Quiet April for funding deals in Scotland

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. April was a fairly quiet month…

L- R – Innes Smith (Springfield Properties managing director) Conor Christie (Springfield Properties)

Housebuilder provides springboard for young workers

House developer Springfield Properties has smashed training ambitions announcing that 23% of all staff are now engaged with training or education. Less than three years ago, the award-winning housebuilder pledged to have 10% of its…

Back row L-R – Darren Johnson, Allison Miller, Robbie Inkster, Mark Chivers and Hannah Simpson Front row L-R – Renata Sinclair, Joanne Anderson, Katrina Wiseman HIE, Ingrid Webb CEO of Cope, Sarah Hutchison and Nadine Samuel

HIE supports Shetland social enterprise to expand with £122,350 grant

A Lerwick based social enterprise is being supported by a grant of £122,350 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help diversify and grow the business. COPE Ltd is well-established and successful and provides employment…

L-R: Irvine Spowart, Sandy Manson (CEO), Iain Castles, Rosalind Catto, Scott Jeffrey, Ryan Diplexcito, Gavin Young, Emma Waterman and Andrew Shepherd (Chairman)

Johnston Carmichael promotions strengthen senior team

Accountancy and Business Advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has expanded its leadership team with seven new promotions as part of the firm’s growth strategy across Scotland. Rosalind Catto and Scott Jeffrey, who are based in the…

Balmacara Hotel

Two North West Scotland hotels snapped up by expanding holiday firms

Two hotels in the Isle of Skye area have been purchaed in separate deals totalling more than £1million. The Balmacara Hotel, a landmark stopping spot on the 'Road to the Isles' near Kyle of Lochalsh,…

Jason Cleaversmith, Aquaculture Innovation Director at SAIC

Aquaculture supply chain £1m innovation fund open

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands can now apply to a £1 million innovation fund, which has opened for applications. The 30-month pilot programme, Accelerating…

Justin Livesey

New project manager at Cabrach Trust

The Cabrach Trust, which was established to facilitate rural regeneration in and around a remote part of Moray, has appointed Justin Livesey as project manager to help oversee its work. The one-year post will see…

From left - Diego Zurolo mine manager - Dario Coragliotto assistant mine manager - Daniele Trogolo Got project manager - Alison Gainsford HIE - credit Kenny Ferguson

£1million expansion for resurrected sand mine

A £1million expansion at a sand mine that re-opened in 2012 has created nine new jobs in rural Lochaber. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has invested £100,000 in the development by Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd…

Scotland's 'cream of the crop' crowned at Scotlands Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2017

Scotland’s Cream of the Crop Crowned at Top Food & Drink Awards

25 winners are celebrating after being awarded at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2017. A record number of 820 guests attended Scotland’s food and drink ‘Oscars’, held in Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre…

Left: Graeme Ambrose, chief executive of VisitInvernessLochNess Right: David Allen, director of Scotland for People 1st who manage WorldHost Regional Destination

Inverness and Loch Ness now WorldHost Recognised Destination

Inverness and Loch Ness was officially named as a WorldHost Recognised Destination in honour of its exceptional customer service. The award was presented to Graeme Ambrose, chief executive of VisitInvernessLochNess by David Allen, director of…

Finney Marc

Inverness beats Edinburgh to top Scottish Hotel Index

Inverness has emerged as the surprise leader in Colliers International's inaugural Scottish Hotel Index, as a combination of strong levels of demand; rising Average Daily Rates (ADR); a low active pipeline; relatively low development costs…

Alan Whiteside, back row centre, with SHINE partners at the last meeting in Bruges, Belgium

Health board to help healthcare firms expand in Europe

NHS Highland aims to help Scottish healthcare firms spotlight international business development and trading opportunities with similar organisations in countries around the North Sea by holding a conference in Inverness next month. As a partner…

Monica Ross

Spring clean your business: dust off those notice clauses

Most commercial contracts contain a formal notice clause. This clause normally sets out: 1) who you should address notices under the contract to, 2) where they should be sent and 3) how they should be delivered. As this…

Event: RICS Commercial Property Conference, Scotland

The annual RICS Commercial Property Conference, Scotland will bring leading industry speakers to Edinburgh on 01 June 2017 to discuss current market conditions, look beyond the traditional forms of investment and analyse future opportunities in…

Green Marine with a tidal turbine at EMEC’s tidal test site in Orkney, using its GM700 heavy lift barge

Xodus and Green Marine form new marine renewables partnership

Xodus Group has formed a partnership with Orkney based Green Marine to launch a new integrated service for the maintenance of offshore renewable assets. The lifecycle approach will utilise Xodus’ new integrity management software tool…

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with the Skyscanner growth team

Skyscanner is a company that has been in the press a lot recently. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF8pNZ6vLAQ[/embed] One of their most recent awards went to CEO Gareth Williams when he picked up an accolade for 'Outstanding Personal Achievement'…

Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell gin, from Orkney Distilling

Kirkjuvagr Gin ramps up to navy strength

A new ‘storm strength’ version of Orkney Distilling’s Kirkjuvagr Gin is being launched in Kirkwall this weekend. The 57-per-cent gin has been named Arkh-Angell, after the fishing boat belonging to the late father of Aly…

Sir Ian Wood

Scotland’s billionaires revealed in Scotland’s Rich List

The ten richest individuals and families in Scotland have a combined wealth of £14.715billion,  an increase of 9% in the past twelve months, according to the latest Sunday Times ‘Rich List’. The Grant-Gordon family is still…

Muthu - Newton Hotel, Nairn

Luxury chain MGM Muthu Hotels acquires 5 Scottish hotels

Singapore-headquartered MGM Muthu Hotels has moved into the Scottish market, with the acquisition of five hotels. The largest deal sees Highland Heritage Limited sold for around £4.5m, although the actual deal price was not disclosed.…

World Class business growth training event launched this week

The Scotland Can Do SCALE 2017 summer school was launched today (Wednesday 3rd May 2017) and this year is seeking ambitious innovative entrepreneurs who want to scale up their business. Everyone taking part will be supported…

Martin Sloan

Spring Clean Your Data Protection Practices and Processes

With just over 12 months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, now is the time to make sure your organisation is preparing for the biggest overhaul of EU data…

Amy Entwistle

Morton Fraser win contract to support HIE with Voluntary Land Registration

Scottish law firm, Morton Fraser, has won a new tender to provide support to Highlands and Islands Enterprise with the registration of its titles in the Land Register of Scotland over at least the next…

Rene Looper

Professional Digital Marketing Diploma now available in the Highlands

Aberdeen-based Nicholson Solutions, the only Digital Marketing Institute Education Partner in Scotland, has teamed up with Inverness company Tuminds Social Media to expand the delivery of the training courses to Inverness and throughout Scotland. Developed…

Alasdair Dunn

Is it time to spring clean your business?

There have been a great number of changes in company and partnership law over the last few years.  A lot of these changes have been with the aim of making it simpler and more straightforward…

Annie Graham

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Scotland finalists announced

The leaders of 21 of Scotland’s most dynamic businesses, from East Kilbride to Aberdeen, have been listed as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Scotland 2017 programme. Between them, they have a combined…

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