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Scottish SMEs trail rest of UK in measuring productivity – Close Brothers

Scottish SMEs trail rest of UK in measuring productivity – Close Brothers

Fewer SMEs in Scotland are measuring productivity than the UK average, according to a new report produced by merchant banking group Close Brothers. The report, entitled The Power of Productivity: The role of SMEs shows that one third of SMEs in Scotland don’t measure productivity compared to 28 per cent of SMEs in the UK overall. However, of those […]

Blog: What impact will putting Britain first have on the UK hospitality industry?

Blog: What impact will putting Britain first have on the UK hospitality industry?

French Duncan HR Services Director, Louise McCosh, looks to what lays ahead for the hospitality and leisure sector in post-Brexit Britain   As Brexit negotiations continue to dominate the headlines, the hospitality and leisure sector wait with baited breath as to how these talks will impact their labour supply. The overall impact of Brexit on UK […]

Growth and investment is tax priority for mid-sized Scots businesses – KPMG report

Growth and investment is tax priority for mid-sized Scots businesses – KPMG report

Nearly nine out of ten mid-sized businesses in Scotland (89 per cent) see tax as an opportunity to drive growth, according to research from KPMG. The business advisory firm surveyed 700 UK businesses with revenues between £25 million and £300 million, including 100 respondents in Scotland, on their attitudes to tax policy, access to tax […]

Lomond Capital appoints new CEO and CFO

Lomond Capital appoints new CEO and CFO

Lomond Capital, the rapidly expanding property group, has announced a senior management restructure as it prepares for fresh acquisitions in London and the South of England. The group has appointed banking stalwart Pete Flockhart as chief financial officer while also promoting Bruce Evans to chief executive. Stuart Pender, the current chief executive and founder, becomes […]

Shepherd and Wedderburn secures Islamic finance deal

Shepherd and Wedderburn secures Islamic finance deal

Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has completed the Shariah-compliant refinancing of high value office accommodation in Aberdeen. The firm acted as legal advisor to Youngberry Properties, the owner of Bridge View and Consort House, on the refinancing of those premises. The properties, which total 159,170 sq ft of floor space, are fully let to the oil and […]

RBS offers automated investment advice through NatWest brand

RBS offers automated investment advice through NatWest brand

Royal Bank of Scotland has joined rivals like HSBC in launching an automated investment advice service for more than five million customers. From this week, customers of RBS subsidiary NatWest will be able to choose automated advice through the NatWest Invest online platform. The move follows that made in January 2016 when Santander kick-started banks’ journey back to […]

US venture capitalist buys £750,000 of Dons shares

US venture capitalist buys £750,000 of Dons shares

A US business magnate has ploughed £750,000 into Aberdeen Football Club after enjoying golf trips to Aberdeenshire and making his first visit to Pittodrie. Businessman Tom Crotty, who was also a keen footballer in his youth, has spoken of his excitement at getting involved with the Dons, and of his previous association with club legend […]

Crime of finance chief who stole £51,000 exposed after heart attack

Crime of finance chief who stole £51,000 exposed after heart attack

The finance manager of a Lanarkshire science firm has been caught stealing more than £50,000 from her employers after her embezzling came to light when she had to go off work following a heart attack. Hamilton Sheriff Court has heard how Monica Henderson, 56, who worked at laboratory supplies firm Thistle Scientific in Uddingston for […]

Ledingham Chalmers’ profits and turnover take slight dip

Ledingham Chalmers’ profits and turnover take slight dip

Ledingham Chalmers’ latest financial results show that the firm’s profits dipped in the last financial year, falling from £3.8 million to £3.4m. The firm said the figures for the 2016-17 financial year showed a performance broadly similar to the previous reporting period, albeit projections were lower given ongoing economic and political uncertainty, including the oil price downturn. Group […]

KPMG appoints Blair Nimmo as global head of insolvency

KPMG appoints Blair Nimmo as global head of insolvency

KPMG International has appointed Edinburgh-based Blair Nimmo as its global head of insolvency. Mr Nimmo succeeds Richard Heis who retired from the firm earlier in the year. First joining KPMG in 1991, after training with Cooper and Lybrand’s restructuring practice, Mr Nimmo has become a trusted advisor to stressed and distressed businesses focusing on solvent turnarounds […]