Murray Kerr

Subsea engineering firm SengS nets £1.6million worth of contracts

A north-east engineering services firm, acquired by a private-equity backed manufacturer last year, has continued to build upon recent momentum with the announcement of new contracts worth £1.6million. SengS, part of the Pryme Group, will…

Group of attendees at Ghana workshop

Atlas Knowledge boosts business opportunities in Africa

International specialist digital learning firm Atlas Knowledge has increased its number of partner companies in Africa to almost 30% of its total partner network following the Aberdeen-headquartered firms’ first ever series of overseas workshops which…

Alan Anderson

Independent Growth Finance delivers £16.6m to Scottish SMEs over past year

Independent Growth Finance (IGF), the SME commercial finance provider, has delivered a total of £16.6m to SMEs across Scotland over the past year. Since the opening of its Glasgow office in June 2016, IGF has…

Peter Vardy opens dedicated MINI showrooms in Edinburgh

A dedicated MINI showroom has been launched by Peter Vardy, the fast-growing Scotland-wide automotive retailing group, on Edinburgh’s automotive alley, Seafield Road. As well as the full range of MINIs, including the Hatch, Countryman and…

Phil Foster

Showing love for the best of Scotland’s businesses

The deadline for entering submissions is fast approaching in the search to find Scotland’s best businesses. Submissions for ‘The Best of Britain Awards’ close on Friday – and there’s a dedicated award for the best…

Founders Amy (left) and Julie. Photo credit: George Wright

Millionth sale and Chinese expansion for Cheeky Chompers

Cheeky Chompers, the Scotland-based manufacturer of 'The World’s first chewable dribble bib for teething tots' has just sold its millionth product, expanded into China and unveiled a new collection. Within just four years the founding…

Mani Rajapathy

Petrofac strengthens Iraq presence with contracts worth US$100 million

Petrofac has secured a contract extension and a new award with a combined value of more than US$100 million for construction management, engineering, commissioning and start-up services for two International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Iraq.…

Iain McClune

Whisky Auctioneer toasts success with funding package leading to more jobs

A Perth based whisky auctioneering website has secured funding from Barclays to drive business growth. The deal has enabled the company to acquire larger premises and increase its workforce in response to a surge in…

(from left to right) – Wellbeing Lab Manager Jen Wood, Food and Beverage Manager Gillian Heath, Head Chef Kenny Sheekey and Restoration Yard Store Manager Victoria Gray

£7m Restoration Yard celebrates first year

The team at Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park, raised their glasses this week to celebrate its first anniversary. Restoration Yard opened its doors to the public in July 2016 following a £7million investment to…

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show Returns to Edinburgh

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, the go-to consumer exhibition for self-builders, home renovators and improvers, is back at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on 21 – 22 October 2017. The Show will be packed…

Doug More of Assure APM

Founder Interview: Doug More, CEO, Assure APM

Doug More, CEO, Assure APM gives us an insight into why he came out of retirement to launch his tech startup Assure APM. When did you launch the company? Assure APM was founded in 2014. What…

Diane Holden

How to keep your small business out of debt

Debts and late payments seem to go hand in hand and together are the plague of many small businesses’ existence. While in an ideal world every business transaction would be invoiced and paid on time,…

Neil Brownlee

Scottish Thistle Award reveals new national category

Some of the country’s leading business events are to be recognised as part of a prestigious tourism award scheme. The Scottish Thistle Awards has launched a new national Best Business Event category to celebrate the…

Keith Aitken

Keith Aitken: Evolving Edinburgh – how has the capital changed since 2007?

A decade is a long time in any game. When I joined GVA ten years ago, all areas of property except for industrial were on the up in Scotland. Things were going great guns but…

Scottish welding consumable manufacturer plans to hit £20m by 2021

Glasgow-based WB Alloy Welding Products plans to double its turnover to £20 million by 2021, in spite of challenging market conditions. The firm which manufactures and supplies welding consumables, equipment and specialised site services has…

Ian Watson

ALTIA-ABM nominated for national business award

ALTIA-ABM has been shortlisted for the Vonage Nexmo Business Enabler Award for the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. The Glasgow-based firm provides expert software and systems for the police, government departments, local authorities and…

Christopher Leigh

Estonian fish processor buys Aberdeen-based John Ross Jr

Aberdeen-based fish processor John Ross Jr has been bought by an Estonia based fish processing giant leading to a cash windfall for founder Andrew Leigh. Smoked salmon specialist John Ross Jr and Coln Valley Smokery…

James Millar

Top Japanese award for North-east whisky expert

A North-east entrepreneur and Robert Gordon University (RGU) visiting lecturer has been named as one of the recipients of a prestigious award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. James Millar, Co-Founder and Executive…

Daniel Steabler

Barrhead Travel announces Brilliant appointment

Independent travel company Barrhead Travel has appointed Daniel Steabler as business development manager for its Brilliant Travel division. Daniel – a former business development manager for Northern England and Scotland with Cruise and Maritime –…

Stuart McCallum

Over a third of manufacturers fail to utilise R&D opportunities

New statistics, taken from a manufacturing industry survey by audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, reveal a large percentage of UK manufacturers are not taking advantage of research and development (R&D) tax credits to help…

6 Simple Tips for Creating the Perfect Project Plan

Project planning is one of the most important yet misunderstood elements of project management. Poor planning can ruin your project even before the work begins. Distracting focus, shrinking budgets and infuriating miscommunications can complicate even…

Tax Loans for Partners

Many businesses, especially professional firms such as solicitors, accountants and doctors, are structured as partnerships. Thomson Reuters Practical Law explains that a partnership is not a separate legal entity, but is established under the Partnership…

George Morrison

Aquaterra signs multi-million pound investment deal with private equity firm

Global offshore engineering solutions provider, Aquaterra Energy, has secured a multi-million pound investment from EV Private Equity as the company gears up for service expansion and new technology launches. The deal is the first to…

Donna McKay

Brodies family lawyer receives Law Society accreditation

Donna McKay, Associate with Scotland’s largest law firm Brodies, has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law. Donna has trained as a family law mediator and is an…

Stephen Kemp

Scottish builders’ confidence declines as fears over future work pipeline grow

The confidence of employers in the Scottish construction industry has taken a hit as fears over future work prospects grow. This is a key conclusion of the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of…

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