Scotland's Economy

Scottish Business Buzz (11.06.15)

Written by Michelle Rodger

Welcome to the first weekly business news update from Business for Scotland.

Scottish Business Buzz is a collection of business and economic news from around Scotland that will also showcase the news and achievements of the Business for Scotland membership.  If you’d like us to consider your business news to feature in a future business news update, please email the press release / story to Michelle Rodger


29studios expansionNew BfS board member Gillian O’Neil and her team are working hard at 29studios with an expansion to their studio in Miller Street, Glasgow. In addition to their film and video business, Gillian and her husband Kevin have launched 29steps, a programme to support young people into the industry. You can hear more about the programme from Gillian at our Glasgow event on June 30, focusing on young people and the benefits of the Living Wage. Register here.



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The 2014 BFS bus provided by Sidlaw Executive Travel

Good news from Business for Scotland member Bob Costello, whose Sidlaw Executive Travel, is expanding with the installation of an MOT station to compliment the commercial and private vehicle repair facility, which runs along side the coach company. You might remember Bob’s YES bus during the referendum and the battle bus which our members travelled on across the length and breadth of the country, sharing the economics of independence.



Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 11.29.11The Glasgow Guild discovered a lost Mackintosh music cabinet a couple of years ago. Well, the missing curtain has now been embroidered by Helen McCook of the RSN (a renowned expert who worked on Kate Middleton’s wedding outfit!) and she gave a filmed talk at the new workshop on Renfrew Street, which is currently being restored. The cabinet will go to auction next week (June 17).  Watch the video here.



Saltire FoundationSaltire Foundation talent matching programme

Scottish companies are being offered a unique opportunity to tap into international entrepreneurial expertise  and turbo-charge projects ranging from growth strategies to export drives.

For the first time, the Saltire Foundation, the world-class entrepreneurial leadership programme and the philanthropic arm of Entrepreneurial Scotland, is introducing a Talent Matching programme to this year’s Saltire Fellowship.

Twenty Fellows will take part in the class-leading 13-week course, which combines theory and practice guided by Entrepreneurial Thought and Action principles and provides Fellows with an unparalleled chance to engage with global thought leaders and entrepreneurs.


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Scottish businesses missing export growth opportunity – Businesses in Scotland are failing to recognise the growth opportunities offered by trading internationally, while those who do are reaping the benefits, according to the Bank of Scotland. Read more.



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HSBC to cut up to 8000 UK jobs – HSBC is to cut up to 25,000 jobs worldwide including 8,000 in the UK by 2017. HSBC employs 3000 people in Scotland.

Read more.

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Nicola Sturgeon starts US tour with £12.5m Livingston jobs deal

Read More from the Herald.




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About the author

Michelle Rodger

Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. A social media and crowdfunding expert she manages media and communications for Business for Scotland.

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