Business round-up: Five key stories of the day

CodeBase boss Jamie Coleman is looking to expand the tech hub. Picture: Jane Barlow
CodeBase boss Jamie Coleman is looking to expand the tech hub. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Here are five of today’s key Scottish business stories in one handy package.

Edinburgh-based technology incubator CodeBase unveiled plans to expand its mentoring services to companies in three other Scottish cities – with openings set to be announced by the end of this year. Managing director Jamie Coleman said he was eyeing potential premises in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee, in a bid to help nurture companies in sectors such as energy and gaming.

Mobile phone giant Vodafone said former Standard Life chief executive David Nish is to join its board. Nish, who spent six years as the Edinburgh-based life and pensions group’s boss before stepping down last month, will take up his non-executive position at the start of January.

Bottled water company Highland Spring saw its annual sales push through the £100 million mark for the first time. The Perthshire firm, which is also examining options to increase capacity at its main Blackford site by as much as 50 per cent, said 2015 was shaping up “extremely well” despite the poor summer weather.

Law firm Gillespie Macandrew announced two senior appointments to strengthen its expertise within the energy, strategic land and housebuilding sectors. Fraser Leslie joins as partner within the energy practice, while Peter Drummond comes on board as housebuilder associate.

Companies in Scotland are missing out on valuable skills because they are overlooking the experiences of ex-military personnel, research for banking group Barclays revealed. A study of 2,000 people with managerial responsibilities found many ranked military experience as less important than IT skills or a background in the voluntary sector.