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.

Balfour Beatty is relocating seven offices to a single base at the Maxim Business Park at Eurocentral off the M8. Picture: Contributed

Balfour Beatty to close seven offices across Scotland

Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is consolidating seven of its offices in Scotland in a move partly aimed at cutting costs.

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Investment in agri-tech can help transform Scotland's farming industry. Picture: Michael Gillen

Agri-tech investment in Scotland poised to pay off

Despite the well-documented statistics showing growth in productivity on UK farms was falling behind their competitors, the recent major re-investment in the agri-tech sector means the country is well placed to lead the world in the testing and development of new technologies for the industry.


Standard Life boss confident of AAM merger approval

The chief executive of Standard Life has said he is confident the group’s merger with Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) will gain shareholder approval, despite governance concerns over the £11 billion tie-up.

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.

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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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'A job in digital doesn't necessarily require people to be 'coders',' says Sam Wason of Cathcart Associates, right, with fellow joint MD Gordon Kaye. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Employers urged to look beyond candidates’ tech skills

Employers have been urged to “keep an open mind” and look beyond candidates’ technical abilities to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap.

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Aberdeen Asset Management has sold the office block to a German investor. Picture: Greg Macvean

Edinburgh’s Exchange Place 1 offices sold for £47m

The Exchange Place 1 office block in the centre of Edinburgh’s financial hub has been bought by a German investment fund for £47 million.

Jumpstart managing director Scott Henderson. Picture: Contributed

Tax relief specialist Jumpstart teams up with EEF

Manufacturers’ organisation EEF has struck a deal with Scottish tax relief specialist Jumpstart to aid firms with their R&D tax credits.

'We are very excited about our new Birmingham city centre office,' said Lomond Capital chief Stuart Pender. Picture: Jane Barlow

Lomond Capital expands presence south of the Border

Lomond Capital, the Edinburgh-based property investor and consolidator, has bolstered its presence south of the Border with the acquisition of a Midlands lettings and estate agency.

Edinburgh-based Exova has about 200 staff in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Testing outfit Exova cautions over ‘modest’ growth

Exova, the Edinburgh-based materials testing specialist that recently agreed to a £620 million takeover, today said its growth this year will be “more modest” than that seen in 2016.

Rev Richard Frazer. Picture: Neil Hanna

Kirk tells PM: Don’t ignore ‘sovereign right’ of Scots

The Scottish people have the “sovereign right to determine the form of government best suited to their needs”, despite the UK government having the legal right to permit a second independence referendum, delegates at the 2017 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh agreed yesterday.

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From left: Irvine Spowart, Sandy Manson (CEO), Iain Castles, Rosalind Catto, Scott Jeffrey, Ryan Diplexcito, Gavin Young and Emma Waterman. Picture: Contributed

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.

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.

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