Aberdeen & North East

Aberdeen & North East

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.

Financial
'We see tremendous potential for ClearWell,' said FrontRow Energy Technology chief Stuart Ferguson. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen energy tech firm buys stake in English peer

Aberdeen-based FrontRow Energy Technology has bought into an English oil and gas technology specialist as it taps into a market that could be worth $700 million (£540m) by 2020.

News
Bob and Kelly McAlpine of Dalriada Luxury Lodges in Stonehaven. Picture: Contributed

Former oil exec invests £1m in Stonehaven luxury lodges

A former oil and gas executive has launched a new luxury tourism business in Aberdeenshire after his family unveiled plans to invest more than £1 million in the development.

Media & Leisure
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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The addition of the Mariner Sentinel to its fleet with create 24 jobs at Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine. Picture: Contributed

Offshore support firm adds 24 jobs with fleet expansion

A business that owns and operates offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry has boosted its fleet in a move that will create 24 jobs in its North Sea operation.

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Alex Salmond is campaigning for reelection in Gordon. Picture: John Devlin

Alex Salmond surpasses election crowdfunding target

Alex Salmond’s campaign to be reelected as MP for the Gordon constituency has received a boost after his online crowdfunder surpassed its target.

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Hardy's Chocolates is an exclusive stockist of produce from Shetland-based Mirrie Dancers. Picture: Contributed

Former IT operations director opens Aberdeen chocolatier

A new Aberdeen-based chocolate shop has invested a five-figure sum into the start up and renovation of a city centre premises.

Retail
Almost 365,000 people have visited Go Ape's Scottish sites in the past ten years. Picture: Contributed

Go Ape reaches new heights with Scottish operations

Forest adventure company Go Ape has seen more than 50,000 visitors swing through the trees in Scotland during the 2016 season.

Media & Leisure
Labour last night suspended its nine councillors in Aberdeen over plans to form a coalition with the Conservatives. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Kezia Dugdale insists her leadership has not been undermined

Kezia Dugdale has insisted that her leadership has not been undermined despite nine Aberdeen councillors defying her orders on Wednesday not to deal with the Conservatives.

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Conservative, Liberal Democrat and independent councillors will lead the local authority in Aberdeenshire.

Tories and Lib Dems form coalition in Aberdeenshire

A coalition of Conservative, Liberal Democrats and independent councillors will run Aberdeenshire Council.

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'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.

Financial
A Tory-Labour Coalition is to run Aberdeen

Labour suspends Aberdeen councillors over Tory coalition deal

Scottish Labour was plunged into civil war last night after the party suspended its group of councillors in Aberdeen for agreeing to form a coalition with the Conservatives on the city council.

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7th Battalion of Gordon Highlander leave the North East for war service in 1914. PIC: Gordon Highlanders Museum.

Global appeal to save Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen

A global appeal has been launched to save the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which celebrates and records the history of the esteemed Scottish regiment, from closure.

Aberdeen & North East
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”.

Media & Leisure
Grant Thornton said there were 'more glimmers of light' emerging in Aberdeen. Picture: Craig Stephen

‘Cautious ­optimism’ as Aberdeen economy rebounds

Aberdeen’s economy is showing signs of “cautious ­optimism” after three years of oil-related misery, a report suggests.

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An archaeological dig is to take place on Cluny Hill in Forres. Picture: Contributed

Famous Moray landmark could be ‘significant’ Iron Age fort

AN archaeological dig is to take place on the Cluny Hill in Forres - which is topped by the famous Nelson’s Tower - after the site was confirmed as a much older historical monument.

Aberdeen & North East
The First Minister will deliver the keynote speech at the Oil & Gas UK event. Picture: John Devlin

Nicola Sturgeon to address Aberdeen oil and gas forum

Nicola Sturgeon is to address industry leaders at a major oil and gas conference taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre next month.

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A North Sea oil rig.

Oil price jumps after new production cuts announced

Russia and Saudi Arabia have said they want to extend oil production cuts through the first three months of 2018, in a move the two major producers say would support the market price.

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Keith Skeoch: AAM deal to give Standard Life global clout

Last week Standard Life sent our 1.2 million shareholders more details on our proposed merger with Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM).

Financial
Robert is believed to have last been seen at around 4.20pm on, Thursday, May 11. Picture: Contributed

Hunt intensifies for missing Aberdeenshire taxi driver

THE PUBLIC is being urged to check footage from dashboard cameras in the hunt for a missing taxi driver.

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