Gemma Mackenzie

Farming Editor at the Press and Journal.

How do we make our city better?

January 25, 2014

The man behind the Scottish Government's review of town centres was left "aghast" by Aberdeen City Council's decision to reject £50million of private sector funding for improvements to Union Terrace Gardens.

SSE wind warning blow for offshore schemes

January 24, 2014

Scottish energy giant SSE is to review its offshore wind energy portfolio - warning that the prospects for investment in Great Britain are "not encouraging".

Joining forces on windfarms

January 22, 2014

Two leading European energy giants with plans to build wind turbine manufacturing plants in Scotland are set to join forces as further consolidation sweeps the industry.

Policy may be ‘disadvantage’

January 21, 2014

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller last night warned farmers could be left disadvantaged unless the Scottish Government shifts the design of the new Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) to production rather than administrative ease.

Dairy herd total falls below 1,000

January 17, 2014

The number of dairy farmers in Scotland has fallen below the 1,000 mark for the first time since records began more than a century ago.

Consultancy firm celebrates hat-trick

January 13, 2014

Aberdeen-based oil and gas engineering consultancy PD&MS Energy is expanding following its third major contract win with BP in the past twelve months.

Caterer adds oil contracts to the mix

January 4, 2014

Specialist contract caterer BaxterStorey is pushing into the north-east oil and gas sector following a 55% increase in turnover in Scotland last year.

Hard times ahead for wood firm

January 3, 2014

Scottish timber processor BSW Timber has warned of challenging conditions ahead following a 68% drop in pre-tax profits.

Construction increases

December 14, 2013

Increased spending on infrastructure drove a 7% increase in the value of construction work in Scotland in the third quarter of this year.

Call to create crime unit to look at food

December 13, 2013

A retailer reportedly demanded a meat processor produced a 4oz "gourmet" burger for less than 30p, according to the man leading the UK Government review into this year's horsemeat scandal.

Dundas record turnover

December 11, 2013

Aberdeen-based Dundas Consultants has launched a new drilling services division after achieving a record turnover of £2.1million in 2013.

Fishing groups issue warning on wind

December 11, 2013

Fishing organisations have warned that the UK Government's plans to ramp up subsidy support for offshore windfarms could put the livelihoods of Scots fishermen at risk.

Landowners warned over windfarms

November 27, 2013

Offshore windfarm developers have been accused of taking advantage of landowners whose land they use to lay cables for connecting schemes to the grid.

MPs urged to back fight for Cap funding

November 20, 2013

Scots farming leaders marched on Westminster yesterday urging politicians from all parties to back calls for Scottish farmers to receive a fairer share of vital Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) funds.

Oil and cash after £500,000 gift

November 19, 2013

Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood will today kick-start funding for a new £8million Aberdeen-based oil and gas institute with a £500,000 donation to Robert Gordon University.