SNAP-RB: Launch of a plan for action

The corporate sector and Scottish Government are working together for a better society, economy and future.

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Investing in the working environment can help secure talent, argues Derek Binnie. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Derek Binnie: Worker wellbeing pays dividends

US tech giant Google recently announced plans for its UK headquarters in London – while only a shade on its big brother worldwide HQ, Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, it is still a behemoth in UK and European terms.

Craig Buchan, founder of Qpal. Picture: Michal Wachucik

Contactless payments are the future, says Qpal founder

Mobile payments will soon become the norm across the UK with chip and pin viewed as painfully slow in comparison.

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Glasgow’s Piping Live! festival contributes £2.3m to economy

Glasgow’s international piping festival has contributed £2.3 million to the local economy.

Alison Graham joins commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers as head of marketing and business development. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers has hired Alison Graham as its new head of marketing and business development.

Facebook is an important platform for job searches. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Gopalan Rajagopalan: Social media for job prospects

For many of us who have been in employment for a number of years, the experience of job searching as a young candidate would have been a laborious process of reading through pages of newspaper adverts and posting application forms to prospective employers.

RBS was a major victim of the crisis of 2008. Picture: John Devlin

Cat MacLean: Bank’s apology not enough to restore faith

Scotland has done much to encourage its entrepreneurial culture. More Scots are considering setting up their own businesses and our rate of start-ups has been lauded. We now have many glittering business events, sponsored by our banks, that hand out awards to smart young companies. But what happens when things do not go according to the business plan?

Julie Ashworth is the new chair of IoD Scotland's Edinburgh branch. Picture: Ashley Coombes

Business briefs: IoD Edinburgh | Kingdom FM | Airbus

Julie Ashworth, chair of retail tech start-up Clear Returns, has been named chair of the Institute of Directors Scotland’s Edinburgh branch, which has 650 members.

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500 jobs to go as Kwik Fit Insurance close Uddingston branch

More than 500 jobs are at risk under plans to close a Kwik Fit Insurance office near Glasgow.

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The construction sector is striving to improve productivity. Picture: Contributed

Stephen Good: The great productivity challenge

We’re still be living in rather uncertain times in the Scottish construction industry.

The Wired Studio management team: left to right - creative director Alana McConnachie, PR director Sarah Bremner, managing director Lee Brandie and marketing director Claire MacIntyre. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen agency wired for expansion after key deal wins

Wired Studio, the data-driven marketing and graphic design firm, said turnover jumped 40 per cent to £501,000 in its latest financial year after winning contracts with the likes of TUI Group, Aberdein Considine, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and John Clark Motor Group.
Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn will talk about his goal to end homelessness. Picture: Contributed

Josh Littlejohn to kick off new EICC lecture series

The co-founder of Social Bite, the sandwich chain that supports homeless people, is to deliver a charitable lecture at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) next month.

Last night's Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh, where Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio was the guest speaker, saw flight search engine boss Gareth Williams named entrepreneur of the year. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scottish business wire: Parkmead | Nationwide | ZoneFox

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

Jamie Hepburn MSP and Lynne Cadenhead, chair of Womens Enterprise Scotland (WES) with WES ambassadors from across Scotland. Picture: Malcolm Cochrane Photography

Six-figure funding boost to help close gender gap

Funding of £200,000 has been unveiled for projects to support more women into business and tackle the gender gap.
Winter heralds many challenges for small businesses. Picture: Michael Gillen

James Bennett: Don’t get caught in the cold this winter

Winter is on its way, and while we can’t predict exactly what the weather will bring, there are some useful tactics that businesses can employ to hedge against seasonal cold snaps.

Jim Duffy said investors want to see an 'appetite for scale'. Picture: Chris Watt

ESpark’s Jim Duffy urges start-ups to embrace growth

Scottish entrepreneurs must not use the combination of Brexit, currency fluctuations and Donald Trump as an excuse to retreat from growth, a leading start-up specialist has warned.

Alan Symon, director at Spaceright and Marion Robertson, senior director in Clydesdale Banks specialist and acquisition finance team, celebrate the deal. Picture: Contributed

Spaceright Europe to accelerate growth with refinancing deal

Educational supplies business Spaceright Europe has strengthened its plans for development after securing a multi-million-pound refinancing package.

Knight Frank's Iain McGhee says firms need to prepare now for the changes to business rates. Picture: Contributed

Iain McGhee: Major business rates changes on the horizon

It’s hard to think of a more volatile time in business than the years following 2008’s financial crisis.

Mobile phone giant Vodafone today posted a 4.3% rise in half-year earnings as it cheered a better-than-expected performance in Europe. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Scottish business wire: Economy | FirstGroup | BGF

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

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Architect Adam McGhee has been through the good times and the bad but he is 'cautiously optimistic' that the sector has a growing future. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Monday interview: Adam McGhee of architect Sheppard Robson

Constructing a working future for the architectural world is a worthwhile challenge

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