Blogs



Lee Fitzpatrick: How the quick hit of short-termism damages profitability

Scottish entrepreneur Lee Fitzpatrick offers suggestions of how businesses can focus on the longer-term in their digital marketing strategies.

Published 18 June 2021

Iain Masterton: New EU VAT rules undermine joys of summer

Just as the summer is about to begin in earnest, new VAT rules affecting UK suppliers selling goods and services online to EU consumers could dampen the mood for some businesses, writes Iain Masterton.

Published 17 June 2021

Sandy Begbie: Scotland can put global spotlight on green finance

The COP26 summit offers an opportunity for Scotland to put the global spotlight on green finance, writes Sandy Begbie.

Published 16 June 2021

Simon Capaldi: Why occupiers and landlords must work together as we return to the office

Simon Capaldi, office agency partner at Knight Frank Edinburgh, considers the return to the office and how the transition may take shape.

Published 16 June 2021

Professor Colin Harvey: Making Northern Ireland’s ‘special arrangement’ work

Professor Colin Harvey of Queen's University Belfast School of Law considers the post-Brexit challenges for Northern Ireland.

Published 14 June 2021

Jane O’Berg: Home is where the office is – the reality of flexible working post-pandemic

Jane O’Berg, director of global mobility at Johnston Carmichael, discusses the realities of working from home.

Published 10 June 2021

Sandy Begbie: Pandemic has changed the financial services sector at an unparalleled pace

Sandy Begbie, CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise, discusses the challenges faced by the financial services sector.

Published 9 June 2021

Lee Corr: Business owners must complete due diligence in order to thrive

Lee Corr, senior solicitor at Thorntons, is reminding new business owners to ensure they have completed all their due diligence and remain respectful of their neighbours in order for their businesses to thrive.

Published 7 June 2021

Ian McMonagle: Sit out the pandemic in the sunshine but be aware it might mean you are liable for bigger tax bills

Ian McMonagle, taxation director at Russell & Russell business advisers, warns UK tax payers of implications of spending more time abroad ‘working from anywhere’.

Published 2 June 2021

Ben Ritchie: Investing in Europe remains an attractive proposition

With June marking the start of the European Championships, Ben Ritchie, head of European equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), discusses why investing in Europe remains an attractive proposition, opportunities available and the outlook for the rest of 2021.

Published 1 June 2021

Ian Marshall: Scotland’s tech sector is leading the way to stability

Ian Marshall, head of tech strategy at Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB), details why Scotland's tech sector is leading the way to stability.

Published 27 May 2021

Coll Murchison-MacDonald: OTS CGT report offers helpful recommendations for farming and land-based businesses

Coll Murchison-MacDonald, partner at Saffery Champness' Inverness office, and a member of its Landed Estates and Rural Business Group, discusses the recommendations for farming and land-based businesses in the latest Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) report on Capital Gains Tax (CGT).

Published 26 May 2021

Luke Hickmore: Should credit markets be worried about inflation?

Luke Hickmore, investment director fixed income at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), discusses the likely trajectory for inflation and interest rates in the coming months and the inevitable effect on credit markets.

Published 25 May 2021

Alistair McAlinden: Pubs and restaurants need to manage costs and demand to make a success of reopening

Alistair McAlinden, managing director and head of the hospitality and leisure sector team for Interpath Advisory in Scotland discusses how operators across the hospitality sector in Scotland should beware of financial pitfalls as they fully reopen.

Published 24 May 2021

Phil Anderson: The rising tide of sustainable investment – should you ride the wave?

Phil Anderson, founder of Phil Anderson Financial Services, discusses the rising popularity of ESG investment

Published 24 May 2021