On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

HouseMark Scotland, the provider of data and insight in the housing sector, has appointed its first chairperson.

John Anderson will chair the investment arm of Homes for Good. Picture: Contributed

Enterprise guru joins board of social letting agency

Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency has netted a top specialist in entrepreneurship and business growth as it limbers up for expansion.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has said a transitional scheme in Scotland would not be appropriate as it would result in smaller businesses funding reductions. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

SNP warned last year about “severe” impact of rates hikes

The Scottish Government has been accused of ignoring warnings about the impact of a massive business rates increase which has caused anger among many firms.

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From left: SWiB vice-president Teresa Jackson, president Laura McKinnon and awards ceremony host 
Alison Walker. Picture: Elaine Livingstone

Call for nominations to celebrate female achievement

Glasgow-based networking forum Scottish Women in Business (SWiB) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by calling for nominations for its new Celebrating Women Awards.

Glasgow Cross is already home to a new tech incubator at the landmark Tontine building. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Merchant City to be Glasgow’s second innovation district

The Merchant City might be home to a wealth of designer shops and cocktail bars, but plans announced this week could see it become better known as a hub of technological innovation.

Those who work from home will likely be more productive and focused, says Anna Chambers. Picture: Ken Wramton/Getty Images

Anna Chambers: Home working can provide competitive edge

When I quit my local authority press office job almost two years ago to join a PR agency where I’d be working mainly from home, I got all sorts of reactions.

'The number one challenge is acquiring and retaining the right people,' says Barclays' Juliet Rogan. Picture: Paul Clarke

Juliet Rogan: Find your feet before scaling up

In a challenging economic period it’s understandable to be cautious and worry about whether it is the right time to invest or expand, and ultimately scale-up your business.

Nick Freer says connections are the key to building a global business. Picture: Picture: Stewart Attwood

Nick Freer: Networking essential to internationalisation

Back in the late 1990s there was a dinner party game called the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (SDOKB), based on the concept whereby any two people on the planet are six or fewer connections apart.

It is now easier than ever for information to fall into the wrong hands, writes Ronald Megaughin. Picture: Contributed

Ronald Megaughin: Focus on security is paramount

Emerging businesses must prioritise security from day one to ensure they fully flourish.

SVM Asset Management's Colin McLean says shareholder revolts seem 'less likely to fizzle out this time'. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Bill Jamieson: Groundhog day with pay rebellions

For all the claims to flexibility, adaptability and quick response to changing times, it is remarkable how obtuse the corporate world can be.

Jason Morris becomes Scottish deals leader at PwC. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Business advisory giant PwC has announced an enhanced structure for its deals line of service in Scotland with corporate finance partner Jon Shelley and director Mark Addley joining the leadership team and Jason Morris taking on the senior role of Scottish deals leader.

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Robert Kilgour is concerned about the continuing availability of workers from Europe in the labour-intensive care sector, and whether the government will pull its weight. Picture: Neil Hanna

The Big Interview: care homes entrepreneur Robert Kilgour

He describes himself as “unemployable” in the corporate world, a trait he believes is common among entrepreneurs who are “just made slightly differently” and prefer to carve out their own path.

'Our big corporates are awash with power struggles,' writes Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: Not too many sociopaths at the top table, please

Maybe it’s just the nature of working in a corporate environment that breeds competitive tension between colleagues.

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Scotsman columnist Bill Jamieson will be among the speakers. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh to host two Scotsman business conferences

Prestigious figures in the Scottish business world are set to speak at two Scotsman conferences in Edinburgh next month.

SVM Asset Management's Colin McLean said the shareholder revolt is unlikely to 'fizzle out'. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Investors ‘ready for a fight’ over executive pay

Highly-paid bosses should brace for more investor rebellions over pay as shareholders gear up for a scrap, a fund manager has warned.

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Ian Knott, advisory director at Grant Thornton. Picture: contributed

Slide in profits at top private companies

There was a drop in profits and staff numbers among the top Scottish private firms last year, but the beleaguered energy sector showed welcome evidence of recovery, according to data published today.

Donna Kelly-Gilmour joins Gilson Gray from Brodies. Picture: contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Law firm Gilson Gray said it has strengthened its real estate team in Glasgow by hiring partner Donna Kelly-Gilmour from Brodies.

Dido Harding is leaving TalkTalk to play a greater role in public life. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Martin Flanagan: Dido Harding hangs up at TalkTalk

There’s never a dull moment in broadband and telecoms.

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The Scottish Business Network was founded by Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish. Picture: Stewart Attwood

International expansion for Scottish Business Network

A networking initiative aimed at helping business leaders tap into growth opportunities in London is expanding into China and North America.

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'Time is money in this game,' says Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: The essential task of making a good impression

I recently attended a business event where new businesses were pitching for funding. In essence this means an entrepreneur presents to a room full of investors or to one specific investment vehicle (like, for example, an angel syndicate).

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