Johnston Carmichael lifts partner count to 57

Accountancy and advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has expanded its leadership team with a string of appointments that takes its partner count to 57.

Public sector work is of 'huge importance' to Edge Testing Solutions, said founder Brian Ferrie. Picture: Chris Watt

Tech firms on cloud nine with government contracts

A number of Scottish technology companies have secured places on the latest UK government framework to provide cloud computing services to the public sector.

IndigoVision plans to buy back up to 5% of its shares. Picture: Ian Georgeson

IndigoVision aims to return £850,000 to shareholders

Video security group IndigoVision today announced plans to return about £850,000 to investors through a share buyback programme.

Minoan said Morningside Travel was an 'excellent fit' for its Stewart Travel arm. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Minoan buys Edinburgh travel agent and raises £450,000

Travel group Minoan has bought an Edinburgh-based agency and also raised £450,000 to help develop its resort project in Crete.

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Change, led by managing director Mark McFall, fell into administration before its purchase by rival Head Group. Picture: Contributed

Recruiter Change in administration before takeover

Change Recruitment had racked up losses of more than £5 million in just five years before it was sold to rival Head Group after falling into administration last week.

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Addleshaw Goddard's John Joyce, left, and Malcolm McPherson of HBJ Gateley have spent months finalising their merger plans. Picture: Chris Watt

Latest cross-border legal merger set to complete

It may not grab the headlines like Pippa Middleton’s wedding did over the weekend, but the senior partners who have thrashed out next Thursday’s official tie-up between Scotland’s HBJ Gateley and England’s Addleshaw Goddard argue it will be a good marriage for all.

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Lucy Bostock invented her More-2-Explore device after becoming separated from her young son at a theme park. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Monday interview: More-2-Explore founder Lucy Bostock

Today marks exactly a year since Lucy Bostock took her son, then aged five, to Legoland, where the distressing experience of being separated from him among the hordes ultimately proved the inspiration for setting up More-2-Explore.

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.

An example of charity Challenges Worldwide's work, seen here with staff at a bakery in Uganda: Picture: Contributed

Gin venture’s first round of profits to help the poor

A social enterprise gin based in Edinburgh that launched in November has given away its first funding from sales proceeds to help disadvantaged young adults help tackle poverty in developing countries.

Cairn is on track for first oil this year from its Kraken and Catcher projects in the North Sea. Picture: Contributed

Cairn Energy eyes ‘significant’ boost from North Sea

Oil and gas explorer Cairn Energy today said its cash flows were in line for a “significant” boost when two of its North Sea projects come on stream.

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'The partnership with Siemens is a transformational one for our team,' said Relaymed chief Neil Farish. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Health tech start-up Relaymed in ‘transformational’ deal

An Edinburgh-based healthcare technology start-up has signed a “transformational” partnership with electronics giant Siemens that will see its software rolled out across North America.

Johnston Press, led by CEO Ashley Highfield, said total revenues were up on a year ago. Picture: Malcolm Irving

Johnston Press ‘encouraged’ by improving sales trends

Media group Johnston Press today said it was “encouraged” by improving revenue trends in the face of “challenging” conditions for the regional newspaper market.

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Anderson Strathern managing partner Murray McCall said the law firm had delivered a 'very steady set of numbers'. Picture: Jane Barlow

Anderson Strathern returns to growth after client wins

Law firm Anderson Strathern has revealed a slight dip in turnover in its latest annual results, but said it has returned to growth this year with a series of high-profile client wins.

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Edinburgh-based IndigoVision is headed by chief executive Marcus Kneen. Picture: Contributed

IndigoVision says outlook is positive as sales grow

Video security specialist IndigoVision today said its outlook was “more positive than it has been for some time” after an improvement in sales and orders.

Speculation in the City has linked Antonio Horta-Osorio with a possible move to the top job at HSBC. Picture: Robert Perry

Lloyds boss snaps up shares amid talk of HSBC switch

Lloyds Banking Group boss Antonio Horta-Osorio has splashed out £36,000 buying shares in the lender amid rising speculation over his future.

'If an acquisition made sense to do, we would do it', said Brewin Dolphin chief executive David Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Wealth firm Brewin Dolphin firing on all cylinders

Brewin Dolphin, the wealth manager that has just snapped up private client business Duncan Lawrie Asset Management (DLAM) for £28 million, is not ruling out further acquisitions.

Maitland said Edinburgh was the 'next logical step' in its global expansion programme. Picture: Jane Barlow

Fund group Maitland moves into Scotland with R&H deal

A fund administration firm has expanded into Scotland for the first time with the acquisition of a rival operation that administers £2 billion of investments.

Inverness emerged ahead of Edinburgh in Colliers' hotel index. Picture: Neil Hanna

Inverness takes lead among Scotland’s hotel hot spots

Inverness has emerged as the surprise leader in a new ranking of Scottish hotel “hot spots”.

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Brand Insiders co-founders Fiona Burnett, left, and Susanna Freedman. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Branding specialists team up for consultancy launch

Two brand and marketing specialists have joined forces to launch a consultancy aimed at helping companies attract fresh talent and customers.

From left: Kristin Lamb, Graeme McLaughlin, Emma Little and Pamela McCaw of ExecSpace. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Venue-finding service ExecSpace boosted by client wins

ExecSpace, the Edinburgh-based venue-finding and corporate accommodation service, is on track for a record year following a string of client wins.

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