Next week - Highlands and Islands #hellodigital conference

More than 250 businesses and community groups will get together with local and national digital professionals in Inverness on Monday (20 February) for #hellodigital...
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HIAL announces additional daily flight between Inverness and Amsterdam

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), has announced Dutch national carrier KLM will, for the summer 2017 timetable, increase its flights from Inverness to...
Caledonian MacBrayne

CalMac carries more than five million for first time in 20 years

Caledonian MacBrayne’s official carrying statistics for 2016 reveal that the west coast of Scotland ferry company passed five million passengers for the first time...
Murray Marshall

Scottish Microfinance Fund launched to help start-up and growing businesses access finance

A new £6 million microfinance fund is now available to make small loans more accessible to businesses throughout Scotland. The Scottish Microfinance Fund (SMF) is...
Cotswold Outdoor in Inverness

Cotswold Outdoor secures retails space in Inverness

Cotswold Outdoor has taken space at 1 Longman Road, Inverness. The outdoor recreation retailer agreed to a new 10-year lease on Unit 2, extending to...
Horizon Scotland – located in Enterprise Park, Forres

Moray business park seeking aspiring new starts

One of Moray’s leading business centres is inviting new start creative and technology businesses to take advantage of its incubator facilities and dedicated business...
Laura Sutherland of Aura PR. Image credits: Martin Shields Photograhy

Laura Sutherland: Expert PR advice for a successful exhibition

Exhibitions can be big drivers for sales and leads and it’s essential if you’re participating, you make the most of the investment. Often businesses tell...
The Scott-Moncrieff board (L-R): Stewart MacDonald, Chris Brown, Bernadette Higgins, Nick Bennett, Gareth Magee

Strategic shortlist success for Scott-Moncrieff

Accountancy and business advisory firm Scott-Moncrieff has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the UK MPF (Managing Partners’ Forum) Awards for Management Excellence...
Kennacraig Harbour (courtesy of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd)

Gareloch Support Services wins contract to maintain Aid to Navigation system

Gareloch Support Services (GSS) Ltd has won the contract to maintain Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd Aid to Navigation systems. The contract includes the inspection, servicing,...

British Heart Foundation Scotland seek Development Board members

The British Heart Foundation is currently funding over £60 million of world class research in Scotland; with 2 centres of excellence in Edinburgh (£30...
Diane Holden

Diane Holden: Starting a business on a budget

Guest column by Diane Holden, senior account manager at Xero. Creating a new business is an incredibly daunting thing. Both the investment of time and...
L-R Roger Hall (FD at Inver House) and Simon Woodcock (Bank of Scotland)

Distillers set for growth with £45million funding package

One of Scotland’s leading single malt whisky producers, Inver House Distillers, has positioned itself for growth by securing a £45million asset-based lending (ABL) facility...
Bob Keiller

Bob Keiller: Seeing the whole story

I spend a lot of time talking about storytelling in business. Good stories often depend on someone or some group overcoming a challenge or a...
The Braes of Conon neighbourhood retail development

New Conon Bridge shopping development prepares to open

Developers of a new £1.5m neighbourhood retail complex in Conon Bridge have confirmed building work is now complete. West Coast Estates, the Aberdeen-based property and...
Ian Stevenson

Interview - Digital forensics specialist leading the attack against cyber crime

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, is a computer scientist by training, and has spent the last 20 years in and around startups, first...
Charlotte Wright

Success for region’s companies at prestigious awards

Two of the seven categories in this year’s Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards were won by companies from the Highlands and Islands. The awards, which...
L-R: Andy Menzies (Technician), Colin MacAndrew (Director), and Jürgen Graf (Operations Manager) inside the hull of the Carson Interceptor 950

World first for Moray boat builder could triple turnover

A Moray based boat builder is to become the first in the world to build and supply a new type of rigid inflatable boat...
Jamie Oliver

Eight Scottish restaurants in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants

Eight Scottish restaurants have been included in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants supplement, which is published on Sunday February 5. The list, which features...
Black Isle founder David Gladwin

Black Isle Brewing Co. to be stocked in Majestic Wine

Black Isle Brewing Co. has secured a national off-trade listing with Majestic Wine, the UK’s largest independent wine retailer. The deal will see the organic...
Nick Lomas

The Caravan Club reveals increased boost to Scottish economy and tourism

The Scottish economy has seen an increase in growth courtesy of champions of the great outdoors, The Caravan Club. Members of The Club spent £37...
Clare Scott

Clare Scott: Three great habits to cultivate in 2017

Apparently most of us who bothered to make New Year’s resolutions will have broken them by now. This raises a question: instead of throwing ourselves...
Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit

Interview : Recruitment professional matches tech graduates to jobs using algorithms

Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit, is a self confessed “millennial“ whose big idea was sparked while working in...
Left to right are Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish of Scottish Business Network (by Stewart Attwood)

Scottish Business Network to go global in 2017

The Scottish Business Network (SBN), founded at the beginning of 2016 to build networks for Scottish business leaders in London and accelerate growth opportunities,...
l-r Stewart Laing, Jim McEwan, Andrew Laing, Scott Laing, Photo credit - Ralph Dunning

Whisky legend tempted out of retirement for new role

World-renowned whisky distiller Jim McEwan has been appointed Production Director of Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay - 18 months after he retired. The Islay-born whisky industry...
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Scrabster Harbour Looks Forward With Confidence In 2017

Scotland’s most northerly mainland commercial port, Scrabster Harbour Trust enjoyed continued strong success in 2016 bringing in more than £2.95 million in revenues from...
John Henderson, MD of Ocean Kinetics Limited (left) and Katrina Wiseman HIE (right) seen here with staff at Ocean Kinetics, Lerwick Picture Credit Ben Mullay /HIE

Shetland engineering company plans £1.1m expansion

Shetland engineering company Ocean Kinetics Limited is set to create 21 quality full time jobs. The downturn in the oil and gas market has offered...

