Ewen Fleming, partner and head of consulting at Johnston Carmichael, details the need for greater financial inclusion. The steady decline of cash is now in freefall in Scotland, according to a recent analysis by MPs.
Emma Reid, financial adviser at Phil Anderson Financial Services, offers advice on financial planning for women. “Being financially literate is a powerful thing, especially for women.” - Otegha Uwagba, Founder of Women Who.
Kirsteen Maclean, senior associate at law firm BTO, discusses the intricacies of corporate insolvency. Research undertaken by the insolvency and restructuring trade body R3, in Scotland, revealed that the number of insolvency cases (liquidations and receiverships), for the last quarter of 2021, was
Vishal Chopra, head of tax for Scotland at KPMG UK, discusses the potential future tax plans at Westminster. Whoever becomes the UK’s next Prime Minister, it seems certain that tax will play a huge role in setting the tone for their premiership. Everything we’ve heard from the Tory candi
Alistair Wood, an associate at Pinsent Masons discusses Scotland's corporate self-reporting regime. With our separate legal systems, the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) regime does not operate in Scotland, and as a result civil recovery remains the only option short of prosecution for Scottish
Andrew Walker, partner and head of corporate growth at Morton Fraser, discusses the role employee businesses could have in boosting the wider UK economy. The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government included a goal to reach 500 employee-owned businesses (EOBs) by 2030. We currently
Michael Reid, managing partner at Meston Reid & Co, passes on advice on what to look for when things are not going well in business. Whilst it is easy to say that the lack of cash to finance ongoing trading is the main reason given for many business failures, a number of operational aspects begi
Brian McMurray, head of technology and a business advisory group partner at AAB, discusses the growing investment opportunities available to technolgy firms. The technology deals market has remained active throughout the pandemic, making the most of business that could be done virtually – but
With the bidding process closing today, Sheelagh Cooley, real estate partner in the Edinburgh office of law firm Shoosmiths, considers the benefits and potential challenges ahead for the operators of Scotland’s Green Freeports. It has been well publicised that the Scottish Government is curren
Colin Millar, corporate partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM), highlights some of the potential pitfalls and shortcomings of crowdfunding that can often be overlooked. Rock band Marillion, fronted by Dalkeith’s own Derek Dick aka Fish, is often somewhat unexpectedly c
Stuart Clark, managing director at Russell & Russell Business Advisers, offers advice to employers who want to offer staff a helping hand with ever-increasing living costs. These are hard times all round. Particularly for the generations who have never experienced the inflationary chaos late las
Paul Reeves, managing director at restructuring advisory Kroll, discusses the intricacies of pre-pack administrations. Ever since the administration process became the key business rescue process over two decades ago, the pre-pack administration has suffered a tarnished reputation. Legislation has i
Tom Stocker, partner and sanctions expert at Pinsent Masons, discusses the implications for businesses that comply with sanctions on Russian trade. Despite successive rounds of UK, EU and US sanctions ratcheting up the pressure on Putin’s government and a further round of sanctions being immin
Betsy Williamson, founder of Core-Asset Consulting, shares her views on the recent Queen's Speech - in which the long-promised Employment Bill was absent. The recent Queen’s Speech, historic in its own right with the absence of Her Majesty at the State Opening of Parliament for the first time