With the "Financial Times" now Japanese owned, the proposed Deutsche Borse merger with London Stock Exchange seems just as likely to happen. One authority, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School John Colley (below left) an expert on mega-mergers, makes this analysis.
Taking place from the 19th-23 October, the shortlist for this year’s Dundee International Book Prize has been drawn from three continents, with novels from as far south as New Zealand, to Scotland’s most northerly tip.From hundreds of entries, ten authors have been picked to battle it out for a publishing deal with Freight Books, a £5000 cash prize and a week’s protected writing time in Dundee.
An awaited boost for UK Brexiters? Freetrade announces today it will be launching its disruptive new platform for trading stocks and shares, with proven commission-free trading technology and fractional share dealing in the UK for the first time.Most people, especially millennials, are priced out of investing on the stock exchange. Costly broker fees, typically around £12 per transaction, prohibit smaller investors, who often need to see investments grow considerably before returning a profit. In addition, receiving the correct advice is difficult, because it tends to require an investor meeting with an IFA in person to receive support, both expensive and time-consuming.
From April 2017, all UK employers with annual salary bills of more than £3 million will pay an apprenticeship levy. The levy is aimed at funding apprenticeships across the UK and the rate will be 0.5% of the employer’s pay bill. Companies may be aware that Scottish Government has launched an Apprenticeship Levy Consultation. ADS Scotland is keen to share the details with companies in our sector to allow everyone the opportunity to respond. The consultation closes 26th August.
Gaberlunzie (always torn between "The Beano" and "The Dandy" as his pocket money would only support one or other, learnt the art of swap trading with school mates (aka EU negotiators) and always had a soft spot for Oor Wullie. So he would encourage any Oor Wullie followers out there that they should not overlook the "Bucket Trail" or Dundee’s biggest mass-participation public art event, that sees 16 of the 55 sculptures of Oor Wullie cartoon characters, installed in locations across the city.
Rachael Brown has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at Scotland's Cultural Enterprise Office. Our new leader of the pack is currently a performance adviser with Inspiring Scotland, a Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland and the Creative Director of Our Creative World.
What would you have? A gecko or a tortoise or a snake? Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, and the trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million ended up on the German market. These also included a large number of representatives of threatened species that can be sold at extremely high profits. Some collectors are quite willing to pay prices of several thousand euros for such rarities.
A £4m Investment In the University’s New School Of Health, Social Care And Wellbeing. The new school will enable the UHI to develop and align its curriculum and research at all levels to meet the needs of the health and social care sectors across the region, but also including areas of life science and health service management and administration. The university will work closely and develop educational and research ideas in partnership with the NHS, HIE, local authorities, the Scottish and UK governments, and business as well as other universities and colleges and international partners.
The prpl Foundation today announced the upcoming debut of the prpl Hypervisor at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. The prplHypervisor is an industry-first light-weight open source hypervisor specifically designed to provide security through separation for the billions of embedded connected devices that power the Internet of Things.
In July 2015 scientists from York University warned that an entire ecosystem of birds, bugs and blanket bogs was under threat from climate change. Now geologists at Exeter University, studying Kentra Moss in Lochaber, report that climate change is increasing the salt levels in peatlands, making it less able to absorb carbon. In Scotland, some 20 per cent of the land is covered in peat, storing some 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon.
Forget Brexit and focus on the Cairngorms nine major issues! Big Park Big Questions is a consultation on the next Cairngorms NPPP (National Park Partnership Plan) for 2017-22. The Cairngorms NPPP is a management plan for the whole Park, setting out a vision and overarching strategy for managing the area. It sets out how all those with a responsibility for the Park will co-ordinate their work to tackle the most important issues.
University of Glasgow spin-out firm Gold Standard Simulations Ltd, created by Professor Asen Asenov, is bought by Synopsys, the US chip design software company specialising in EDA (electronic design automation) and semiconductor IP, as well as ranking 15th among the world's largest software companies.
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.
Sofant Technologies Limited the pioneering Scottish RF smart software muscled antenna designer appoints David Wither as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) following their earlier news this year of raising over £1.5 million in European funding.
Today some 2,000 London and Lima children are to perform the song “One Small Bird: Ballad of the Red-necked Phalarope” at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is in celebration of one of Scotland's rarest birds that inspired this special piece of music.
From fusion to pharmaceuticals, not to mention the human brain project, Brexit will setback major R&D technology projects and the UK may face losing its very excellent R&D status. Something similar is being seen this week, as China's installed supercomputers overtake those in America. Back in the UK even Apps developers question growth without EU partnership
ScotlandIS, trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies sector, has become the first organisation in Scotland and one of a handful in the UK to be accredited by a European scheme that recognises Excellence in Cluster Management. Initiated by the European Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry, the European Cluster Excellence Initiative awards a benchmark to cluster management organisations, such as trade bodies, that are striving for excellence, adding value and fostering close industry relationships for their members.
Nesta's report “The Fusion Effect” has found that 'fused’ companies, or those that combine art and science skills in their workforce: Show 8% higher sales growth than science-only firms. Are 2% more likely to bring radical innovations to market. Employ approximately 3.5 million people - despite being around a tenth of UK companies - and employ roughly a fifth of all workers.
NuData Security and Varonis make some powerful pitches to rub up on user names and passwords with NuData Security director Lisa Baergen admitting ruefully to sounding “like a broken record; but here we are again, news of yet another hack attack hits the wire. It’s only been a couple of weeks since TeamViewer user accounts were hijacked, and now GoToMYPC hit by a very sophisticated password attack. No matter how long it takes to come out, the bottom line is that organisations have to stop thinking “what IF” and accepting it should be seen as “ WHEN” we get hit…
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