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Scottish Business Buzz (18.06.15)

Our first Business Buzz was warmly welcomed, with lots of emails and support – thanks in particular to Lorna Young of Indigo Words who said: “Just a quick email to say how much I enjoyed Scottish Business Buzz – it’s wonderful to be able to concisely read what other BfS members have been doing. Hope you get lots of members contributing to it!”

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Screenshot 2015-06-17 15.31.51The Glasgow based arm of Danish interiors brand BoConcept has been awarded the largest order ever in the branch’s 13 years of trading in Glasgow. Lysander Student Properties has selected BoConcept to fit out all the common areas of a new 260-room student accommodation development.

Business For Scotland member and Scottish Director for BoConcept, Adam Davidson commented: “This has been a fascinating project to work on. The team at Lysander have relied on our design team to specify so many different areas of this project. Our team have loved getting into the nitty gritty; everything from the function of each area & the colour scheme to graphics and signage.”

Adam added: “This development is selling out fast. I am convinced this will be one of the best student accommodation developments in Glasgow. It is setting a new standard. As a parent, I would certainly prefer my kids to stay somewhere like this when their time comes.”

Screenshot 2015-06-17 15.32.19Aberdein Considine is opening a major new legal office in the centre of Glasgow as it continues expansion across Scotland. The award winning Scottish law firm has 18 offices and nearly 400 staff, specialist lawyers, independent financial advisers, estate agents and leasing agents acting for thousands of private and commercial clients across the country. The new Glasgow office, which will house the business’s growing Corporate and Commercial division, is part of a £1million expansion across two cities as Aberdein Considine progresses an ambitious growth strategy. The firm has also completed the extension and refurbishment of its main office on Bon-Accord Crescent in Aberdeen. Rob Aberdein, Partner with Aberdein Considine, is the newly elected chairman of Business for Scotland.

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Screenshot 2015-06-17 15.32.32£1m funding for entrepreneurs – Thirty six Scottish entrepreneurs are celebrating after landing more than £1m in funding and prizes at the Scottish EDGE awards.

Scottish EDGE chairman David Shearer, who headed a panel of top business figures judging the entries, said: “We heard from many excellent businesses over the course of this funding round and those which have been selected to receive funding are the cream of the crop.

“Young businesses in the growth phase are the engine of the economy and we are delighted to be able to support the most promising of these firms with the funding they need to thrive. Many have ambitious plans that our funding injection will set in motion immediately.

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Screenshot 2015-06-17 15.32.50Scotland voted no 1 set jetter destination – Scotland has been voted the world’s best destination for cinema lovers in a poll in the United States.

Readers of the newspaper USA Today and 10 Best picked Scotland as the best destination for “set-jetters” – tourists who visit the setting for scenes from their favourite movies.

Scotland came out ahead of New Zealand and Austria in the online vote to be crowned the “best cinematic destination”.

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Screenshot 2015-06-17 15.33.36Business radio – Scotland’s small business owners now have a dedicated online music channel to include in their daily listening habits.

Scottish Business Radio launched earlier this month and plays a diet of up-tempo rock and pop designed to fire up entrepreneurs.

You can listen to Scottish Business Radio online at and through the ‘TuneIn’ app, by searching for ‘Scottish Business Radio’.

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Screenshot 2015-06-17 15.33.07Post study work visa – More than 100 representatives of industry and academia have signed a statement in support of reintroducing a post study work visa to Scotland. Signatures from representatives of organisations working in IT, software engineering, the offshore sector, green energy and recruitment companies, as well as several universities, have signed a statement supporting the principle of the visa, and calling on the UK Government to engage with the Scottish Government on this issue.

Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf has called on the UK Government to take Scotland’s needs into account and deliver on the Smith Commission recommendation in this area.

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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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