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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

Shirley Li‑Ting: Spotlight on landlord remedies in CVAs

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 imposed a temporary halt on the use of statutory demands and winding up petitions where the tenant is unable to pay its bills because of coronavirus. As a result two uniquely Scottish remedies available to landlord creditors have come into the spotlight, particularly in relation to retail CVAs, writes Shirley Li‑Ting, legal director at Brodies LLP.

Published 21 May 2021

Anjli Shah: Global mid-caps: why now?

Anjli Shah, co-manager of the $50m Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) Global Mid-Cap Fund, discusses opportunities within the global mid-cap sector and why it remains an interesting investment proposition.

Published 21 May 2021

Ian McMonagle: If you have any doubt about your Eat Out to Help Out application act now, or face many sleepless nights

Ian McMonagle, taxation director at Russell & Russell, business advisers, and member of The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT), warns of the large number of misleading Eat Out to Help Out scheme applications.

Published 20 May 2021

Derek Forsyth: 10% of hotels could close permanently as debt, losses and staff shortages hit sector

A decade of hotel expansion across Scotland is set to be reversed as many hotel businesses struggling with unsustainable debts, losses and staffing problems decide to close permanently, Derek Forsyth, head of restructuring with Azets has warned.

Published 19 May 2021

Louise Laing: Pre-packs unwrapped

Louise Laing, senior associate at Brodies, details the intricacies of a pre-pack administration.

Published 19 May 2021

Paul Reilly: Glasgow's West End property market has lost none of its allure

Paul Reilly, director in the Glasgow office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, says the residential property market in the West End of Glasgow is losing none of its allure, with quick sales and rising prices.

Published 17 May 2021

Shirley McIntosh: Can Scotland afford its independence?

Shirley McIntosh, RSM's head of tax in Scotland, discusses whether Scotland can afford the financials of independence.

Published 13 May 2021

Jim Burberry: What would ‘devolution of VAT’ mean in Scotland?

Jim Burberry, RSM's head of VAT and indirect tax in Scotland, discusses the impact of the devolution of VAT in Scotland.

Published 12 May 2021

Campbell Ure: Seeking help to grow your company? Here’s what to look for in a business advisor

Campbell Ure, a facilitator with The Alternative Board (TAB), offers his take on what constitutes first-class business coaching and mentoring.

Published 11 May 2021

William Anderson: Charity accounts work needs more than faith and hope

William Anderson, audit, accounts and charity partner, Meston Reid & Co, highlights the need for responsible governance, transparency, accountability and a professional approach when it comes to charity finances.

Published 10 May 2021

Fiona McKerrell: Shepherd and Wedderburn collaborates with Care first this Mental Health Awareness Week

Fiona McKerrell, partner in Shepherd and Wedderburn’s restructuring and business advisory team and a mental health first aider, discusses the importance of mental health.

Published 10 May 2021