Future chiefs face digital test, argues David Sole

Technology and the digital revolution are driving an increasing pace of change that future chief executives must master to succeed, a new report argues.

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Brett Simpson has a clear vision of road ahead as firm pursues global expansion. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: Brett Simpson, chief executive of Low & Bonar

THE New Zealand-born Brett Simpson flags growth in China and the US, and says: ‘I am very happy with the strategy we have in place and the progress we are making’

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Tessa Hartmann launched the Scottish Fashion Awards 10 years ago.

Scots fashion guru hits out over political bickering at awards ceremony

The figurehead of the Scottish Fashion Awards has complained that the country is being held back by arguments about political borders, a failure of ambition and the lack of a ‘can do’ attitude.
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From left: Cathcart co-founders Sam Wason and Gordon Kaye with Nick Macdougall, who heads the firm's Bangkok office. Picture: Contributed

IT recruiter Cathcart aiming to double Thailand team

Cathcart Associates, the Edinburgh-based IT recruitment specialist, is seeking to double the size of its team in Thailand, a year after opening its first overseas office in Bangkok.

Furniture and fashion brand Laura Ashley is to close its concessions within Homebase stores next year following the chain's takeover by Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers. Picture: Contributed

Scottish business wire: Pick Protection | BAT | Heathrow

The main breaking business stories of the day plus recent investments and grants achieved by Scottish firms.

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Growing your businesss requires foresight - picture Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

What you need to know to grow your business to the next level

Scotland is an amazing place to start a company – with support on hand from Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, trade bodies, and professional advisors like accountants and lawyers, entrepreneurs are spoiled for choice when it comes to seeking help.

Suzanne Hardie has been promoted to partner at law firm Morton Fraser. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Law firm Morton Fraser has promoted Suzanne Hardie and Nicola Ross to the position of partner, bringing the firm’s total number of partners to 43.

Skilled workers may turn away from the UK in the event of a 'hard Brexit', warned the head of ACCA Scotland. Picture: Jane Barlow

Scotland risks professional ‘brain drain’ outside EU

The prospect of a “hard Brexit”, placing restrictions on the freedom of movement by EU nationals, could have a severe impact on Scotland’s ability to retain a skilled workforce, a senior accountant warned today.

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The latest drop in international visitors to Scotland comes after a slump during 2015.

Drop in Scotland tourist numbers linked to EU referendum

Spending from international visitors to Scotland rose by nearly £50 million to a record level in the spring - despite a slump in the total number of tourists from overseas.

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How to protect your idea and turn it into a business

IT’S a situation that entrepreneurs throughout Scotland will recognise – you wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea.

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce said firms need access to 'the widest possible pool of talent'. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Business leaders stress need for foreign workers

Business leaders in Scotland have called for lower taxes and continued access to overseas workers as figures out today highlighted growing pressure on profits coupled with recruitment challenges.

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Dr Julie Nixon joins the corporate team at law firm Morton Fraser. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Morton Fraser has enhanced its intellectual property (IP) expertise with the appointment of Julie Nixon, who holds a PhD in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Edinburgh, as a senior solicitor in its corporate team.

KPMG's Blair Nimmo said the business failure figures reflect long-term economic uncertainty. Picture: Contributed

Uncertainty sees jump in number of business failures

Businesses are being urged to make sure they can adapt to market changes after data published today revealed that the number of Scottish firms failing grew by about 30 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter amid “prolonged” economic uncertainty.

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Bill Ritchie says we are beginning to understand how the design of buildings can affect workers' health. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Bill Ritchie: Is there a cure for sick buildings?

The term “sick building syndrome” was first coined by the World Health Organisation back in 1986, when it was estimated that up to 30 per cent of newly-built offices in the West suffered from indoor air quality issues, which in turn was increasingly understood to have an impact on workers’ health.

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UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright has suggested additional measures to address corporate crime. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Tackling workplace fraud must be embedded in culture

It was reported recently that British company bosses could face prosecution if they fail to prevent their staff from committing fraud within the workplace.

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Edinburgh has an active community of angel investors

What is an angel investor and how do they operate in Scotland?

BUSINESS is full of weird and wonderful phrases – the stock market is piled high with “bears”, “bulls”, “white knights” and even “dead-cat bounces”.

Hannah Currie joins Anderson Strathern as an associate from rival Shepherd & Wedderburn. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Scottish legal firm Anderson Strathern has strengthened its commercial real estate team with two internal promotions to senior associate level.

Roger White, chief executive of Irn-Bru maker AG Barr. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Monday interview: AG Barr chief executive Roger White

Irn-Bru boss keeps a weather eye on sugar tax as soft drinks firm braces for ‘punitive’ levy.

New CKD Galbraith chief executive Pam Over with outgoing boss Tim Kirkwood, left, and chairman Iain Russell. Picture: Stuart Nicol

CKD Galbraith names Pam Over as new chief executive

Property consultant CKD Galbraith has unveiled a change at the top after two decades alongside continued growth in revenues and profits.

Employers' concerns over the living wage are understandable, says Martin Flanagan. Picture: John Devlin

Martin Flanagan: Living wage justified despite firms’ fears

The problem with the national living wage introduced by the Tory government in April after being trailed the year before by George Osborne is not that most businesses can’t afford it. They can.

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