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Productivity Programme to boost profits to be launched at industry conference

Productivity Programme to boost profits to be launched at industry conference

Construction Scotland is set to launch a new initiative to help Scottish construction businesses boost their profits by improving their productivity and efficiency.

A collaboration between Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Zero Waste Scotland and Skills Development Scotland, the Profit ThroughProductivity programme of workshops, activities and events will start in October 2016 and will cover topics from manufacturing and operations efficiency to organisational development and leadership. Companies will be able to select elements from this bespoke programme that are relevant to their individual business.­

Full details of the new scheme will be unveiled at Construction Scotland and CSIC’s joint conference and industry showcase on Wednesday 13 September at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. The event, which will be the largest construction conference in Scotland, will bring together hundreds of the industry’s key influencers and decision makers from construction businesses of all sizes.

The event will feature a thought provoking, informative and interesting range of talks, collaborative discussions and interactive exhibits to encourage Scotland’s construction businesses, clients and stakeholders to improve their competitiveness, embrace change and innovate to capitalise on the industry’s world renowned strengths and deliver further growth.

Ken Gillespie, MD of Galliford Try and a member of Construction Scotland’s Industry Leadership Group, will chair one of the key sessions at the conference focusing on building profit and productivity. The session will also feature Ian Ballentine, Executive Procurement Director at Heathrow Airport, John Forster, Chairman of Forster Group, Lynsey Lennon, Performance Team Leader – Alliance Management at Scottish Water.

Delegates will also learn about differentiating through innovation, digitisation and BIM (building information modelling), and will also be able to learn about the progress of Construction Scotland and the Innovation Centre and their exciting plans for the future.

Workshops will feature many topical issues including delivering the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new homes and rethinking public procurement. Additionally, new forms of support to help construction businesses seize new opportunities will be announced at the conference.

The event will be hosted by BBC Reporting Scotland’s David Henderson, and speakers will include Jim McColl OBE who will share his insights on growth through change and innovation. Michael Dall, Lead Construction Economist at Barbour ABI will also discuss future prospects for the industry.

Stephen Good, Chief Executive of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre commented:

“These may be rather uncertain times for the construction industry, but the best thing a business can do to secure its future is to have a positive attitude, look ahead and think about how it can do things differently and more efficiently.  Our event will share tips and tricks on how to be more productive, and improve profitability, and it doesn’t matter whether you are a very small company or a major contractor, these messages are crucial to absolutely everyone.”

 

Ed Monaghan, Chair of Construction Scotland said:

“The construction sector is such a vital part of our economy here in Scotland that it is in everyone’s best interests for it to thrive.  If you work in the construction industry, you will know the challenges we face. Continual improvement is the name of the game in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately improved profitability. Construction Scotland’s Profit through Productivity initiative is here to help you and your business do just that. I’d urge everyone in the construction industry to get along to the Conference to not only find out all about this programme and how they can get involved with it, but also learn from some top industry experts and network with hundreds of construction peers.”

Registration and attendance at the event is free. Workshop spaces are limited and are filling up fast, so register at www.cs-ic.org/2016event as soon as possible to guarantee a place.

Young Scots to go head to head in front of investors at Venturefest

Young Scots to go head to head in front of investors at Venturefest

Three teams of innovative young Scots are getting ready to do battle when they pitch their creative ideas to tackle the global problem of air pollution in front of some of the country’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and investors at Venturefest Scotland – Scotland’s annual innovation summit – on 1 September.
The teams, known as Futuristic 5, Ninions and Project Airtech, were the winning trio at VentureJam 2016, the official youth strand for Venturefest, which took place on 5-7 August at Glasgow Science Centre and was delivered by Young Scot, Glasgow City of Science and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
The innovative hackathon-style event saw teams of young people aged 14-20 years design and develop innovative new ideas to help improve Scotland’s air quality, whilst driving home the message that we all have a part to play in achieving this goal. The innovative ideas that the teams came up with included a photosynthesis bicycle, a fan that filters air and a map-based app that shows you ‘clean air’ routes around the city. Reward schemes promoting positive choices for creating more sustainable lifestyles featured heavily in the ideas generated by several of the young teams.
Throughout VentureJam, the would-be entrepreneurs were supported by a team of mentors made up of engineers, creatives and technologists as well as legal and environmental experts.
The three winning teams are now getting ready to pitch their best ideas from the Jam weekend, Dragon’s Den-style, to top innovation experts at Venturefest Scotland in the hope of persuading them to back their concepts.
The winning team will receive an investment from Social Investment Scotland (SIS), and all three finalists will benefit from a session with an SIS investment manager to help them realise their ideas.
The youngsters’ pitches will form part of the Pitchfest! stream of Venturefest, where delegates will have the opportunity to learn how to pitch, find out why pitching matters, learn how to use pitching as a means to find ideas to solve a problem and see how others pitch to funders and what those funders might want to know. 
To build excitement ahead of the VentureJam youth pitch,  and to raise awareness of the importance of taking positive action to tackle air pollution, a projected animationby Double Take Projections will be beamed onto the Glasgow City Chambers, the Clyde Auditorium and Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre on the evening of Tuesday 30th August.
Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director of Glasgow City of Science, said: “VentureJam 2016 brought together young people from a wide range of backgrounds (from music and the arts to gaming and the environment) to come up with radical new ideas to improve the air we breathe. The young people were guided by leading figures from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation. It was an inspirational weekend and I can’t wait to see the teams in action at Venturefest. If Venturejam reflects the future of innovation in Scotland, then the future is bright.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Every one of the teams that took part in VentureJam came up with ideas of a very high standard – the potential investors at Venturefest now have a very difficult decision to make. Any one of these talented young people could be a successful entrepreneur of the future.”
Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland said: “At Social Investment Scotland we’re committed to supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and that’s why we are delighted to be supporting VentureJam as part of this year’s Venturefest. We know that the next generation of Scotland’s entrepreneurs who care not only about making a profit but also about the world and their impact in it and that’s why we’re particularly keen to support these young people as they take their next steps on this journey.”
Dr Colin Gillespie, principal air scientist at SEPA said: “Poor air quality has been reported as contributing to thousands of premature deaths across the UK every year. The Scottish Government’s Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy (CAFS) wants to tackle this problem head-on and make Scotland’s air quality the best in Europe. Involving young people and allowing them to lead on the air pollution message they feel should be delivered, or what the solutions could be, is a very effective way to raise awareness of the problem of poor air quality. It’s great to contribute to this year’s VentureJam, with talented young people who genuinely care about this extremely important issue. I wish the winning teams all the best for Venturefest.”
Bailie Elaine McDougall, Glasgow City Council’s executive member for Transport, Environment and Sustainability, said: “Glasgow has set a target of being one of the most sustainable cities in Europe and we take our responsibility to monitor air quality very seriously. While we have made very good progress we recognise that there is more to be done. Initiatives such as VentureJam are a great way of engaging with younger people on important issues and gives them the opportunity to be creative, innovative and come up with ideas and solutions which could ultimately help the city reduce air pollution levels and improve the health of its citizens.”
VentureJam 2016 was supported by Scottish Government, SEPA, Social Investment Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, Scotland’s Environment Web, Murgitroyd, Perceptive Communicators and Glasgow Science Centre.
For more information, visit www.glasgowcityofscience.com or www.young.scot
Brexit not Armageddon but keep your goals in focus

Brexit not Armageddon but keep your goals in focus

This week we hosted our first Brexit Insight Breakfast hosted and facilitated by the experienced and award winning team at Perceptive Communicators.  Devin Scobie, public affairs director of Perceptive Communicators and Stephen Boyle, chief economist of RBS Group shared their expert political and economic insights to a packed room, with some great nuggets of information to help navigate the potential implications of Brexit.

After the event, we developed a handy infographic and you can read that by clicking this link: https://www.perceptivecommunicators.co.uk/2016/08/23/perceptive-brexit-insight/

Unfortunately the only certainty at the moment post-Brexit is uncertainty.

But now isn’t the time to be disheartened and I was pleased to hear the audience felt the same. 98 per cent of those in attendance felt they could make Brexit work, as do I. Indeed, Stephen Boyle summarised his thoughts by saying that it wasn’t the end of the world, just slower growth than we would otherwise have had.

Whatever your stance, the effective use of public affairs has never been more important. At the event, Devin said he expected article 50 to be triggered in the middle of 2017.

It’s not far away and those we met on Tuesday are increasingly recognising the importance of integrated communications, including public affairs, at a time when we are facing the biggest political change in decades.

In uncertain times, you can be certain that Perceptive Communicators’ public affairs offering can support your business needs, helping you to navigate the post-Brexit environment in the process.

Our unique influencing insight has already helped dozens of clients achieve their goals and we would be delighted to do the same with you and your organisation. If you would like to meet with us to discuss how to protect your business reputationally and politically, do get in touch for a no obligation meeting.

Scottish Political Insider

Scottish Political Insider

This week’s political highlights

The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland figures (GERS) released this week showed the Scottish deficit to be almost £15bn and a 97% drop in oil revenues, figures which reignited the country’s independence debate. It was also a busy week for the Labour Party with Jeremy Corbyn – who won’t be on Richard Branson’s Christmas list – and Owen Smith, with both men taking part in the only Scottish leadership hustings in Glasgow. 

 

 

Housing and Construction News

 

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations members met with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart on Wednesday to discuss what they believe to be the key issues which could hinder the delivery of 50,000 affordable homes.

 

Political news

 

The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (Gers) figures showed Scotland  spent £14.8bn more than it raised in taxes in 2015/16. Scottish public sector revenue was estimated to be £53.7bn – lower than the rest of the UK. Nicola Sturgeon insisted the “foundations of the Scottish economy remain strong” while Scottish secretary, David Mundell, referring to a drop in oil revenue, said the figures showed “how being part of the UK protects living standards in Scotland”.

Scottish Government analysis of possible Brexit consequences argued the country’s economy could lose between £1.7bn and £11.2bn a year by 2030. However, in an attempt to get away from the Brexit debate, Ruth Davidson said Nicola Sturgeon should “get back to the day job.”

