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Martin Gilbert: My clear dedication to apprenticeships will continue

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.

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Rita Marcella: Happiness, is it the greatest gift?

Having considered resilience last month, I've decided to maintain a thematic approach to the column by considering happiness, what it is, which behaviours can encourage happiness in yourself and others and whether personality type might lead one to be a happier or less happy person. For it is a truth often observed that it is not the challenges that life throws at people and organisations that cast us down, that people can laugh and be happy (or at least stoical) in the face of huge threats. Equally we see every day evidence that it is not just wealth, status and material possessions that make people happy. So what does make us happy?

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Russell Borthwick: What next for Buy North East?

It all started back in the summer of last year. Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) organised its first Ultimate Business Show - an expo which brought together over 70 of the highest profile and most innovative companies in the region and around 1,000 delegates with the objective of sharing ways of working differently, more smartly and providing solutions to the challenges around more effective and efficient procurement.

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Martin Gilbert: think opportunity not threat

We are living in uncertain times. The past six months have witnessed the Brexit referendum vote, the election of Donald Trump as US president and the resignation of the prime minister of Italy after losing a constitutional referendum. Whatever opportunities for the discerning investor may arise from these events there’s no doubt their initial impact on markets is destabilising.

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