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Brookfield backs Wireless Infrastructure Group in £575m transaction

Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) has announced that Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners (Brookfield) have become its sole financial sponsor following Brookfield’s...

Keenan Recycling invests in first of its kind waste facility

KEENAN Recycling has secured £540,000 from the Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund. The £18 million fund provides investment for SMEs...

KPMG UK records solid growth after year of investment

KPMG UK today announced that revenues increased by 3% from £2.34bn to £2.40bn for the financial year ended 30 September 2019.

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Deals Done – Scotland’s M&A...

The Scottish M&A market has remained resilient throughout Q 4 19 with positive momentum being fuelled by rising valuations and attractive financing opportunities. Despite the growing geopolitical uncertainties andwider economic slowdowns experienced throughout 2019 M&A and...

Increasing uncertainty is placing strain...

UK BUSINESSES leaders are struggling to cope with the pressures of a rapidly changing world. Increased competition, political uncertainty and facing greater scrutiny are all making it much tougher at the top - according to new research.

Half of Scottish adults have...

A SURVEY commissioned by Unlocking Ambition to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (18-24 November) found that the majority of people (57%) think that Scotland is an entrepreneurial nation, with 49% of adults having considered starting their own business. 

Barclays’ Scottish Corporate Banking team...

BARCLAYS Corporate Banking team has made strong strides in the first half of the financial year 2019 with 5% growth in its loan book and 15 new deals in the local market, reinforcing the bank’s commitment to Scotland.

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North-east surveying firm celebrates seven-figure...

AN ABERDEEN-based specialist surveying company, Survey 3D international (Survey 3Di), is celebrating a bumper first year in business with a seven-figure turnover, major investment and a significant recruitment drive. Launched 15 months ago by former Scopus...

Aberdeen haulage firm drives expansion...

AN ABERDEEN-based haulage supplier is expanding its services to the North of England following £600,000 of funding from HSBC UK. Third-generation family firm William Walker Transport will use an invoice finance facility from HSBC UK to...

BGF celebrates a year of...

BGF, THE UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses experienced a year of growth across its Scottish portfolio in 2019, having invested more than £280m to date to support the region’s most ambitious entrepreneurs.

Road map for a net...

A ROAD map for moving forward the ambitious target to deliver a carbon neutral Capital by 2030 has been set out by the City of Edinburgh Council. The ‘short window improvement plan’ outlines 37 immediate and short-term actions across...

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Middle East investors deployed £230m into Scotland in 2019

RESEARCH released by global real estate advisor CBRE has revealed that the UK regions outside of London were the preferred destinations for...

Technology

University of the West of Scotland invests £12 million in new thin films laboratory

UNIVERSITY of the West of Scotland (UWS) has revealed its new state-of-the-art thin films laboratory at a special event held at the Paisley campus....

One-fifth of UK retail spend could be online by 2024

As shoppers continue to shift away from visiting physical stores and gravitate towards the convenience of shopping via digital channels, UK online spend is set to...

Seasonal Affective Disorder – How to combat it in the workforce

How does SAD affect the work sphere? With the colder weather and darker nights now firmly upon us, this can...

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Four industry experts appointed to export advisory group

FFour industry experts have been appointed to an advisory group established to help grow Scotland’s exports. The four, who...

Loch Lomond whiskies win global golf sponsorship

LOCH Lomond Whiskies has added another world-class golf tournament to its expanding sponsorship portfolio by agreeing a new partnership with the WGC...

Cheeky Chompers launches £400,000 crowdfunding campaign

Baby care brand Cheeky Chompers has launched its first crowdfunding campaign this week on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. The Edinburgh-headquartered company, who...

James Buchan: No parachutes required. How fast, smart, digitally aware companies can break into the lucrative Eastern markets

When James Bond wanted to get into Asia, albeit North Korea, he dived out of a high- altitude stealth plane, parachuted into...

Further Canadian growth for Scottish communications agency

Beattie, the integrated communications agency, is to expand its Beattie Tartan brand into two more Canadian cities. The agency will add Ottawa and Winnipeg to...

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Impact First Fund seeks up to £3.7M following successful market entry

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SIS VENTURES is launching a second round of fundraising with the aim of attracting up to £3.7m to scale up its support...

Scottish Commercial Property Deals Top £2bn Despite Q4 Slowdown

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THE SCOTTISH commercial property market suffered a “disappointing” final quarter but deals still broke through the £2bn mark for the sixth year...

Middle East investors deployed £230m...

RESEARCH released by global real estate advisor CBRE has revealed that the UK regions outside of London were the preferred destinations for Middle Eastern investors in 2019 as spending levels overtook those in...

Scottish education funding rises to...

EDUCATION and skills funding will rise 1.7% in real terms to £3.57 billion, under the proposed Budget 2020-21. Speaking today at the opening of a new Learning Hub at the...

Time for expansion as watchmaker...

WATCHMAKER anOrdain is set for growth after sealing a loan deal with UMi Debt Finance Scotland, a £12 million fund that forms part of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Growth Scheme.

Veincentre targets UK rollout with...

VEINCENTRE, the UK’s leading provider of treatment for varicose veins, is looking to expand its number of clinics across the UK this year having secured a seven-figure refinance from Santander following investment from...

Dignity secures water savings deal...

ONE OF the UK’s largest providers of funeral services has signed up to a new two-year water and waste water contract worth £1.2 million. Dignity, which owns over 850 funeral...

AM Bid wins place on...

SCOTLAND'S leading proposal and tender specialists AM Bid is celebrating its award to a national professional services framework contract.  Launching in April, the second generation of the Pagabo Professional Services...

Kennedy Wilson completes £16.1 million...

ON BEHALF of Kennedy Wilson, Savills has completed the sale of two prime distribution units, Colossus 1 and Colossus 2, at Eurocentral, to Blackstone’s Mileway platform for £16.1 million, representing a net initial...

Impact First Fund seeks up...

SIS VENTURES is launching a second round of fundraising with the aim of attracting up to £3.7m to scale up its support for Scotland’s high impact enterprises. The Impact First...

Mosaic secures planning permission for...

MOSAIC Architecture + Design has secured planning permission for a landmark £25M mixed use development in Trongate, Glasgow city centre incorporating new retail spaces, a replacement public house opportunity and a high-quality hotel...

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Float secures investment for international expansion

FLOAT, the award-winning cash flow service for Xero, QuickBooks Online and FreeAgent, today announced the completion of its £1.5m seed round led...

New Livingston facility for USA Manufacturer

Missouri, USA, based plastisol manufacturer PolySol, has opened a new purpose built production facility in Livingston to support rapid growth following a...

Sky-Futures agrees strategic partnership in Saudi Arabia

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) service provider Sky-Futures, has partnered with STC Specialized, the executive arm of the Saudi Telecom Company (STC), to...

Scottish forensics startup partner’s with America’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Cyan Forensics, the Edinburgh-based digital forensics startup, is to work with the US-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is the...

STATS Group projects success in Canada and US

Inverurie-based pipeline technology specialist, STATS Group, is growing its market share across the Americas and expects activity in the US and Canada...