More than 100 Forres jobs secured and up to 150 new jobs planned

More than a hundred jobs have been secured in Forres after they were deemed at risk following a major contract delivered by contact centre...
Tobermory Distillery

Distell to invest in distillery upgrade at Tobermory

South African spirit and wine producer, Distell Group Ltd, is planning to invest in its Tobermory distillery and visitor centre. The distillery will stop production...
Men’s Health Fuel Beef Jerky

Forres company launches Men’s Health Fuel Beef Jerky

Forres based Meatsnacks Group Ltd, the largest producer of jerky and biltong in Europe has launched a new Men’s Health Fuel Beef Jerky. With the...
Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Your Inbound Marketing New Year’s Resolution

How are your resolutions going? Are you still in the gym three times a week or is the pub beginning to look more appealing?...

Fallen Brewing doubles its capacity and launches range in cans

Scottish craft brewer Fallen Brewing has installed a canning line and plans to move  its entire beer range into cans thus doubling its output. Fallen...
Laura Sutherland of Aura PR. Image credits: Martin Shields Photograhy

Laura Sutherland: Tips on how to integrate PR and SEO

PR and SEO can and should exist side by side. One of the biggest challenges for PR and SEO is assuming either everyone knows everything or no-one...

Outer Hebrides wool enterprise to spin out

A community benefit society based in Uist is to receive support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help it transition to a trading...

Large scale expansion plans for Kirkwood Homes

Aberdeen-based housebuilder, Kirkwood Homes, plans to acquire six new sites in 2017 as it expands its operations to Inverness, the Highlands and Dundee. After doubling...

Self-build home business enters administration

Self-build home business, Inverness-based Roy Homes Ltd, and its sister company, Roy Homes Timber Frame Ltd, have entered administration, with Iain Fraser and Tom...

Food and drink strategy engagement road tour

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Enterprise are holding a series of events to discuss the emerging 2030 food...

Stuart Mason: How long does your ONE HOUR Meeting last?

How long does your ONE HOUR Meeting last? The hint should be in the title! Most businesses I work with find that meetings rarely...
SureVoIP's Managing Director Gavin Henry

Interview: Gavin Henry - A man destined to succeed

SureVoIP's Managing Director Gavin Henry is over the moon about last year's ITSPA award win for Best Business ITSP (medium enterprise), an accolade that...
Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy

Interview: The Scottish Lawyer who became a Digital Entrepreneur

Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy admits that being a qualified lawyer who is also a self-taught programmer is a strange mix but the two skills combined perfectly...
Diane Holden

Can cloud technology help Scottish businesses go global?

By Diane Holden, Xero Regional Account Manager Scotland is home to a wealth of small businesses across a multitude of industries, and some of these...

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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

Louise MacLean

Interview: Louise MacLean of Signature Pubs - a day in the life

Louise MacLean, head of sales, marketing and PR at the Signature Pub Group, is an industry veteran having started as a graduate trainee with...
Bruce Hydes

Interview: Bruce Hydes of Edgar Stewart. The changing face of recruitment

Home to three leading specialist brands in the Scottish recruitment sector, namely Talented, Edgar Stewart and Cyrus Selection, ESS Holdings (Edinburgh) Ltd is a...
Neil Logan

Interview: Neil Logan, CEO of Incremental Group

Hot on the heels of announcing that digital technology specialist Incremental Group had successfully secured £500,000 of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) support from Scottish...
Ian Stevenson

Interview - Digital forensics specialist leading the attack against cyber crime

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, is a computer scientist by training, and has spent the last 20 years in and around startups, first...
Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit

Interview : Recruitment professional matches tech graduates to jobs using algorithms

Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit, is a self confessed “millennial“ whose big idea was sparked while working in...

Columnists

Ian Stirling: How to build a distillery in Edinburgh part 2 - Capacity

Fascinated that someone was writing a diary blog about their proposed £5m new Edinburgh distillery project, we asked Ian Stirling of Port of Leith...

Laura Sutherland - 9 top tips for mobile marketing

Aura PR’s Laura Sutherland looks at the opportunities which lie in mobile marketing. The mobile has climbed the ladder to be one of the...
Yekemi Otaru

Yekemi Otaru: 12 engaging ideas for engineering companies

Even in so-called boring industries, there is great content. But finding new content ideas can be a real problem for marketing teams. Particularly in engineering...

Ian Stirling: How to build a distillery in Edinburgh part 1 - Three things

Fascinated that someone was writing a diary blog about their proposed £5m new Edinburgh distillery project, we asked Ian Stirling of Port of Leith...
Kieran O'Connor

Kieran O’Connor: Top 10 Life Lessons For Engineers

1. Some things will always take longer than you first think Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into...