Kelly Barbour: Finding a job is getting harder and harder

FOR graduates, finding a job comes with ever greater degrees of difficulty, writes Kelly Barbour

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The team at Edinburgh office Director David Gow (L) Paraplanner Duncan Arthur (C) and Iain Duckworth (R) Picture: Alan Peebles

Capital move for financial planner Acumen

ACUMEN Financial Planning has boosted its business in Edinburgh with the acquisition of established practice Duckworth Alexander for an undisclosed sum.

BT Openreach worker and van

BT under pressure from rivals after Ofcom Openreach ruling

BT faced fresh flak yesterday after the one-time telecoms monopoly avoided a break-up of its Openreach broadband division.

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Profits take a tumble at oil giant BP

Lower oil prices and squeezed refining margins hit BP in its second trading quarter as profits slumped 44 per cent and the oil major took another financial hit from the Gulf of Mexico environmental 

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Mike Buchan says the needs of office occupiers are changing. Picture: Contributed

Mike Buchan: What makes a good office?

This may seem a dry subject, but I suspect most people reading this article will be doing so at their desk or travelling to or from their workplace.

Former BHS boss Sir Philip Green has been branded the unacceptable face of capitalism. Picture: Michael Gillen

Green branded ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’ over BHS actions

Former BHS boss Sir Philip Green has been branded the “unacceptable face of capitalism” as a parliamentary inquiry found he extracted huge sums from the collapsed store group while leaving its pension fund in deficit.

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Edinburgh-MD and chartered chemist David McMillan is running a centre of excellence in medical device firm LifeScan. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: David McMillan, MD of LifeScan Scotland

LifeScan begins at 50 for boss of worldwide diabetes company

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Holiday reading material. Picture: Paul Chappells/TSPL

What are Scotland’s bosses reading on holiday?

From Churchill’s account of the Second World War to a page-turner about poker, Scotland’s bosses have packed some eclectic holiday reading material. Read on to find out their literary choices.

MacRoberts corporate lawyer Michael Kelly. Picture: Contributed

Michael Kelly: Turning the corner

In the summer of 2008, it became clear that my dad’s business was in serious trouble.

Entrepreneurial Spark's Glasgow office. Picture: John Devlin

ESpark shares out six-figure cash injection for start-ups

A selection of UK start-ups, including more than a dozen north of the Border, are to share a combined six-figure sum awarded by business accelerator programme Entrepreneurial Spark.

Scotland's rental market has been robust in the face of Brexit, though it won't be smooth sailing. Picture: Getty Images

David Alexander: Rental market is still filling a need despite Brexit

Several months ago I put pen to paper and speculated on what effect Brexit might have on the residential rental market in Scotland and concluded it would mean very little.

Bold businesses take calculated risks. Picture: PA

James Cardwell-Moore: Ambitions must be backed by bravery

When Business Stream began researching the concept of boldness, and its importance during challenging and uncertain times, we had no idea the UK would be facing so many questions following the EU referendum.

Raymond O'Hare becomes chairman of ProjectScotland. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

ProjectScotland, the charity that helps young people get on in life through volunteering, has welcomed Raymond O’Hare as chairman.

Graham Blair, regional director for Bank of Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Graham Blair: Growth on the agenda for manufacturers

Manufacturing is enjoying a period of renaissance across Scotland, with sectors such as textiles, automotive and chemicals performing well.

From left: Yu Chunlei, chairman of Zhejiang Jiuding Investment Group, NetThings chief technology officer Conrad Chin, NetThings chief executive George McGhee and Su Jiancheng of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Picture: Contributed

Chinese entrepreneurs strengthen links with Scotland

Chinese entrepreneurs have jetted into Scotland to meet with a number of companies as part of a nine-day business tour aimed at developing international links.

David Griffin, managing director of Griffin Webster Property Consultants. Picture: Contributed

David Griffin: Let’s have some calm after the EU vote

I don’t like the term Brexit – it actually sounds more like a breakfast cereal and implies nothing of the gravitas of Britain exiting the EU. I would have banned the term during the debate leading up to the referendum.

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James Stuart becomes managing director at Entrepreneurial Scotland. Picture: Robert Perry

New managing director for Entrepreneurial Scotland

Business network Entrepreneurial Scotland has appointed James Stuart to the new role of managing director.

Tom Barclay, new director of property and development at Wheatley Group. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Wheatley Group has appointed Tom Barclay as its new group ­director of property and development.

Enjoy the nibbles, but the latest spate of seminars will generate more heat than light

Bill Jamieson: Secret report makes you choke on the canapes

Stuck for places to go for free wine and canapés on the corporate circuit this summer? Worry no more: stand by for the breathless summons to the “Must Attend” Brexit Consequentials seminar.

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MacRoberts corporate lawyer Michael Kelly. Picture: Contributed

Michael Kelly: The challenges of family business

I am a corporate lawyer working at the Scottish law firm MacRoberts. Like most corporate lawyers, the vast bulk of my time is spent advising clients in relation to either selling or buying a business or investment work.

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