Kezia Dugdale formally backed Owen Smith in the Labour Party leadership contest while his rival, Jeremy Corbyn got into hot water over what appeared to be a Virgin Train media stunt. He sat on the floor of a ‘ram packed’ train only for released footage to show himself and his team walking through empty carriages.

Mr Corbyn and Mr Smith took part in the only Scottish leadership hustings in Glasgow on Thursday evening with both staying in the country on their respective campaign trails for the coming days. The former wrote a Daily Record article where he ruled out forming a collation with the SNP. He also wrote: ‘There are many people who have voted for, or even joined, the SNP who want to see many of the changes we want to implement. I don’t think these people are always being served properly by the SNP.’

 

Elsewhere, a special on Scotland’s PFI schools by BBC Scotland Investigates found over 200 schools are now at least partially owned by offshore investment funds, the Scottish Local Government Partnership requested more involvement in the local government finance settlement and the Scottish Government announced a new Islands Strategic Group.

 

Parliamentary activity:

 

Holyrood has one more week of the long summer recess.  MSPs return to business on Tuesday 6 September.

 

Elaine Smith (Scottish Labour, Central Scotland): Welcoming New Council Houses in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament congratulates North Lanarkshire Council on approving the construction of 1,800 new homes in the area; understands that this is the largest scale of building new council housing in a generation; believes that this is in addition to around 800 new homes that the council has already committed to build; welcomes the positive effect it considers that this will have on stimulating the area’s economy and increasing employment, and, to address what it sees as the crisis in housing and reduce the time that families need to stay on waiting lists or in temporary accommodation, and urges the Scottish Government to increase spending on building more council housing.

If you or your organisation would benefit from our political insight and specialist knowledge and contacts at all political levels, please get in touch with Julie McLauchlan on 07734 932 578 or julie.mclauchlan@perceptivecommunicators.co.uk

Planning permission granted for £8.5m Renfrew housing development

Planning permission granted for £8.5m Renfrew housing development

AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, one of Scotland’s prominent house builders, has been granted planning permission for a new £8.5m development of 67 homes for social rental at Inchinnan Road, Western Park, Renfrew.

 

The homes are being built for Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association, one of the country’s leading social landlords, on the site of the former Renfrew Junior FC pitch. The application was lodged with Renfrewshire Council in April 2016.
Of the 67 units, 33 will be flats and 34 will be houses. The houses will be a mixture of two storey, two and three bedroom, semi-detached and terraced houses. The blocks of two-bedroom flats will be three and four storeys high. The homes will be built using timber frame construction, which brings many benefits including quicker build times and energy efficiencies.

 

Paul Kelly, Managing Director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd said: “This development is great news for Renfrew and I am delighted that planning approval was granted – it will deliver a major economic boost, creating jobs and much-needed new social housing for the area. We aim to start work on site this month, with completion due in early 2018.

 

“This is our third housing development to gain planning permission in just a few months, to build a total of 180 homes for social rental and sale across the west of Scotland, so it’s a very busy and exciting time for AS Homes.”

 

Pat Cahill, Director of Sanctuary Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to get the go-ahead to create more affordable housing in Renfrew.

 

“Our Braille Drive homes in the town are hugely popular and we expect an equally positive reaction to those built on Inchinnan Road.”

Henry Boot Developments  appoints Robertson Group to deliver new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre

Henry Boot Developments appoints Robertson Group to deliver new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre

Henry Boot Developments – a leading UK property developer and Aberdeen City Council’s joint venture partner for the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre – has appointed Robertson Group as its main contractor to deliver the project.  The Robertson contract will entail site preparation works, including ground and infrastructure works, as well as building the new arena and conference centre and one of the three on-site hotels.

 

The new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current AECC, and increase the maximum capacity to 12,500 in the arena. The new facility is a key element of Aberdeen City Council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan to grow the city’s economy.

 

Robertson was appointed further to a competitive tendering process and will work closely with Henry Boot Developments and Aberdeen City Council to create the new world-class facility for Aberdeen and the North East.  During the construction period, starting in August 2016 until completion in 2019, 600 new jobs will be created, including a number of new apprenticeships.

 

Established in Elgin in 1966 by Bill Robertson CBE, who leads the business as executive chairman the Group is now one of the largest independently owned construction, infrastructure and support services companies in the UK.   Robertson employs 1900 staff across Scotland and England.  They are currently building the new £120m visitor centre and distillery for global luxury brand The Macallan. The Stirling based business was also recently announced as the chosen partner to deliver the new £60m Orkney Hospital.
Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments commented:

“Following the sod cutting last month, I am very pleased that we are now in a position to appoint Robertson Group as the contractor to deliver this vital project and I am looking forward to working with them over the next three years.  We understand how important the new world-class Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is to the economy in Aberdeen and the North East and are pleased to be appointing Robertson Group which has close historical and current links to the area.”

 

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Following on from the sod-cutting last month, it is great to see the new AECC progressing as it’s a key part of the one of the biggest regenerations in the history of Aberdeen.

 

“Work on the site should really advance now that a contractor has been appointed and it will be exciting to see the development take shape over the coming months.

 

“The new AECC is a vital part of ensuring Aberdeen can compete on a global basis with other major cities and also for its future prosperity as it will attract bigger names in entertainment, as well as more international events and conferences.”

 

Bill Robertson, executive chairman of Robertson Group commented: “Robertson is delighted to have been selected as the main contractor on what will be an iconic venue for millions of visitors from all over the world.

 

“We have significant experience in delivering complex, high value, innovative, major projects across the country.

 

“Robertson has had a base in Aberdeen for over 25 years so we understand the local area. We will focus, where possible, on local employment, the local supply chain and working in partnership with the communities in the local area.”

 

 

The new AECC is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63m net GVA to the Scottish economy.  It will also result in the creation of 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.   The new arena and conference centre has a strong role to play in delivering the Regional Economic Strategy, by anchoring existing international events and competing nationally and internationally for new events, as well as by broadening the appeal of the North East to a global audience.

Speirs Gumley announces sponsorship of Wimbledon wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid as he goes for Gold in Rio

Speirs Gumley announces sponsorship of Wimbledon wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid as he goes for Gold in Rio

Property management company Speirs Gumley has announced that it is sponsoring Britain’s number one wheelchair tennis player, Wimbledon champion Gordon Reid, as he goes for Gold in Rio next month.

Gordon, from Alexandria in West Dunbartonshire, started playing tennis at a young age and showed great promise, but contracted a rare neurological condition in 2004 and lost the use of his legs. He began playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 and by 2006 had been shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. At just 16 years old, he represented Great Britain at the 2008 Games in Beijing. At London 2012, Gordon reached the semi-finals in the men’s singles and doubles competitions. In January 2016, he won his first ever grand slam singles wheelchair title at the Australian Open and followed that by winning the inaugural singles wheelchair championships at Wimbledon.

Speirs Gumley already work closely with Judy Murray and her ‘Tennis on the Road’ initiative and more recently with the Elena Baltacha Foundation in an effort to encourage more children from all backgrounds to play tennis.

Now, the property management company is delighted to offer support to Gordon as he competes in both the singles and doubles competitions in Rio, with his eyes firmly on a medal position.

Lorraine MacDonald, owner of Speirs Gumley said: “I am a tennis fanatic, so I am thrilled that Speirs Gumley is in a position to sponsor Gordon in time for his big trip to Rio. He’s such an inspiration to everyone who knows him, and I know everyone in Scotland, and especially here at Speirs Gumley will be rooting for him to bring home Gold.”

Gordon Reid said: “I am honoured to become an ambassador of Speirs Gumley and would like to thank them for their support. This helps me to take my training and preparation to the next level as I get ready for major competitions and I look forward to working with them over the coming years”.

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s postgraduate programme to double intake in bid to tackle skills shortage

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s postgraduate programme to double intake in bid to tackle skills shortage

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s postgraduate programme is set to support 30 Scottish and EU students in the forthcoming academic year – double the number it supported in 2015/16.

The students will study courses across 13 Scottish universities in a diverse range of subject areas including civil engineering, product design, data science, gaming science, international human resources and building performance environmental design. It is hoped that these graduates will help address the skills shortages in many areas of the Scottish construction industry.

Working with the Scottish Funding Council, CSIC will part-fund the course fees of the students, who will also benefit from working closely with industry, contributing to industry research and helping participating businesses achieve higher levels of innovation and productivity. As students will be equipped with the skills that the industry really needs, they will also have an excellent chance of employment upon graduation.

The students will begin their courses this September and will engage with CSIC throughout their studies. The final three months of their year-long course will be a research project, either working on a challenge set by a participating Scottish construction business or on wider industry challenges linked to carbon emissions, future cities and the digitisation of construction.

Towards the end of their research, all thirty students will come together for a ‘hackathon’ event to share knowledge and work together with industry experts over an intensive weekend to ‘hack’ ideas and solutions to these challenges.

Bruce Newlands, Head of Technical Operations at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and postgraduate programme co-ordinator said:

“Skills shortages across the construction industry are a pressing problem. This programme is one of the ways that CSIC aims to bring fresh talent into the Scottish construction industry from a broad range of disciplines. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – the students will benefit from part payment of their studies, industry engagement, access to CSIC facilities and networks. In turn they will help our industry with new perspectives, cutting edge technology and research support over the three-month period where they will focus on industry challenges.  We’re very excited about working with all thirty students throughout this academic year.”

Perceptive Brexit Insight

Perceptive Brexit Insight

This morning we hosted our first Brexit Insight Breakfast.

Devin Scobie, public affairs director of Perceptive Communicators and Stephen Boyle, chief economist of RBS Group, shared their expert political and economic insights to help attendees cope with the potential implications of Brexit.

We’ve compiled an easy to read infographic on the key themes from the event which you can view here:

Infographic

Please feel free to share this among your contacts.

We know it’s hard to navigate the political and economic landscape post-Brexit, so please get in touch with me if we can offer further information and advice.

Thanks

Julie

PERCEPTIVE COMMUNICATORS SET TO HOST ‘BREXIT INSIGHT BREAKFAST’

PERCEPTIVE COMMUNICATORS SET TO HOST ‘BREXIT INSIGHT BREAKFAST’

Award winning Glasgow based communications consultancy Perceptive Communicators it to host and facilitate a ‘Brexit Insight Breakfast’ event tomorrow, Tuesday 23 August.

