Blogs



Mark Sterritt: Access to finance is critical fuel for Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Mark Sterritt, UK network director - Scotland at the British Business Bank, talks about the success of the Start Up Loans programme in Scotland and the value that new business brings to the Scottish economy, particularly as we focus on recovery.

Published 15 October 2021

Joanne Gillies: Winding up petitions – new law gives small firms breathing space

The UK Government has introduced legislation designed to support small businesses following the end of restrictions on winding up petitions on 30 September, writes Joanne Gillies, partner at Pinsent Masons.

Published 8 October 2021

Neil Bradbrook: Groupthink is a trap - businesses do far better when there is diversity of thought

Neil Bradbrook, managing director of Falkirk-based Ahead Business Consulting and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, discusses the importance of diverse thought in a business.

Published 7 October 2021

Sean McGinness: No business activities no VAT recovery

VAT can only be claimed as input tax if the associated costs are incurred in respect of a business (economic) activity and rural businesses need to be aware that HM Revenue & Customs continues to challenge VAT recovery, warns Sean McGinness, partner and head of VAT, Saffery Champness.

Published 6 October 2021

Derek Money: Asset finance is key for Scottish businesses looking for growth

Derek Money, head of sales at White Oak Leases & Loans in Glasgow, on why it's time for lenders to deliver asset finance solutions that work for the Scottish business community.

Published 1 October 2021

Christine Rolland: HMRC set to crackdown on furlough fraudsters

Businesses emerging from the Covid-induced cocoon of furlough payments used to retain their workforce since the pandemic struck are now facing the cold wind of scrutiny as HMRC gears up to claw back any cash that may have been handed over in error, writes Christine Rolland, forensic accounting director at Henderson Loggie.

Published 30 September 2021

Andrew Scouller: COVID-19 and Brexit – A perfect storm for further education funding

Andrew Scouller, an independent financial advisor at Phil Anderson Financial Services Ltd, discusses further education funding in the wake of COVId-19 and Brexit.

Published 27 September 2021

Colin Miller: CMA cracks down on competition law breaches

Colin Miller, partner at Burness Paull, discusses the recent crackdown on pharma companies for breaching competition law.

Published 27 September 2021

Lyn Calder: Investing in the family business

Lyn Calder, corporate finance partner and head of family businesses at Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB), highlights the intricacies of investing in the family business.

Published 23 September 2021

Adam Swayne: Leaving cryptocurrency in your Will

Adam Swayne, a solicitor in the Asset Protection Group at Murray Beith Murray, looks at how to effectively pass on cryptocurrency through a Will.

Published 23 September 2021

Elaine Elder: Owners could be forced to sell as council approves empty housing policy

Elaine Elder, an associate at Aberdein Considine, discusses the implications of the new policy adopted by Aberdeen City Council to tackle the local empty-housing crisis.

Published 20 September 2021

James Fennessey: Working capital vacuum threat as recovery continues

A severe shortage of working capital is set to cause a growing number of business failures as companies responding to the recovery become overstretched and insolvent due to a lack of cash, James Fennessey, restructuring partner with Azets in Scotland, has warned.

Published 13 September 2021

Kieran Smith: Still no answers for investors in Woodford Equity Income Fund

Kieran Smith, an associate at Thompsons Solicitors, reveals why group action against Link Fund Solutions, in their role as manager of the Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF), is the only way to see justice done.

Published 13 September 2021

Neil Bradbrook: COVID-19 world of work means Scottish firms can now think global, not local

Neil Bradbrook, managing director of Falkirk-based Ahead Business Consulting, highlights the new opportunities made available to Scottish businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 9 September 2021

Stuart MacPherson: VAT next for the beleaguered hospitality sector?

Stuart MacPherson, business services manager at Meston Reid & Co, considers the tax challenges for hospitality businesses emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 6 September 2021