FirstGroup rejects takeover offer from US private equity firm

FirstGroup has received a takeover proposal from US private equity firm Apollo Management. The FirstGroup board has rejected the offer saying that the cash offer "fundamentally undervalues the Company and is opportunistic in nature". The offer was…

From left - Kirstin Mackie, Mac Mackie and Karin Mackie

Mackie’s turnover up 1% to £12.2 million

Growth in chocolate sales and a developing taste for real dairy ice cream in the Far East have helped Scottish confectionary brand Mackie’s of Scotland to achieve further growth along with strong profits. Following a busy…

From left - Ruth Mustard and Lesley Macinnes

Sweco scoops award for Edinburgh workplace travel planning programme

Engineering, environment and design consultancy firm Sweco has been recognised for developing a workplace travel planning programme for Edinburgh at this year’s Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards. The business was named winner in the ‘Partnership…

Rachel Mirfattahi

Rachel Mirfattahi: Seaweed, rapeseed oil and Honey Berries in the Scottish food mix for 2018

Here in Scotland we have a wonderful larder and could go through the day enjoying the crème de la crème; from porridge with berries and heather honey, to salmon or trout with seasonal vegetables, and venison or beef…

Dan Scott, PureGym Area Manager and Yvie Burnett train at PureGym in Aberdeen

Pure Gym opens at Hill of Rubislaw

PureGym has opened its fourth Aberdeen 24-hour gym in H1, previously known as Seafield House at the Hill of Rubislaw, Aberdeen. The firm has invested £2.6million in the latest two facilities which offer low-cost, high-quality facilities with…

Bowhouse welcomes 15,000 visitors in first six months

Bowhouse, Fife’s new food and drink hub has welcomed an impressive 15,000 visits to its three food weekends this year and announced a programme of monthly spring food weekends. Bowhouse launched its first food weekend…

The Consider IT team

Yule Regret This: IT firm reveals Remote Control Decorations

FESTIVE IT experts have kitted out their office with illuminated brash and noisy Christmas decorations – that can be remotely controlled by anyone online. Urging visitors to the webpage to “take control of our office decorations and…

Mark Gibson and Elaine Cromwell, Partners at Thomson Cooper Accountants

Prepare your business for Making Tax Digital at The Old Course Hotel

People doing business in North-East Fife are being invited to join members and guests of St Andrews Business Club on January 10 to hear how they should start preparing their business for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme.…

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…

Stuart Moncur

Savills appoints head of regional retail in Edinburgh

International real estate advisor Savills has appointed Stuart Moncur as Head of Regional Retail at Savills, based in the firm’s Edinburgh office. Previously at Cushman & Wakefield in Edinburgh where he was Head of National…

Well-Centric awarded £300,000 per year North Sea well integrity contract

Well-Centric, an independent specialist operating in the well integrity and production technology sectors of the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract worth up to £300,000 per year with independent exploration and production company, Chrysaor.…

Scottish salmon

Salmon exports rise 56% to £483M for first nine months of 2017

The latest figures released by HMRC (10th November) show continued record growth for Scottish salmon exports during 2017. Over the first nine months of this year, salmon sales were valued at £483M, a 56% increase in…

Steven Clarke

Shepherd surveyor named Edinburgh dealmaker of the year

Steven Clarke, commercial agency surveyor at Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, has been named Edinburgh Dealmaker of the Year in the commercial property bible, Estates Gazettes’ prestigious competition. George Brewster, Senior Partner at Shepherd, said: “I am…

Simon Capaldi

Edinburgh office take-up on track to beat 2016 total

Edinburgh’s office market looks set for another very strong year after a further 160,449 sq. ft. of city-centre stock was let during Q3 2017, according to Knight Frank. Analysis from the independent property consultancy found…

8 Nelson Mandela Place

£11m Glasgow office deal underlines strength of investor confidence in Scottish cities

A prime building in the heart of Glasgow has changed hands in a multi-million-pound deal. Investment group The Topland Group has purchased 8 Nelson Mandela Place in the city centre for c £11.1m from Patrizia…

Helen Graham, Chair at Hawthorn Housing Co-operative and Amanda Dorel, Head of SME Real Estate for Bank of Scotland

Glasgow social housing boosted by £2m funding package

Hawthorn Housing Co-operative is to build 48 new homes in Possilpark after securing a £2 million funding package from Bank of Scotland. The affordable social housing units are to be built on land in Ashfield…

Crowdfunding: Live projects looking for support right now

These are some of the Scottish business related crowdfunding projects live and looking for your support right now. The GlenWyvis Open Share Offer This Open Share Offer is an opportunity for you to support the…

The 1,000 MW Fosen Vind project. Courtesy Fosen Vind Project

Wood Group wins contract for Europe’s largest onshore wind power project

Wood Group’s clean energy business, previously known as SgurrEnergy, has been chosen to carry out power performance testing [PPT] on Europe’s largest onshore wind power project. The 1,000 MW Fosen Vind project, which is located…

Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon: Land tax on pension transfers is the latest blow to the Scottish commercial property market

When commercial property is such a vital component of a country's economic success, it is a struggle to understand why authorities seem to view the sector simply as a cash cow, there to be mercilessly…

Geoff Gunther and Paul Richards (right) , the co-founders of Together Energy.

Together Energy creates 60 new jobs and £5.4 million turnover in first year

Clydebank-based new gas and electricity supplier, Together Energy, has made a strong entry to the UK energy market, creating almost 40 jobs since its launch and is on track to increase employment to 60 by…

May’s seed/venture-stage investments combine to £5m total

Welcome to our monthly feature focussing on the Scottish investment sector, brought to you in partnership with Beauhurst, the platform that shares rich information on UK based high-growth companies. Eight seed/venture-stage investments took place in…

Borders Railway

Report shows benefits of Borders Railway

An independent study commissioned by Transport Scotland shows the Borders Railway is attracting new tourists, homeowners and workers. The Transport Scotland report also indicates high levels of rail use among Borderers, with Tweedbank, Galashiels and…

Alan Aitchison

Exports from Scotland rise by over a quarter

New figures from HMRC have revealed that the value of exported goods by companies in Scotland rose by over a quarter the first three months of 2017 versus the same period last year. In the…

The Future of Cyber Security Conference – Women in Security

The Future of Cyber Security Scotland Conference sessions are carefully curated to inform and engage our audience about the inner workings of what is going on in today’s Cyber Security World and are a must-attend…

Lidl store

Lidl launches first ‘Scottish Food & Drink Week’

Lidl is adding 50 new locally-sourced products to the shelves of its 94 stores across Scotland for the launch of its very first Scottish Food and Drink Week on Thursday 27th April. The 50 new…