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Ken Thomson: Logistics firms need clarity on life after Brexit

With negotiations aimed at reaching agreement on the terms for the UK to terminate its membership of the European Union under way, companies across all sectors of the Scottish economy are trying to understand better what the implications will be for their businesses – and what challenges they may face in 2019.

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Festival Village: Waverley.

Simon Keane: Edinburgh’s music scene needs more pop-up venues

It is no secret that Edinburgh’s live music scene is suffering. In the past few years we’ve lost a number of iconic venues that have closed down due to a variety of reasons. Some have struggled with noise complaints and others with profitability.

Burundi farmers are forging ahead and Scots are helping by reducing carbon emissions

Chris Hegarty: Help the people of Burundi to a better future

One of the best things about working for Christian Aid is having the privilege to encounter – either directly or indirectly – many truly remarkable, inspiring people.

Roddy Gow, Chairman, The Asia Scotland Institute

Roddy Gow: Look east and inspire the leaders of tomorrow

The Asia Scotland Institute’s mission is to educate and inspire and to equip tomorrow’s leaders in Scotland with the knowledge and skills to better engage with Asia in this The Century of Asia. Appearances by high level speakers form the core of its programmes but there are other ways in which it can assist in building bridges between Scotland and the largest economies of Asia. At a time when EC funding is at risk because of Brexit, there are other opportunities to help facilitate connections and raise Scotland’s profile as an attractive destination. Building bridges equally involves breaking down barriers. In this article, I look at some of the Institute’s activities in these areas.

Ewan Mowat is a solicitor with AC White

Ewan Mowat: Booming gig economy can put workers at risk and they must be properly protected

If you have ever had a takeaway delivered or organised a private cab lift to the airport, you will have touched the gig economy.

John Sturrock is a mediator and Chief Executive of Core Solutions.

John Sturrock: Meet in the middle to settle differences

I was in Dublin recently, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution professionals. It was a privilege to spend time at Glencree, the centre for peace and reconciliation where so much has been done behind the scenes to ease the conflict between communities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. More work might be needed soon, I suppose.

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend in October will offer opportunities to open a pop-up bar. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Stacy Campbell: The lowdown on the pop-up pitfalls

THIS year’s Edinburgh Festivals are showcasing how entrepreneurs and retailers can use pop-ups to great effect.

For some ex-service personnel the transition to civilian life can be challenging and effective support is crucial to give them a positive future.

Amelia Morgan: Venture Trust is out to help ex-service personnel

Each year about 17,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and most transition successfully into the civilian world.

Graham Boyack, Director, Scottish Mediation

Graham Boyack: Scotland really needs to keep it simple when it comes to procedure in law cases

The recently launched Justice In Scotland – Vision and Priotities has as one of its ambitions “to modernise civil and criminal law and the justice system to meet the needs of people in Scotland in the 21st century”.

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Alcohol sales paint a useful and worrying national picture of how people in Scotland consume their favourite, and not always very expensive, tipple. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Alison Douglas: Cutting back on booze helps our health and lifts the load on the NHS

The latest alcohol sales data show that last year, 10.5 litres of pure alcohol were sold per adult in Scotland. That’s a massive 1,050 units of alcohol each – equivalent to 105 bottles of wine, 40 bottles of vodka or 456 pints of beer.

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Jeanette Forbes is the Chairperson of the JDRF Scottish Development Group

Jeanette Forbes: Scots can cope with the rise of Type 1 diabetes if they think positive

Did you know that Scotland has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world? More than 30,000 people in Scotland live with the condition and numbers are increasing at a rate of around four per cent each year, particularly in children under the age of five.

Members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative of the United Nations Global Compact

Dr Alec Wersun: Academics fight for a better world

In January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit – officially came into force.

Paul Brown is a Partner and head of the food and drink team at Anderson Strathern.

Paul Brown: Seasonal workers in short supply

One of the less obvious impacts of the Brexit vote and the decision to leave the EU is the effect that this has had on the labour market in the food and drink industry – and the potential for increased food costs as a shortage of workers leads to competition for workers and increased wages affecting not just farms but food production, restaurants and hotels.

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Gavin Macgregor is an employment lawyer at Loch Employment Law

Gavin Macgregor: Business will feel pain of employment claims again

The Supreme Court’s decision that employment tribunal fees were unlawful will have a profound effect on British businesses of all sizes.

Linda Walker is a family law associate at Balfour+Manson LLP

Linda Walker: New rules on apportioning pensions in case of divorce not necessarily unfair

AS the dust settles on the Supreme Court decision McDonald v McDonald, the major implications for couples in the process of separating are sinking in.

Gary Donaldson is head of product and innovation at land and property search organisation Millar & Bryce

Gary Donaldson: New world of fast-moving and exciting conveyancing

WHEN we talk about modern conveyancing, those solicitors working in the field tend to fit into three broad categories.


Not hard to be positive about the future when science will deliver us from many ills

LEAVING the European Union creates huge challenges and opportunities for the UK. What is clear is that the biggest challenge for science is to maintain cooperation with other EU countries. Partnerships both professional and personal have built up over years of interaction and coordination for continent-wide research projects. After Horizon 2020 expires we simply need to have a deal for skilled people from Europe to carry on working here and for joint funding of big projects.

Its time to savour graduation day and students at the University of Glasgow will soon have another achivement to celebrate when the new Masters programme comes on stream

Rachel Sandison: Hats off for Glasgow as university hits a remarkable ‘first’ in Chinese partnership

Graduation days are always special. They mark the culmination of years of hard work, determination and often times stress but, hopefully, also the conquest of knowledge and the forming of new, firm friendships.

Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland

Government must work harder to achieve low carbon future Scots want and need

We’ve been rightly proud of the world leading climate legislation unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2009, but time has moved on and other countries are going even further in order to meet the targets set in the Paris Agreement.

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View of the Cairngorm mountains from Lynbreck near Granton-on-Spay. Picture Ian Rutherford

Stuart Goodall: Gove’s green light take on Brexit must rely on our natural forestry resources

MICHAEL Gove gave his first major policy speech as UK Environment Secretary at WWF’s headquarters, a building made primarily of wood. In the speech, he promised a ‘Green Brexit’.

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