Lauren Brown: Employers should tap into a well of creative ideas from a diverse workforce

One of my genuine wishes for 2018 is that Scotland can ably demonstrate to the world what a wonderfully rich and diverse workforce we have. We will show how we can positively ­transcend individuals’ perceived barriers, break down prejudices and have a 100 per cent focus on equality in the workplace.

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Susannah Donaldson, senior associate and employment law specialist at Pinsent Masons. Picture: Peter Devlin

Comment: Need to tackle underlying gender pay gap causes

It could be viewed as the UK’s ­biggest poker game, with more than 90 per cent of businesses required to publish gender pay gap (GPG) details waiting to see who blinks first. As the 4 April deadline looms large – for firms with 250 or more employees legally obliged to disclose pay gap stats – only 536 out of an estimated 8,000 have gone ­public.

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Previse will work with academia and the business community as it launches a data base in Glasgow

B2B specialist Previse to create 37 data science jobs in Glasgow

A start-up specialising in business-to-business payments is to open a development centre in Glasgow, creating 37 data science jobs in the process.

Jenners Store, Princes Street.

House of Fraser reports festive slump in sales

The company behind one of Scotland’s most iconic department stores has reported sales falling by 2.9 per cent un the run up to Christmas.

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Sales of Buckfast increased during the last financial year

Buckfast sales shoot up as monks’ profits reach £43m

Sales of Buckfast have rocketed as the company that produces the drink reported pre-tax profits increasing by more than £750,000.

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Dr Siobh�n Jordan, Director, Interface

Dr Siobhán Jordan: What a good idea – sharing knowledge can break down the challenges facing us all

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up” – so said the US writer Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Nick Freer is a founding director of the Freer Consultancy and Full Circle Partners

Nick Freer: A tale of how storytelling is key in business

I remember the first time I met someone who had the title “chief storyteller” on their business card. I was a bit cynical and imagined a senior executive sitting on cushions in the corner of the boardroom reading books to some of the company’s younger employees.

Keith Brown backed the SMF. Picture: John Devlin.

SME-focused fund eyes potential after lending firms £2m

A fund backed by the Scottish Government specialising in loans to Scottish SMEs that have been turned down by larger lenders has so far lent £2 million, creating hundreds of jobs, it has been revealed today.


These are the developments in the pipeline for Edinburgh in 2018

DEVELOPMENTS worth more than £11.7 billion are under way, proposed or in the pipeline in Edinburgh, a survey of projects at the start of 2018 has found.

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The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund is looking for solutions to improve electric vehicles, vulnerable people's lives, CCTV, drinking water and surgical equipment.

Cash boost for new ‘can do’ attitude in Scotland

The new fund aims to match private sector talent with public bodies

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Stuart Armstrong of Celtic, one of several Scottish internationals playing for the Glasgow club, during a derby match against Rangers in 2017. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Number of Scots playing in Scottish Premiership in decline

The percentage of players in Scotland’s top football league who were born in the country has dropped sharply since the turn of the century, research has found.

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Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Polly Purvis: The tech trends that will dominate 2018

Scotland has the talent, the raw material and the track record to grow its tech sector in 2018, says Polly Purvis

Graeme Watson is a Partner at Clyde & Co

Graeme Watson: If you hold people’s data, keep it safe, or it could cost you a packet

BBC News recently ­highlighted a stark ­example of a failure to protect sensitive data. The DVLA sent a letter about a driving licence to “multiple sclerosis Caron Garrod”. Ms Garrod was justifiably offended by the insensitive title and horrified that her medical condition had been divulged through the postal system.

Employees who create a money-spinning inventions for companies usually lose out when they try to share in the benefits

Yann Robin: Bother of invention is not cashing in

Under UK patent law, an invention made by an employee during the course of his or her normal duties will belong, by default, to the employer – unless there is an express agreement specifying otherwise.

The Innovator Launchpad Awards are designed to support start-up businesses by giving them a platform to raise their profile and compete for funding.

Scottish start-ups in line for Innovator Launchpad Award

Three Scottish start-ups have made it to the final round of the Innovator Launchpad Awards. Find out who’s in the running.

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Research shows 86% of people say authenticity is important when deciding which brands they support and follow but many businesses struggle to create a powerful image for their product

Why becoming an authority is important for your business

In order to build an authentic brand that customers can relate too, it’s imperative that your business stands out in the digital era.

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Thestudioglasgow on Hope Street welcomed 17,000 customers from more than 240 organisations.

Studio celebrates year in Glasgow and eyes growth

A company offering city centre meeting rooms and conference venues is eyeing further growth in Glasgow after celebrating the first anniversary of its presence in the city.

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According to Donaldson, the Law Society of Scotland claims that conveyancing transactions are a hot target for money launderers because it can happen quite fast and can often hide behind complex money transactions.

Edinburgh firms helps fight against money-laundering

Cutting-edge software is helping to deliver robust checks against crime

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The G&V Royal Mile has rooftop beehives

How sustainable is Scotland’s hospitality sector?

Sustainability is taken seriously in the hotel and tourism industry, with top-end operators increasingly seeing planet-friendly credentials as a major selling point when competing for the green pound. From eco-luxury pods heated by a stove fed by locally-sourced wood in the Swiss Alps to a resort in the Maldives which creates fresh drinking water from seawater to be distributed in recycled glass bottles, guests who are conscious of their carbon footprint have plenty of choice when it comes to holiday destinations.

Lego exhibition at New Lanark. Picture Sarah Peters.

Attractions work their magic for Scottish tourism industry

There has been much to celebrate this year for the Scottish tourism industry: “spectacular” growth in international visitors; record numbers at the National Museum of Scotland; soaring passenger totals at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports; high-profile hotels and restaurants opening in the capital – and so the list goes on.

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