Category: Business

Back to business

It has been a year since I last wrote about Scotland’s far too infrequently celebrated rural businesses and their successes. But Small Business Saturday is back and this year I want to highlight the importance of supporting your local small businesses this festive season. Last year I was quick to highlight the positive contribution that
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Sporting Rates – Much Ado About Nothing?

Amongst the bank statements which remain unopened, the Farmfoods flyers which go straight to recycling, valuation notices will be hitting door mats across the country. As the reintroduction occurred, there was enough theatrics about ‘taxing the lairds’ to be suitable for a Shakespearian play but now that the Bill has passed and valuations are known,
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Our review of the review…..

In 2016 the Barclay Review Group was tasked to conduct a review into the non-domestic rates system in Scotland, which it published in August 2017. This may not be the most thrilling blog topic but it is likely to impact all businesses in Scotland so is worth understanding. The Review presented 30 recommendations. Below I
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A bridge over troubled waters?

The quality of private water supplies in Scotland have often been derided as secondary to that of public supplies. Of course most of us could highlight an exception or two to such a claim, but it is with this presumption in mind that the Scottish Government is pushing ahead with its latest consultation: the draft
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The grass is greener

After overcoming initial scepticism, a £10m anaerobic digestion plant is providing both eco-friendly power for local homes and a guaranteed source of income for nearby farmers When Charlesfield Farms wanted to diversify its business, the estate decided to join the green revolution. The result was a new £10 million anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that produces
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Business as usual?

Far from it. This weekend is Small Business Saturday and the alert readers amongst you will have also noticed that this is my first blog since joining Scottish Land & Estates. As you will no doubt be aware, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are hugely important to the rural economy – both in terms of
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