Glenmorangie and Ardbeg strike gold at influential competitions

Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have triumphed at two prestigious industry competitions, winning a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals. This clutch of awards from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and the…

Speyside communications agency boosts digital offering with senior hire

Speyside based creative communications agency ‘Spey’, which last month was named ‘New Agency of The Year’, has bolstered its digital media offering with the appointment of a digital expert from one of the UK’s most…

Is Scotland getting smaller? - High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My business operates in three cities – not because I planned it that way – but because we kept moving. I set up Impact Online in Glasgow in 2010. Three years later we moved to Aberdeen and…

New ownership secures sustainable future for The Underwater Centre

Subsea training and trials centre, The Underwater Centre, located in the Scottish Highlands, has turned a corner after receiving industry support to secure its future. Industry and public bodies including Oil & Gas UK, Subsea…

Survey shows optimism remains high among Highlands and Islands businesses

More than half (53%) of Highlands and Islands businesses plan to take on new staff in the coming year, and most plan to recruit them from within the region, new research has revealed. Over 1,000…

Interview with Jill Henry of Meander Apparel – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

As someone who has only recently discovered the addictive rush of a spin class, this new company really appeals to me. I met Jill at a networking event and was very interested in her concept…

Sandy Adam

Springfield Properties buys Dawn Homes in £20.1 million deal

Scottish housebuilder, Springfield Properties,  has acquired the issued share capital of DHomes 2014 Holdings Limited (trading as Dawn Homes), a Glasgow-based housebuilder focussed on private housing in West Central Scotland and Ayrshire, for a consideration…

More speakers added to Aberdeen Leadercast Live

As the Aberdeen Leadercast Live event draws nearer, the organisers continue to add to the amazing line up for the event which takes place on the 4th of May at the Hilton Treetops with live streaming of the event from…

Spey named ‘New Agency of the year’ at top UK industry awards

Even though they opened their office doors just a year ago, Speyside based creative communications agency ‘Spey’ has picked up a top UK industry award being named ‘New Agency of The Year’ in the PR…

Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

You know that new emoji with the head exploding? That was me yesterday. The Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference is always a highlight in my calendar – but this year they outdid themselves. The calibre of…

Product demand sparks expansion plans for Shetland social enterprise

A unique product developed by a community organisations in Shetland is proving so popular that the group’s trading company is launching a major expansion. Polycrub enables fruit and vegetables to be grown undercover in extreme…

Highland Chocolatier joins the ranks of British excellence

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has been invited to join Walpole, the prestigious alliance of Britain’s leading luxury brands. Walpole boasts an impressive tradition of supporting excellence in British craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service,…

XpoNorth unveils host of new national and international speakers for this year’s festival

Scottish Creative Industries Festival, XpoNorth, have unveiled their next wave of figures and speakers confirmed to participate at the one-of-a-kind event. Taking place across the 27th and 28th of June in Inverness, XpoNorth 2018 will see a range of…

Ledingham Chalmers makes eight promotions

Ledingham Chalmers has made eight promotions across its Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices. In line with its focus on steady growth, the full-service Scottish law firm said these changes reflect each individual’s valuable service to…

HighNet declared Constituency Responsible Business Champion

Inverness-based telecoms company, HighNet, has been declared Constituency Responsible Business Champion by an influential UK Parliament group.  The award is recognition for its work in the community, as well as its working practices which benefit…

Four new faces for Inverness Chamber of Commerce board

Four new directors have been elected to serve on the board of Inverness Chamber of Commerce for the next three years. Eunice McAdam, a partner in Saffery Champness LLP; Andy Gray, a director with Allied…

£95million mill expansion unveiled by the First Minister

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a new manufacturing line at Norbord’s Inverness plant following a £95million investment. Highlands and Islands Enterprise also awarded Norbord a £12million development grant, on top of Norbord’s investment, to…

Laura Sutherland

Laura M. Sutherland: Being part of a ‘community’ helps develop skills, relationships and our businesses

Three years ago, I started #PRFest. It’s two-day festival, specifically focussing on helping senior public relations and communication practitioners up-skill, share best practice and help the PR community grow. How does a community form? I hadn’t…

Interview with US investor Doug Roth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

The half-naked skateboarders flipped dangerously close by as I quizzed Doug Roth on American investment and scribbled shorthand notes I prayed I’d later decipher. We were sitting in the sunshine in Bristo Square – “it’s…

Inglis Lyon

1,780,521 passengers used HIAL airports during last 12 month

The latest airport passenger figures from Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) reveal a 7.4% increase in passenger numbers in the financial year 2017/2018. More travellers than ever before have used the company’s 11 airports…

From corporate finance to senior care in South Lanarkshire

After two decades working in corporate finance, father-of-three Alan Barr walked away from a six figure salary to become his own boss as a franchisee with Home Instead Senior Care in South Lanarkshire. Having held…

Northern electrical firm wins ‘Business of the Year’ award

An electrical firm with bases in Inverness and Elgin has scored a double success at a national business awards ceremony. NES (North Electrical Services) Ltd, was shortlisted after a public vote for Business of the Year…

Brand refresh and pack redesign for Bunnahabhain

Islay single malt Scotch whisky, Bunnahabhain, has undergone a brand refresh and pack redesign created by Edinburgh-based agency threebrand. Hitting shelves earlier this year, the new design captures the new brand positioning of a ‘captivating journey'…

Raft of promotions and appointments at Galbraith

Scottish property consultancy, Galbraith, has recruited six new chartered and trainee surveyors and a qualified town planner and has strengthened its business with promotions to senior associate and associate level. Due to continuous growth, Galbraith…

Board members wanted for Highlands and Islands Enterprise

People with a wide range of skills and experience in business and community development are being invited to apply to join the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The region’s development agency is looking…