 

The speakers are Devin Scobie, public affairs director of Perceptive Communicators and Stephen Boyle, chief economist of RBS Group. These speakers will share their expert political and economic insights to help attendees cope with the potential implications of Brexit.

 

Devin Scobie has over two decades of experience in stakeholder influencing and has led several award winning campaigns with Perceptive, including securing Enterprise area status for BioCity Scotland and helping secure planning permission for large scale developments.

 

Stephen Boyle is Chief Economist of RBS and a director of the Bank’s main pension fund. He is a trustee of the David Hume Institute and a member of the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE.

 

Those unable to attend can follow Perceptive’s Twitter feed @Perceptivecomms and keep up to date with the morning debate by following the hashtag: BrexitInsight. An infographic from the morning session will also be shared on the company’s online news page.

 

Julie McLauchlan, managing director and founder of Perceptive Communicators, said: “We look forward to welcoming attendees who operate across a variety of sectors to tomorrow’s Brexit Breakfast. The calibre of speakers is testament to our strong network of contacts and we are confident that those attending will find the session beneficial.”

 

Perceptive Communicators works with organisations and individuals to drive better business results through better communications.

 

Thanks to Perceptive’s unique network of strong contacts in the Scottish and Westminster Governments, the agency can help bring these positive relationships to bear to support business objectives, and ensure that public affairs is an integral part of a rounded communications programme.

 

Further information on Perceptive Communicators’ public affairs expertise can be found here: https://www.perceptivecommunicators.co.uk/public-affairs/

 

 

 

 

Drew Hendry MP visits Kier Construction Scotland’s Inverness base

Drew Hendry MP visits Kier Construction Scotland’s Inverness base

Drew Hendry, the SNP MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, visited Kier Construction’s highland base at Beechwood Business Park in Inverness today to hear about the various projects that Kier is delivering in the local area, and to discuss the industry’s role in driving economic growth and tackling the skills shortage.

Kier provides a diverse range of employment opportunities, both within their own office in Inverness, which now employs 8 full time staff, and through building strong relationships with the local supply chain which has resulted in additional jobs and apprenticeships for local people.

Kier’s recent contract wins include the expansion and modernisation of Inverness Airport’s passenger lounges, as well as a £7m contract to upgrade council house heating across the highlands through the Scape National Minor Works Framework.

Kier is also delivering a £14m community centre and primary school campus at Caol, Fort William for The Highland Council and has completed various projects for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, including a custom-built business facility at Sandbank Business Park in Dunoon and upgrading the visitor facilities at the Ptarmigan, Cairngorm Mountain Top Station.

Mr Hendry learned about Kier’s outreach work with primary and secondary pupils that introduces them to the construction industry at an early age, and the various initiatives that Kier has put in place to attract a diversity of new talent and to narrow the skills gap.

On his visit, Drew Hendry MP, said: “Kier’s work on projects like Inverness Airport, a site which is increasingly becoming one of our most vital social and economic assets, is a real boost for the area.

“The skills shortage facing Scotland’s construction industry needs to be addressed to ensure the sector continues to thrive, so it’s encouraging to hear Kier’s vision and plans to recruit local talent and secure a strong employment base for the future.”

Kier Construction Scotland’s area operations director Sean O’Callaghan, said: “Since opening last year, our operations in Inverness and across the highlands have gone from strength to strength. It was great to welcome Mr Hendry and give him an overview of our work and our plans for the continued growth of this dynamic industry.”

Scottish Political Insider

Scottish Political Insider

The week where most Scottish children returned to state schools also saw the claim that the SNP had built or refurbished more schools than the previous Labour / Liberal Democrat coalition. Elsewhere, it was announced that EU nationals living in Scotland were to meet Nicola Sturgeon to discuss the implications of leaving the EU. Meanwhile, Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay urged the UK Government to guarantee EU funding streams to help support economic stability, while Dave Anderson, Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary said he would not say no to future deals with the SNP at Westminster. You can read about the response the English MP got from his colleagues north of the border as well as other key political stories in this week’s Scottish Political Insider.

 

Housing and Construction News

Figures released by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre showed 607 schools were built and refurbished by the SNP between 2008 and 2015, compared with 308 in 1999 and 2007 under the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition. Elsewhere, the £250m Aberdeen City Region Deal has seen the Scottish Government identify £30 million required to deliver affordable housing throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire during the course of the next year.

 

Financial Services

RBS would move its HQ out of Scotland in the event of a Scottish referendum Yes vote, its chief executive Ross McEwan claimed this week. Mr McEwan also said RBS no longer want to be a global brand with a shift in focus on rebuilding the bank’s reputation in Scotland.

 

Political news

EU nationals living in Scotland were given the chance to discuss the implications of the EU referendum result with the First Minister this week. 450 people signed up to take part in the session, which took place at the end of a special European Cabinet session on Wednesday. Keeping with the EU referendum, Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay urged the UK Government to guarantee EU funding streams to help support economic stability. Mr Mackay said the failure to provide “comprehensive, long-term guarantees” had communities across the country facing threats to critical investment and jobs.

Meanwhile, light was cast on the north south divide of the Labour Party. Dave Anderson, Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary said he would not say no to future deals with the SNP at Westminster, a comment which was swiftly refuted north of the border. Labour’s Sottish leader Kezia Dugdale said she would not support “any deal with the SNP”. She went further in an article for the Daily Record, writing: “Labour is a socialist party. The SNP most certainly aren’t. Sure there are some socialists in the SNP, but that is always overtaken by their nationalism.”

 

 

Parliamentary activity

 

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh Western): To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce greater regulation in the building trade.

 

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh Western): To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce regulations to introduce licensing for companies carrying out building works.

 

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh Western): To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce legislation that would allow builders who carry out substandard work and cause properties to become dangerous to be charged with a criminal offence.

 

If you or your organisation would benefit from our political insight and specialist knowledge and contacts at all political levels, please get in touch with Julie McLauchlan on 07734 932 578 or julie.mclauchlan@perceptivecommunicators.co.uk

Scottish Political Insider

Scottish Political Insider

A busy week for Nicola Sturgeon saw her travel to Germany for post-Brexit meetings before announcing one of the most significant pieces of Scottish Government policy since June’s referendum. Scotand’s capital spending on projects to support and create employment is set to be accelerated, starting with an additional £100 million of funding in this financial year. In keeping with Brexit maneuvering, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has begun to hold talks with key groups and business sectors in Scotland to ensure as many views as possible are included in the negotiations. More on these stories and others are included in the week’s Scottish Political Insider.

 

Housing and Construction News

To help address business uncertainty following the Brexit vote, the Scottish Government announced additional funding and infrastructure support measures. Capital spending on projects to sustain and create employment will be accelerated, starting with an additional £100 million of funding in this financial year, a move which the Scottish Government said would speed up the delivery of health and other infrastructure projects. Nicola Sturgeon also called on the UK Government to give early certainty about EU Structural Funds and urged the UK Government to announce its economic stimulus package, a move which she claimed would allow Scotland to support further capital expenditure.

 

Further details of the Capital Acceleration Programme, including the projects to be supported by the initial £100 million of additional funding and details of funding for future years, will be announced in due course. The move was welcomed by the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and Chambers of Commerce, but criticised by opposition parties as not going far enough.

 

   Technology

A Competition and Markets Authority report into the retail banking market investigation found that older and larger banks do not have to compete hard enough for customers’ business. The report urged banks to implement Open Banking by early 2018, to accelerate technological change in the UK retail banking sector.

 

                Life Sciences

A report by Hobson Prior entitled ‘Global Mobility in Life Sciences’ found the UK to be one of the top three most popular career destinations for life sciences professionals.

 

Professional services

Metro Bank announced that it will invest £30m into the UK’s professional service sector over the next year and half. Nathan Mollett, head of asset finance at Metro Bank, said: “Professional services is an integral sector in the UK economy and we’re delighted to be able to support it with an additional dedicated line of funding.”

 

Political news

It was a record breaking week in Scotland as new figures released this week by the Scottish Government found the estimated population of Scotland on 30 June 2015 was 5,373,000, the highest ever recorded. Elsewhere, the country’s youngsters recorded another highly successful set of results for this year’s SQA qualifications with the second highest number of Higher passes on record, with more pupils from Scotland gaining a university place on exams results day than in any previous year.

 

Nicola Sturgeon had a busy week first travelling to Germany where she met Germany’s Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. On the meeting, Mr Roth, said: “This has been a very pleasant and constructive conversation between two dedicated pro-Europeans and has demonstrated once again that a degree of Europe’s strength lies in its diversity.” Closer to home, Ms Sturgeon announced that capital spending on projects to support and create employment were to be accelerated, starting with an additional £100 million of funding in this financial year. Elsewhere, it was announced that Scottish Secretary David Mundell was to hold talks with key groups and sectors in Scotland following the Brexit vote. The Scottish secretary said: “I am looking forward to meeting groups from across Scotland to hear directly from them what their priorities are following the vote by the UK to leave the European Union.”

 

Union Unison said the number of Scottish Police officers was unsustainably high, a Bank of England survey found firms were holding off on hiring and expansion plans post-Brexit and the Scottish Government launched the Child Poverty Bill consultation.

 

 

Parliamentary activity

Scottish Parliament continues in recess until early September although some questions and motions will be published on a weekly basis.

 

Alex Rowley (Cowdenbeath, Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) sites of allocated land there are and (b) housing unit consents remain outstanding where development has not been brought forward in each local authority.

 

Kevin Stewart (Housing Minister, SNP) Scottish Planning Policy (2014) sets out the Scottish Government’s policy on enabling the delivery of new homes. It sets out that local authorities, through their development plans, should address the supply of land for all housing, maintaining at least a five-year supply of effective housing land at all times. Planning authorities should prepare an annual housing land audit as a tool to review and monitor the availability of effective housing land, the progress of sites through the planning process, and housing completions. This information is not collated centrally.

