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Monday, May 11th, 2015


Voting analysis

Moral majority: an election by numbers

SNP members

So, which is the bigger, 55 or 56? Trick question? Well, more a case of which one represents the moral majority. These are numbers seared on the minds of Scots, the first being the percentage who voted to save the union in the referendum, the second the number of nationalist MPs sent to Westminster. This is no trifling matter. Numbers are playing a big part in the political mind games being used to score points against enemies and “settle” arguments. The SNP won 95% of Scotland’s 59 seats in the Commons,Read More

Project offers coaching to start-ups

Firms join £100k fast-track scheme at BioCity


Five early stage companies at the BioCity Scotland incubator are to be fast-tracked through a new coaching programme which offers the prospect of £100,000 investment. BioAscent, Chitopolymers, Glimpse,Link Technologies and TeraHertz Power have been chosen to take part in the nine-week ‘Develop’ programme. It provides business start-ups, early-stage or developing companies in the life sciences sector with intensive support and one-to-one coaching from a network of coaches. They will help participants challenge and test the ideas for new products, services and business areas, helping them to identify and understand any keyRead More

Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year

From zero to hero, Garrett-Cox is top woman

Katherine Garrett-Cox 3

Just when you thought she may struggle to hang to her job…. Katherine Garrett-Cox has not only fought off the boo-boys, she’s been named businesswoman of the year. The chief executive of Dundee-based Alliance Trust, who just last month faced demands to step down amid accusations of running an under-performing business, tonight picked up the top prize in the annual Veuve Clicquot awards held at Claridges in London. Winning, however, can be a mixed blessing. Last year’s winner Harriet Green later stepped down from running Thomas Cook. Ms Garrett-Cox has another opportunity to avengeRead More

Nigel Farage remains leader of UKIP after membership rejected his resignation

Apprentice host Lord Sugar has quit the Labour Party, claiming it is anti-business

Bumper growth for adviser wrap platform

Ferguson calls for pensions stability following recent change

David Ferguson

David Ferguson, head of advisory firm Nucleus, is hoping that the pensions industry will enter a period of stability following the recent changes that ushered in greater freedoms. Mr Ferguson made his comments after unveiling robust figures showing record inflows of business in the first quarter of the year. Speaking to Daily Business, the founder and chief executive of the adviser-built wrap, said the business had benefited from current conditions in the savings and pensions market and by changes that had been brought in. “We now need a period of stability, theRead More

Mon close: FTSE trimmed after early rise

UK stocks reversed their positive start to drop into the red by the close despite positive news from Greece, which met its debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The FTSE 100 retreated 0.24% to 7,029.85 by the end of the session, having risen as high as 7,083.72 early on. It was boosted in early trade on the back of a cut in interest rates in China and the positive mood around the Tory election victory. The blue-chip index rose to 7,081.23 soon after the opening. Shares in miners were up on theRead More

Casey and Brown move up at CBRE

Property consultant CBRE has appointed Camille Casey as senior surveyor in its Glasgow capital markets team and promoted Martyn Brown to director. Ms Casey, who joins following relocation from CBRE’s Edinburgh office, previously worked within the national agency and development team while Mr Brown has been working on capital markets at CBRE for four years. Campbell Docherty, senior director in the Glasgow capital markets team, said: “Camille brings with her a wealth of experience from over four years specialising in office agency and development land and is a welcome addition to the team.Read More

Award for C4's veteran newsman

Snow, the humble hack, wins top Bafta prize

Veteran broadcaster Jon Snow thanked those who awarded him the Bafta Fellowship last night before humbly claiming he was “just a hack”. The Channel Four News anchorman, whose notable interviews include Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, picked up the award for “outstanding and exceptional contribution” to the film, television and games industry. Snow said he was “genuinely overwhelmed”, adding: “there is no greater recognition than that of one’s own industry.” In his acceptance speech he paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for the creation of Channel Four. His career beganRead More

Further Cabinet posts announced

Tories planning second budget ‘within weeks’ to tackle deficit

5.30pm update: The new Conservative government will be pressured into early talks on a new deal with Scotland, but its more immediate moves are likely to focus on a mini-budget and negotiations with Europe. George Osborne is considering a second Budget in the coming weeks which is likely to outline in further detail his plans to cut the deficit and sustain the economic recovery. The Conservatives made it an election pledge not to raise core taxes, such as income tax, National Insurance or VAT, during this parliament, so the Chancellor willRead More