Online news service gathering pace
Daily Business marks 1st birthday with expanded team
Dominic Jeff (far left), a former Business Reporter at The Scotsman, will be joining as a contributing News Reporter.
Richard Leeson (left), a renowned investment adviser and commentator, joins as Senior Money Writer.
The site also embraces the arts and other lifestyle topics and will be expanding its coverage via award-winning comedian Vladimir McTavish (aka Paul Sneddon, below).
He wrote a well-received daily preview of acts to see during the Edinburgh Festival and will be providing regular features on the arts and entertainment scene.
Already Daily Business has become established as the website of choice for those wanting up-to-date breaking news and opinion, not just on the core business and political issues of the day, but on a wider spectrum of topics, including the arts and financial matters in the sporting world.
Advertisers and sponsors have helped maintain progress and further opportunities to expand the site’s offerings are under consideration.
The website launched last September in conjunction with a web developer and a designer. It provides rolling news and opinion seven days a week, focused on the business, political, consumer and money markets from a Scottish perspective.
It has reported more than 3,000 stories and in June recorded a peak of 2,800 one-day visitors, which compares favourably with other online business reader data.
Among the key highlights during the year was the site’s hugely successful coverage of both of the Chancellor’s Budgets with full sponsorship backing and a team of up to seven writers contributing to live coverage of each event.
Daily Business has broken a number of exclusive stories, from the appointment of the new CBI Scotland director and Innis & Gunn’s plans for a new brewery, to the recent series on FanDuel’s battles with the anti-gambling lobby in the USA.
Daily Business is also playing a key role in the community.
In April, the first event for Daily Business Events was held at the offices of Burness Paull. This sell-out Summit on alternative finance was attended by more than 80 people and was chosen by the new director of CBI Scotland as the occasion to deliver his maiden speech.
In July Daily Business was the media partner for the Polar Academy, a charity to help young people, which was celebrated at a lunch in St Andrews during the Open golf tournament.
Networking and entertainment
In August, the first Daily Business Summer Party provided an evening of entertainment and networking for 180 guests from the media and wider business community.
During the year Daily Business has campaigned on issues from litter and road repairs to supermarket food waste and help for small firms. It produced a 10-point manifesto for government and a further list of 10 points that would help start-ups. This will be compared with the recommendations from government adviser Michelle Mone when she completes her inquiry.