Whisky generates £5bn a year for UK economy

New figures reveal gin and beer are following in the footsteps of exporting phenomenon Scotch whisky. The celebration of poet Robert Burns is now marked...
From left - Stewart MacRa,e VS Devagiri and Kevin Smith

North-east businessmen invest in international integrated crew management company

OLYMPUS Marine Services, which provides staffing solutions to the oil and gas sector and marine industries, has received a significant inward investment from local...
Leah Hutcheon

Appointedd secures international partnership with payment provider AEVI

Online booking software specialist, Appointedd has agreed a strategic partnership with AEVI, the provider of a global open ecosystem for payment transactions and marketplace...

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...
John Hixon

Cloud HR software supplier opens Glasgow office

Cloud HR software supplier Cezanne HR has opened a new Glasgow office. Commenting on the reasons behind the opening of the new office, John Hixon,...
Daniel Rodgers and Ronnie Forbes of Qikserve

Maven leads £2.7m funding round for mobile ordering and payment business QikServe

Private equity house, Maven Capital Partners, has led a £2.7 million investment in QikServe Limited. Edinburgh based QikServe has developed a patented B2B cloud-based platform...
Kenny Blair, Buzzworks Holdings MD

Buzzworks opens ninth Scottish location and hits £15m turnover

Buzzworks Holdings  has been recognised as one of ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For’ in the UK - one of only...
Angela Vickers, Apex CEO

Successful year for Apex Hotels with profit increase

Edinburgh based Apex Hotels Limited has reported a successful financial year with an 11.8% rise in underlying profits before tax, up from £9.2m to...

£220k grant set to help Scottish IT company speed up growth

A Scottish IT firm has been awarded a £220k grant to create 24 jobs over the next 18 months. Odro Ltd, which has been helped...
From left - Mike Smith, Nicola Wilson, Scott Harper and Barry Canfield

Merger creates £7m turnover turnkey operation

Aberdeen firms Abersea Engineering and Raisepower have merged to form a new company to be called Mesh Global with an annual turnover of about...
David Lamont, Proserv CEO

Strong start to 2017 for Proserv with new contracts and global expansion

Energy services company Proserv has secured contracts valued at more than $12 million (around £10 million) so far this year and has revealed plans...
David Rennie

Scottish Enterprise action plan to help gain even bigger slice of £50B subsea market

Scottish Enterprise has revealed a new Subsea Engineering Action Plan with the aim of capturing an even bigger slice of the current £50 billion...
Members of staff at Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries

Job boost at RSBi with multi-million pound contract

Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) has directly created 16 new jobs as a result of its contract to supply furniture to vulnerable individuals being...
Marcelino Castrillo

Royal Bank of Scotland offers a boost to Scottish small business growth

Royal Bank of Scotland is launching a programme aimed at driving small business growth. Boost is a new initiative designed to help companies move forward...
ESS operations director Mo Petrie, ESS managing director Mike Wilson, Handelsbanken corporate account manager Steven Rae

Handelsbanken Banking Deals Supports Ecosse Subsea Services’ Expansion Plans

Ecosse Subsea Services (ESS) has agreed a multi-million-pound revolving credit facility with Handelsbanken. The new relationship will support the Banchory-based subsea engineering specialist as it...

International Hotel Properties acquires Edinburgh Holiday Inn Express

International Hotel Properties Limited (IHL) has acquired the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre for £17,725,000 plus costs. The acquisition marks IHL’s continued growth and...

Meltmobile takes to the road

Popular North East toastie shop, Melt, is launching The Meltmobile which will allow the company to branch out into serving its snacks at outside...
Henry Winning string

String and Twine Manufacturer’s £655,000 Glasgow Investment

A leading European twine and string factory in the East End of Glasgow, with roots as far back 1880, is currently undergoing modernisation of...
Andrew Metcalfe of Opal IT (left) with Ross Murdoch of Cargilfield

IT solutions provider presses ahead with Scotland expansion plans

Multi-platform IT solutions provider Opal has expanded its presence in Scotland after striking a deal with the country’s oldest independent boarding and day prep...
Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts joins Beattie as Chairman

International business leader Kevin Roberts, former Chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi and Head Coach of Publicis Groupe, has joined Beattie, the UK...

