Angela Hughes

Promotions bolster senior team at Clark Communications Team

Scottish communications agency Clark Communications has announced two senior promotions to coincide with a raft of new business wins. Associate director Angela Hughes has become a director of the business, while Anna Farley-Allan has returned from maternity leave to…

From left - Jackie Waring, Eishel Quinn, Sir Richard Branson, Loral Quinn, Celia Hodgson and Pooja Jain

Sir Richard Branson surprises Scottish startups at first mentor session

Representatives from three of Scotland’s leading startup businesses attended their first mentor session following Virgin StartUp’s inaugural search for Scotland’s startup Business of the Year - but it didn’t quite go as planned. Celia Hodgson from…

Best 50 companies to work for in Scotland revealed

A prestige car retailer has come out on top of the list of best companies to work for in Scotland. [adbutler zone_id='297765'] The Sytner Group was formed in 1968 by Frank Sytner and his older brother…

Moya Ryland

IT vacancies in Scotland rise 7% year-on-year

Demand for permanent IT professionals in Scotland rose by 7% year-on-year to April 2018 according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). The data, provided by recruitment software company, Innovantage, also reveals…

The i4 Product Design team

i4 Product Design chooses employee ownership

An Edinburgh-based company has become Scotland’s latest employee-owned business, with 14 members of staff becoming majority owners. i4 Product Design Ltd was formed in 2003 by four founding directors, Brian Combe, Ewan Maxwell, Gordon Miller and…

Nigel Eccles

FanDuel to merge with US unit of Paddy Power Betfair

Fan betting website FanDuel, which was launched in Edinburgh in 2009 is to merge with the US unit ofPaddy Power Betfair. The vast majority of FanDuels business takes place in the United States. [adbutler zone_id='297765'] Paddy…

Managing director Karen Arthur and medical director Dr Sanjay Rajpara of Grand Aura

New skin clinic opens its doors in Granite City

A luxury skin and wellbeing clinic, which offers the latest in specialist treatments using advanced, state-of-the-art technology, has opened its doors in Aberdeen city centre.  Based at 9 Carden Place, Grand Aura is led by…

Lochboisdale

£10m plan to create new community owned distillery in Hebrides

Residents of the Hebridean islands of South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula will get a taste of “whisky galore” if plans to create a new distillery in Lochboisdale come to fruition.   Stòras Uibhist, the community…

Shirley-Anne Somerville

PwC unveils new data science Graduate Apprenticeship with Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities

Workers of the future will be able to get a degree in data science through a Graduate Apprenticeship in a first for Scotland. Global accounting and business services giant PwC, has joined forces with the…

Barry Park

OEM Group and EnerMech Sign Global Cooperation Agreement

OEM Group and integrated engineering services specialist EnerMech have signed a three-year worldwide collaboration agreement to identify opportunities to deliver engine support services through EnerMech’s global service centres. The agreement will see OEM supply EnerMech…

Noel Cowley

ZynQ 360 opens new office in Perth, Western Australia

Aberdeen-based ZynQ 360 has opened a new office in Perth, WA, and appointed Noel Cowley as the company’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Noel will be responsible for the continual, global growth…

Kirsty Buchanan Gary Hogan

Interface welcomes team members in the north-east and Highlands and Islands

Support for businesses in the north-east and across the Highlands and Islands has been strengthened with two new appointments by Interface, which connects organisations and companies to academic expertise for research and development projects. Kirsty Buchanan…

John Morrison

Shortlist for Edinburgh Napier University Bright Red Sparks unveiled

Edinburgh Napier University has unveiled the shortlist for its inaugural innovation and enterprise competition, Bright Red Sparks. The winners of the annual awards, led by Bright Red Triangle, the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship practice, will…

Commercialisation Plans Harvest MTRAC Subsidy

MTRAC Michigan Tech Innovation Hub grants over $200,000 for advanced material applied projects in the state. Four different technologies from universities in Michigan demonstrate potential in advanced materials. These are earned from the MTRAC (Michigan…

Paul Curran, chief executive officer, Qmile Group

Edinburgh’s Quartermile Developments acquired in MBO

Two directors of Edinburgh-based property developer Quartermile Developments have launched a new development company following a successful management buyout (MBO). Chief executive officer, Paul Curran, and finance director, Mike Milligan, have purchased the entire share…

From left - Peter Sim and Callum Sim

New Aberdeenshire gin launched to add to NE collection

Aberdeen-based Raven Spirits Ltd. has launched a new premium gin, adding to the rich variety of Aberdeenshire’s small batch gins. Raven Gin has been created by North-East brothers, Callum and Peter Sim. The company will…

Decom North Sea Awards Finalists

Inaugural Decom North Sea Award winners revealed

Winners of the 2018 Decom North Sea Awards were announced last night (22 May) in a celebration of sector collaboration, innovation and dedication. Decom North Sea revealed the three winners to an audience of more…

Left to right are John Reid, Dominic McCormick and Martin Douglas of Graham + Sibbald (by Stewart Attwood)

Graham + Sibbald strengthens West of Scotland residential team

Graham + Sibbald, the chartered surveyor and property specialist, has strengthened its Residential team in the West of Scotland with a recently appointed Director of West Residential position and a number of new recruits. [adbutler…

Duncan Bonner

Falck Safety Services UK appoints new UK managing director

Training, management and competency organisation, Falck Safety Services UK, has appointed a new UK managing director. Duncan Bonner has been  UK sales director with the company for the previous two years.  He takes over from Colin…

University of Edinburgh

Entrepreneurs shouldn’t start their business with a plan

Writing a business plan within the first six months of launching a business is worthless, and even counterproductive, new research from the University of Edinburgh Business School suggests. Professor Francis Greene and his co-author found that the…

Briggs Marine continues North West England growth with Peel Ports contract

Fife-based marine contractors, Briggs Marine, has bolstered its presence in Liverpool following a contract award by Peel Ports worth approximately £2million annually. The contract will see Briggs provide all mooring services for ships arriving and leaving the…

Scots entrepreneur invests £250k in new QC solution

A Scots entrepreneur has created a new solution for managing quality control and increasing visibility during the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of large oil and gas development projects globally after investing around £250,000 in…

Ritchie Whyte

Scottish family businesses would surrender control in return for growth

New research suggests that the vast majority of Scotland’s family firms would give up control of the business in a Dragon’s Den style deal if that was the only way they could expand or grow.…

Stornoway Habour

Strong year for Stornoway Port Authority

Stornoway Port Authority has had a busy and successful year with turnover up 3.4% from 2016 to £3.4 million. The Authority’s 2017 annual report highlights improvement in many aspects of the business as it plans a…

Whisky continues to grow export figures to reach £4.37bn in 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has released an analysis of the industry’s 2017 export performance that indicates the UK trade deficit would be almost 3% greater without Scotland’s national drink. Earlier this year, it was…