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Murdoch MacLennan: Businesses must be aware of currency risk as international trade beckons

Murdoch MacLennan, banking partner with Azets, is warning export-focused businesses targeting markets outside of the EU that they need to be aware of the risks and costs of currency differences and fluctuations, an issue that will be new to many businesses if they have only traded with the EU.

Published 24 March 2021

Suzi Smith: Business Banking Resolution Service is a positive step for SMEs

Suzi Smith, commercial litigation associate at Shoosmiths in Scotland, discusses the significance of the recent launch of the Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS) for SMEs.

Published 18 March 2021

Andrew Aldridge: How the life science sector has shot up the investment agenda as vaccinations are rolled out

Andrew Aldridge, partner at Deepbridge Capital, discusses how investments in life sciences can be appealing to many investors as the COVID-19 vaccinations roll out globally. 

Published 18 March 2021

Michael Reid: Can insolvency legislation save struggling fishing industry firms?

Michael Reid, managing partner at Meston Reid & Co, gives his take on how changes to insolvency law could come into play for one key industry sector – the fishing industry.

Published 17 March 2021

Ben Ritchie: Why Europe? Opportunities for income and outlook for 2021

Ben Ritchie, head of European equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments, discusses the growing investment opportunities available in Europe and provides an outlook for 2021.

Published 17 March 2021

Stuart Clark: The tax system is not unfair; it’s just a matter of swings and roundabouts

Stuart Clark, managing director at Russell & Russell Business Advisers, based in Glasgow, discusses the complexities of the UK tax system.

Published 15 March 2021

Alan Gordon: A second shot in the arm will help get the Scottish property market back on its feet

Alan Gordon, senior partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses how the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine will help boost the Scottish property market.

Published 12 March 2021

Kirsty Fong: Why now is the time to invest in India

Kristy Fong, investment director of Aberdeen New India Investment Trust, the £360 million investment trust managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), discusses the investment potential of the Indian economy.

Published 12 March 2021

Michael Reid: IR35 - What next for the personal service company?

Michael Reid, managing partner Meston Reid & Co, discusses the next steps a personal services company (PSC) can take in relation to the introduction of the IR35 rule.

Published 11 March 2021

Rodney White: Build back infrastructure

Rodney White suggests that Westminster and Holyrood should "step up to the plate" and fund infrastructure specifically for housebuilding projects.

Published 5 March 2021

Daniel McIntosh: Investment and supermarket shopping – a one-size-fits-all policy?

The practice of diversifying investment portfolios is almost as old as investing itself.  Not placing all of your financial eggs in one basket is diversification in a nutshell. It makes perfect, logical sense: spreading your money over numerous equities or securities, spreads the risk. If certain investments do not perform well, only a percentage of your money (as opposed to all of it) is invested in the poorly performing investment.

Published 4 March 2021

Neil Francis: Scotland’s values to be highlighted through international trade and investment

Neil Francis, interim managing director of Scottish Enterprise, explains how Scotland’s commitment to inclusivity and net-zero can be shared via our trading relationships.

Published 3 March 2021

Andy Todd: Connecting with peers to solve problems and shape business growth

Andy Todd, business coach and facilitator of the new Edinburgh group of The Alternative Board (TAB), discusses the benefits of communication between businesses.

Published 2 March 2021

Jason Cozens: Why central banks will attempt to crush alternative global currencies

Jason Cozens, founder & CEO of fintech Glint, discusses the role banks will play in the future of alternative global currencies. 

Published 26 February 2021

Roger Mayor: Key trends driving spring optimism in Scottish M&A market

Roger Mayor, director, Advisory Corporate Finance at Deloitte, discusses the key trends driving spring optimism within the Scottish M&A market.

Published 23 February 2021