Stenhousemuir businesswoman named president

Stenhousemuir newsagent Sharon Sisman
Stenhousemuir newsagent Sharon Sisman

The daughter of the man who opened one of the first newsagents in Stenhousemuir has been appointed to a key 
position in the trade.

Sharon Sisman, the third of four girls raised in the village by respected businessman Charlie Sisman and his wife Molly, has been elected the 101st President of the Scottish District of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents.

The organisation represents over 16,000 shop owners selling newspapers and magazines across the UK.

Sharon, who will combine her new role with her duties as President of the Falkirk branch of the NFRN, is looking forward to a “challenging” 12 months ahead.

She said: “I’m very honoured to have been elected but know there is a lot of hard work ahead because, in a changing business environment, our trade like so many others is facing many challenges from things like government legislation which we will have to address.

“The position of president is an important one and I fully intend to give it my full attention, representing all our members across the Scottish District and doing my very best for them.”

Sharon also has the responsibility of maintaining the proud tradition of ensuring that the Sisman name, one of the best examples of our ‘Shop Local’ campaign, remains part of Stenhousemuir’s shopping scene.

Her dad, who died in 2002, opened Sisman’s 64 years ago this month in a small shop in King Street. Over the decades Charlie Sisman expanded the business from just selling newspapers, cigarettes and bottles of ‘Tizer’ to workers on their way to start their shift at a local foundry into an even larger enterprise.

He opened The Toybox, then moved across the road to larger premises in the pedestrianised King Street, selling gifts and cards.

Sisman’s even ran the village post office for a while and is now located in Main Street.