Latest News

Please find below a range of stories from across the membership and the network. If you would like to submit a member story please send it to Lynn Wardlaw for inclusion on this page and our fortnightly Enewsletter.

How smaller retailers can avoid spending more than they have to

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

The outlook is tough; however here’s one simple step to control your outgoings

We have all heard about how the high street is under immense pressure, with smaller retailers taking the brunt of the impact of challenging trading conditions.

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New owners and growth plans for Narvida

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Dunfermline’s Narvida is being given a new lease of life, having been recently acquired by Perth-based Edwards Engineering. The fabrication business will see a sizable investment, as the new owners look to improve processes and productivity.

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Government aviation policy yet to take off

Monday, 19 July 2021

Aviation sector gets a raw deal from Government

Many business sectors have suffered during the pandemic but few have had such a tough time as aviation.  This is a sector that was a direct and indirect generator of huge amounts of economic activity and prosperity  prior to Covid, and one that should play a pivotal role in the recovery.  Aviation accesibility provided by Edinburgh Airport and the other main airports in Scotland directly supports over 200,000 visitor economy jobs.  It conne

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Fire Safety Compliance – Returning to the Workplace

Monday, 19 July 2021

As we begin to recover and move back into the workplace environment, safety remains a key focus.

David Stapley, Principal Consultant at Fireshield Services has received a number of enquiries over recent weeks from businesses preparing to welcome back employees.

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Scotland moves to Level 0 today!

Monday, 19 July 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that Scotland moves down to level zero restrictions from  today, Monday 19 July.

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament the vaccination programme meant restrictions could be eased as planned, but with some modifications.

Face masks will remain mandatory in public indoor settings, and the gradual return to office work has been delayed until 9 August.

What are the rules in level 0?

You can meet socially in groups:

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Carrick Management awarded Platinum Resource Efficiency Pledge by Zero Waste Scotland

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Carrick Management is pleased to have reached Platinum in their Resource Efficiency Pledge, accredited by Zero Waste Scotland. The Pledge demonstrates a commitment to using Scotland’s resources - such as water, energy and raw materials - efficiently. The nationwide Pledge is a scheme backed by Scottish Government to help Scottish businesses use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently throughout their operations.

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Furniture scholarship awards help build brighter future for students

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Three Fife College students have received a boost after becoming the latest recipients of the Claremont Office Furniture Scholarship.

Awarded through the College’s Adam Smith Foundation, the scholarship is offered by Glasgow based Claremont Office Furniture to support Furniture and Interior Design students with their studies.

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Our Approach to In-Person Events During Covid

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Our approach will be sensible and thoughtful: Covid protocols/mitigations for our events will be clear and unambiguous and communicated regularly.  They will be enforced.

When the Scottish Government confirmed that live business events were permitted, we immediately organised two ‘Chamber Live’ networking sessions.  

The way that we planned and managed these events represents the model that we will adopt for all our in-person events for the foreseeable future.

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Inverness legal team expands with appointment of new partner

Monday, 12 July 2021

A leading law firm has expanded its Inverness offering with the appointment of a new Partner.

Magnus Mackay has joined Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, where he will specialise in private client work including wills, estate planning, inheritance tax, trusts and powers of attorney.

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DIMA Services win Edinburgh Cocktail Week security contract

Friday, 9 July 2021

DIMA Services are delighted to announce they have been chosen as the security provider for Edinburgh Cocktail Week. The popular festival was forced to cancel in 2020 due to Covid but confirmed its return for 2021 early this year with the good news that it would be extended for two weeks during the October holidays.

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