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WHENEVER I AM OBLIGED to join the ranks of the WILLIEs – that’s the name for people who ‘Work In London, Live In Edinburgh’ – I usually eschew the airlines and take the train.

The main reason I do this is that whenever I go to the airport I am treated as a potential ter...

LET'S FACE IT – Scotland doesn’t really lead the world in anything much. Our sports teams are mediocre, we have almost no globally significant businesses, and our economic performance is sluggish.

But there is one field in which Scotland really does lead the world – in...

EARLIER THIS YEAR I took part in a two day ‘summit’ meeting at an historic Scottish country house during a rare burst of spectacular summer weather.

Others attending this meeting included senior individuals from 10 Downing Street, the Police cybercrime team, BBC News, t...

BACK IN 1989, I was chairman of the Scottish Software Federation, the then nascent trade association for the Scottish software industry. Nowadays it is known as ScotlandIS and represents an industry which employs over 90,000 skilled people and adds £4.5 bn to the Scott...

WAY BACK – back in time – back in the mid 1970s I found myself in my very first job as a software engineer with the computer manufacturer International Computers Limited (ICL). ICL by that time was the only credible British competitor left in the international computer...

NOW THAT THE Brexit negotiations are limping into action it is becoming very clear that this is going to be far from a simple process. We haven’t really started yet on major issues such as citizen’s rights, trading relationships and tariff barriers, agricultural suppor...

AS WE ALL KNOW, today’s world is increasingly a digital one. It is pretty much impossible to think of a modern activity that doesn’t, in some way, make clever use of computing power. Our economy depends on it.

Very much aware of this, the Scottish Government published a...

THE FIVE MOST VALUABLE companies in the world today are all digital businesses from the west coast of the USA: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon.

And in a recent book Move Fast and Break Things, Jonathan Taplin argues that all of these companies have grown b...

BY THE TIME you read this our ‘supreme leader’ Theresa May will have won her huge majority which empowers her to do anything she wants to do for the next five years. No opposition party will be able to challenge her and, in practice, even rebellious Conservative MPs wi...

AS A REGULAR INVESTOR in early-stage companies, and a beer drinker, you might think that I would have been tempted to invest in BrewDog – a high profile brewery which launched its first ‘Equity for Punks’ crowdfunding campaign in 2011. Their shares, then priced at £3.7...

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These columns are published monthly in Scottish Business Insider. Older columns in other publications are also included..