 

 

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AECC Henry Boot Developments

Henry Boot Developments is the principal property development subsidiary of Henry Boot PLC

The Company directly undertakes a broad range of development projects throughout the UK from its five regional offices located in Sheffield, London, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow.

Robertson Group to build new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, The Daily Record, 24 August 2016

Robertson starts work on Aberdeen’s £333m conference centre, Scottish Construction Now, 24 August

Construction: Henry Boot secures major Aberdeen development, The Yorkshire Post, 24 August 2016

Contractor signs SECC works deal, The Evening Express, 24 August 2016

Robertson makes a start on Aberdeen’s new £333m conference centre, The Construction Index, 24 August 2016

Contractor chosen and work ready to get in gear for new AECC, Press and Journal, 24 August 2016

Building Briefs, Scottish Construction Now, 8 August 2016

Aberdeen Council leader wants Adele to play at new AECC venue, Evening Express, 5 July 2016

Work begins on £330m new Aberdeen exhibition and conference centre, Original FM, 5 July 2016

Work begins on multi-million pound Aberdeen conference centre, Project Scotland, 5 July 2016

Construction work begins on Aberdeen’s new exhibition and conference centre, Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, 5 July 2016

Construction work begins on Aberdeen’s new exhibition and conference centre, Scottish Construction Now, 6 July 2016

Breaking ground at Aberdeen’s new multi-million pound conference centre, Conference News, 6 July 2016

Aberdeen conference centre breaks ground, Urban Realm, 6 July 2016

£333m Aberdeen scheme gets final nod, Construction Enquirer, 14 December 2015

Aberdeen conference centre plan approved, Conference News, 11 December 2015

Councillors approve £333m Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Scottish Construction Now, 11 December 2015

Plans for new AECC approved, Holyrood, 11 December 2015

New £333million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre given go ahead, Press and Journal, 11 December 2015

New £333m AECC approved by councillors, Scottish Business News, 11 December 2015

New AECC approved, The Evening Express, 10 December 2015

Aberdeen’s £333m Exhibition and Conference Centre backed by council, STV, 10 December 2015

City councillors urged to approve £333m AECC plans, 4 December 2015

New AECC development could bring 3000 jobs, Evening Express, 2 December 2015

Attempt to save Strathcona House from bulldozers fails, The Press and Journal, 28 October 2015

Council backs revised masterplan for £333m AECC redevelopment, STV, 28 October 2015

New AECC plans push ahead, The Evening Express, 28 October 2015

Final AECC public consultation launched, Scottish Construction Now, 28 October 2015

Public hearing may not be held, AECC, Evening Express, 23 October 2015

Firms get in queue to run the show at AECC, 12 October 2015

Full plans submitted for £333m Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Scottish Construction Now, 28 October 2015

Revealed – proposed new look for AECC, The Press and Journal, 6 August 2015

Spotlight on AECC plan, The Evening Express, 5 August 2015

£10m windfall sets stage for AECC, The Press and Journal, 3 July 2015

Foreign firm may run AECC, The Press and Journal, 1 July 2015

AS Homes

AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd is one of Scotland’s leading house builders, having established an excellent reputation for the development of niche housing projects featuring well-designed, high specification homes.

£8.5m housing development for Renfrew gets the green light, The Gazette, 25 August 2016

Planning permission granted for £8.5m Renfrew housing development, Scottish Construction Now, 18 August 2016

Planning permission granted for £8.5m Renfrew housing development, Scottish Housing News, 18 August 2016

Homes plan is approved, The Evening Times, 18 August 2016

New Renfrew development gets go ahead, Project Scotland, 18 August 2016

Movers and shakers, BQ Live, 7 June 2016

New affordable housing director for AS Homes, The Scotsman, 6 June 2016

Sector veteran joins AS Homes, The Herald, 6 June 2016

Movers and shakers, BQ Live, 7 June 2016

AS Homes appoints new affordable housing director, Scottish Housing News, 6 June 2016

New Affordable Housing Director for AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, Scottish Business News, 6 June 2016

AS Homes appoints new affordable housing director, Scottish Construction Now, 3 June 2016

AS Homes name new affordable housing director, Project Scotland, June 2016

McDonald takes up role at AS Homes, Daily Business Group, 3 June 2016

Meet the MD, BQ Live, 31 May 2016

Sanctuary to build new homes in Glasgow, Scottish Housing Group, 20 April 2016

Planning permission granted for Anniesland housing development, Scottish Construction Now, 20 April 2016

Planning permission granted for Anniesland housing development, Scottish Business News, 20 April 2016

Anniesland housing development gets go ahead despite objections, The Evening Times, 20 April 2016

Planning permission granted for Anniesland development, Project Scotland, 20 April 2016

Clydebank Housing Association begins work to deliver 44 new homes, Scottish Housing News, 1 April 2016

Clydebank Housing Association begins work to deliver 44 new homes, Scottish Construction Now, 1 April 2016

Demolition of Clydebank’s old La Scala theatre begins, Clydebank Post, 6 April 2016

BioCity and MediCity

BioCity specialises in the creation and development of life science businesses. It provides homes and access to high-end equipment, shared services, training, business support and access to investment for new and growing bioscience businesses.

MediCity is an incubator designed to provide a stimulating and supportive business development environment for companies to innovate and commercialize in MedTech, Digital Health, Healthcare and Wellness.

Medical tech start-up wins free space at incubator, The Scotsman, 10 May 2016

PhysioWizard wins the first Medicity Scotland Develop accelerator programme, BQ, 10 May 2016

Back pain firm wins place on incubator scheme, Daily Business Group, 10 May 2016

Physiowizard wins the first MediCity Scotland DEVELOP programme, Scottish Business News, 10 May 2016

Physiowizard wins the first Medicity Scotland ‘DEVELOP’ Accelerator Programme, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 10 May 2016

The ‘Spotify of drug discovery’ has been invented at BioCity, Nottingham Post, 10 May 2016

BioAscent launches drug discovery’s ‘Spotify’, UKSPA, 10 May 2016

Scottish lab creates ‘Spotify’ for drug discovery, The Scotsman, 4 May 2016

Incubator to develop healthcare business, Business Insider, April 2016

Scottish firm claims to have launched ‘Spotify of the drug discovery world’, The Herald, 30 April 2016

BioAscent to launch new compound cloud library service, increasing drug discovery success, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 28 April 2016

To Launch New Compound Cloud Library Service, Increasing Drug Discovery Success, Biospace, 23 April 2016

MediCity Scotland opens for business, BQ, 22 March 2016

MediCity Scotland officially launches with inspiring Medtech event, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce 22 March 2016

New facility strengthens Scotland’s medtech credentials, Innovators Magazine, 23 March 2015

MediCity Scotland officially launches with inspiring Medtech event, Scottish Business News, 23 March

Breathing fresh life into a sleeping giant, BQ, December 2015

Licensing agreement will allow BioGelx to expand product range, The Herald, 15 December 2015

Biogelx epands after university licensing deal, Daily Business, 15 December

Biogelx signs major licence agreement for regenerative medicine applications, SBNN, December 2015

BioCity Scotland tenant company Biogelx signs major licence agreement for regenerative medicine applications, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 15 December

Life sciences innovation centre completed with the help of City Deal funding, Holyrood Magazine, 16 November 2015

First City Deal project arrives in North Lanarkshire with £2.4m life science facility, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 10 November

MediCity Scotland gets set to open, BQ, 10 November 2015

Life sciences hub for innovative businesses, Innovators Magazine,, 10 November 2015

Peanut allergy firm moves to BioCity incubator, Daily Business Group, 2 November 2015

Nut allergy firm Alfacyte relocating to BioCity, The Scotsman, 2 November 2015

Alfacyte invests in BioCity Scotland, BQ Live, 2 November, 2015

Peanut allergy vaccine firm moves to BioCity Scotland, Scottish Business News, 2 November 2015

Peanut allergy vaccine developer Alfacyte Ltd moves to BioCity Scotland, Scottish Business Insider, 2 November 2015

Alfacyte Ltd moves to BioCity Scotland after securing £350k of investment in peanut allergy vaccine, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 2 November 2015

Peanut allergy firm Alfacyte moving to BioCity, The Herald, 2 November 2015

Siobhan McMahon MSP visits BioCity, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 22 September 2015

Jobs boost for BioCity, Motherwell Times, 21 September 2015

Jobs boost forecast for enterprise areas, The National, 15 September 2015

Scotland’s new enterprise zone ‘expected’ to add 180 jobs in five years, The Daily Record, 18 September 2015

180 jobs to be created as science hub, The Evening Times, 15 September 2015

Jobs boom forecast for new and existing Enterprise Areas, The National, 15 September 2015

Pharmacells to double staff numbers following dental stem cells deal, The Herald, 7 September 2015

Scottish science firm Pharmacells has announced plans to carry out a £1.2million expansion, SBNN, 7 September 2015

Enterprise Area status awarded to BioCity Scotland, BQ Live, 3 September 2015

MP pays a visit to BioCity hub, Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser, 2 September 2015

New MP visits BioCity Scotland, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 25 August 2015

MediCity Scotland plans unveiled, Glasgow City of Science, 17 August 2015

Healthcare incubator receives funding boost, The Sunday Herald, 16 August 2015

Plans announced for MediCity Scotland, Scottish Business News, 13 August 2015

MediCity Scotland plans get underway, BQ Live, 13 August 2015

City Legacy

The Athlete’s Village development has been built by the City Legacy consortium which comprises CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm, each of whom have decades of experience of creating jobs in Glasgow.  This is a partnership project with Glasgow City Council.

