Greater efforts required to fund female-led firms

A new report is calling for widespread measures to help women entrepreneurs overcome the ‘frustrating’ hurdle of access to funding.

Ashley Dunsmore has found a wealth of opportunities in construction. Picture: Contributed

Ashley Dunsmore: How women fare in male-dominated jobs

I had absolutely no clue what a quantity surveyor was or did when I was at school – it’s fair to say that I wasn’t encouraged to consider a career in construction.

Construction remains one of the most male-dominated industries. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Simon Phillips: Construction sector’s female future

The proportion of women employed in the construction industry continues to grow but, clearly, much work still has to be done if we’re to turn a trickle into a flood.

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Pensions expert Margaret Meehan is promoted to partner at law firm Burness Paull. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Law firm Burness Paull has promoted one of Scotland’s leading pensions experts to partner in its seven-strong pensions team.

Dame Katherine Grainger, with Glen Gilson, left, and Matthew Gray of legal practice Gilson Gray. Picture: Wullie Marr

Katherine Grainger makes waves at leadership event

Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger has returned to the podium to give a talk at the office of Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray.

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Johnston Carmichael's Andrew Ewing says business owners have decided to 'carry on regardless' amid the political uncertainty. Picture: Contributed

SME growth plans remain intact despite indyref2 doubts

Almost seven in ten Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) plan to expand organically over the next few years despite uncertainty about Brexit and the prospect of a second independence referendum, a new report says.

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Paul Atkinson and Ian Macleod have come together to tap into their extensive networks in Scotland and across the rest of the UK. Picture: Contributed

Head-hunting veterans launch new venture to find top talent

Two of Scotland’s top head-hunting professionals have joined forces to create a new specialist service.

Stirling has big plans for its City Deal. Picture: Whyler Photos

Stirling puts social innovation at heart of City Deal

Establishing a digital district that would put Stirling and the surrounding area on the map is just one of the proposals at the heart of Stirling’s City Deal. In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed talks would begin on Stirling’s bid for a City Deal, which the council believes has the potential to create 3,000 high-level jobs and increase sustainable tourism by 25 per cent, turning Scotland’s seventh-largest city into an “economic and cultural powerhouse”.

Jones Bootmaker has filed a notice to appoint administrators(Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire)

1100 jobs at risk as Jones Bootmaker calls in administrators

More than 1,100 jobs are at risk at high street chain Jones Bootmaker as its owner scrambles to secure a deal to save it from administration.

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Gareth Magee says 'tough questions' need to be asked about the EFG scheme. Picture: Contributed

Gareth Magee: Time to rethink Enterprise Finance Guarantee

With less than a 0.5 per cent take-up since its inception, the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme isn’t really doing its job – to help SMEs access finance.

Weighing up the costs of an MBA

Weighing up the costs of an MBA

Postgraduate study can open doors to new careers and higher earnings which, in turn, benefit both the individual and the wider economy. And the cost of study is usually considered a worthwhile investment. At present, eligible students can apply for a combined loan of up to £7,900 to help with fees and living costs but that’s set to rise this year, with financial support of up to £10,000 available for 2017/2018 taught postgraduate courses at any Scottish higher education institution – including MBAs.

Jim Duffy wants to see more of the American 'go-getter and self-starter' attitude. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: More ‘Waldorf Salad’ attitude in workplace

It’s interesting to note that in the first two years of an infant’s life, we teach it to walk and talk. Then, for the next 14 years, we tell it to sit down and shut up.

An aerial view of south-east approach to the new AECC.

Scottish venues serious about green credentials

Green is the colour to be in the events world and Scotland’s major venues are aiming to be among the market leaders. The news that the multi-million-pound exhibition and conference centre currently under construction in Aberdeen will become home to the largest fuel cell installation in the UK is the tip of the iceberg in the move towards running energy-efficient venues.

Josh Littlejohn, centre, Jennifer Cheyne of Cheynes Hairdressing and Marshall Dallas of the EICC promote the CEO Sleepout. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Corporate fundraising proves it’s a force for good

They say there is strength in numbers. And it’s usually true that collaborative action is more effective than individual effort. No surprise then that when people at work get together to raise money for charity it’s effective. And whatever our stereotype, Scotland is a generous nation at heart.

Ken Gillespie says productivity is at the 'top of the agenda' at Construction Scotland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Ken Gillespie: Boosting construction productivity

The debate around the issue of productivity has been going on in the Scottish construction sector for a very long time – certainly since I first joined the industry way back in 1982.


Indyref2: Business reaction to Nicola Sturgeon speech

Business leaders have been reacting to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that she will seek the power to hold a second independence referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

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IBM would provide IT for Lloyds Banking Group in a seven-year, �1.3bn deal. Aimed at saving �759m. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Fury as Lloyds outsourcing threatens 500 IT jobs in Edinburgh

At least 500 highly skilled IT jobs are at risk in the Capital as part of a major bank’s restructuring plans, a union claims.


Bill Jamieson: turbulent times for UK investment

Nothing more shakes confidence in predicting the movements of financial markets and the economy than the events of the past 12 months. For on almost every measure they performed directly contrary to the predictions of experts.

Mike Cherry has been a member of the Federation of Small Businesses for the past 20 years. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: FSB national chairman Mike Cherry

Small businesses – a vital artery of the UK supply chain – saw their confidence go into negative territory for the first time in four years in the third quarter of last year.

Catherine Clarke becomes the first female director at Allied Surveyors Scotland. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Allied Surveyors Scotland has announced the appointment of a new director of land and development, in response to the growing demand in the Scottish property market.

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