SCDI names Mark Bevan as its new chief executive

The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) has appointed Mark Bevan as its new chief executive.

FSB national chairman Mike Cherry said genuine support for small firms can 'bring something game-changing to the economy'. Picture: Contributed

£5m prize fund launched to help de-stress ‘stifled’ SMEs

It is an irony that research has shown that one in five small business owners strike out on their own to cut stress, but one in three say dealing with business finances is their biggest source of it.

Do yourself a favour today and pick the phone instead of sending an email, urges Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: Phone call better than spate of emails

In today’s busy world with more communications options available to us than ever before, why is it that so much gets lost in translation or, simply, just does not get through at the end of the day?

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Along with cyber-attacks, firms need to plan for other threats such as fires or natural disasters. Picture: Andrew Parsons/PA

Emma Stewart: Disaster recovery needs planning and testing

First it was Talk Talk, then Morrisons, then Marks and Spencer, and even the finance department’s favourite, Sage Payroll.

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The Federation of Small Businesses found two-thirds of Scotland's small firms with EU workers were worried about future skills shortages. Picture: John Devlin

Small firms raise fresh Brexit fears over EU workers

Small businesses in Scotland and across the UK have raised fresh concerns about the impact of Brexit on employing EU workers, reinforcing calls for such staff to be allowed to stay, according to research published today.

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LinkedIn can help give your firm 'social validation', writes Laura Hamilton of the Freer Consultancy. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images

Laura Hamilton: LinkedIn an integral part of corporate life

When Becky Carlson, head coach of a small-town female rugby team, wrote a passionate article titled An Open Letter To The Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting on her LinkedIn page, she couldn’t have known it would surpass Ban-Ki moon’s as best-performing LinkedIn post of the day.

Vanessa Kennedy has been named marketing director at law firm Gilson Gray. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Legal firm Gilson Gray is positioning itself for further growth by appointing a marketing director in a new role.

'We have to have a root-and-branch look as a country at ourselves about how we prepare our young folk for the world of work,' says Tim Allan. Picture: Toby Williams

The Big Interview: Tim Allan, the president of Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Having debuted as president of Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) this month, Tim Allan brings extensive private-sector experience in industries that are key north of the Border, including financial services and property.

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Callum Sinclair, partner and head of technology at Burness Paull. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Brexit could be hurdle to Scots FinTech firms’ expansion

Brexit could negatively impact Scotland’s growing FinTech sector unless EU passporting rights are continued, an industry report has warned.

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'Don't put all your eggs in the basket of password controls,' urges Scott-Moncrieff partner Fraser Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Fraser Nicol: Take control in the cyber-crime fight

We are constantly inundated with news about businesses being held to ransom by hackers.

An alarming number of firms report being hit by cyber attacks, but the true picture could be worse. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cyber attacks becoming when not if for businesses

For anyone in doubt over the scale of the threat posed to businesses by cyber security attacks, the findings of a UK government survey yesterday made for sobering reading.

Brexit has hit the pound which has helped Burberry Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Burberry receives boost from falling pound due to Brexit

Luxury fashion house Burberry has cheered ongoing “exceptional” trading in the UK as it continues to receive a boost from the Brexit-hit pound.

Tesco is selling off its in-store opticians. Photo:  Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Tesco sells off in-store opticians to Vision Express

Supermarket Tesco is eyeing its latest overhaul move after agreeing a deal to sell its network of more than 200 in-store opticians to Vision Express.

Simply turning up at networking events and dishing out business cards is not the ideal strategy, argues Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: Is networking really that important nowadays?

Attending networking sessions, business breakfasts, conferences and events can be worthwhile, but this form of networking takes time, effort, money, and a serious tolerance for BS.

City analysts believe the general election could provide more clarity on issues such as Brexit. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Emma Newlands: Return to polls could improve clarity

Businesses had already been attempting to keep a firm hand on the tiller, sailing against constant waves of uncertainty.

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The British Chambers of Commerce urged firms to be proactive in the fight against cyber-crime. Picture: Contributed

Call for action as 1 in 5 firms hit by cyber attacks

A fifth of businesses have suffered a cyber attack over the last year, with big firms more than twice as likely to be a target, as companies and the authorities are encouraged to do more to tackle the issue, a report says today.

Digital infrastructure is vital to grow new businesses. Picture: Getty Images

James McClafferty: Future is fibre for a digital revolution

FEW will have missed recent headlines speculating that the threat of recession looms over Scotland again. But lost in the blame game being directed towards Brexit and Indyref 2 is the elephant standing in business premises, public buildings and homes across the country – our bursting-at-the-seams digital connectivity.

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Donald Forsyth joins the Inverness office of accountant Saffery Champness. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Accountancy firm Saffery Champness has announced that Donald Forsyth has joined as a partner based in its Inverness office.

The teetering service sector accounts for nearly three-quarters of GDP. Picture: Neil Hanna

Bill Jamieson: Economy should become our red line issue

Amid all the evidence of the UK’s economic resilience and even a “Brexit bounce” in the wake of last year’s vote to leave the EU, there has been one glaring and deeply worrying exception: Scotland.

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Demand increases for Scots jobs but supply dwindling

Demand increases for Scots jobs but supply dwindling

Scotland’s job market has ended the first quarter in rude health after seeing increased demand and pay packets for both temporary and permanent workers, according to a study published today.

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