We become Village people in just nine days, The Daily Record, 20 February 2016

Final chance to become village people, The Scotsman, 28 January 2016

When the price really is right, The Metro, 27 January 2016

Mother of all deals led us to dream home, The Daily Record, 9 January 2016

Family’s double festive joy, The Daily Record, 18 December 2016

City Legacy donate to ‘Brick by Brick’ appeal, Scottish Construction Now, 2 November 2015

£60,000 boost for Glasgow hospice appeal aimed at building new care home, The Herald, 31 October 2015

£60,000 cash joy for hospice appeal, The Evening Times, 31 October 2015

The perfect Christmas present, The Metro, 14 October 2015

Into the home straight, The Scotsman, 8 October 2015

Homes at Athletes’ Village full by Christmas, BQ live, 1 October 2015

Full occupancy at Athletes’’ Village moves a step closer, The Evening Times, 1 October 2015

Athletes’ Village Homes could be full by Christmas, Scottish Construction Now, 1 October 2015

Athletes’ Village Homes could be full by Christmas, Scottish Housing News, 1 October 2015

A lasting legacy of the Games – homes at Athletes’ Village could be full by Christmas, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 1 October 2015

Building a lasting legacy in Glasgow’s east end, Project Scotland, 14 August 2015

Aiming for peak performance, The Scotsman, 23 July 2015

Games digs are now family homes, The Scottish Sun, 22 July 2015

Games legacy lives on, Project Scotland, 22 July 2015

Judo sisters revisit their home for the Games, The National, 22 July 2015

Medallists return to Games Village, The Courier, 22 July 2015

Games Village is a winner, The Metro, 22 July 2015

Happy memories as judo sisters mark Games debut, Scottish Daily Express, 22 July 2015

Sister Act, The Herald, 22 July 2015

Athletes’ Village plaque for gold medal sisters, The Evening Times, 22 July 2015

The Renicks Sisters revisit their Commonwealth Games home, STV Glasgow, 21 July 2015

We raised our game at The Village, 18 July 2015

Clyde Gateway

Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme. It is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, backed by funding and direct support from the Scottish Government.

Plans Unveiled For Major Business District In Glasgow, Build Scotland, 10 October 2016

1.2m sq/ft satellite business park launched in Glasgow, Urban Realm, 7 October 2016

Glasgow office park set to create thousands of jobs, Project Scotland, 7 October 2016

New 27-acre satellite business district planned for Glasgow, Scottish Construction Now, 7 October 2016

Work set to start on 27 acre office park near Glasgow, Construction Enquirer, 7 October 2016

New 27-acre office park in Glasgow to create 12,000 jobs, STV, 7 October 2016

Glasgow’s new Satellite Business District at Clyde Gateway is set to create 12,000 new jobs, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 7 October 2016

Business district to bring 12,000 jobs to Glasgow, BQ, 7 October 2016

New business district for Glasgow could create 12,000 jobs, SBNN, 7 October 2016

Clyde Gateway wins new tenant at Albus building, CoStar, 2 February 2016

Peebles moves new headquarters to Albus, Daily Business Group, 25 August 2016

New chapter in success story, The Herald, 25 August 2016

New tenant at Albus, The Scotsman , 25 August 2016

Clyde Gateway lands new tenant at Albus building, Scottish Construction Now, 25 August 2016

Clyde Gateway’s Albus building lands new tenant, 25 August 2016

On the same page: boost for Glasgow’s east end, 25 August 2016

Clyde Gateway announces significant new tenant for its iconic Albus building, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 25 August 2016

Skills course extended after success, The Evening Times, 25 April 2016

Bridgeton goes international, The Herald, 14 April 2016

Glasgow International Festival shines a light on Bridgeton, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 7 April 2016

Clyde Gateway launches Get IN2 Care programme, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 5 April 2016

Scheme will help to find care roles, The Evening Times, 5 April 2016

Central Belt holds up demand for business space, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016

Education for the changing realm of business and industry, March 2016

Contractor led design team sought for BRE’s Shawfield HQ, Urban Realm, 7 March 2016

Search launched for BRE office contractor, Project Scotland, 7 March 2016

New contractor led design team sought for BRE’s head office, Scottish Construction Now, 7 March 2016

Project recycles clothes to help combat climate change, The Evening Times, 19 February 2016

Clyde Gateway initiatives continue to support the environment, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 19 February 2016

New arrival boosts east end of Glasgow, The Herald, 4 February 2016

Glasgow regeneration project gets tenant as SPIE moves in, The Scotsman, 4 February 2016

SPIE consolidates Scottish office, Property Week, 4 February 2016

Clyde Gateway becomes HQ for SPIE, Daily Business Group, 4 February 2016

SPIE to bring jobs to Clyde Gateway, Project Scotland, 4 February 2016

Clyde Gateway secure first tenant at Rutherglen Links, CoStar, 4 February 2016

SPIE UK take 17,000sq ft at One Rutherglen Links, The Daily Record, 4 February 2016

SPIE UK makes major Clyde Gateway investment, BQ Live, 4 February 2016

SPIE move HQ and jobs to former factory site, The Evening Times, 4 February 2016

Trinity hosts STEM event, The Rutherglen Reformer, 2 February 2016

Thenue hosts celebration event for unemployed training course participants, Scottish Housing News, 2 February 2016

Celebration event for unemployed training course participants takes place, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 1 February 2016

The Next Generation of Scottish Engineers and Scientists Attend School Celebration Event, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 1 February 2016

Robertson helps children get into construction, UK Construction, 22 December 2015

Robertson helps Glasgow children get into engineering, Scottish Construction Now, 22 December 2015

Creating a real life legacy, Informed Scotland, 2 November 2015

Clyde Gateway firms celebrate Glasgow Business Award nominations, BQ Live, 2 September 2015

Clyde Gateway seeks development partner for Shawfield & Dalmarnock Cross, Urban Realm, 20 October 2015

Clyde Gateway unveils exciting plans at worldwide property event, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 20 October 2015

Clyde Gateway wins top national award, Scottish Business News Network, 8 October 2015

Albus triumphs for Clyde Gateway, Daily Business Group, 8 October 2015

Clyde Gateway wins coveted national award, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 8 October 2015

Clyde Gateway wins coveted award, Scottish Construction Now, 8 October 2015

East end regeneration firm scoops top award, The Evening Times, 8 October 2015

Designs for life work for judges, The Herald, 15 October 2015

Clyde Gateway adults and pupils sample taste of hospitality sector, Glasgow Business News, 30 September 2015

New programme gives local and programme for jobs success, The Daily Record, 30 September 2015

Innovative programme is launched, Rutherglen Reformer, 7 September 2015

Cruden Building and Renewals

Part of the Cruden Group, Cruden Building & Renewals is an innovative construction company with operations across the West of Scotland.

Virtual tour at Cruden, The Herald, 14 September 2016

Building work starts on Govanhill affordable homes, Scottish Housing News, 12 September 2016

30 households a week moving home thanks to Help to Buy, Scottish Housing News, 12 September 2016

Construction starts on Govanhill affordable homes scheme, Project Scotland,  12 September 2016

Help to Buy initiatives aids 30 families a week, The Herald, 12 September 2016

30 households moving up the property ladder thanks to Help to Buy, SFHA, 12 September 2016

Scottish Government drive helps 30 buyers into a home per week, The National, 12 September 2016

Take a look and you’re virtually there, The Daily Record, 10 September 2016

Next step for £5.5million housing project for Govanhill, Evening Times, 10 September 2016

Housing associations work together to transform derelict Ruchazie site, Scottish Housing News, 7 September 2016

Housing associations work together to transform derelict Ruchazie site, Scottish Construction Now, 7 September 2016

Housing associations work together to transform derelict Ruchazie site, Dash 24, 7 September 2016

Residents delighted at new homes created under regeneration scheme, Evening Times, 7 September 2016

Housing associations work together to transform derelict Ruchazie site, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 7 September 2016

Virtual reality headsets a “step change” in housing market, Project Scotland, 7 September 2016

A room with a view, Metro, 7 September 2016

Getting a virtual look at a new homes, Daily Business, 7 September 2016

Cruden Homes launch virtual reality show homes, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 7 September 2016

New virtual house hunt, Evening Times, 3 September 2016

Construction sector figures show fresh decline, The Scotsman, 12 August 2016

UK construction sector continues output decline, Scottish Construction Now, 12 August 2016

ONS: UK construction output rises more than expected, Scottish Construction Now, 19 June 2016

Cementing our success, The Daily Record, 28 May 2016

Construction Scotland’s image problem must be addressed, Project Scotland, 25 May 2016

Cruden Homes scoops Home Builder of the Year at premier industry awards, Scottish Construction Now, 23 May 2016

Cruden Homes scoops Home Builder of the Year at premier industry awards, Scottish Housing News, 23 May 2016

Cruden Homes wins Home Builder of the Year, Project Scotland, 23 May 2016

Cruden Homes wins accolade at HfS Awards, Build, 23 May 2016

SFHA members win big at Awards, Housing Scotland Today, 23 May 2016

The Cruden Group wins big, Architects Journal, 23 May 2016

Cruden Homes named Home Builder of the Year 2016, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 23 May 2016

Construction Scotland’s image problem must be addressed, Project Scotland, 25 May 2016

Cruden buoyant despite dip in ONS construction stats, The Herald, 13 May 2016

Cruden says 2016 will show growth in construction, The Scotsman, 13 May 2016

ONS construction dip reflects EU uncertainty, Scottish Construction Now, 18 April 2016

Open House, The Sunday Mail, 10 April 2016

Pass on the Baton in Glasgow, The Scotsman, 7 April 2016

Homes worth getting out of bed for, The Metro, 6 April 2016

Vale of Secrecy, The Daily Record, 4 April 2016

New Baron’s Vale development pinned in Glasgow East End, Project Scotland, 31 March 2016

New affordable housing development, Baron’s Vale, makes its mark in Glasgow’s east end, Scottish Housing News, 31 March 2016

New affordable housing development, Baron’s Vale, makes its mark in Glasgow’s east end, Scottish Construction Now, 31 March 2016

Special report: Construction, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016

It’s showtime for housebuilders, The Daily Record, 27 February 2016

Developers app wins a top award, The Evening Times. 25 February 2016

Construction company’s app helps bag innovation award, Innovators Magazine, 23 February 2016

Cruden Building and Renewals scoops major UK wide innovation awards, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 23 February 2016

Top innovation award for Cruden Building and Renewals, Project Scotland, 23 February 2016

Cruden Building and Renewals scoops major UK wide innovation award, Scottish Housing News, 23 February 2016

Cruden Building and Renewals scoops major UK wide innovation award, Scottish Construction Now, 23 February 2016

