Murdoch MacLennan: Lenders must support businesses by extending repayment holidays

Murdoch MacLennan, a partner with Azets and a specialist in banking, is urging lenders to continue supporting businesses struggling with cash flow problems by extending for a further six-month term capital repayment holidays for debt that was arranged pre-COVID.

Published 11 January 2021

Jonathan Smith: How to help managers manage better

Jonathan Smith, an Aberdeen-based business coach and facilitator at The Alternative Board (TAB), provides advice on how to help managers in all business sectors in Scotland manage better.

Published 6 January 2021

Sharon McDougall: Battling a personal debt crisis during COVID-19

Sharon McDougall, part of Begbies Traynor's Scotland Debt Solutions Team, discusses how a personal debt crisis can be handled during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 24 December 2020

Sharon McDougall: Predicting life after the end of the furlough scheme

Sharon McDougall, part of Begbies Traynor's Scotland Debt Solutions Team, discusses the outlook for businesses after the end of the furlough scheme.

Published 23 December 2020

Ian McMonagle: UK citizens living in Europe must act now to regularise their tax affairs

Ian McMonagle, tax specialist at Russell & Russell Business Advisers based in Glasgow, discusses why UK citizens living in Europe must act now to sort their tax affairs following changes in EU residency regulations.

Published 23 December 2020

Catherine Burnet: Let’s make 2021 Scotland’s ‘year of transformation’

Catherine Burnet, KPMG’s regional chair for Scotland, looks back at the challenges Scotland’s faced in the last year, and what lies ahead.

Published 22 December 2020

Catherine Feechan: Four ‘D’ planning is critical for business

If there is one thing the pandemic has taught company founders, it is how an unexpected event can be catastrophic to a business.

Published 18 December 2020

Richard Dunbar: Vaccines offer an 'escape hatch' from economic effects of COVID

Richard Dunbar, head of multi-asset research at Aberdeen Standard Investments, provides the company's 2021 outlook commentary.

Published 17 December 2020

Jenny Healy: Growing pressure on UK government to introduce new wealth tax

Jenny Healy, director of accounts and audit, based in the Saffery Champness Edinburgh office and a member of the firm’s Landed Estates and Rural Business Group, discusses the growing pressure on the UK Government to introduce a new wealth tax.

Published 16 December 2020

Neil Francis: Now's the time to prepare for Brexit

Neil Francis, interim managing director of Scottish Enterprise, outlines the support available to Scottish companies as the EU transition period comes to an end.

Published 15 December 2020

First recommendations are made for the Chancellor in Capital Gains Tax review

Richard Douglas-Home looks at proposed changes to the capital gains tax regime.

Published 14 December 2020

Mark Hallan: Financial services key to Scotland's inward investment ambitions

Mark Hallan, director of global investment at Scottish Enterprise, discusses why the financial services are key to attracting inward investment to Scotland.

Published 11 December 2020

Fraser Campbell: Back hospitality with a tax free home office party

Fraser Campbell, head of family business with Azets, has suggested that Scotland’s businesses wanting to thank their staff in the traditional manner at Christmas should back their local hospitality enterprises by taking advantage of HMRC’s tax-free annual exemption of up to £200 for ‘Office’ Christmas parties.

Published 9 December 2020

Betsy Williamson: Brexit 'fog' is impacting Scotland’s finance sector

Betsy Williamson, managing director and founder of Edinburgh-based Core-Asset Consulting, discusses the impact of Brexit and COVID on recruitment in the Scottish financial services sector.

Published 9 December 2020

Jackie Waring: Tech women are essential to economic growth

Scotland has a thriving technology sector but there’s still a huge amount of untapped potential that could further elevate its success and bolster our economy. Women, who remain significantly underrepresented within the sector, have a major part to play in making this happen, writes Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women.

Published 7 December 2020