News & Insights  |  Posted November 12, 2021

COP or flop? Creating the climate for change

I was not even a twinkle in my mother’s eye when the first Conference of Parties (COP) met in 1995.

I was not even a twinkle in my mother’s eye when the first Conference of Parties (COP) met in 1995.

News & Insights  |  Posted November 10, 2021

Money for nothing

There’s a Harry & Paul sketch in which Harry Enfield plays Tony Blair on his first day as a part-time adviser to the investment bank ‘Lorgan Stanley’. They’ve forgotten they appointed him when he stood down as Prime Minister and are taken by surprise when he turns up at reception.

There’s a Harry & Paul sketch in which Harry Enfield plays Tony Blair on his first day as a part-time adviser to the investment bank ‘Lorgan Stanley’. They’ve forgotten they appointed him when he stood down as Prime Minister and are taken by surprise when he turns up at reception.

News & Insights  |  Posted October 22, 2021

Carbon capture: walking the line between Levelling Up and the Union?

In the mid 2000s, I spent a couple of days in and around Aberdeen for a feature I was writing about how the oil industry was diversifying.

In the mid 2000s, I spent a couple of days in and around Aberdeen for a feature I was writing about how the oil industry was diversifying.

News & Insights  |  Posted September 9, 2021

Friday is the new Saturday: the Scottish Government’s answer to the ‘new normal’?

Not one aspect of our day-to-day lives has been left untouched by emergence of Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions implemented to curb its grip on society. In the early days of the pandemic, trips to the supermarket became mission critical as we scoured shelves for the last remnants of toilet roll, flour, and other precious commodities. Children were expected to …

Not one aspect of our day-to-day lives has been left untouched by emergence of Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions implemented to curb its grip on society. In the early days of the pandemic, trips to the supermarket became mission critical as we scoured shelves for the last remnants of toilet roll, flour, and other precious commodities. Children were expected to …

News & Insights  |  Posted September 2, 2021

The High Street is dead, long live the High Street.

Cast your mind back to 1989 — The Simpsons had just hit the small screen, Timothy Dalton’s short time as James Bond was coming to an end with Licence to Kill and, most importantly, John Lewis opened the doors of its flagship store in Aberdeen for the first time. In what was hailed as a “golden opportunity” for both the …

Cast your mind back to 1989 — The Simpsons had just hit the small screen, Timothy Dalton’s short time as James Bond was coming to an end with Licence to Kill and, most importantly, John Lewis opened the doors of its flagship store in Aberdeen for the first time. In what was hailed as a “golden opportunity” for both the …

News & Insights  |  Posted August 24, 2021

Hindsight, foresight, or in plain sight — a story of how the little guy can win

It’s the late autumn of 2005, and the Stockholm School of Economics is hosting its annual entrepreneurship competition. Student start-ups from the university’s incubator SSE Business Lab will be pitching their ideas to a judging panel and, in proper Dragons’ Den-fashion, receive a verdict, feedback — and, hopefully, capital. This year’s panel is full of big shots: H&M’s Chairman, McKinsey Sweden’s …

It’s the late autumn of 2005, and the Stockholm School of Economics is hosting its annual entrepreneurship competition. Student start-ups from the university’s incubator SSE Business Lab will be pitching their ideas to a judging panel and, in proper Dragons’ Den-fashion, receive a verdict, feedback — and, hopefully, capital. This year’s panel is full of big shots: H&M’s Chairman, McKinsey Sweden’s …

News & Insights  |  Posted August 13, 2021

For Richer, For Poorer. Till Death Do Us Part?

Cooperation agreements between political parties may be a bit like a marriage but as we know, half of all marriages end in divorce. Is it too pessimistic to think there’s a high chance the impending nuptials between the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens will end in a messy, acrimonious divorce or worse never even make it to the …

Cooperation agreements between political parties may be a bit like a marriage but as we know, half of all marriages end in divorce. Is it too pessimistic to think there’s a high chance the impending nuptials between the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens will end in a messy, acrimonious divorce or worse never even make it to the …

News & Insights  |  Posted July 15, 2021

Earth Overshoot Day, can corporate social responsibility hit the target?

At some point later in the year, you might sit down to enjoy a nice burger or make a quick stop to fill your car with petrol or even splash out and buy some fruit that is out of season. Well done — you’ve just added to the increasing ‘debt’ of climate change.

At some point later in the year, you might sit down to enjoy a nice burger or make a quick stop to fill your car with petrol or even splash out and buy some fruit that is out of season. Well done — you’ve just added to the increasing ‘debt’ of climate change.

News & Insights  |  Posted June 19, 2021

All at sea – is climate change a losing battle?

Exploring public understanding of what we can do in the fight against climate change. Expert Opinion – Tom Clarkson, Director, Blue Marble Research

Exploring public understanding of what we can do in the fight against climate change. Expert Opinion – Tom Clarkson, Director, Blue Marble Research

News & Insights  |  Posted June 15, 2021

How to avoid a corporate hangover

Back when I was a journalist, I was asked to take part in a panel judging regional companies for a start-up award. There were four finalists and one of them was a small brewery in Fraserburgh called Brewdog.

Back when I was a journalist, I was asked to take part in a panel judging regional companies for a start-up award. There were four finalists and one of them was a small brewery in Fraserburgh called Brewdog.