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Michael Watson: Time to invest in making society better

“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community,” said the great Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Many skilled people want to work part-time but struggle to find employers that will let them. Picture: Getty Images/amana images RF

Edinburgh start-up seeks to champion part-time workers

With almost half of skilled employees looking for flexible working arrangements and only 7 per cent of advertised jobs in Scotland offering part-time hours, an Edinburgh-based start-up has launched a service for employers to find highly-skilled people.

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Talks held on creating Scotland’s first major FinTech Hub

Scottish Financial Enterprise’s FinTech Steering Committee this week held talks on creating the country’s first major FinTech Hub.

More need to be done to address the gender imbalance in construction, says Pauline McCabe of Kier Construction Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Pauline McCabe: Building a healthy career in construction

‘When I grow up, I want to be a health and safety manager.’ There’s a phrase I bet that no teacher has ever heard escape from the lips of a six-year-old.

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Karen Dance becomes head of the Scotland business stream at insurance and risk law specialist BLM. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Insurance and risk law specialist BLM has named Glasgow-based partner Karen Dance as head of its Scotland business stream, while partner Gillian

Rushbury, who heads up its solicitor advocacy unit, has been appointed head of office in Glasgow.

The Chartered Management Institute found a sharp rise in the number of bosses who said they are more stressed and less motivated than a year ago. Picture: Jane Barlow

Stressed managers seek clarity amid political upheaval

Managers across the UK have seen their stress levels soar over the last year as they contend with fears over Brexit and the news of a snap general election next month, according to a study published today.

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Pinsent Masons partner Iain Birdsey urges firms to put in place, and test, response plans to deal with cyber risks like the WannaCry attack. Picture: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Ian Birdsey: WannaCry attack a wake-up call for business

Last weekend’s WannaCry ransomware attack is believed to have infected more than 170,000 computers in 150 countries and impacted widely on our own NHS, international banks and telecoms giants, airlines, car manufacturers and transport companies.

Sharon Menzies of Influx Recruitment says 'every day is a school day' when running a business. Picture: Contributed

5 things I wish I knew when I started my business

For many people, starting their own business can seem pretty daunting.

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Scott-Moncrieff partner Fraser Nicol shares some advice for warding off ransomware attacks. Picture: Contributed

Fraser Nicol: A timely reminder on ransomware risks

Following the recent ransomware cyber-attack that has dominated the headlines, what can businesses do to reduce the risks?

'Can any political party create a minister for early-stage or micro-business?' asks Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: One-size-fits-all policy holds back start-ups

I’m going to be bold and suggest that when politicians talk, posture and make policy on or about “business”, they ought not to think of the word as a “catch all” phrase.

'If you're an SME facing pressure from one of these lenders, now is the time to clarify your position,' says Conduit Finance managing director Jamie Davidson. Picture: Contributed

Jamie Davidson: Rise of non-performing loans bad for SMEs

For the past decade, vulture funds have been acquiring non-performing loans (NPLs) from retail banks and many of the debtors happen to be Scottish SMEs.

'There's no point in making lone worker safety a box-ticking exercise,' says Pick Protection founder Rebecca Pick. Picture: Contributed

Rebecca Pick: Safety must be embedded in company culture

You might be surprised to hear that around eight million people in the United Kingdom are classed as lone workers – that’s about a quarter of the country’s entire workforce.

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Paul Atkinson said his Head Group has an 'ambitious' business plan following the Change takeover. Picture: Contributed

Recruitment guru Paul Atkinson buys Glasgow’s Change

Recruitment industry veteran and serial angel investor Paul Atkinson has acquired Glasgow-based Change Recruitment for an undisclosed sum.

Printer problems are a major drain on employees' productivity, according to the Brother UK survey. Picture: Clara Molden/PA Wire

Small firms waste ‘millions of hours’ on IT problems

Small and medium-sized businesses across the UK could save about five million working hours every week by fixing everyday IT problems, according to a survey of more than 600 business leaders.

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Julie McLauchlan, founder and managing director of Perceptive Communicators. Picture: Contributed

Julie McLauchlan: Getting the right work-life balance

Sarah Jessica Parker, playing a movie role of a working mum, proudly donates “home baked” apple pies to her kids’ school fayre.

SmartPA co-founder and managing director Sarra Bejaoui. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: SmartPA managing director Sarra Bejaoui

The traditional personal assistant role may conjure up images of someone dutifully seated outside a chief executive’s office.

Mark O'Donnell is taking up the role of chief executive of Royal Blind Group at the end of July. Picture: Chris Watt

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Daniil Kvyat driving his Toro Rosso during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Picture: David Ramos/Getty Images

Trevor Cattle: What if you ran a firm like an F1 team?

It’s not every day that someone compares a successful business to a Formula 1 team, but the more I think about it, the more I like the analogy.

Arrivals from some European countries has fallen sigificantly. Picture: Jane Barlow

Immigration system ‘must be flexible’ to assist firms

The future immigration system must be agile enough to adapt to evolving labour market needs and help British business flourish, according to a new study.

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