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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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Rita Marcella: popular careers as seen on screen

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.

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Martin Gilbert: a culture change is needed to improve the perception of apprenticeships

Employers are increasingly aware of the value of modern apprenticeships (MAs). Under the direction of Skills Development Scotland, more than 25,000 people every year start a modern apprenticeship, with over 80 MA frameworks, from financial services to healthcare, from construction to IT. And the feedback is positive – 96% of employers say those who have undertaken modern apprenticeships are better at their job and they praise MAs for improving productivity, staff morale, and service and product quality. Significantly, 92% of MAs stay in work once they’re qualified.

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Alan Savage: Trumps and tracks

Last month in London a gorilla escaped! Initially I had thought it was Boris covered in BS, but once I saw the hair I knew it couldn’t be him. Well there’s no mistaking the hair on this month’s escapee. FM, who would have thought the head green keeper at Turnberry would be president-elect? Surely he won’t keep his day job? I think whoever said: “if Hillary couldn’t control her man’s urges - then how could she be trusted with control the USA” can take some credit, if that’s the right word, for the amazing result. USA; USA; USA! Trump and Putin! My money’s on a new golf course in the grounds of the Kremlin!

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Rita Marcella: Politics and the era of uncertainty

And so again this month many of us woke to an unexpected election outcome: and the deep irony is not that you and I did not expect it but that governments, pollsters and political experts all over the world did not expect it. As with Brexit, we woke to find a world surprised and unprepared for what would come next – but knowing that the world order had changed.

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Harvey Aberdein: Don’t panic

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.

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Rita Marcella: Ten tips for working the network

We all have networks – they are natural phenomena that we encounter from our earliest days, membership of which begins in early childhood and is nurtured (though also sometimes damaged) through participation in nursery, at dance classes, in Brownies and team sports.

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Martin Gilbert: gender equality is not just a moral issue but also an economic and business issue

Next month Hillary Clinton may be elected America’s first female President which would be a truly historic event. It is of course encouraging that powerful female role models are already not in short supply. Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May lead the Scottish and UK governments. Further afield Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen also occupy senior positions on the global stage.

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Martin Gilbert: All things great and small – the critical importance of all infrastructure

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.

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