Articles by Patrick James

£42.5bn Scots budget approved by Parliament

The Scottish Parliament has approved the 2019-20 Scottish Budget which the Scottish Government said provides £42.5 billion of investment in the economy and public services….














Assets top £158bn at Edinburgh’s Aegon UK

Edinburgh-based Aegon UK — which last year apologised for big problems in the migration of Cofunds clients to Aegon — said on Thursday “significant strides” had…



Aberdeen Standard, Investec in Gulf joint venture

Bahrain-based private equity firm Investcorp and Edinburgh-based investment giant Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) on Wednesday announced the launch of a joint venture that will invest in…






Skyscanner hires Joanna Lord as marketing chief

Edinburgh-based travel search site Skyscanner said it appointed Joanna Lord as its chief marketing officer. Lord, formerly CMO at ClassPass, will lead Skyscanner’s growth marketing…
















Wood makes progress with $200m assets sale

Aberdeen-based engineering and oil services giant Wood plc on Monday announced further progress with its $200m non-core asset disposal programme. In December, Wood agreed the…



Irn-Bru maker Barr expects £277m revenue

Cumbernauld-based Irn-Bru maker A.G. Barr said on Friday it expects its full-year revenue to rise about 5% to around £277 million. Barr, which also produces…












Menzies takeover gets OK as pension deficit cut

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Edinburgh-based Menzies Aviation’s takeover of part of Airline Services’ business after an in-depth investigation allayed competition…



Aberdeen Standard in Singapore Life investment

Edinburgh-based investment giant Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has made a $13 million minority equity investment in Singapore Life Pte. Ltd., a digitally-focused life insurance company…





SSE completes £1bn Caithness-Moray link

Perth-based energy giant SSE said on Friday its subsidiary Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission) has completed the new £1 billion Caithness-Moray electricity transmission…





Aberdeen Standard, Virgin seal investment JV

Aberdeen Standard Investments and CYBG’s Virgin Money announced on Wednesday they have sealed a new investments and pensions joint venture. The venture will build on Virgin…


Scots job market stronger than UK

The latest Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs said permanent staff appointments in Scotland increased at a “marked rate” at the end of 2018…