Latest Inverness Business News

Jo Page

Highland Business scoops “Scotland’s Best Motorhome Hire Company” award

Highland Campervans has received the award of “Scotland’s Best Motorhome Hire Company” at the inaugural Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards ceremony in Glasgow. The judges...

Innovation from Tradition workshop held in Shetland

Researchers were in Orkney and Shetland this week for the second of two Innovation from Tradition workshops with craft businesses. The final workshop took place...

Report reveals deep tech analysis and consultancy skills are future of accounting

A new report on the state of accountancy reveals that the extent of change since the introduction of cloud software will lead to accountants...
L to R: - Back row: Ian Philp, Alistair Philp, Sheila Gillies, David Philp. Front row: Ewan Philp and Chris Philp.

Gillies targets Highland growth following Ogilvies acquisition

Scottish furniture company Gillies aims to increase sales in the Highlands following the acquisition of Ogilvies of Inverness, the furniture retailer in the north...
From left - Chris Gauld, Chief Executive, Spark Energy and James Milne CBE, Chairman & Managing Director, Balmoral Group

Balmoral Group boss wins Entrepreneur of the Year accolade

James Milne CBE, Chairman and Managing Director of Balmoral Group has been selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneurial Scotland. Chris Gauld, Chief Executive...
(LtoR) George Brewster and Derek Ferrier

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors and Hardies Property & Construction Consultants to merge

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors is to merge with one of Scotland’s largest multi discipline Property & Construction consultants, Hardies. Both practices share a long history,...
David Todd

Gleaner Oils delivers strong performance in tough market

Gleaner Oils, the Elgin-based fuel and oil distribution business, has returned a robust performance in an increasingly challenging market, reporting a marked uplift in...
Orion Group chairman Alan Savage signing agreement with CNOOC manager Liu Huai Zeng

Orion Group strikes pioneering deal in China

The Orion Group has sign a joint venture (JV) agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Orion chairman Alan Savage visited the city of...
Russell Wardrop

Russell Wardrop: Let’s All Think Like Andy…

As a Scot who spends much of his time travelling to and from his native land I have a plan for us all: Put...
Kerrien Grant

New startup is Kerrien’s dream project

With a career spanning over 20 years working in the third and public sector Kerrien Grant felt it was time to become her own...
Edinburgh Castle

Chinese tour operators meet with Scottish businesses

Scottish tourism businesses were in China last week as part of a VisitScotland business development mission to boost an emerging market already worth £34...
WooHa Brewing Company

Highland Brewery does Ocado deal

WooHa Brewing Company now offers its core range of four beers with online grocery retailer Ocado. Ocado is the first major retailer to take all...
Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Julie Mitchell-Mehta: Why Does Your Business Need to Blog?

There are millions of blogs online with hundreds of millions of blog posts written every day. You can even find out how many have been...
Gareth Williams

Skyscanner bought by Chinese firm for £1.4 billion

Scottish 'unicorn' Skyscanner is to be bought by China's biggest online travel company Ctrip.com International Ltd for about £1.4 billion. The deal follows quickly on...
Andrew Mackenzie

Land reclamation specialist bocomes latest employee owned company

Contaminated land remediation specialist Environmental Reclamation Services Ltd (ERS) has become Scotland’s latest employee-owned business with the firms 28 employees now becoming owners of...
Archie Hume

Black Friday discounts are ‘bad for brands and their customers’

Archie Hume, founder of country clothing store AHume, says that Black Friday discounts are not only bad for customers, they can damage the brands...
Steve Ewing

Steve Ewing: Great Expectations of the Scottish Business Network

I didn’t really have many, maybe any, expectations when Russell Dalgleish and Christine Esson approached me many months ago to present to the Scottish...
A typical wigwam

Work to begin on 24 Glenlivet holiday wigwams

A welcome addition to Tomintoul’s tourism offer has received a ‘green light’, with work set to kick-off this month on the construction of new...
Jackie Waring

Female Entrepreneur pitch competition launches

Scotland’s only pitch competition for women entrepreneurs is being launched today (Monday, 21 November, 2016) at Edinburgh Napier University. The 2017 AccelerateHER Awards, open...
Jo Harris, managing director of retail business banking at Bank of Scotland

More than 500,000 Scots expect to start their own business

More than 500,000 Scottish adults expect to start their own business according to new research from the Bank of Scotland. The How Scotland Lives study...
Stuart Mason

Stuart Mason: Mr LinkedIN or Missed LinkedIN?

