Michael Harkins with Richard Branson

An idea is just an idea until you make it happen – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Ideas are the easy bit. We all have ideas for the next big thing – my husband and his friend are convinced their golf-bag-buggy-with-baby-seat invention will set the heather on fire. It’s taking that idea…

Brewdog's Ellon brewery

BrewDog revenue up 55% to £78 million to make it the 13th biggest beer brand in the UK

Ellon-based brewer, BrewDog, has shown substantial growth across all areas of its domestic and international business. Total revenue is at £78 million, up by 55% versus this time last year. Revenue of the brewery’s bar…

Findlay Moir

Universal Inspection UK acquired by Netherlands-based firm

Netherlands-based Hendrik Veder Group (HVG), global specialists in steel wire and fibre rope products and lifting services, has acquired Aberdeen-based Universal Inspection UK Ltd. With sites in five European countries, Hendrik Veder Group has one…

Group turnover up 15% to £102m at Macfarlane Group

Group turnover is up 14% at Glasgow-based packaging firm Macfarlane Group to just over £102m with profits up 39% to £2.54m.  Macfarlane’s Packaging Distribution business is one of the UK’s leading specialist distributor of protective packaging…

20/20 Project Management joins Scotland’s growing employee ownership sector

An Aberdeen-based provider of project management training has become the latest Scottish business to announce its transition to employee ownership, with 20 employees becoming owners. Project management and project controls training company 20/20 delivers courses…

£775m RBS bank fund—what do UK SMEs need to know?

It’s a great time to be a UK SME. There is a huge amount of investment being pumped in to various industries to increase choice, improve service and start to address unmet needs. Niels Turfboer,…

Stuart Petrie: Anything to Declare?

By Stuart Petrie, senior tax manager at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP Unfortunately this is not a question about the duty free goods which accompanied you back from your summer holiday!  On 30 September 2018,…

North east accountancy practice acquires competitor

A north-east accountancy firm is continuing to expand its client base with the completion of a six-figure acquisition. SBP Accountants and Tax Advisers has agreed a deal to buyout established Aberdeen business, Norman Gray &…

Well-SENSE secures seven-figure equity investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Downhole technology specialist, Well-SENSE, has secured a seven-figure equity investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (“SAEV”), alongside its current owners, FrontRow Energy Technology Group Limited (“FrontRow”) and management. The support of SAEV as a strategic…

Rippin Limited administration leads to 25 redundancies

Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden of KPMG LLP were appointed as Joint Administrators of Rippin Limited on 13 August 2018. The Cowdenbeath-based company, established in 1974, is a leading structural steel fabricator operating across Scotland…

LFH Engineering boosts sales to £3m with growing international focus

Strengthening global links has helped a north-east specialist in engine pump manufacturing post healthy sales figures as it targets further growth in the international market. Ellon-based LFH Engineering achieved sales of £3m for its 2017/18…

Mazars expands payroll offering in Glasgow

Accountancy practice, Mazars, has expanded its dedicated payroll function in Glasgow with a string of promotions and appointments. The firm, which moved into new premises at 100 Queen Street in February 2018, has made four…

Four new positions created at Gary Walker & Co Wealth Management

Four new positions have been created to help meet increased client demand and deliver client servicing at Gary Walker & Co Wealth Management. The roles include a dedicated practice manager, an events and marketing executive…

Anderson Anderson & Brown awards best final year student in Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP, one of the leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors in the UK, sponsors of The Robert Gordon University Best Final Year Student in Accounting and Finance BA…

IGF appoints asset based lending director in Scotland

Commercial finance provider Independent Growth Finance (IGF) has appointed Neil Kindness as asset based lending (ABL) Director as the company expands its presence in Scotland. Neil has over 30 years’ experience in invoice finance and asset based lending…

Deloitte strengthens leadership team in Scotland with seven director appointments

Business advisory firm Deloitte has bolstered its senior team in Scotland with the appointment of seven new directors. Six of the new directors – Alex Armstrong, Kevin Baird, Michael Buckley, James Isherwood Lyndsay MacGregor and…

Campbell Dallas appoints new VAT Partner and International Customs Specialist

Campbell Dallas has appointed a second VAT Partner and a specialist Customs International Trade specialist within the firm’s fast-growing Indirect Tax practice. Glasgow-based Greg McNally has been promoted to VAT Partner and will provide specialist…

Hampden & Co’s Chairman Ray Entwistle to retire from Board

The founding Chairman of Hampden & Co, Ray Entwistle, intends to step down from their board later in the year. Mr. Entwistle moved to Scotland in 1977 to set up Lloyds Bank’s first branch in…

AAB Wealth break £300m Assets Under Advice barrier

Anderson Anderson & Brown Wealth Ltd (AAB Wealth), one of Scotland’s leading independent financial planning firms, has announced a £100m increase in Assets under Advice (AUA) over the last twelve months, taking the firm’s total…

Glasgow partners buy out Henderson Loggie business

The Glasgow Partners of Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants have acquired the business, with the new business to be called Cornerstone Accountants. Douglas Woodhouse, Susan Wood, Stephen McKelvie and Kenneth McEwen will cease to be members of…

Johnston Carmichael appoints new head of VAT & duty

Accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has strengthened its tax team with the appointment of a new Head of VAT & Duty. Nigel Roberts, who brings over 30 years’ experience in VAT and tax, will lead…

Four national award nominations for Infinity Partnership

Infinity Partnership, the Aberdeen accountancy and business advisory firm, has been shortlisted for four national awards. The business has been named a finalist in three categories at the 2018 British Accountancy Awards and has been nominated…

Accountancy firm’s seven-figure investment in new Aberdeen HQ

A north-east accountancy firm has invested a seven-figure sum with the purchase and refurbishment of a new Aberdeen office in the city’s west end. SBP Accountants & Tax Advisers has moved its city operation to 42…

AIM listing for Nucleus gives £140m valuation

Edinburgh-based Nucleus Financial is valued at nearly £140 million as it floats on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) today. Nucleus is a wrap platform founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power…

Glasgow’s MadeBrave acquires Edinburgh based content production agency Campfire

Creative brand agency MadeBrave has aquired Edinburgh-based content production agency Campfire. The deal will see the creation of a new holding company, BornOriginal Group, under which MadeBrave and Campfire will continue to operate independently with MadeBrave’s founding director Andrew…