More than 2,000 beer fans are expected to quench their thirst at festival aimed at showcasing food and drink produced across Scotland this weekend.
The “gig” economy is a phrase appearing more and more in the news and so commonly in connection with employment law disputes.
As an employer, it is unreasonable for you to expect your employees to be fit and well all of the time.
The last 30 years have been incredible, a time of innovation and progress not seen since the industrial revolution.
The presidential race in America is always a fascinating affair – none more so than the current battle which has pitch establishment figure Hillary Clinton against political maverick Donald Trump.
Another year goes by and it doesn’t get any easier. The price of a barrel is 10% down on this time last and now hovers just over $40! The Saudis are playing very hardball with the Frackers and continue to pump full bore.
Walk down the dairy aisle in any big supermarket and the special offers jump off the shelves. “Four pints for one pound”, trumpets one brand, while another offers “Two litres for eighty-nine pence”. Consumers have never had it so good.
I found it incredible that the Brexit mafia headed by Theresa did a back summersault and put Hinkley on hold. I am sure the French and Chinese are livid. In my opinion rightly so. Peeing off the Chinese is mind numbing after The Brexit mafia lied their way into dumping our biggest trading partner, the EU. China is growing and trading with China is the future.
A year ago this month I had the satisfaction of signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of Aberdeen Asset Management, signalling our determination to tackle the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, focusing on the workplace.
The three bridges which span the Firth of Forth at or near Queensferry – the Forth Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the soon to be completed Queensferry Crossing – are potent symbols of how important it is to invest in infrastructure. They are all grand structures but we should not forget that the infrastructure you can’t see is as vital to the success of an economy as that which you can.
After more than two years of job cuts, project delays and general misery in the north-east economy, there has been a number of refreshingly positive headlines in the P&J this month.
The importance of humility as a quality of good leaders is an interesting concept.
No matter how hard I try, I can’t sugar-coat this.
There are some serious recent developments in employment law which I would draw to the attention of all employers and managers in our area.
The floods and severe weather which left large parts of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire under water were as shocking as they were unexpected.
Drinkers of beer, cider and spirits raised a glass to the chancellor after taxes were frozen in yesterday's Budget.
This one must be a record.
In this day and age, it’s sometimes hard to believe that in the time it takes to clock in for work first in thing in the morning and clock back out for lunch, you’d be hard pressed to have made the train journey all the way from Glasgow to the Granite City or, dare I say it, the wonderful capital of the Highlands.
“It has been a long time since business leaders had so many twists and turns to negotiate when making crucial decisions, but despite political upheaval they remain ours to make.”
Away from the news of Aberdeen Asset Management’s proposed merger with Standard Life, Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 was held earlier this month. Under the auspices of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) it provided another successful boost to the promotion of apprenticeships. This year’s theme was “apprenticeships are changing” and more than 200 events organized in different Scottish local authority areas highlighted this development.
As we enter the summer months, I’m reminded about the number of tourists who flock to Scotland for their holidays each year. VisitScotland’s latest figures show we receive 15million visitors a year, translating to income of £5billion. It is a sizable audience to which we can showcase our wares.
Last month a cross-party group of MPs called on government and employers to do more to help women enter and re-enter the work place.
Oh look, another inflation report, yawn.
I just returned from China and what an eye opener! China is fantastic, modern, thriving and safe.
It is a great privilege to be appointed as Senior Governor by the Court of University of Aberdeen.
Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with coining the phrase that there are three kinds of lies: “lies, damned lies, and statistics”.
The north of Scotland has just experienced an icy blast from the east, and I’m not just talking about the sub-zero winds circulating in from Siberia. Following a freeze on Scottish business rates for the last five years, Nicola Sturgeon’s government has initiated a thaw.
Scotland's oil and gas industry kept stiff upper lip after UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond's first Autumn Statement failed to deliver further support for the North Sea.
We’ve seen plenty of examples lately of people plainly getting it wrong. We know in politics that it’s often (nearly always?) the case.
I firmly believe that employees are the most important part of any organisation and that they should be cherished and encouraged.
Over many years in academia I have pondered how and why particular careers seem overwhelmingly attractive to young people, in particular of course university applicants, while others seem to languish and require constant efforts on the part of well-meaning practitioners to “sell” their appeal.
It was the early days of 2017 and leaders of two of Scotland’s largest financial services companies met up to discuss joining forces.