Construction output down on the previous quarter but shows a year on year improvement, Scottish Construction Now, 12 February 2016

Scottish Government sets out £160m of support for home ownership schemes, Scottish Housing News, 21 January 2016

Industry welcomes £160m Help to Buy successor, Scottish Construction Now, 21 January 2016

A helping hand for those in need at Christmas time, The Rutherglen Reformer, 30 December 2015

Kind hearted Cruden help to support Rutherglen foodbank, Scottish Construction Now,  Scottish Construction Now, December 21 2015

Kind hearted colleagues help to support Rutherglen foodbank, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 21 December

Construction output reliant on construction, Scottish Construction Now, 11 December 2015

Foundation stones are just the start, The Herald, 23 November 2015

King’s greet adoring buyers, The Daily Record, 7 November 2015

Cruden releases second phase of homes six months early, Project Scotland, 31 October 2015

New homes site is ahead of schedules, The Rutherglen Reformer, 27 October 2015

Cruden releases second phase of new homes six months early to meet unprecedented demand in Glasgow’s South Side, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 27 October 2015

Cruden releases new homes early to meet demand, Scottish Business Network, 27 October 2015

New app launched to help social landlords and housebuilders, Aberdeen Business News Network, 16 October 2015

New app launched to help social landlords and housebuilders, Glasgow Business News Network, 16 October 2015

New app launched for housebuilders, The Daily Record, 15 October 2015

App launch is step towards more fuel efficient homes, Daily Business Group, 15 October 2015

Cruden backs Stranraer FC football initiative, The Galloway Gazette, 15 October 2015

New app helps social landlords fight fuel poverty, Project Scotland, `15 October 2015

Growth prospects dealt major blow as builders slump, The Scotsman, 10 October 2015

Open doors to modern living, The Metro, 16 September 2015

Enjoy the view, The Daily Record, 30 August 2015

Launch of new affordable housing, The Rutherglen Reformers, 29 August 2015

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Construction Scotland is a unique leadership organisation for the construction industry in Scotland. Formed to unite, progress and grow the industry, it provides leadership and direction, and act as the voice of the industry as a whole.

Campaign to boost construction profits launched, The Herald, 30 August 2016

Productivity programme to be launched at industry conference, BQ, 30 August 2016

Productivity programme to boost profits to be launched at industry conference, Scottish Construction Now, 30 August 2016

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s postgraduate programme to double intake, Scottish Construction Now, 19 August, 2016

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre makes business relationship appointment, Scottish Construction Now, 8 August 2016

Construction Scotland and CSIC announce second joint conference and industry showcase, Scottish Construction Now, 3 August 2016

McColl shares growth tips with industry leaders, Daily Business Group, 1 August 2016

CSIS supports winners of Scotland’s first construction hackathon, Scottish Construction Now, 11 April 2016

CSIC supports winners of Scotland’s first hackathon, Scottish Business News, 11 April 2016

CSIC supports winners of Scotland’s first construction hackathon, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 11 April 2016

CSIC supports winners of Scotland’s first construction hackathon, BuildingConstructionDesign, 11 April 2016

Hackathon winners receive CSIC support, Project Scotland, 11 April 2016

CSIS supports hackathon winners, Glasgow City of Science, 11 April 2016

Innovation centre appoints expert directors, Project Scotland April 2016

Experts gather to transform Scottish building industry in £10m venture, 11 April 2016

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre appoints expert advisors, Scottish Construction Now, 30 March 2015

Innovation centre approves funding for first projects, Project Scotland, 13 October 2015

Stewart Milne raises £330,000 for timber frame pre-fab project, Press and Journal, 12 October 2015

Construction innovation centre approves first projects, The Scotsman, 12 October 2015

Timber firm taps innovation fund, The Herald, 12 October 2015

First projects win funding from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Construction Now, 12 October 2015

DataVita

DataVita is a start-up company that was set up to operate Fortis, Scotland’s largest and most energy efficient purpose built datacentre which opened in May 2016. DataVita offers a range of innovative, high quality agile products including Co-locate, Connect and Cloud.

Hi-tech datacentre prepares to rack up new customers, Scotland IS, 7 October 2015

DataVita to LAUNCH Scotland’s NEW NEXT GENERATION Green £200M DataCentre and Create 50 high value jobs, The Hosting News, 6 October 2015

Scotland to get one of UK’s largest data centres in 2016, Computer Business Review, 6 October 2015

DataVita Launches Scotland’s New Next Generation green £200M DataCentre, Pingzine.co.uk. 6 October 2015

Scotland’s great outdoors provides a cool setting for cutting edge business, The Times, 6 October 2015

Outlook cloudy as hi-tech datacentre prepares to rack up new customers, The Herald, 5 October 2015

Cloudy outlook a datacentre looks to rack up new business, The Sunday Herald, 5 October

£200m datacentre promises low cost IT services, Daily Business Group, 5 October 2015

DataVita to open massive Scottish data center in May 2016, DataCenter Dynamics, 5 October 2015

EMC

EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyse their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

In Scotland EMC was established in Livingston in 1999, and in that time has grown to over 60 technical, management and sales staff.  A second base operates in Aberdeen and focuses on providing technology services to the Oil & Gas industry.

World’s largest privately held tech company created, Future Scot, 7 September 2016

Dell and EMC heading ‘to where IT is moving’, Daily Business, 7 September 2016

Dell Technologies acquires EMC Corporation, SBNN, 7 September 2016

Tech sector needs to up its game to attract talent, The Scotsman, 8 September 2016

Dell in deal for EMC, The Press and Journal, 8 September 2016

Martin Brown: Bridging the IT sector’s gender gap, The Scotsman, 13 May 2016

Entrepreneurial Spark joins forces with EMC, Business Quarter, 6 May 2016

Espark and EMC team up on tech accelerator, The Scotsman, 29 April 2016

Espark rolls out technology initiative across UK, The Herald, 29 April 2016

Tech coaching boost for entrepreneurs, BBC, 29 April 2016

US tech firm agrees support tie-up with Entrepreneurial Spark, Scottish Business Insider, 29 April 2016

EMC in tech tie-up with Entrepreneurial Spark, Daily Business Group, 29 April 2016

EMC and Entrepreneurial Spark join forces to develop free tech accelerator, Scottish Business News, 29 April 2016

Firms must focus on IT as staff eye other roles, The Scotsman, 21 April 2016

IT staff say employers ‘fail to offer support, Daily Business Group, 19 April 2016

Martin Brown: Ten Simple Tips to reduce cyber crime, The Scotsman, 3 November 2015

A Tech Phenomenon at the core of business strategy, Scottish Business Insider November 2015

The future of online retail – Amazon at 20, Business Quarter, 15 July 2015

Email remains top tool for Business communications, Scottish Business Insider June 2015

Follow the digital footprints to a treasure chest of opportunity, The Scotsman, 29 June 2015

Security warning to Scots companies on Server 2003, Scotland on Sunday, 26 June 2015

Calculate the Skills Gap, The Scotsman, 25 June 2015

Keppie

Keppie is a design practice integrating architects, interior designers and planners. Offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, London and Birmingham.

Architect Keppie promotes Peter Moran to MD, The Scotsman, 8 March 2016

New Managing Director, E Architect, 8 March 2016

New MD at Keppie, Project Scotland, March 2016

Keppie Design appoints new managing director, Scottish Construction Now, 8 March 2016

New managing director for architectural practice Keppie Design, Scottish Business News, 8 March 2016

Moran steps up as MD at Keppie, Daily Business, 8 March 2016

Keppie plans makeover at Grade A council office, bdonline.co.uk, 12 August 2015

New Dumbarton council office submitted for planning, Scottish Construction Now, 12 August 2015

Council plan to spend £15m on historic grade-A listed Academy, The Herald, 12 August 2015

The future of former Dumbarton Burgh Hall site is unveiled, The Daily Record, 12 August 2015

Academy site to be transformed, The Lennox Herald, 14 August 2015

New images of West Dunbartonshire Council, Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter, 18 August 2015

Gables and courtyards help children’s hospital building by Keppie appear more welcoming, Dezeen, 5 July 2015

Ronald Mcdonald House / Keppie, ArchDaily, 29 June 2015

Keppie throw open the doors to Ronald McDonald House, Urban Realm, 24 June 2015

Doors open at Keppie’s Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow, Scottish Construction Now, 24 June 2015

£3.4m Ronald McDonald House opens doors, Scottish Construction Now, 24 June 2015

Work gets underway on West Dunbartonshire Council offices, Urban Realm, 16 June 2015

Kier Construction

Kier Construction is part of the Kier Group – a FTSE 250-quoted company and a leading integrated property, residential, construction and services group.

Kier Construction has provided a high quality service to clients throughout Scotland for over 40 years, exceeding expectations by helping clients get the most from their budgets with the highest possible build quality. With offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, Kier Construction has a strong presence across Scotland and continues to develop in the region, with an increase in the breadth and depth of core skills being provided to its ever-growing client base.

