Alan Johnston

Business is booming for Edinburgh accountancy franchise

Business is booming for Edinburgh-based accountancy firm TaxAssist Accountants headed up by serial entrepreneur Renee Mackay. Since 2010 she has built up a client base of over 1,200 small and medium-sized businesses with a fee…

Graham Alexander

SBP accountants and tax advisers strengthens management team

SBP Accountants & Tax Advisers, which has offices in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Banff and Fraserburgh, has appointed Graham Alexander as director adding to the six-strong management team. Mr Alexander will manage the Aberdeen headquarters and staff with…

Henrik Andreasen and Bill Main

Balmoral escalates renewables ambition with Norwegian acquisition

Balmoral Offshore Engineering has acquired Norwegian manufacturer, Seaproof Solutions, to accelerate its expansion into the offshore renewables market. The move is seen by both companies as a strategic development built on the strengths of the…

Holyrood Park Distillery

Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for 90 years completes £5.8m fundraise

Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for 90 years has successfully completed a £5.8m funding drive to help fund the creation of a new distillery and visitor experience, spanning 11,969 sq ft, in the heart of Scotland’s…

Ben Bailey, MD, Clark Thomson

Jelf to acquire Scotland’s largest independent insurance broker

Marsh owned insurance and risk management consultancy, Jelf, is to acquire Clark Thomson, Scotland’s largest independent insurance broker. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. Terms were not disclosed. [adbutler zone_id='297765']…

L-R Online Valves Owner, David Sim; Snr Projects Co-Ordinator, Bill Priest and Sales Director, James Padgham

Online Valves expands internationally after securing £1 million funding package

Online Valves Ltd, the Aberdeen-based distributor of pipeline equipment to the oil and gas sector, is expanding its business into new international markets after securing a £1 million funding package from HSBC. The deal with…

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…

Scottish textiles company announces significant international growth at Beijing business event

Angus-based textile specialist The Wilkie Group, has announced it has posted a 35% increase in turnover with net profits more than doubling, in its recently released annual accounts, during a Scotland Is Now Showcase in…

Calum Forsyth, CEO, and Robin Knox, Chairman

Seed Haus invests in three new startups

Seed Haus, the Edinburgh based pre-seed investor, has recently completed investments in three new startups that will join the incubator as part of their second cohort. The startups selected to join the second cohort are:…

Alex Tait

New Scottish regional managing partner for RSM

RSM UK has appointed Alex Tait as the regional managing partner (RMP) for its Scotland and Northern Ireland region. Alex Tait, who joined the firm as a trainee in 1996, previously headed up the assurance…

From left: Patricia Turk – Canada Goose Human Resources International Manager, Euan Sellar – activpayroll Chief Operating Officer, Roland Dreyer – Canada Goose Director of Finance, Taimi Degerlund – Canada Goose Human Resources Business Manager

activpayroll wins Canada Goose contract

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, has won the global payroll and mobility solutions contract for Canada Goose, one of the world's leading makers of performance luxury apparel. The payroll…

Foster and residential care provider secures £2.2m funding facility to support international growth

Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has provided a £2.2 million invoice finance funding facility to Care Visions, an independent fostering and residential care provider for vulnerable children, adults and the elderly. Established almost twenty years ago,…

Calum Paterson

Calum Paterson of Scottish Equity Partners appointed Chair of BVCA

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) has welcomed Calum Paterson, Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), as its Chairman for 2018/19. The BVCA, which represents the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK,…

Steve Wilson

Business recovery and advice specialist appoints new BD Manager

Business recovery and advice specialist, Middlebrooks, has taken steps to further expand its business with the appointment of Steve Wilson as Business Development Manager. With 29 years’ experience in debt-related advice in relation to both personal…

Riverside Chiropractic Team

Financial boost for Aberdeen chiropractic clinic

An Aberdeen chiropractic clinic has secured funding from Barclays to expand its premises and drive business growth. The £248k commercial mortgage will allow the Riverside Chiropractic Group to deliver more specialised natural services in response to…

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course sold to German hotelier

The Roxburghe hotel and golf course, near Kelso in the Scottish Borders has been sold to to 12.18. Investment Management GmbH. The property had been marketed for offers in excess of £3.25 million. The Düsseldorf-based project developer…

Loch Duart named as a top Sunday Times ‘Profit Track 100’ company

Loch Duart, the independent salmon farming company based in Sutherland and the Hebrides, has been placed at number 21 in the annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 and second amongst the eight Scottish headquartered companies who…

Calum Smeaton

TVSquared raises another £6 million to support market expansion

TVSquared, the Edinburgh-based TV performance analytics and optimisation company has raised another £6 million in funding to support and accelerate its market expansion. To date, equity funding totals more than £15.4 million. The latest round was…

Catrina McRobb

Grant Thornton makes senior appointment in Aberdeen

Grant Thornton has appointed a new Senior Manager to its Aberdeen team as its growth strategy in the city picks up pace. The business and financial advisor has hired Catrina McRobb, who will support the…

Ally Scott

Strongest M&A activity for a first quarter in a decade

UK deal making has had an impressive start to the year as domestic and cross border activity accelerate, according to data released by EY today. The overall value of UK M&A reached levels similar to…

(L-R) Grant Rogerson, Avril McLeod, Nicola Brice and John Gregor

ANM Group profitability delivers trading members bonus

ANM Group – one of Scotland’s most active and influential farming, food and finance co-operatives – has reported a trading profit of £572,000, for the year ending 31st December 2017. In addition, the group has announced it…

Brian McMurray

Anderson Anderson & Brown appoints new head of equity funding

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB), one of the UK’s leading firms of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, has announced the appointment of Brian McMurray as Head of Equity Funding. Brian brings together AAB’s extensive…

Rory Galloway

Barclays supports diversification of Arbroath agricultural business

Messrs George L Galloway, a family-owned agriculture business in Arbroath, Angus, has received backing from Barclays to help the business diversify into property investment and development. The business secured a loan from Barclays, which it…

Grant Gordon and Sue Savege

Cabrach Trust secures £310,000 in funding for distillery and heritage centre

A charitable trust which is building an historical distillery and heritage centre in rural Moray has secured £310,000 in funding to allow preparatory work to get underway. The Cabrach Trust was set up to regenerate…

From left - Ryan Newall and Jeannie Kielty of Banks Renewables

Connect2Renewables set to deliver £100m boost to South Lanarkshire Economy

An initiative that prioritises local communities and businesses is well on the way to delivering an estimated £101million boost to the South Lanarkshire economy. Connect2Renewables (C2R) was launched in 2014 by Banks Renewables with the…