Small firms in Scotland wary over Donald Trump’s impact

Scottish SME leaders have taken a much more negative view of key political events than the rest of the UK, emphasising existing contrasts with the rest of the country, a new study has revealed.

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Left to right are Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland; Paul Reynolds, Saltire Fellow and creator of Cup Tea Rooms and Gin 71; and Mark Baird. Picture: Robert Perry

Entrepreneurial Scotland opens to new intake

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship has opened applications for its latest programme.

Fashion textiles from Johnstons of Elgin are exported all over the world.

Innovation woven into fabric of Scottish firm’s workforce

PROMOTED CONTENT: Employees and their ideas are placed firmly at the centre of Johnstons of Elgin’s international success.

Luke Thurman says hotdesks and shared spaces, where client and staff lines cross, are the 'new normal'. Picture: David P Scott

Luke Thurman: Collaboration is key in workplace design

This being a good time of year to reminisce, cast your mind back to your early days in the workplace.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined the debate over corporate governance. Picture: John Devlin

Anthony Carey: Shaking up corporate governance

Corporate governance is suddenly a hot topic – it started when Theresa May launched her leadership bid last July, was followed by a parliamentary inquiry then a government green paper, and last week Jeremy Corbyn joined in.

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Aberdeen lawyer Gordon Hobkirk moves to Maclay Murray & Spens. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

One of Aberdeen’s top corporate lawyers, Gordon Hobkirk, has returned to Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) in a move that coincides with the appointment of Andrew Orr as partner in its growing Capital Projects practice.

Businesses need to protect themselves against the damage that winter weather can bring. Picture: Michael Gillen

Allan Macpherson: Five steps to ward off winter damage

When Storm Desmond hit the UK in December 2015, the UK was unprepared for the impact of extreme winter weather.

Tim Cocking, founder of care provider BrightCare. Picture: Malcolm Cochrane

Five things I wish I knew when I started my business

Entrepreneur Tim Cocking shares the lessons he learned from starting his own company, BrightCare.

Ros Taylor says virtually every workplace dilemma boils down to a single factor - a lack of confidence. Picture: Contributed

Interview: Ros Taylor, CEO of Ros Taylor Company

Psychologist and executive coaching specialist looks to maximise workers’ potential.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing performing the market open ceremony at the London Stock Exchange. Picture: PA

Aberdeen City Council marks entry into bond market

A council leader has performed the London Stock Exchange “market open” ceremony to mark the local authority’s entry into the bond market.

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Patrick Hughes joins Seafood Scotland from SAC Consulting. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Patrick Hughes has been appointed as the new head of Seafood Scotland, the organisation set up “by the industry for the industry” in 1999 to increase the value of returns to the Scottish seafood sector.

Michael Russell to discuss EU with Glasgows business leaders. Picture: Contributed

Business leaders to warn SNP against holding indyref2 vote

Scotland’s Brexit minister Michael Russell will this week be warned against holding another independence referendum when he meets prominent business figures to discuss EU withdrawal.

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Phil Reid says low levels of enquiries in the Glasgow office market don't tell the full story. Picture: John Devlin

Phil Reid: Fascinating year in store for office market

It is extraordinarily difficult to make predictions given the macro-economic uncertainty, particularly here in Scotland.

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By today, top bosses will have raked in more than the average worker earns all year, according to the High Pay Centre. Picture: John Devlin

‘Fat Cat Wednesday’ shines spotlight on executive pay

Top bosses will already have made more money by today than the typical worker will earn all year, new figures reveal.

MacRoberts partner Katy Wedderburn says any attempts to erode employee rights are 'likely to gain little public support'. Picture: Contributed

Katy Wedderburn: How will Brexit affect employment law?

More than six months has now passed since the UK took the decision to leave the European Union (EU).

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The nations jobless total has jumped by a massive 11,000 . Picture: Ian Georgeson

Three in five workers want higher pay and a better boss

Three out of five workers will consider looking for a new job this year, mainly to seek higher pay or a better boss, a study shows.

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Gerard Toplass wants EME Furniture to be the group's UK centre of excellence for the educational staple of classroom tables. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: British Thornton chief Gerard Toplass

School furniture firm boss does his homework to help Scottish arm be top of class

Cushman & Wakefield's Stuart Dorward, centre, with new partners Maria Franck� and Tony Rosenthal. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Real estate service firm Cushman & Wakefield has appointed two new partners – Tony Rosenthal and Maria Francké – to its Scottish team.

BPs Bob Dudley faced a revolt over his pay package. Picture: Eric Piermont/Getty

Bill Jamieson: Tackle the boardroom fat cats to head off populist backlash

Of the many resolutions crowding in for 2017, one long familiar item stands out: that effective action be taken at last on excessive boardroom pay. Last week brought news that small investors in RBS are pushing for the bank to set up a shareholder committee to give them a bigger say on governance issues. Boardroom pay is prominent among them.

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The Bectu and Prospect unions will join forces on Sunday. Picture: PA Wire

Bectu and Prospect poised to forge new union

Unions representing more than 140,000 workers in industries ranging from broadcasting to nuclear power are set to merge tomorrow.

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