Strong results from Kier Construction Scotland, BQ, 23 September 2016

Kier’s in growth industry, The Press and Journal, 23 September 2016

Kier steps up construction activity across Scotland, The Press and Journal, 23 September 2016

Art School and music projects signed as Kier Group profits soar, The Herald, 23 September 2016

Kier hails Scottish pipeline, The Herald online, 23 September 2016

Scottish projects boost for Kier’s figures, Project Scotland, 23 September 2016

Kier counting on restoration work, Daily Business, 23 September 2016

Strong Kier Construction Scotland performance, Scottish Construction Now, 22 September 2016

Annual profits up at Kier, Scotsman 22 September 2016

Profits soar 45% at Construction group Kier, Scotsman online, 22 September 2016

News students move in to £11m accommodation, Scottish Construction Now, 7 September 2016

196 bed Aberdeen student housing scheme completes, Urban Realm, 6 September 2016

In-demand student accommodation opens in Aberdeen, Project Scotland, 5 September 2016

11m student accommodation opens in Aberdeen, SBNN, 5 September 2016

New student housing in Aberdeen welcomes first of its 196 residents, The Press and Journal, 3 September 2016

Students get settled for new term as they move into flats, Press and Journal, 3 September 2016

Drew Hendry MP visits Kier Construction Scotland’s Inverness base, Scottish Construction Now, 19 August 2016

MP encouraged by Kier’s Highland plans, Project Scotland, 19 August, 2016

MSP hears construction firm’s vision for the sector, Project Scotland, 9 August 2016

Building Briefs, Scottish Construction Now, 8 August 2016

Kier Group to repair fire-hit Glasgow School of Art, BBC, 28 June 2016

Glasgow School of Art restoration contract award, The Evening Express, 28 June 2016

Kier wins bid race for £25m Mackintosh restoration, Construction Enquirer, 28 June 2016

Glasgow School of Art restoration contract awarded to Kier Construction, Clyde 1, 28 June 2016

Keir Construction win £25m Mackintosh Building repair contract, The Daily Record, 28 June 2016

Kier wins £25 School of Art construction contract, Construction News, 28 June 2016

Kier appointed main contractor for Mackintosh Building restoration, Scottish Construction Now, 28 June 2016

Kier to carry out £25m restoration of art school, The Herald, 28 June 2016

Rebirth of Glasgow School of Art is put back, The Scotsman, 29 June 2016

Kier Construction wins bid to rebuild Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building, Construction Global, 30 June 2016

Edinburgh College of Art draws up £14m revamp, The Scotsman, 19 June 2016

Construction group Kier wins university contract, The Daily Record, 10 June 2016

Kier Construction announces Edinburgh College of Art contract win, BQ, 10 June 2016

Kier to refurbish College of Art in £14m deal, Daily Business Group, 10 June 2016

Kier lands £14m Edinburgh College of Art contract, Project Scotland, 10 June 2016

Kier announces £14m Edinburgh College of Art contract win, Scottish Construction Now, 10 June 2016

Kier Scotland has won a £14m contract to refurbish Edinburgh College of Art, The Construction Index, 10 June 2016

East Kilbride Thistle car park resurfaced for free to cover 15 years worth of potholes, The Daily Record, 28 April 2016

The Kay Adams Programme, BBC Radio Scotland, 25 April, 2016

Unemployed Scots sent to ‘boot camp’ to help get a job, The Scotsman, 21 April 2016

ONS construction dip ‘reflects EU uncertainty’, Scottish Construction Now, 18 April 2016

Scottish construction firms remain optimistic despite dip in official stats, The Herald, 15 April 2016

Infrastructure secretary visits Kier Construction to discuss industry skills gap, Scottish Construction Now, 18 March 2016

Kier Group report drops in first half profits, The Daily Record, 17 March 2016

Building giant grows in Scotland despite challenges in Aberdeen, The Herald, 17 March 2016

Kier Group books £230 million in second half of 2015 in Scotland, Scottish Business News Network, 17 March 2016

Scottish projects boost Kier’s financial performance, Project Scotland, 17 March 2016

Scottish operations help Kier maintain on track, Scottish Construction Now, 17 March 2016

Public sector deals keep Kier Group in good shape, Daily Business Group, 17 March 2016

Kier Group continuing to grow across Scotland, The Press and Journal, 17 March 2016

Construction firm Kier hails ‘strong’ Scottish pipeline, The Scotsman, 17 March 2016

Five construction firms shortlisted to restore Mackintosh building, Scottish Construction Now, 16 March 2016

New 3D images reveal fire damage to Glasgow School of Art  STV, 16 March 2016

Five contractors invited to tender for Mackintosh restoration, Urban Realm, 16 March 2016

3D images of fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building, BBC, 16 March 2016

MSP visits Kier Construction, Scottish Construction Now, 14 March 2016

 William McIlvanney Campus work to commence, Project Scotland, 11 March 2016

Soaring international traffic prompts Inverness Airport expansion, Scottish Financial News, 4 March 2016

Inverness Airport reveals £900,000 terminal revamp, Scottish Construction Now, 4 March 2016

Inverness Airport announces expansion, North Star News, 4 March 2016

Inverness Airport to add new arrivals haul in £900,000 upgrade, The Daily Record, 4 March 2016

Inverness Airport to add new arrivals haul in £900,000 upgrade, Business Insider, 4 March 2016

HIAL invests in Inverness Airport expansion, ADS Advance, 4 March 2016

Terminal Expansion for Inverness Airport, Airports International, 4 March 2016

Soaring traffic leads to £900,000 Inverness Airport expansion, BQ Live, 4 March 2016

Professionals and pupils get hands on at Kier, Project Scotland, 4 March 2016

Green light for £45m East Ayrshire learning campus, Scottish Construction Now, 26 February 2016

Kilmarnock campus hits home straight with construction start, Urban Realm, 26 February 2016

MP impressed by Kier’s Scottish HQ, Project Scotland, 26 February 2016

Phil Boswell MP visits Kier, Scottish Construction Now, 22 February 2016

Builders upbeat despite dip in construction output, The Scotsman, 18 January 2016

Optimism remains high despite disappointing ONS figures, Project Scotland, 17 January 2016

‘Cautious optimism’ despite biggest annual drop in construction output since 2013, Scottish Construction Now, 15 January 2016

Future Engineers – Get Into Construction, Press and Journal, 15 January 2016

£25m Ayr Academy gets financial go-ahead, Scottish Construction Now, 11 January 2016

Army and building firm start training programme, Ardrossan Herald, 24 December, 2015

Army and building firm start training programme, Irvine Times, 24 December, 2015

Ayrshire men gain employment thanks to Kier and the British Army, Scottish Construction Now, 17 December 2015

Kier employees dig deep for charity, Project Scotland, 14 December 2015

The Kier Foundation raises over £10k for Macmillan Cancer Support, Scottish Construction Now, 14 December 2015

Construction output sees another drop but builders remain upbeat, Scottish Construction Now, 17 November 2015

Builders remain confident despite drop in output, The Scotsman, 14 November 2015

New Garnock Campus is one step closer to completion after ‘Topping Out’ ceremony, Ardrossan Herald, 8 November 2015

Minister kick starts £37m revamp project at listed South Ayrshire school, Scottish Construction Now, 27 November 2015

Army is helping to get people into work, Irvine Herald, 11 November 2015

North Ayrshire’s new £40m school, community and leisure campus tops out, Scottish Construction Now, 5 November 2015

Kier Construction joins up with Army to support Ayrshire youngsters, Scottish Business News Network, 5 November 2015

Campus is one step closer to completion, Ardrossan Herald, 4 November 2015

BDP’s Marr College expansion gets underway, Urban Realm, 4 November 2015

Kier Construction joins British Army to support local Ayrshire community, Scottish Construction Now, 3 November 2015

Kier teams up with British Army to boost employment prospects, Project Scotland, 3 November 2015

Construction Firm takes on holiday work, Press and Journal, 28 October 2015

Kier wins next stage of Aberdeen RI project, Daily Business Group, 27 October 2015

Kier Construction begins NHS Grampian backlog maintenance project, Scottish Construction Now, 27 October 2015

Kier Construction secures NHS Grampian project, Project Scotland, 27 October 2015

Kier Construction hands over new Dunoon business premises, Scottish Construction Now, 22 October 2015

Kier Delivers New Premises At Sandbank Business Park, Build Scotland, 22 October 2015

Latest student housing builds complete in Glasgow, Urban Realm, 7 October 2015

Glasgow’s growing student housing needs boosted by new development, Scottish Construction Now, 6 October

New development for Glasgow’s students, BQ, 5 October 2015

Glasgow’s growing accommodation needs boosted by new student development, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 2 October 2015

Wraps come off £10m Glasgow student flats, Scotsman, 2 October

RGU graduate returns for key role in campus project, Scottish Business News Network, 28 September 2015

RGU graduate plays key role in uni’s new campus project, RGU 25 September 2015

Back to the future for construction graduate, Project Scotland, 25 September 2015

Graduate tasked with rebuilding his old school, Daily Business Group, 25 September 2015

Kier Construction Scotland reported turnover in excess of £230m, Scottish Business News Network, 18 September 2015

Kier on the road to growth, The Daily Express, 18 September 2015

Jump in Kier profits, The Courier, 18 September 2015

Kier Group profits jump by 17%, 18 September 2015

Caution stalks the streets of the city, The Scotsman, 18 September 2015

Highland prove a profitable area for Kier Group, The Herald, 18 September 2015

Scottish projects aid Kier Group’s 14 per cent revenue jump, Scottish Construction Now, 17 September 2015

Scottish projects aid Kier Group’s results, Project Scotland, 17 September 2015

RGU unveil new look Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & the Built Environment, Urban Realm, 27 August 2015

New architecture school opened, Scottish Business News Network, 27 August 2015

Kier completes 16m architecture school at RGU, Scottish Construction Now, 27 August 2015

Milestone for £16 million architecture school at RGU, Project Scotland, 27 August 2015

Building sector is showing modest recovery, The Herald, 15 August 2015

Montrose House officially opened, The Arran Banner, July 2015

Construction industry positive despite drop in output statistics, Scottish Construction Now, 15 June 2015

East Kilbride children given a peek of the future of their school, Evening Times, 4 June 2015

All under one roof: super campus for East Kilbride schools, Project Scotland, 4 June 2015

Cabinet secretary visits Cumbernauld to see Regeneration Capital Grant Fund success, 3 June 2015

Skills shortages still stifling sector recovery, Project Scotland, 21 May 2015

Educating the next generation of traders, Ardrossan Herald, 20 May 2016

Apprentices set to make a difference, Project Scotland, 20 May 2015

Financial close sealed for Kier’s £36m Garnock Campus, Construction Enquirer, 15 May 2015

London and Scottish Investments

London & Scottish Investments was formed to concentrate, primarily, on asset and property management opportunities across the UK. Working with Toscafund Asset Management, it successfully completed a significant fundraising and in conjunction with Toscafund and other investors, has invested circa £500 million in a range of assets.