Are you Mr LinkedIn, or have you missed the LinkedIn boat? LinkedIn has some 277 million users worldwide with a “mere “ 15 million in...
Joe Henry

Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help small businesses

Scottish consulting & technology company, Planys has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to run from mid-November until Christmas. The campaign’s mission is to help Micro...
Sandy Kennedy

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards finalists announced

Entrepreneurial Scotland has announced the finalists of the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Established over 20 years ago, in association with Deloitte and media...
Dr Duncan Bury

Dr Duncan Bury: Networking-it is a question in itself. Net working?

When I first started out in business I knew no one. I had been a "buyer" in a corporate and people loved me because...
Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan: Leadership Values – the who and the how

In the first article in this series exploring wider issues around leadership, we looked at “what is leadership?” The definition is clear but we...

Inverness Edition

Promoted Content

Mollie Hughes

Next Month: A Mountaineer, a Brewer and a Broadcaster!

The Royal Scots Club is delighted to announce the launch of its Liaison Lunches, starting in September this year. Featuring a mountaineer, a brewer and...
Angus Lee, Jason Moir and Andrew Smith

North-East golf networking group swings into action

A new north-east networking group has swung into action offering a unique combination of sport, socialising and business networking. The 19th Hole, founded by experienced...

Nicholson Solutions Appointed as Education Partner by Digital Marketing Institute

The Digital Marketing Institute has appointed Aberdeen company Nicholson Solutions to deliver its Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing in Scotland. The SQA accredited professional...

Interviews

Ray Riddoch

Gillian Thomson: An Interview with Ray Riddoch – Leadership in a Downturn

It feels that in the last two years we have been bombarded with doom and gloom stories here in Aberdeen, where much of the...
Jack Cairney

Interview: Jack Cairney, Founder of BeFound – How to launch a software company

SBNN caught up with BeFound founder and search marketing expert Jack Cairney. We talked about launching a small business, motivation, technology and of course...
Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan: The continuing journey of Qpal

I sat with great expectations of becoming a frequent blogger back in April after I put the finishing touches to my first chronicle, Coming...
Peter Vardy

Scottish Entrepreneur: Peter Vardy on employing 800 people, giving money away and hanging out...

Peter Vardy has just become a dad. The sleepless nights are a challenge for the chief executive of Peter Vardy Ltd, owner of seven...
Sir Tom Hunter

“I’d like to be the catalyst for positive change in Scotland” – Sir Tom...

You can listen to the podcast version of this interview at the end of this article. The best piece of management advice Sir Tom Hunter...

Columnists

Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Julie Mitchell-Mehta: Why Does Your Business Need to Blog?

There are millions of blogs online with hundreds of millions of blog posts written every day. You can even find out how many have been...
Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan: Leadership Values – the who and the how

In the first article in this series exploring wider issues around leadership, we looked at “what is leadership?” The definition is clear but we...
Clare Scott

Clare Scott: 2017: What’s your plan?

Sorted out your marketing plan for 2017? Reward yourself with a screen break and a cuppa. Not quite there yet? Read on. Here are...
Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Julie Mitchell-Mehta: What’s the Difference between Online and Offline Marketing? 

With the growth in inbound marketing, and the buzz around content, social media and digital media, marketers have more choices than ever when deciding...
Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan: Unleashing A Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Despite studying software development for a year at University, the first time I’d actually encountered the term MVP (Minimum Viable Product) in a technology...