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Will independence kill Edinburgh, asks Scot-Buzz editor Bill Jamieson. A few days ago Bill was approached with an invitation to speak at a Spectator debate with the premise that “Scottish independence would be the ruination of Edinburgh”. It is always flattering to be asked to speak at a debate, particularly one hosted by The Spectator, a wonderful magazine we should all read till the print falls off. Nonetheless, this was a challenge Bill felt compelled to duck. He tells us why...
This week all Scotland is saddened by the untimely death of Margo MacDonald. The Yes campaign rattles a few Unionist cages, and we've all had it with the cybernats. The absence of a paper trail in high places arouses suspicions, Fergus Ewing goes for bust, and there's maybe a vacancy for home-grown spooks. The brainchild of creative teams falls foul of public opinion - whose daft idea was that? There's money in them there parking spaces, scandal in the south, elephants, and posh salt for your porridge...
Start-ups at Business Gateway Edinburgh showed an unexpected fall in February after marking time for most of the past year. The latest figures from Edinburgh Economy Watch show that 63 new start-ups were supported by Business Gateway in the capital during February, 35 fewer than last month and 41 fewer than the same month last year.This sharp fall breaks a trend of steady start-up activity over the past ten months - what should have been a rising trend, given the evidence of strengthening recovery across almost business sectors...
John McGurk says Maria Miller, the cabinet minister who is supposed to sort out our horrible newspapers, may well turn out to be their best friend. The fact that she is in charge of implementing the verdict of the Leveson Inquiry into the standards and ethics of newspapers, but is now exposed as an expenses cheat is a gift for those fighting to protect the freedom of the press. Pulling no punches, John says Ms Miller is a disgraceful example of why governments should never be allowed to regulate or dictate to the media...
THRIVE is Scotland’s leading business-to-business membership-based networking organisation hosting country-wide sector specific events Its mission is to bring together the business community, sharing knowledge and contacts to develop their organisations.All Thrive events have VIP Speakers and its calendar boasts an impressive array of relevant and prestigious names. There's also Thrive for Development high quality all year round business training sessions. Book now to secure your place at these forthcoming events...
Eteaket, the Edinburgh leaf tea specialist, has been short-listed for an award at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. - the food-lovers’ event of the year taking place on 22nd May at the Edinburgh Conference Centre. Eteaket's among more than one hundred businesses entering in 18 different award categories - all recognising excellence across Scottish food and drink. To see why they're in the running, and if you-and your feet-need a pick-me-up after an afternoon's retail therapy, Eteaket's Frederick Street tea rooms should do the trick nicely...
This week George Kerevan looks at the runners and riders for the top jobs in Brussels after next month’s European election. It's only a month to go to the European Parliament elections and a new EU bureaucracy - sorry, Commission - in Brussels. First there's the President, with Finland's Prime Minister a late addition to the front runners, then there's a successor to Britain's Catherine Ashton to be found, not to mention a Finance Commissioner and the UK's own commissioner. Wheels within wheels, says George, and Nick Clegg ever ready to put a spoke in...
Falling unemployment, higher numbers in work, upbeat business confidence surveys and Scotland set fair to top its pre-recession output peak this summer - what could go wrong? Just this, says Scot-Buzz editor Bill Jamieson - we are heading for troubled waters as the independence debate mounts in passion – and intensity. There is growing concern over the scale and depth of uncertainty now being faced. It’s the word that keeps cropping up in any discussion on the business outlook. And the area most vulnerable to persistent uncertainty is business investment and expansion. Neither side seems to have the answers to key questions, says Bill, and without them, we're flying blind...
Amid the claims and counter-claims of the independence referendum battle, it’s hard to keep track of all the business news "on the ground”. Economist Tony Mackay provides an invaluable summary of recent announcements in his Monthly Scottish Economy Report. We look at Scotland's swings and roundabouts. Lots of success stories - companies and locations on the way up, but sadly, a few facing a downturn with liquidation and job cuts...
Harry Chapman Pincher, Fleet street's spycatcher, was 100 on Saturday. John McGurk thought the old boy had died years ago because it was his name which was usually emblazoned across page one of the Daily Express, then the biggest selling newspaper in the world, when John was just a cub reporter. Famed for unmasking the Cambridge Four - Philby, McLean, Burgess and Blunt, Pincher was every reporter's idol. Times change, but MI5 carries on - John recalls his own meeting with the service head with some trepidation...
Key decision makers and 400 business leaders will come together this summer to showcase the success story of Scottish manufacturing at the Scottish Manufacturing Conference taking place at the Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 12 June. According to the latest CBI survey activity across the sector is improving and orders continue to rise; conference speakers will include industrialists and manufacturers in Scotland and beyond sharing their stories on success. It’s sure to be an inspirational event, so why not book your place now and enjoy an earlybird discount!