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Scottish Government opens hub in Berlin to boost business links

When Rachel Loxton made the move from Aberdeen to Berlin in 2017 she joined a growing community of Scots choosing to live in Germany.

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Alister Gray, founder of The Mindful Talent. Picture: Contributed

Comment: Never underestimate intuition in business world

As a business leader, the world can sometimes seem like a very lonely place. We can often feel isolated, uncertain and unsure as to whether we are making the appropriate, the “right” decision.

Companies
Comment: Nurturing the next generation of ‘intrapreneurs’

Comment: Nurturing the next generation of ‘intrapreneurs’

Here’s a question for the bosses of any large Scottish company: Would you hire Tesla’s Elon Musk or Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson if their CVs happened to find their way onto your desk?

Opinion
ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 29: People wait in line to withdraw 60 euros from an ATM after Greece closed its banks on June 29, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to monitor the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.   (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Jackie Baillie: Don’t let the SNP lose grip on GDP growth

I remember the scenes in Portugal and Greece during the financial crisis. The queues of workers on the streets of Athens, desperate to withdraw their money from collapsing banks. The young men and women marching through the streets of Lisbon, demanding the chance to do even the most basic of jobs. The boarded-up shops, the bankrupt businesses, the political inertia.

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Scotland ‘lags behind most other countries’ in international trade

Scotland lags behind most other countries in terms of international exports, a new report has stated, adding that raising overseas sales to the same level of the UK would bring a £12 billion boost.

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Jim Duffy: 'Generation Y are not buying into the housing market.' Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy comment: Millennials not starstruck by home ownership

As new research shows millennials – those born between 1980 and 1996 – face still living in rented accommodation at age 30 and that a third of young people face living in private rented housing all their lives, I ask – so what?

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Video: Top ten export destinations for Scotch whisky in 2017

Around 200 global markets helped Scotch exports earn £137 every second in 2017.

Lifestyle
Street Soccer Scotland has become one of the best known social enterprises. Picture: John Devlin

Comment: Taking the ethical route to long-term prosperity

The public profile of social enterprises in Scotland is the highest it has ever been. Many are now household names. Brands like Street Soccer Scotland, The Big Issue, Social Bite, The Wise Group, Kibble and GHA, alongside the rising stars of credit unions, co-operatives and social housing pioneers.

Markets Economy
Chinese stocks begin to plunge on a display in Beijing. Picture: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty

Bill Jamieson: Between burnt toast and the bubble busting

Here are two views on where the world is headed.

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Pauline Hinchion, Scottish Communities Finance

Pauline Hinchion: Make money work for communities with bond scheme

The political noise about the closures of banks, often the only ones left in communities, has been getting louder recently.

Opinion
Rev Iain May is chair of Castle Community Bank

Reverend Iain May: In the free market US, credit interest rates are capped - why not here?

The media is awash with messages that talk up the benefits of a healthy ­lifestyle and looking after our physical wellbeing. However, our mental and financial health is just as important, and the spotlight is rarely shone on these factors which can have a ­profound effect on peoples’ lives.

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David Scrimgeour, formerly the Scottish Government's investment representative in Germany and Austria, is the founder of the British-German Business Network.

David Scrimgeour: Beer, Bavaria and boosting Scots-German links

The beer was flowing, the pork knuckles crackling and the volume rising at the Augustiner Klosterwirt in the shadow of Munich’s cathedral. The occasion was a get-together with local Scots on the first evening of last month’s Scottish trade mission to the Bavarian capital. Over the following three days, the 20 delegates experienced a series of meetings and events organised around the theme of “mobility”. The mission was hailed a success by the companies, so what did we learn and how can this be applied to help generate business with Germany?

Opinion
In Bute House Sturgeon signs up to the trade deal which was to cause her so much embarrassment. Picture: China Daily

Willie Rennie: Still no response on how to avoid another SNP ‘shambles’

This week Nicola Sturgeon will jet to China on a visit designed to show that Scotland is an ambitious country open for business.

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Kimberly Stewart and Alana Stewart walk the runway at the Johnnie Walker Dressed to Kilt 2006 fashion show. Picture: Getty Images.

Texan Dressed to Kilt founder ‘wounded’ by Scots snub

The founder of the famous Scottish/American fashion show Dressed to Kilt has criticised the international arm of the Scottish Government for not offering to support the high-profile event.

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Steve Dunlop replaces Lena Wilson, who announced in July that she was stepping down after nearly eight years at the helm. Picture: Contributed

Scottish Enterprise names canals boss as new chief executive

Steve Dunlop has been named as the new chief executive of Scottish Enterprise and will receive a lower six-figure salary than his predecessor.

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Video: How Brexit will affect trade marks and other IP rights

Anne Bashir, Director, Trade Marks at Murgitroyd explained what happens to the EU’s 18 million trade marks.

Management

Scots economy enjoys full year of growth

Scotland's economy grew by 0.3% in the final three months of 2017, marking a full year of continuous growth, official figures today show.

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David Spaven Scottish Representative, Rail Freight Group

David Spaven: Rail could take the strain off our roads

Transport Scotland’s 2017 guide to rail freight – Delivering Your Goods – ­highlighted the crucial role played by rail in the transport of whisky from Scotland to foreign markets.

Opinion
Supermarket shelves stripped bare of bread, eggs and milk during the recent exceptionally wintry weather should give planners pause for thought about supply and transport, says Derek Halden

Derek Halden: Beast from the East was a wake-up call for society

In the recent winter disruption, the message from the government was that only essential travel should be made. How do people and businesses know whether their travel is essential to society?

Opinion
The former Cross Keys Hotel in High Street, Dalkeith, before the regeneration

Historic Scottish towns get new lease on life with £43m regeneration

61 communities have benefited from the Historic Environment Scotland regeneration scheme, CARS

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