical Solutions, GalloGlas Integrated Training Solutions and finally GalloGlas EcoClean which is expected Q1 2020. Integrated Training Solutions will see Campbell Young move from Group Sales Manager to MD Integrated Training Solutions.  EcoClean ties in fantastically with fundamentals of the Group strategy to help companies lower their carbon footprint and will be the regions first fully Eco-Friendly cleaning company even down to how the staff travel, with more on this to follow.

Based in Dumfries, Scotland; GalloGlas is situated on old RAF Dumfries which during WWII was primarily a training depot, so it is apt to see security themed training continue with GalloGlas.  The training area lends itself to a perfect environment to train in, from built up areas to runways to derelict buildings to forests.  Dumfries and Galloway itself is steeped in history, which includes the invention of the first bicycle, and is where Robert the Bruce killed the Red Comyn.  Famous sons born in the area are the likes of Calvin Harris, John Paul Jones (Father of the US Navy) and John Laurie who starred as Private Frazer in Dads Army!

Course dates shall start being worked on and shall be released in due course.  In the meantime, if you wish to register your name or require further information please see the following contact details

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South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has called for urgent action after unemployment figures in Dumfries and Galloway show they are the highest this year.



Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in July 2019 2,655 people across Dumfries and Galloway were claiming out of work benefits. It meant that in July this year 3% of the working age population were claiming out of work benefits and looking for work.

This was the highest out of work benefit claimant count since March 2014 when 2,700 people across the region were looking for work.

Colin Smyth said, “Behind these figures are people across our region desperately looking for employment. With 2,655 in Dumfries and Galloway out of work it is clear that urgent action must be taken”.

“Much has been said about the signing of the Borderlands Growth Deal and the establishment of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. However, neither of these will deliver for people looking for jobs in our region right here, right now.  They and their families can’t wait. When you speak to businesses in the area, it is also clear that for many the fear over leaving the EU, particularly the increasing likeliness of a no-deal Brexit, is creating a barrier to job creation. Many businesses are choosing not to take people on at the moment because they are so uncertain about the future and realise that no matter what preparations are made, crashing out of the EU without a deal will hurt businesses in Dumfries and Galloway and damage trade”.


South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth believes that a successful community bid for Langholm Moor could pave the way for more community ownership across the South of Scotland.

Colin Smyth at Langholm Moor


The local MSP was commenting after a visit to the Moor this week with Wild Eskdale Project Manager Kevin Cumming.

Two community groups are currently considering bids for a part of the Moor after Buccleuch Estates announced its intention earlier this year to sell off about 25,000 acres of its estate in South West Scotland, which includes Langholm Moor.

Buccleuch Estates opened a consultation on the sale of the land on 30 May with a view to putting the land on the market in August if there was no registered interest. After groups two communities - Langholm and Newcastleton- expressed an interest in different parts of the land, the Estate has agreed to extend the initial period for bids until March next year. Colin Smyth believes this should be extended further if need be to allow the community to develop a detailed bid for the land given that they would also have to secure significant funding. 


South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said, “This really is a great opportunity to bring the Langholm Moor under community ownership and we need to do all we can to support that. It is a spectacular site of special scientific interest literally on Langholm’s doorstep and is already well used by the community and visitors alike, including being one of the best places in the country for hen harriers. I know groups in Langholm and Newcastleton are working round the clock to prepare bids for different parts of the site and they have my full backing. 

“Too much of Scotland’s land is still the hands of too few. A community buy out would not only put ownership in the hands of the local community but would be the best way to safeguard the natural and cultural heritage of this beautiful landscape. At the same time it will open up new opportunities to provide a real economic boost to the area by developing eco tourism on the site, attracting more people to a part of our region all too often overlooked and under promoted”. 

“I’m pleased Buccleuch Estates extended the initial timetable for bids and I hope they will be flexible in allowing sufficient time for community bids to be developed for what is a complex process. I also hope any bid will be given the full support of the Scottish Land Fund through grants. Although around 560,000 acres of land in Scotland have been subject to community buy-out, only 800 acres are in the south of Scotland. Those have been the subject of community buyout such as Castle Loch in Lochmaben and the Mull of Galloway have been a huge success. I hope Langholm Moor is one of the next. A successful community buy-out of the Moor could paves the way for more across the South of Scotland”

WestSound to Cease Programming From Dumfries & Galloway

Bauer Radio have announced that the Dumfries & Galloway based radio station WestSound will cease all local programming on September 1st 2019.




Starting on Monday, September 2nd Ewan Cameron, alreadybroadcasting on Bauer's Greatest Hits stations in Scotland, will replace Kenny Campbell who started hosting the show in April following Tommy Jardine’s retirement.

The Home Run with Michael Smith (3-7pm) will also be networked, replaced by Drive with Gina McKie.

Weekends will also see the loss of local shows as both Saturday and Sunday shows hosted by Lee Medd will be replaced with networked programming. 

Gary Stein, Group Programme Director for the Hits Radio Brand Networks said: “We’re excited to bring these highly acclaimed shows to Dumfries.

“Delivering compelling content is our priority and this means that West Sound listeners in the area can now enjoy programming which includes the multi-award-winning Ewen Cameron’s Breakfast Show, all coupled with the local news, traffic and travel and other local information important to them.”

NEW Post Office Service for Langholm

Post Office  have announced that the Langholm Post Office service will operate from inside Langholm Town Hall, Market Place, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH from November 1st 2019.

The introduction of a permanent Hosted Outreach service, presents the best solution in the area and will also create a more secure service in the longer term to the local community for the future. The Postmaster from Scotby Post Office will continue to offer Post Office services and will operate the Hosted Outreach service from within the Town hall.


The new service is planned to commence on Friday 1 November 2019, and will operate on Wednesdays between 10:00 and 15:30, and Fridays between 09:00 and 14:00.

The current temporary Hosted Outreach Mobile Post Office service is scheduled to cease on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has welcomed proposals to locate the Langholm Post Office within Langholm Town Hall- but expressed his disappointment that the hours of opening will remain well below those of the previous Post Office in the town.


Colin Smyth said, “A number of constituents have contacted me with concerns over the future of services for customers from Langholm and across the Esk Valley since it was revealed that the Post Office was going to close last November and I have been lobbying the Post Office to find a way forward”.

“Although the temporary mobile service has served a purpose, it is far from ideal and a more permanent solution is badly needed. The use of the Town Hall is a positive proposal, which I welcome because it also adds to the services available there. However, it is disappointing that a way was not found to increase the opening hours more than just two days a week. I will therefore be urging the Post Office to continue to look at whether longer hours could be considered in the future.”

Post Office Limited are carrying out a consultation to gain feedback from local people on the new service plans.

Responses can be provided here;