Scottish firm wins Japanese tidal consultancy contract

A Scottish environmental services firm has been awarded a consultancy contract to support a major tidal energy project in Japan. Orkney based Aquatera will conduct an environmental impact assessment for underwater turbines as part of…

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 EXTRA 2017. The event is being organised by #hellodigital, Highlands and…

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 Amsterdam, from one to two per day. The additional flight provides…

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 since 1997. The company operates the UK’s largest ferry network, with…

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 part of a larger £40 million boost from the Scottish…

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 6,083 sq ft (565 sq m), paying £98,850 per annum.…

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 support in a bid to help them grow and reach their…

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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 me they have exhibited somewhere and they won’t be going…

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 2017, just 18 months after launching their new five-year business strategy.…

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, repair and supply of CMAL’s Aid to Navigation systems for…

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 million+) and Glasgow (£22 million+) and also major research in Aberdeen…

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 money into a new venture can be stressful, without even…

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 with Bank of Scotland. The ABL facility, which has been secured…

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 struggle – eventually either succeeding or failing. Without the challenge,…

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 investment firm behind the Braes of Conon Shopping, Conon Bridge,…

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 building new technology then later commercialising and selling it. In spring…

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 were held in Edinburgh last week recognise innovation, export and…

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 (RIB). The move will create six new jobs and treble the…

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 in monthly food magazine The Dish, is compiled by a…

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 craft brewer’s flagship beer, Black Isle Organic Blonde, rolled out…

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 million off-site when in the region in 2016 – an…

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 into radical changes with gusto at the start of each…

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 recruitment sector. He realised that there was a lot that could…

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, has plans to expand its activities to China and North America…

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 icon, who has 53 years’ experience under his belt, has…