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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017


Role created for George

Former keeper takes up new position for OEM

Jim George

Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim George has been signed up to take on a newly-created role for an oil and gas company. He has joined OEM Group as global business development manager to support ongoing operations in Europe and the Middle East. He played for the Dons in the 1970s, since when he has built up more than four decades’ experience in the oil and gas industry. His career includes 13 years at VetcoGray in various procurement roles culminating in category manager for the Eastern Hemisphere; eight years working in drilling wasteRead More

Call for new committee

Holyrood ‘needs greater scrutiny of tax powers’

Moira Kelly

Tax professionals are calling on the Scottish Parliament to set up a committee focused exclusively on scrutinising the country’s devolved tax powers…

Market report

BP and Aberdeen underpin rise in equities

London Stock Exchange

Positive results from BP helped drive gains on the first trading day of the month. The  FTSE 100 index closed 45.68 points or 0.6% higher at 7,249.62, in line with a broadly positive European market. Shares in BP shares rose 1.6% after its profit nearly tripled in the first quarter of 2017. A higher oil price and a rise in production helped BP report a first-quarter underlying replacement cost profit, the company’s definition of net income, of $1.51 billion, beating analysts’ average forecast of $1.26 billion. Jasper Lawler, senior market analyst at London Capital Group,Read More

New head of team

Hudghton returns to DM Hall as director

Roy Hudghton

Valuation professional Roy Hudghton has returned in a full-time role to chartered surveyor DM Hall. The former head of the RICS valuation professional group in Scotland has been appointed as director in the firm’s east coast based operation. As head of the four-strong Edinburgh commercial valuation team, Mr Hudghton will work closely with Michael Court, partner and head of east commercial, and recently-appointed Ross Wilson, head of agency (East of Scotland).  Mr Hudghton, who qualified in 1982 was a partner in DM Hall until 2008, when he left to establish his ownRead More

Expanding team

RSM adds Stupart as tax partner

Ross Stupart and Stephen Hay

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has added to its tax practice in Scotland by appointing Ross Stupart as corporate tax partner, based in  Edinburgh. Mr Stupart joins RSM from KPMG where he was a director in the tax team, principally advising privately owned UK and multi-national businesses.  In his new role, he will provide tax advice to corporate clients and their owners, and work closely with the team to grow the practice and its offering. Stephen Hay, head of RSM’s tax practice in Scotland, said: “Effective tax planning for ambitiousRead More

As I See It

Why we need to de-clutter our politics

Terry smiling

Not long to go now until there is some relief from the election pressure that is weighing heavily on the electorate. The voters may be finding the burden of information overload too much to bear – and the same may be true of the politicians. The absence of stickers and signs tied to the lamp posts and peering from windows has been noted this time around and seen as an indication of the parties’ own indifference to the ‘other’ election taking place on Thursday. The somewhat weary second billing of localRead More

Time sensitive project

Morton Fraser lands register contract

Amy Entwistle

Law firm, Morton Fraser, will provide Highlands and Islands Enterprise with the registration of its..

Malt returns to earlier owner

Glenrothes whisky brand acquired by Edrington

The Glenrothes single malt whisky

Edrington, the spirits company behind whisky brands The Famous Grouse and The Macallan, has acquired The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt from Berry Bros & Rudd…

Tuesday’s business, political and lifestyle headlines

DB mag and mobile

Daily Business kicks of the new month with an update on the Aberdeen/Standard Life merger … astonishing figures on the Bank of Mum and Dad… a plea to the new government from the Chambers… eye-popping growth from the data sector… …and a revealing interview with entrepreneurs’ chief Sandy Kennedy… Stay in touch with developments throughout the day with Scotland’s leading online business and political news service + Star defence: Aberdeen Asset Management CEO Martin Gilbert has spoken about the multi-million pound bonus pool set aside for its merger with Standard Life…on jobRead More

Gilbert says tie-up on track

Bonuses for star managers ‘key to Aberdeen merger’

Martin Gilbert

Aberdeen Asset Management chief executive Martin Gilbert has defended a multi-million pound retention pool for star managers..