Edinburgh security firm boss launches fitness equipment venture

An Edinburgh entrepreneur has turned his attention to the home fitness market after demand for his private security business was hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 7:30 am

The entrepreneur saw an opportunity when finding difficulties with buying weights online. Picture: contributed.

Angus McNaughton Leishman has launched The Weight Stand Company, which sells products such as barbells, plates and dumbbells. It has seen demand bulk up both north and south of the Border amid tighter lockdown restrictions as consumers look to work out at home.

McNaughton Leishman is already the founder and boss of Gent Security, which supplies “high-calibre, personable” security for a range of venues and events – with clients spanning the UK and including The Pear Tree in Edinburgh, the Royal Highland Show, and private parties for celebrities. While business has picked up again, its workers now amount to 15, compared to 40 pre-pandemic.

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The Edinburgh medicine cabinet and the city high life

The medicine cabinet found at The Georgian House in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square. PIC: National Trust for Scotland.

The medicine cabinet houses a dark part of the country’s history.

Found at The Georgian House in Edinburgh, a classic 18th Century New Town property run by National Trust for Scotland, it contains everything from castor oil to chloroform and laudanum, all of which would have been vital components of a 19th Century household medical kit, particularly laudanum.

Laudanum was a mixture of opium and high-proof alcohol that would have been taken to cure and ease all manner of symptoms, from diarrhoea to teething pains in children.

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An advertisement for Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, which contained opium and was marketed as a treatment for baby teething pains, was sold until the end of the 19th Century. PIC: NTS.

In various

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