Deloitte reports its fastest annual revenue growth in a decade with a rise of 13.6%, reaching a turnover of £3.04bn and increased group revenue by £313m in the year ended 31 May 2016, topping £3bn for the first time. Profit distributable to partners for 2016 was £608m, compared to £593m in 2015. The average profit earned by each equity partner in the year, based on the firm’s distributable profit, was £837,000, compared with £822,000 in 2015
The first SSE (Social Stock Exchange) regional branch offering investment with a social impact opened in Liverpool & The Wirral. The second regional branch will is to cross the Borders and open in the ‘dear green place’ Glasgow.
A senior lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde has won an international award for achievements in his field, including the development of techniques for diagnosing brain tumours. Dr Matthew Baker has won the Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award from Spectroscopy magazine for outstanding research into real-life applications of analytical chemistry, including pioneering use of vibrational spectroscopy for clinical diagnostics. This enabled the development of an accurate, efficient and clinically applicable method of brain tumour diagnosis.
In July 2015 the UK Government announced its plans to introduce a UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017. Employers will pay 0.5% of their annual pay bill in excess of £3m through the PAYE system. Those with an annual pay bill of £3m or less will be exempt. The Levy will apply to employers in the public, private and third sectors. Glasgow City Council welcomes your feedback. Be part of our response.
A new report analyses future energy demand in Glasgow, the only Scottish contender among the other major UK cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield all preparing for an energy smart future.
The Farnborough International Airshow was believed to be a likely venue for breaking news on the UK’s spaceport plans. The biggest aircraft trade show in the UK is held once every two years this year runs from 16-22 July 2018
The TLPWIND project, led by Iberdrola Engineering & Construction (IEC) bringing together the expertise of the ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult and University of Strathclyde, sees the development of a TLP (Tension Leg Platform) turbine foundation deliver a lightweight and stable solution for floating wind.
The current London bee tracking project together with the across-UK spread to restore the Black bee is just part of a major move by global countries to defend, protect and improve honey bees status. Witness recent developments in Oslo and America, where new data shows that a horrifying 40% of American honeybees died in a one-month -period ending in April. In Scotland, another approach can be found as Plan Bee is a finalist in the Scottish Beer Awards with its Beehive Brae Honey Beer.
Liberty House Group has purchased the UK plant of Mabey Bridge Renewables at Chepstow, South Wales, which was closed down in 2015, and is to use this to make steel wind towers from the company's recently acquired Scottish based steel mills. The equipment from the plant will be used in a new UK manufacturing centre that will supply the growing offshore wind market and the tidal lagoon power industry.
Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research (the collaboration of some 15 Universities and research bodies, led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped.
Research carried out by University of Glasgow academics describes how double-stranded DNA splits using de-localised sound waves, that are the hallmark of quantum effects. The paper is published today in "Nature Communications".
A new study in "Science", has researchers from Uppsala University find larval fish exposed to microplastic particles during development display changed behaviours and had stunted growth, leading to greatly increased mortality rates. The researchers also discover larval perch that had access to microplastic particles only ate plastic and ignored their natural food source of free-swimming zooplankton. This study comes as the BBC reports Bangor University marine biologist Dr Andrew Davies saying researchers have noticed the tiny plastic spheres in the guts and gills of plankton.
According to "Tech City UK’s 2016 report, Scotland only scores with three tech clusters, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Over 21,300 people are estimated to work in digital roles across Edinburgh and are among the highest paid in the sector across the UK. The city’s appeal for digital businesses as well as skilled, digital workers has a positive impact on local commercial and property markets; hospitality and retail; and help to drive the growth of digital learning in our universities.
Pinnacle CDT a data, telecoms and IT support services provider to nearly 1,000 customers from Glasgow and Stockton-on-Tees offices, last year posted a net loss on sales of £6.7m, before tax and head office costs of £0.2m. In a recent giddy rush of activity the company has now executed five acquisitions and three disposals in some four months.
SWAN announces that North Lanarkshire Council has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.
In April, Clyde Space opened its first subsidiary company in the USA. The UK then woke up to a local company with the increased clean room manufacturing capacity for major UK build satellites. This month the Clyde Space has a £1 million order to build four such satellites for the UK Government-backed programme that aims to develop fast, regular and more affordable access to space.
As Glasgow-based Plan Bee Ltd springs into action with a splendid new brochure, busy internet pages and the indefatigable Warren Bader (below left) looking for a Beehive development executive. In the USA, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is in the process of reviewing the impact of three neonicotinoids, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran –– as well as seeing how other species, such as butterflies and aquatic animals, are affected by pesticides. The work is scheduled to be unveiled in December.
A Glasgow tech incubator is launching an ambitious start-up school for teens which will give them the chance to pitch their ideas to real life investors. Working alongside Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland, RookieOven is giving 16-18-year-olds from Glasgow the chance to take part in its first pioneering Academy programme, during which they will devise creative digital product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.
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