Silicon Valley roadmap shows way for women in business

A focus on encouraging more American women to become angel investors has seen dramatic results that Scotland is looking replicate, says Perry Gourley.

Gordon Kaye, left, decided to start Cathcart Associates in 2009 while working at a large recruiter with Sam Wason. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Monday interview: Cathcart Associates joint MD Gordon Kaye

The number of new businesses in the UK has increased every year since 2008, according to Companies House data, with the financial crisis proving an opportunity for many ventures to take a chance.

Antonio Vezza becomes group managing director at recruitment consultant Primestaff. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Recruitment consultancy Primestaff has promoted finance director Antonio Vezza to the role of group managing director.

'Let's not rest on our laurels,' urges Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: Searching for that spark of leadership

So in the week that Entrepreneurial Spark announced its #BlowYourMind17 Impact Report, I think it’s time for Scotland to be congratulated on how it supports its new start and early stage businesses – with the caveat that things need to change.

Nick Shields, director at the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service. Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Nick Shields: Keeping the focus on productivity

Productivity is a bit of a buzzword right now. You can hardly read the business pages of any newspaper without seeing productivity – and often how Scottish businesses need to dramatically improve it in order to compete internationally – being discussed.

Elaine McIlory says the gender pay gap reporting rules are a 'positive change, not an operational headache'. Picture: Contributed

Elaine McIlroy: Positive step in bridging gender pay gap

From 5 April, businesses with more than 250 employees have a year to publish their gender pay gap. It’s hoped that a public airing of pay disparity will spur the UK’s larger employers into action.

Small firms appear wary of seeking finance to boost their business. Picture: John Devlin

Confidence falls among small firms despite lending jump

There has been a jump in the overall volume of lending to small businesses in the UK, but many firms are “holding back on their ambition” with a drop in confidence levels.

Helen Murdoch becomes the first chairperson of housing data specialist HouseMark Scotland. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

HouseMark Scotland, the provider of data and insight in the housing sector, has appointed its first chairperson.

John Anderson will chair the investment arm of Homes for Good. Picture: Contributed

Enterprise guru joins board of social letting agency

Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency has netted a top specialist in entrepreneurship and business growth as it limbers up for expansion.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has said a transitional scheme in Scotland would not be appropriate as it would result in smaller businesses funding reductions. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

SNP warned last year about “severe” impact of rates hikes

The Scottish Government has been accused of ignoring warnings about the impact of a massive business rates increase which has caused anger among many firms.

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From left: SWiB vice-president Teresa Jackson, president Laura McKinnon and awards ceremony host 
Alison Walker. Picture: Elaine Livingstone

Call for nominations to celebrate female achievement

Glasgow-based networking forum Scottish Women in Business (SWiB) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by calling for nominations for its new Celebrating Women Awards.

Glasgow Cross is already home to a new tech incubator at the landmark Tontine building. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Merchant City to be Glasgow’s second innovation district

The Merchant City might be home to a wealth of designer shops and cocktail bars, but plans announced this week could see it become better known as a hub of technological innovation.

Those who work from home will likely be more productive and focused, says Anna Chambers. Picture: Ken Wramton/Getty Images

Anna Chambers: Home working can provide competitive edge

When I quit my local authority press office job almost two years ago to join a PR agency where I’d be working mainly from home, I got all sorts of reactions.

'The number one challenge is acquiring and retaining the right people,' says Barclays' Juliet Rogan. Picture: Paul Clarke

Juliet Rogan: Find your feet before scaling up

In a challenging economic period it’s understandable to be cautious and worry about whether it is the right time to invest or expand, and ultimately scale-up your business.

Nick Freer says connections are the key to building a global business. Picture: Picture: Stewart Attwood

Nick Freer: Networking essential to internationalisation

Back in the late 1990s there was a dinner party game called the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (SDOKB), based on the concept whereby any two people on the planet are six or fewer connections apart.

It is now easier than ever for information to fall into the wrong hands, writes Ronald Megaughin. Picture: Contributed

Ronald Megaughin: Focus on security is paramount

Emerging businesses must prioritise security from day one to ensure they fully flourish.

SVM Asset Management's Colin McLean says shareholder revolts seem 'less likely to fizzle out this time'. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Bill Jamieson: Groundhog day with pay rebellions

For all the claims to flexibility, adaptability and quick response to changing times, it is remarkable how obtuse the corporate world can be.

Jason Morris becomes Scottish deals leader at PwC. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Business advisory giant PwC has announced an enhanced structure for its deals line of service in Scotland with corporate finance partner Jon Shelley and director Mark Addley joining the leadership team and Jason Morris taking on the senior role of Scottish deals leader.

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Robert Kilgour is concerned about the continuing availability of workers from Europe in the labour-intensive care sector, and whether the government will pull its weight. Picture: Neil Hanna

The Big Interview: care homes entrepreneur Robert Kilgour

He describes himself as “unemployable” in the corporate world, a trait he believes is common among entrepreneurs who are “just made slightly differently” and prefer to carve out their own path.

'Our big corporates are awash with power struggles,' writes Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: Not too many sociopaths at the top table, please

Maybe it’s just the nature of working in a corporate environment that breeds competitive tension between colleagues.

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