Articles by Mark McSherry





UK share dividends soar 46% to £94bn

UK company share dividends soared 46.1% in 2021 to £94.1 billion on a headline basis, according to the latest Dividend Monitor report from Link Group….


Strathberry secures BGF investment for growth

Edinburgh-based accessories brand Strathberry has announced a partnership with growth capital investor BGF after securing an £8 million investment to support its future growth plans. Founded…













Omega CEO King and director Rhodes quit

Alva-based Omega Diagnostics Group said on Wednesday that CEO Colin King notified the board that he will step down from his position with immediate effect. Omega…





£700m of Scottish offshore wind leasing awarded

Crown Estate Scotland on Monday announced the outcome of its application process for ScotWind Leasing — the first Scottish offshore wind leasing round in over a decade. It said a total of just…












Swiss Re exits Phoenix with £440m share sale

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re has sold its remaining 6.6% shareholding in closed life and pension fund consolidator Phoenix Group Holdings by selling 66,199,917 ordinary shares…


Investment trust body AIC makes board changes

The membership of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has elected former Standard Life Investments head of investment companies Gordon Humphries and Fidelity International’s head of…







FCA probes cost of financial markets data

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority announced it will launch two market studies “and gather further information” to investigate access to wholesale data in financial markets…



Linlithgow’s Calnex beefs up board with two hires

Linlithgow-based telecoms testing and measurement firm Calnex Solutions plc on Tuesday announced the appointments of corporate veterans Margaret Rice-Jones and Stephen Davidson as non-executive directors of the…












Abrdn UK Smaller Companies Growth Trust up 30%

The £800 million Abrdn UK Smaller Companies Growth Trust plc and Baillie Gifford’s £1 billion Scottish American Investment Company plc were among the best performing investment trusts of…


Macfarlane sells labels business to Reflex

Glasgow-based packaging firm Macfarlane Group has announced the sale of its Macfarlane Labels Limited division to The Reflex Group Limited for £6.4 million. Macfarlane said…