East Kilbride set for £40m retail and residential development, The Herald, 13 April 2016

Top retailers in talks over £40m East Kilbride plan, Daily Business Group, 13 April 2016

Developer bids to create 250 jobs in £40m retail park plan, The Evening Times, 13 April 2016

New £40m retail hub at scrapped Tesco East Kilbride site could create 250 jobs, The Daily Record, 13 April 2016

Retail hub could create 250 jobs, The East Kilbride News, 13 April 2016

Plans submitted for £40m East Kilbride development, Project Scotland, 13 April 2016

Plans submitted for £40m East Kilbride retail and residential development, Scottish Construction Now, 13 April 2013

£40m retail development plan for East Kilbride, Scottish Business News, 13 April 2016

Retail development could bring over 250 jobs to East Kilbride, BQ Live, 13 April 2016

New £10m plans for old Tesco site, Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, 24 December 2015

Shop plan for abandoned site, East Kilbride News 23 December 2015

Plans for retail development, Midlothian Advertiser, 23 December 2015

Property firm reveals plans for Thurso retail site, John O’Groat Journal, 21 December 2015

New £20million retail development to create “hundreds of jobs” for north town, The Press and Journal, 19 December 2015

Plans submitted for two new shopping centres in Fife, BBC, 18 December 2015

Property firm unveils retail unit plan for former Tesco sites in Fife, The Daily Record, 18 December 2015

Plans unveiled for new shopping centre in Cupar, Fife Today, 18 December 2015

Plans submitted for half a million square feet of new retail space across Scotland, Scottish Construction Now, 18 December 2015

Former Tesco sites in Fife set for development, The Courier, 17 December 2015

London & Scottish submit major Scotland retail plans, Property Week, 17 December 2015

LSI plans could create thousands of jobs, Project Scotland, 17 December 2015

Ex Tesco sites set for overhaul, The Scotsman, 16 December 2015

Eyesore set to become vibrant centre hotspot, Paisley Daily Express, 15 December 2015

LSI plans 500,000sq ft of new retail space, Scottish Business News, 15 December 2015

LSI submits Scottish retail plans, CoStar, 15 December 2015

Plan submitted for former Tesco sites, Daily Business, 15 December 2015

LS&I to manage ASSET for regional REIT, Daily Business, 3 November 2015

Regional REIT to debut on London Stock Exchange, 3 November 2015

Fund managers Tosca and LSI to float property vehicle, The Herald, 4 November 2015

LSI to manage £386m of assets for new property firm, Scottish Business New, 4 November 2015

Natural Retreats

Based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, Natural Retreats is renowned for offering customers and guests high quality tourism-based experiences in some of the most dramatic natural locations around the world including Scotland, Ireland, England and the USA.

Natural Retreats took over a 25-year lease for the running of CairnGorm Mountain in 2014. CairnGorm Mountain is the most popular snowsports destination in Scotland, located within the Cairngorms National Park, and has been offering snowsports for over 50 years. It has 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts, a fully maintained freestyle park and an on-site Ski School.

£10m plans to be lodged for tycoon’s Highland retreat, The Times, 22 January 2016

Public invited to judge £30m Cairngorm plan, Daily Business Group, 29 October 2015

Public consultation begins on £15m CairnGorm project, Scottish Business News, 28 October 2015

Images of plans for CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre revamp revealed, Scotland Now, 28 October 2015

Cairngorm Mountain Resort set for £15m revamp, The Scotsman, 28 October 2015

Cairngorm outlines its year round attractions, The Times, 28 October 2015

New images spark public consultation on CairnGorm Mountain visitor centre, Scottish Construction Now, 28 October 2015

Public get a say on mountain consultation plans, 28 October 2015

Big spending plans for Cairngorm go on display, Planet Ski, 27 October 2015

Consultation gets underway for Cairngorm Mountain visitor centre upgrade, Urban Realm, October 27 2015

Natural Retreats consults on CairnGorm Mountain revamp, BBC, 27 October 2015

New images of plans for Cairngorm snowsports centre revealed, Press and Journal, 27 October 2015

Multi-million plans for Cairngorms ski resort to be unveiled, Strathspey Herald, 27 October 2015

Scottish Cities Alliance

The Scottish Cities Alliance is the unique collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government working together to promote the country’s great economic potential.

With a Pitch Book showcasing £7.5 billion of exciting investor ready and pipeline opportunities across the Scottish Cities, the Alliance aims to attract external investment, stimulate economic activity and create business growth.

The vast breadth of opportunity available highlights Scotland’s seven cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – as modern places in which to invest and do business.

Alliance launches pitch book, Scottish Business Insider, April 2016

Pitch invasion by Scottish cities to attract investment, The Herald, 17 March 2016

Alliance of seven Scottish investors seeks Scottish investors, The Press and Journal, 17 March 2016

City projects’ first show, The Inverness Courier, 15 March 2016

Cities alliance to showcase £7.5bn of property projects, The Scotsman, 11 March 2016

Scottish Cities Alliance to showcase new £7.5bn investment Pitch Book at MIPIM 2016, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 11 March 2016

Scottish Cities Alliance to pitch £7.5bn investment potential to worldwide market, Scottish Construction Now, 11 March 2016

Scottish Cities Alliance pitch £7.5bn worth of developments at MIPIM, Urban Realm, 11 March 2016

£7bn Scottish showcase for MIPIM 2016, Project Scotland, March 2016

Speirs Gumley

Speirs Gumley is passionate about providing a personal, professional and excellent service in all its areas of expertise – Residential and Commercial Property Management, Residential Letting and Surveying. The company has been around for over 180 years and holds onto its traditional values of honesty and trust, but has a forward-thinking and modern approach, investing in the latest technology to ensure its clients – whether they be home owners, tenants, developers, solicitors, investors or landlords – always get the best possible experience.

Jill Armstrong: Problems building in commercial property, The Scotsman, 2 November 2016

Blog: Edinburgh’s commercial property market is booming – but apathy over managing buildings will store up problems for the future, Scottish Financial News, 2 November 2016

Blog: Edinburgh’s commercial property market is booming – but apathy over managing buildings will store up problems for the future, Scottish Construction Now, 2 November 2016

Edinburgh’s commercial property market is booming – but apathy over managing buildings will store up problems for the future, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, 4 November 2016

 

GDN Contracts Completes Building Restoration Project In Glasgow, Build Scotland, 5 October 2016

Restoration work complete on iconic Glasgow building, SBNN, 5 October 2016

Joy as restoration of “iconic” building is complete, Project Scotland, 5 October 2016

Restoration work complete on iconic Glasgow building, Scottish Construction Now, 5 October2016

Restoration work complete on former Co-op Building, The Evening Times, 5 October 2016

Restoration of B-listed former Tradeston warehouse, Urban Realm, 5 October 2016

Restoration work complete on iconic Glasgow building, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 4 October 2016

Edinburgh is ‘new Aberdeen’ of private rental market, The Scotsman, 4 October 2016

Blog: Edinburgh is the new Aberdeen of the private rental market, Scottish Financial News, 4 October 2016

Edinburgh is the new Aberdeen of the private rental market, BQ, 4 October 2016

Speirs Gumley backs wheelchair tennis ace Gordon Reid, The Scotsman, 19 August 2016

Speirs Gumley announces sponsorship of Wimbledon wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid as he goes for gold in Rio, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 19 August 2016

Speirs Gumley to sponsor Wimbledon wheelchair champion Gordon Reid, SBNN, 19 August 2016

Wimbledon wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid sponsor boost ahead of Rio, The Evening Times, 19 August

‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ video launched to raise funds for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow Live, 27 July 2016

And finally… Speirs Gumley staff ‘can’t stop’ dancing around Glasgow for charity, Scottish Construction Now, 28 July 2016

Speirs Gumley on expansion path with Edinburgh office, The Scotsman, 12 May 2016

Speirs Gumley expands with launch of new Edinburgh office, Scottish Construction Now, 12 May 2016

Growth fuels move to the capital, The Herald, 12 May 2016

Property manager Speirs Gumley to open Edinburgh office, Scottish Business Insider, 12 May 2016

Speirs Gumley expands operations to Edinburgh, BBC Scotland, 11 May 2016

Spiers Gumley expands into Edinburgh, BQ Live, 12 May 2016

Academy takes part in Trades Day taster, Glasgow South and Eastwood extra, 31 March 2016

Laying the foundations, The Evening Times, 24 March 2016

Speirs Gumley’s innovative schools partnership gives Rosshall Academy gives pupils a taste of career in property trades, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 23 March 2016

Speirs Gumley gives pupils a taste of a career in property trades, Scottish Construction Now, 23 March 2016

Pupils get a taste of a career in property trades, Project Scotland, 23 March 23 March 2016

Speirs Gumley lets new city centre flats in record time, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 17 March 2016

Speirs Gumley let Glasgow city centre block, Project Scotland, 18 March 2016

Speirs Gumley rents city centre flats in Glasgow, Build Scotland, March 2016

Tradeston home owners raise the roof after council steps in to save them paying £16,000 repairs, The Evening Times, 18 January 2016

Renovation project saves a Glasgow icon, Project Scotland, 7 January 2016

Major renovation saves iconic Glasgow building for future generations, Glasgow Housing News, 21 December 2015

Iconic Glasgow building saved for future generations thanks to major renovation project, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 21 December 2015

Major renovation saves iconic Glasgow building for future generations, Scottish Construction Now, 21 December 2015

Former listed Co-op building saved by joint action, Daily Business Group, 21 December 2015

Venturejam 2016

Venturefest Scotland is the first business event of its kind in Scotland and part of the UK Venturefest Network, connecting Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and academics. The 2015 Venturefest Scotland event was a major success, attracting over 800 business owners, influencers, investors, entrepreneurs and academics from Scotland, the UK and overseas. The event aims to help Scotland’s SMEs to become more competitive with higher.

Search for solutions to air pollution, The Evening Times, 3 June 2016

Young Scots given ‘air time’ to tackle pollution issues, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 3 June 2016

River Clyde Homes

River Clyde Homes is a forward thinking and dynamic ‘not for profit’ social housing provider that owns and manages over 6,000 homes and provides factoring services to a further 2,250 homes in the Inverclyde area of Scotland.

Tenant’s delight as £26m revamp begins to take shape, Greenock Telegraph, 6 August 2016

Family fun at River Clyde Homes Broomhill Event, Inverclyde Now, 29 July 2016

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