Major investment sees Fennel Media take off

An ambitious media specialist based in Aberdeenshire has invested a substantial five-figure sum to offer cutting-edge media solutions to local companies. Fennel Media, part of...

Albacom Expands Capabilities in Oil and Gas with £250K Investment

Albacom, a Dundee-based leading technology company, has relaunched its Surface Technology division after a £250,000 investment, which was supported by Scottish Enterprise. The Surface Engineering...

Ecosse Subsea Systems profits to double after switch to renewables

Subsea and engineering technology company, Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd (ESS), said it had benefited as an ‘early adopter’ as it moved from its traditional...
Jamie Grant, Head of Business and Corporate Banking at Barclays

New lending service from Barclays to help job creation

As new research uncovers over 5,100 extra jobs waiting to be created from Scottish SMEs by 2021, Barclays has launched a mobile business lending...

North East Firm Hires Young Professionals Despite Tough Market Conditions

EC-OG continues to buck the recruitment trend by taking on three young professionals in newly created roles. As a result of increasing activity surrounding their...
Mike Hughes

Continued growth for ‘Match-making’ recruitment app

An app-based recruitment solution which matches job-seekers to employers by mobile phone in the style of a digital matching service continues to add new...
From left - Louis Schena and Chitresh Sharma

£500,000 boost for loyalty app provider to create 45 Glasgow jobs

Glasgow based Swipii, has secured a half a million pound Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise, allowing it to expand its operations. The company...
Callum Murray

Legal-tech software startup wins £75k in Scottish EDGE final

Edinburgh based legal-tech software startup Amiqus won £75k in the recent Scottish EDGE final. Backed by The Hunter Foundation, The Royal Bank of Scotland and...
Fergus Ewing

Scottish food and drink sector continues to look forward

Haggis manufacturers, bakeries and breweries are among 47 food and drink manufacturers who raised a glass to the new year after securing funding from...

Change Recruitment Group increases revenue to £18m

Recruitment consultancy, Change Recruitment Group (CRG), has reported a 5.8% increase in revenue for 2015/16, to £18.0m compares to £17.0m for the previous year. Last...

Primestaff acquires Direct Workforce as it targets further growth

Glasgow based recruitment consultancy, Primestaff, has acquired Direct Workforce, a subsidiary of the Bibby Line Group. The deal to acquire Direct Workforce, which has an...

New Scottish online subscription service giftbox launched

WeeBox, a new Scottish gift online subscription service has been launched with the aim to connect expats, or those with Scottish heritage, to Scotland. Offering...

Aberdeen Harbour’s £350 million Nigg Bay expansion gets go ahead

Aberdeen Harbour's plans to expand facilities into Nigg Bay, to the south of the existing harbour, are to become a reality. Commencement of the £350...

AISUS Offshore Wins Raft of Overseas Contracts

Aberdeen-based AISUS Offshore has made significant progress in growing its global footprint following the award of 15 contracts and work scopes over the past...

Senior hires to strengthen Change Recruitment Group’s core divisions

Edinburgh and Glasgow based recruitment consultancy, Change Recruitment Group has hired three recruitment specialists and two consultants, expanding its core divisions Accountancy and Finance,...
RCH staff at work

Norvestor invests in READ Cased Hole taking 95%

Norwegian investment house, Norvestor Equity AS, has signed an agreement to invest in Aberdeen based READ Cased Hole Limited (“RCH”). Following the acquisition, Norvestor will...

Insurance broker’s Glasgow office doubles in size

Scotland’s largest independent insurance broker, Clark Thomson (CTIB), has expanded its Glasgow office, doubling the size of its workspace and staff numbers. CTIB’s Glasgow office...

Glasgow digital agency on track for record year

Scottish digital creative agency MadeBrave is on track for a record year of growth with an expected turn over of £1.1m, an increase of...

Edinmore expansion leads to recruitment drive

Property repair firm Edinmore Contracts is going from strength to strength with the opening of a second Scottish base. The Grangemouth-based insurance contractor has set...

Airdrie based T.O.M. Vehicle Rental takes investment from Equistone

Mid-market private equity investor, Equistone Partners Europe Limited has invested in Airdrie based flexible vehicle rental solutions T.O.M. Vehicle Rental. Equistone has acquired a majority...

Promoted Content

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...