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Business opinion

Alan Savage: This was the year that was

December 23, 2015

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.

North of Scotland

TheLunch: Hotels aim for major business rates fix

March 20, 2017

Tucked around the corner of the busy traffic corridor around Union Square and the train station is the Merchant Quarter. Its cobbled streets and independent shops, bars and restaurants hugging the base of Union Street above is remnant of Aberdeen’s medieval past and an oasis of character and charm, an antidote to chain outlets and corporate blandness.


Record year for Scottish forestry

October 12, 2015

The Scottish forestry industry produced a record 7.5 million tonnes of wood in 2014, accounting for 57% of all UK soft wood, figures revealed today will show.

North of Scotland

Cultural tourism: finding the sticking place for the Bard in the North

July 18, 2016

With his sculptured beard and white ruff, his thatched cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon and his Globe theatre in London, few characters from history appear as quintessentially English as William Shakespeare. Yet, as the bard’s 400th anniversary is commemorated this year and our television screens and wirelesses are packed full of his poetry and plays, it’s worth remembering that Shakespeare also had a strong connection to the North of Scotland – and one that businesses are slowly beginning to use to their advantage.


Jo Ewart Mackenzie: January a time for exciting new ventures

January 21, 2017

The first column of the year is always a challenge to write, mainly because there is not all that much of note happening on the farm or on the milk processing side of the business. Even the school calendar and family wall planner are fairly quiet this month.