Scotland is firmly on the global energy map, particularly for its contribution to the oil and gas industry.
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Is Inheritance Tax reform on the cards?
New research tells us that women have about half as much confidence as men when it comes to dealing with their finances.
Philip Rodney: North Sea exploration could be described as a bit of a curate’s egg – but in which sense?
In a cartoon drawn by George du Maurier captioned “True Humility” that appeared in Punch magazine on November 9, 1895, a meek curate is depicted eating an egg at the bishop’s breakfast table.
There is little that can be confidently predicted about our fiscal relationship with the EU following October 31 this year, but businesses should take heart from one certainty – securing Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status will prove highly beneficial for those involved in the international supply chain.
When Offshore Europe, the continent’s leading energy industry event, convenes at the brand new P&J Live exhibition and conference centre during the first week in September, its 36,000 plus attendees will discuss energy industry topics ranging from decommissioning to digitalisation.
Since the historic introduction of Scottish rates of income tax in April 2017, taxpayers north of the border have been subject to different taxation levels on non-savings and non-dividend income than in the rest of the UK.
The team at the Chamber spend a lot of time with SMEs in the oil and gas supply chain and time and time again the conversation ends up around diversification – either sectoral or geographical.
CREDS is the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions.
As many of you will know Moray Chamber of Commerce currently hosts Moray Speyside Tourism, the destination marketing organisation for Moray Speyside.
As chair of the economic development agency for the Highlands and islands of Scotland I am passionate about ensuring the success of our region. I am also proud of the significant contribution our region makes to national economic growth.
With summer fully upon us – although the weather in recent weeks may suggest otherwise! – and the schools now on their summer break, many of us will be thinking about where we will be going on our holidays.
As we face up to the climate emergency and look ahead at how we shift towards a low carbon future, we’ll be confronted with challenging questions over the changes we need to deliver sustainability.
I’d like to start by adding my own congratulations to the leaders in our region who were successful in the recent Director of the Year Awards.
Despite the challenges of Brexit, Scotland’s economy continues to grow, advancing 0.3% in the final three months of 2018.
Just like death and taxes, there appears to be no escape for the casualties of Brexit. The latest victim is the European Medicines Agency.
How accessible are your investments? The answer is that you probably won’t know until until there’s a stampede for the exit door.
Elaine Farquharson-Black: I know that the skills needed to succeed in sport are extremely valuable in business
Everything you need is already within you.
I’ve often remarked on the close parallels between business and sport, two competitive fields of endeavour that severely test the character of participants but offer glittering prizes for success.
In the coming weeks, work will start on a multi-million-pound development for Inverness that will bring more than 100 new jobs to the city.
No matter how good you get, you can always get better. That’s the exciting part.
It’s 23 laps into the 2003 Austrian Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher is sitting in his Ferrari having pitted for refuelling.
A young Highland entrepreneur is embarking on a £64,000 expansion of his business, creating three new jobs in a Wester Ross hamlet.
The popularity of the North East 250 road trip among both business members and tourists continues to grow, just over 18 months since its launch.
Tourism and conference-hosting is arguably one of the key industries most crucial to sustainable economic growth in Scotland and the north-east. It is a notoriously volatile trade, demanding constant innovation. If this key sector is to be successfully grown it will require long-term strategic thinking.
A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the team relay event at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. To demonstrate how seriously I take my running, I did the 8.3-mile leg listening to the Archers Omnibus on noise-cancelling headphones which probably tipped the scales at roughly 25% of my body weight.
Visit Scotland recorded a 10% increase of overseas visitors to Scotland in 2018 and with the hope of another good summer, the ‘Outlander Effect’ bringing tourists from around the world and the film release this month of Robert The Bruce at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, at which the In-Person Strand is sponsored by Johnston Carmichael, we hope this upward trend will continue.
Although farms run as a family business tend to follow a partnership structure, those running such businesses are often reluctant to commit to paper the terms of the partnership or to keep the terms of an existing agreement up to date.
YOLO – or you only live once, much like the Latin carpe diem – is a call to live life to the full.
“World progress needs entrepreneurs,” said legendary investor Sir John Templeton, succinctly encapsulating the essence and purpose of capitalism.
Government reforms of off-payroll working rules (known as IR35) are forcing many contractors operating personal service companies to review their options when it comes to covering the most basic need of all – protection*.
The start of a new financial year always provides a good opportunity to reflect on the previous year, take stock and plan ahead.