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Waste not, want not: Re-use and repair hub launches

Waste not, want not: Re-use and repair hub launches in Edinburgh
May 26, 2016  |  Business News  |  No Comments

The Edinburgh Remakery, a social enterprise based on social responsibility and sustainability, enjoyed a successful launch on Saturday 21st May from its premises on Leith Walk. Driven by a desire for a greener society in which our first instinct is not to simply chuck stuff in the bin, the mission of this innovative hub is…

Welcome to the new Blue Square Offices blog

Welcome to the new Blue Square Offices blog
October 31, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

Focusing on our range of services, as well as current and relevant business news, our new blog has been created to keep you in-the-loop and up-to-date with everything required to make your small business a success.Whilst the economy is making marked improvements in Scotland and throughout the rest of the UK, many challenges still exist…

New investment in Scotland from Canadian and French firms

New investment in Scotland from Canadian and French firms
October 17, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

News of a new software development centre in Glasgow offers a “welcome boost to Scottish employment” and the country’s improving economy. Due to open in 2014, CGI’s Open Source Digital Services Centre will serve clients in Europe’s public and commercial sectors. In addition toproviding around 250 skilled jobs for experienced technicians and managers, the new…

Grangemouth strike action – Unite and Ineos to enter into talks

October 14, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

Members of the Unite union are due to enter into talks with Ineos at arbitration service in Glasgow in a bid to avoid a 48-hour strike at the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical site on Sunday 20th October. Despite attempted negotiations between Unite and the site operator Ineos, the Scottish and UK governments are drafting contingency…

The SSE Hydro opens its doors

October 8, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

Scotland’s largest indoor arena has finally reached completion, despite almost turning to ashes only a few months ago.  And who better to launch this iconic landmark into our midst than good ole’ Rod Stewart, who played The Hydro’s opening concert on Monday night. Designed by Foster + Partners, one of the world’s most innovative architectural…

Business Gateway designs free App for new and existing businesses in Scotland

September 27, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

Business Gateway has recently launched its first App for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Scotland. ‘MyBusiness’ App is a handy little tool offering a wealth of free advice, sources of information and video tutorials for improving or starting your business.

Miller Group predicted to enter stock market

September 25, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

The UK’s largest privately-owned housebuilder, Miller Group, is reported to be considering its debut in the stock market amid widespread recovery of the housing market, aided by incentives such as the Bank of England’s Funding for Lending scheme and the government’s Help to Buy Scheme. The Edinburgh-based company, which is jointly controlled by the Miller…

A boost in confidence for Scotland’s small businesses

A boost in confidence for Scotland’s small businesses
September 17, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

New figures released today from the Federation of Small Businesses (FBS) reveal a three-year high in confidence among Scotland’s small businesses. Despite being lower than the UK average, the research clearly suggests that confidence has been steadily rising for the past four quarters, suggesting a hopeful future for small businesses in Scotland.

Longer working week for small-business owners

Longer working week for small-business owners
September 11, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

A recent study of 2000 micro-businesses, commissioned by telephone answering provider Penelope, reveals that small-business owners work an average of 52 hours a week, which is around 63% higher than the standard UK worker. London entrepreneurs work the longest week, putting in 61 hours, and those based in Scotland are said to be working an…

Glasgow Business Awards 2013

September 10, 2013  |  Business News  |  No Comments

With just a few weeks left before Glasgow Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual business awards ceremony, the city looks to be flourishing with a wealth of diversity and talent in local businesses and multinational corporations. With a 10% increase on the previous year’s entries, a record number of firms from a broad range of…