Blogs



Kirsty Ross: Succession dominated the agenda for Scotland’s family-owned businesses

KPMG’s family business leader Kirsty Ross discusses how succession dominates the agenda for Scotland’s family-owned businesses.

Published 5 December 2019

Gillian MacLellan: Would a four day week work?

Gillian MacLellan, partner and employment law specialist at law firm CMS, discusses whether a four day work week would be successful for companies and staff.

Published 4 December 2019

Helen Brown: UK companies face many legislative challenges but tax opportunities can be a big help

Helen Brown of Anderson, Anderson and Brown details how UK companies are due to face many legislative challenges but tax opportunities can significantly help firms handle the changes.

Published 29 November 2019

Gavin Buchan: New kids on the block in commercial property financing are here to stay

Partner and head of banking and finance at Lindsays, Gavin Buchan, discusses how the rise of new finance possibilities is a positive development for all.

Published 28 November 2019

Shirley McIntosh: Scots can be forgiven for being baffled by the party manifestos

Understanding the complex UK tax system is hard as it is, but when you layer on the interaction with the devolved administrations, the task gets even harder for Scottish voters. RSM’s Shirley McIntosh unpicks the manifesto claims with a Scottish lens.

Published 27 November 2019

John Cowan: Is the high street really in decline?

John Cowan, a retail expert working with Business Gateway, discusses the reality of the retail market and the opportunities on offer to small businesses.

Published 27 November 2019

Jenny Stewart: What increasing the real Living Wage means for Scottish workers

Following the announcement made by the Living Wage Foundation that the real living wage in the UK and London has increased, Jenny Stewart, head of infrastructure, government and healthcare at KPMG discusses what increasing the real Living Wage means for Scottish workers.

Published 11 November 2019

Jim Cuthbert: Scotland risks sliding backwards into the risks, expense and failures of PFI

In a new report for Common Weal, former chief statistician Jim Cuthbert examines the newly developed 'Mutual Investment Model' that the Scottish Government has adopted for at least some future public infrastructure projects.

Published 5 November 2019

Dave Smith: Don’t wait until 2020 - contractors should seek IR35 advice now

Dave Smith, tax manager at Meston Reid & Co, has urged contractors to seek IR35 advice now and not wait until 2020 to do so.

Published 4 November 2019

Alison Rose promises greater role for staff at RBS

Alison Rose has marked her first day as chief executive of RBS by sending a letter to all staff promising to change the culture at the part-nationalised bank.

Published 1 November 2019

Ben Zielinski: Terminating a commercial lease – how hard can it be to quit?

Ben Zielinski, a senior associate in the commercial litigation team at Shoosmiths in Edinburgh, considers the significance of a recent judgment in the Court of Session that has given greater clarification of how much notice a landlord needs to give to terminate a commercial lease in Scotland.

Published 24 October 2019

Stephen Bryceland: Will Scottish risks become uninsurable?

Scotland has always been different from the rest of the UK when it comes to claims and litigation. With a separate jurisdiction and its own unique legal concepts and rules, it has been essential for insurers to understand and acknowledge the quirks of the Scottish system and to deal with them accordingly. This has simply been one aspect of the business of being a UK-wide insurance provider.

Published 21 October 2019

Nick Pollard: Mid-Market Rent legislation in Scotland, a costly historical anachronism?

Kingdom Housing Association’s Nick Pollard discusses whether the law regarding Mid-Market Renting in Scotland is outdated, counter-productive and detrimental to the affordable housing sector and its tenants and participants.

Published 8 October 2019

David Lonsdale: MSPs must support business rate reform

Mr David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium Agenda, urges MSPs to support business rate reform to mitigate the decline of the Scottish high street.

Published 8 October 2019

Kelly Tolhurst: British Business Bank

It was revealed yesterday that the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme has lent over £30 million to small businesses in Scotland since 2012.

Published 4 October 2019