The Port of Cromarty Firth

Port of Cromarty Firth now decom ready

The Port of Cromarty Firth is the first port in Scotland to be granted decommissioning Permits under the latest environment legislation (Pollution Prevention Control Regulations 2013).   They have been issued a permit under the…

New Arnold Clark site in Inverness

Arnold Clark buys prime Inverness industrial redevelopment opportunity for £1.25m

Car dealer Arnold Clark has bought a prime industrial redevelopment opportunity in Inverness from Forest Enterprise Scotland for £1.25m. The sale follows the relocation of the Mechanical Engineering Services workshop of Forest Enterprise Scotland to more appropriate…

GlenAllachie Distillery operations director Richard Beattie - interior landscape

The GlenAllachie Distillers Company appoints new operations director

The new owners of The GlenAllachie Distillery near Aberlour in Speyside have appointed Richard Beattie as its new Operations Director to help realise their vision for a global independent whisky brand. Operations Director Richard Beattie was…

From left - David Lapsley, John McNulty

Award winning Etive Restaurant to open in Oban

The Taynuilt’s award-winning Etive Restaurant is upping sticks and moving to Oban. The new restaurant, which is a joint venture by chef John McNulty and sommelier David Lapsley, opened on Friday 12th January on the site…

Murdo Murray and Margaret Ann Macleod

New board member for Stornoway Port Authority

Stornoway Port Authority is preparing to move into a new era as it seeks to progress a series of major developments in line with its 20-year Masterplan. The Authority has set out ambitious proposals, including…

Donald Yellowley

DM Hall appoints five new Partners

Chartered surveyor, DM Hall, has appointed five new partners. Three, Richard Clowes, at Galashiels, Graham Forbes in Inverness and Michael McDonald in Elgin, focus on the residential property market, while Ross Wilson, Head of Agency in…

Kim McAllister

Well hello there 2018 – what do you have in store for us? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

I’m not into predictions and I don’t like the idea of fate, because then the control isn’t in our hands. Instead, I asked some of the businesspeople who’ve featured in this column what their priorities…

Dr Colin Gray: The power of podcasting

Video, blogging and social media are all great ways to promote, but I believe that podcasting has advantages over every one of them. While blogging might be the best format for easy of entry –…

Inglis Lyon

HIAL set to ‘future proof’ Scottish operations with £28 million investment

Regional airport operator, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is set to ‘future proof’ its operations in Scotland with an estimated £28 million investment, over the next ten to fifteen years, in state-of-the-art air traffic…

Auchrannie completes transfer of ownership to employees

Luxury resort Auchrannie has announced it has completed its transition to become Scotland’s latest employee-owned business, with 160 members of staff becoming owners. Located in Brodick on the Isle of Arran, Auchrannie is an award-winning…

Gail Ross MSP

£2 million lent to Scottish SMEs creating over 200 jobs

A Scottish Government backed fund which supports enterprise in Scotland by providing micro finance loans to SMEs has lent £2 million to over 130 new and existing businesses across the country, creating more than 200…

L-R Eleanor Bradford Associate Partner and Jennifer Robertson Managing Partner

Eleanor Bradford joins communications agency Spey as Associate Partner

Award-winning former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent Eleanor Bradford has joined communications agency Spey as Associate Partner, leaving her role as Head of Communications for the University of Aberdeen. In this senior appointment, Eleanor joins the…

What qualifies for research & development claims and what can be claimed under R&D tax relief?

R&D tax credits are one of the most attractive tax reliefs available at the moment, given that they can often result in significant cash repayments from HMRC. A lot more of your activities could be…

Jonathan Hinkles

Loganair pre-tax profit down 11% to £3.06m with turnover up to £103.0m

Pre-tax profits at Scottish Airline Loganair fell 11% to £3.06m for the year ended March 31 2017 - down 11% from £3.6m in the previous year. There was an 8% increase in turnover from £95.3m…

Al Read and Nigel Tiddy

Moray brewers receive £85,000 from Business Loans Scotland

Windswept Brewing Co and Wooha Brewing Co are forging ahead with expansion plans following successful awards from a government initiative to support businesses in Scotland. With support and guidance from Business Gateway in Elgin, both…

Nicole Barrett and Rosie Gray

Young entrepreneurs win support to develop social enterprises

Two young entrepreneurs in the Highlands have been offered a one year sponsorship package with a leading Social Enterprise in Inverness thanks to funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), in the run-up to the…

Kim McAllister

What’s in a name? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Well, if you want to come up smelling like roses, rather a lot. It generally comes down to which URL is available – though you should probably consider connotations and the way it trips off…

Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive, Lerwick Port Authority is in the centre

£586,879 funding boost for £6.3m replacement Lerwick fish market

Plans for a new fish market in Lerwick have taken another step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) approving funding of £586,879 to Lerwick Port Authority (LPA). LPA is leading on the £6.3m project…

Ambitious Orkney bakery expands its markets with £731k project

A family owned bakery in Orkney is set to increase production, conquer new markets and create new jobs with an expansion project worth £731,550. WFM Brown Ltd which trades as The Westray Bakehouse and known locally…

Craig Steven (left), the new commercial manager of Sinclair Breweries Ltd, pictured with the company's managing director, Norman Sinclair

Brewing heavyweight joins Orkney’s Sinclair Breweries

Craig Steven, former beers manager for Edinburgh’s Caledonian Brewery, has joined Sinclair Breweries Ltd as commercial manager. The move comes as Sinclair Breweries – operator of the Orkney Brewery and brewers of the Atlas beers…

John Lawrie Group Aberdeen

John Lawrie Group acquires 60 North Recycling in Shetland

Metal reprocessing, tubular supply and decommissioning company John Lawrie Group has expanded its activities and service offering by acquiring the assets of 60 North Recycling in Shetland. The Group, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, has…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 ways you must sweat your startup numbers

When it comes to success or failure as a startup, it's ultimately about the people and the numbers. Or people and numbers. I've written about people challenges before and I will again - a lot of it…

Douglas Martin

Startup Interview: Douglas Martin of MiAlgae

Edinburgh-based scientist and entrepreneur, Douglas Martin recently won an award from Shell for his business MiAlgae which produces algae to sustainably feed fish. According to Martin, his business can grow microalgae rich in omega 3 and other nutrients…

All the winners of Scottish EDGE 11

Scottish EDGE Round 11 awards £1.1m to Scotland’s most promising start-up businesses

Thirteen of the country’s most promising entrepreneurs have pitched their way to a share in a £1.1 million prize pot in the Scottish EDGE Round 11 Final. Twenty two finalists, chosen from over 242 applicants…

Iain Gulland

Industry Leaders Call on Scots Manufacturers to Embrace Circular Economy

The business of boosting Scottish manufacturing by making it more circular - unlocking the economic opportunities of maximising resource use and developing new business models – will be addressed at a series of high profile…