Blogs



Aileen Scott: Budget tax cuts wish list essential to protect SME community

Aileen Scott, head of tax in Scotland with Azets, discusses why the forthcoming Budget must further relax business taxes and minimise the growing risk of closures and redundancies across the SME community.

Published 9 February 2021

Chris Sanger: EY Budget predictions - stimulate economic growth, address the deficit or both?

With exactly four weeks to the day until the Chancellor delivers his Budget speech, Chris Sanger, EY's head of tax policy, has set out his predictions.

Published 3 February 2021

Andrew Pollard: Embracing turmoil could be your winning strategy in 2021

Andrew Pollard, director of Falkirk-based business consultancy Ahead Business Consulting, discusses how planning ahead can help businesses as the year unfolds.

Published 3 February 2021

Ian Campbell: Pensions- what does the future hold?

Ian Campbell, director and chartered financial planner at AAB Wealth, discusses the future of pensions.

Published 29 January 2021

Joanne Gillies: Banks can claim debtors’ PPI cash thanks to Court of Session ruling

Joanne Gillies, partner and insolvency disputes specialist at Pinsent Masons, discusses the impact of a ruling by the Court of Session allowing banks to claim debtors' PPI cash payouts. 

Published 29 January 2021

Stuart Law: Payroll technology in the digital age

Stuart Law, payroll director at Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB), discusses the importance of payroll technology in a business.

Published 28 January 2021

Ian McMonagle: Pitfalls looming for property owners as new tax rules come into effect

Ian McMonagle, tax specialist at Russell & Russell Business Advisers based in Glasgow, is predicting a fresh spate of late notice penalties in the wake of changes made at the start of this tax year to how and when residential property owners pay tax on the sale of a home.

Published 28 January 2021

Andy Hadden: The workplace revolution - work less, play harder?

Property developer Andy Hadden, founder and director of The Lighthouse Business Centres and founder & CEO of Wavegarden Scotland, discusses the potential revolution of the UK's workplaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 26 January 2021

David Alexander: Extension of LBTT holiday would increase revenues

David Alexander, joint chief executive officer of apropos by DJ Alexander, discusses how extending the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) holiday beyond the end of March would increase revenues.

Published 26 January 2021

Murdoch MacLennan: 'Bad Bank' preparing to return

Murdoch MacLennan, banking partner in Scotland with accountancy firm Azets, has warned that 'Bad Bank’ – the term coined for the specialist units within banks where businesses showing signs of financial distress are transferred – is likely to make a return to the UK’s business banking sector in the coming months.

Published 25 January 2021

Andrew Foyle: Securing creditor confidence in pre-packs

Andrew Foyle, solicitor advocate and joint head of litigations (Scotland) at Shoosmiths, discusses how new regulations will introduce conditions designed to uphold creditor confidence in the pre-pack administration process.

Published 25 January 2021

Jonathan Smith: On-the-job training – it all adds up in 2021

Jonathan Smith, an Aberdeen-based coach and facilitator with peer-to-peer business networking platform The Alternative Board (TAB), discusses how businesses could benefit from 'free' training for their staff.

Published 22 January 2021

Martin Keenan: Scottish Seafood takes brunt of complex ‘Teething Problems’

Martin Keenan, a cross-border VAT specialist with Azets in Scotland, has warned that the recent description of the problems faced by Scottish Seafood businesses trying to deliver their products to EU customers as “Teething problems” significantly understates the complex and challenging issues many food businesses are having to address.

Published 20 January 2021

Neil Francis: Solid foundations will keep Scotland's international ambitions on track

Neil Francis, interim managing director of Scottish Enterprise, looks ahead to the trade and investment environment in Scotland in 2021.

Published 15 January 2021

Janette Speed: Property sector can help re-build UK economy

According to a recent survey, post-Brexit Britain is considered a prime real estate proposition by investors, developers and asset managers from across Europe, China and the US. Notably, it ranked the UK highest for future residential property investment.

Published 13 January 2021