Blogs



Russell & Russell warns of tax pitfalls for COP26 landlords

Ian McMonagle, chartered tax adviser who sits on the Scottish Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and taxation director at Russell & Russell, business advisers, warns opportunistic landlords of HMRC's interest in letting property to accommodate delegates at forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow in November.

Published 18 August 2021

Tom Dorner and Stuart Brown: The case for European equity income

Tom Dorner and Stuart Brown, managers of the Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) Europe ex UK Equity Income Fund (OEIC), make the case for European Equity Income, assess what is driving the market and discuss the outlook for the sector and recent fund activity.

Published 13 August 2021

Andrew Pollard: If it can happen to us? Top tips to beat the cyber hackers

Andrew Pollard, director of Falkirk-based Ahead Business Consulting, offers practical tips to businesses to avoid cyber attacks.

Published 13 August 2021

Mark Sterritt: Equity finance is unlocking Scotland’s business potential

Mark Sterritt, UK network director, Scotland at the British Business Bank, discusses the growing appetite for equity finance among Scottish small businesses.

Published 12 August 2021

Jack Anderson: The importance of transferable skills

Jack Anderson, financial and professional services consultant at Core Asset Consulting, discusses the importance of transferable skills.

Published 6 August 2021

John Rodger: New cladding tax threatens housing progress

John Rodger, partner and property specialist at accountants Chiene + Tait, discusses the potential consequences of the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT).

Published 4 August 2021

Michael Reid: Wrongful trading is back: should I be worried?

Michael Reid, insolvency practitioner and managing partner Aberdeen-based chartered accountants Meston Reid & Co, puts the spotlight on wrongful trading.

Published 3 August 2021

Richard Douglas-Home: The OTS makes further recommendations for the simplification of CGT

Richard Douglas-Home, senior associate at Turcan Connell, discusses the additional recommendations the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has made to the Chancellor for the simplification of Capital Gains Tax (CGT).

Published 3 August 2021

Stuart MacPherson: Planning ahead for the extension of Making Tax Digital for VAT

Stuart MacPherson, senior business services manager at Aberdeen chartered accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co, details the next stage of HMRC's digitalisation programme.

Published 29 July 2021

Katy Wedderburn: Proposed new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

Katy Wedderburn, head of MacRoberts LLP's employment team, discusses the UK Government's proposal to introduce a mandatory duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment.

Published 28 July 2021

Luke Bartholomew: National digital currencies - what are the implications and will we see a UK ‘Britcoin’?

As central banks race to pilot ‘national digital currencies’, Luke Bartholomew, senior monetary economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) discusses the implications and asks, will we see a UK ‘Britcoin’?

Published 28 July 2021

Lindsay Bryce Mackay: Pandemic prompts re-examination of inheritance and gift taxes

It was inevitable that the impact of the global pandemic on the world’s economy would once again throw a spotlight on the revenue-raising potential of inheritance and gift taxes, writes Lindsay Bryce Mackay, an associate at Gillespie Macandrew.

Published 27 July 2021

Hazel Jane: Female founders essential to economic recovery

Hazel Jane, convenor of the CanDo Collective, discusses how we must ensure the pandemic serves as a catalyst for increasing the level of female-founded businesses in Scotland.

Published 26 July 2021

Sue Gilchrist: What does the latest public health guidance mean for Scottish businesses?

Sue Gilchrist, legal director at Pinsent Masons, considers the impact of the latest public health guidance on Scottish business. 

Published 23 July 2021

Hugh Young: 10 golden rules for equity investing - Do they still hold true?

As Hugh Young, manager of Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus PLC, marks 35-years of managing Asian equities, he discusses whether his 10 golden rules for equity investing still hold true today, even as the world grapples with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 21 July 2021