Anton Colella: Answers needed to help the business community

Business did not want Brexit. There will be a sense of shock in Britain’s boardrooms now that it has become reality, writes Anton Colella

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The announcement by Nicola Sturgeon that indyref2 is now on the table plunges UK businesses back into the same climate of uncertainty that they were in just 2 years ago in the referendum north of the Border. Picture: Getty

Martin Flanagan: Markets badly rattled by Brexit victory

An act of economic self-harm that may break up two unions, and badly destabilise a third: the UK’s union with Europe, the UK’s union with Scotland and leaving an existential threat hanging over the EU itself. That’s an apocalyptic interpretation of the Brexit victory, but it is clearly a possible scenario, and even if the absolute worst does not crystallise the price of Britain’s “independence day” is likely to be high economically in the medium term at the very least.

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Gareth Magee, partner and head of business development at Scott-Moncrieff. Picture: Contributed

Gareth Magee: Business owners can take softer approach

Recent stories concerning retailer Sports Direct have highlighted some pretty sharp practices from a high street business that has grown quickly, but at the same time allowed its HR practices to get out of control.

More than 450 bikes have been collected over the past six months. Picture: contributed

Charitable spirit flowing through Diageo staff

Staff at drinks giant Diageo from across Scotland and Ireland are pursuing a different kind of export for the firm by donating more than 450 bikes set to reach rural communities in Africa.

Professional job availability dropped last month. Picture: Contributed

Availability of professional jobs suffers yearly drop

Demand for professional talent in Scotland experienced a year-on-year drop in May, but there was an improvement for some sectors including construction, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

Martin Brown says the impact of ransomware can be 'catastrophic'. Picture: Contributed

Martin Brown: Don’t be held to ransom by cyber-crooks

If you haven’t already heard of someone falling victim to a “ransomware” attack, the scariest cyber security threat of the moment, the chances are you will soon.

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Graeme Atha: Blueprint for marketing puts customers at the centre of everything

FINDING new and better ways to respond leads to growth, says Graeme Atha

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Sean Elliot, managing director of Network ROI. Picture: Contributed

Sean Elliot: Enterprise mobility threatens security

Enterprise mobility is the latest technology trend to have a significant impact on business – currently a staggering 1.3 billion workers globally use mobile technology to access email and work remotely.

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Lindsey Paterson is promoted to partner at PwC. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Business adviser PwC has promoted three new partners in Scotland “reflecting commitment to risk assurance, actuarial services and digital offerings”.

Further turbulence is expected next week as the referendum nears. Picture: Getty Images

Jeff Salway: Look to the dollar but avoid US market

Investors should be ready in case of a Brexit vote, says Jeff Salway

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David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

David Watt: Good business makes good sense

My sincere hope, when we endured a crippling financial crash and suffered such a deep recession due to poor behaviour in the banks and other financial institutions, was that we would see long overdue changes in structures and improvements in conduct which would reflect the public concern and the need for change.

This year's cohort of Saltire Scholars, representing all 17 Scottish universities. Picture: Gary Baker

Saltire students prepare for global internships

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Scholar programme has begun, with its largest cohort to date at 142 students, up from 137 in 2015, and for the first time with students from all 17 Scottish universities.

Manpower said employers' hiring intentions have fallen. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Drop in employer confidence dents job prospects

Job prospects in Scotland have fallen as employers put the brakes on recruiting amid uncertainty around the EU referendum, a survey has found.

Lynda Towers joins law firm Morton Fraser as director of public law. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Law firm Morton Fraser has appointed Lynda Towers to the role of director of public law, attracting her to the private sector for the first time in more than 30 years.

Calls have been made to safeguard a strong, productive and profitable future for the North Sea oil and gas industry. Picture: PA

Call for steps to protect future of North Sea basin

Action is required within a shrinking window of opportunity to safeguard a “strong, productive and profitable” future for the North Sea oil and gas industry, according to a report published today .

William Gorol left school with very few O levels, but a great deal of ambition and worked his way up. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: William Gorol, MD of Procure Wizard

Soap suds and sweat – how to get started if you want to clean up in the hospitality industry

Female employees are now expecting more from their workplaces. Picture: Kieferpix

Women’s job satisfaction drops to same level as men

Job satisfaction among women has dramatically declined in Britain since the early 1990s, a study has found – shattering the concept of the “contented female worker”.

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The cast of hit BBC comedy drama The Thick Of It. Picture: BBC

Jim Duffy: Isn’t it time we put an end to the era of the jobsworth?

Or is it just too much effort to remind them to use their emotional intelligence or pay a visit to their self-help gurus, asks Jim Duffy

Johnston Fuels is introducing online tools to help its customers and Craig Fulton, marketing manager, right, and Stephen Wilkins, IT operations manager, are involved in developing them. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Johnston Fuels developing online tools to help customers

In partnership with Scottish Enterprise

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