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Demobus takes centre-stage at HIS open days

North firm Highland Industrial Supplies (HIS) is gearing up for a major event next week, when it throws open its doors to show off some of the best welding and cutting equipment on the market.

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OTC 2016: Why Houston was a game changer for Aberdeen firm

Houston. The Bayou City, the USA’S fourth largest city with a population of 5.9 million, energy capital of the world, home of Nasa and the world’s largest medical centre. The statistics are amazing, breath-taking and inspiring – but they could also seem daunting to a Scottish firm looking to internationalise.     

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Opinion: Achieving cost savings in a challenging market

There are many challenges facing the energy sector, and reducing operational costs is just one. When your business specialism requires your people to travel to some of the world’s most inaccessible places, those journeys can often have an appropriate price tag.

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Opinion: The changing ownership of oil and gas infrastructure

The UK’s offshore pipelines and terminals were constructed to export production from the owners’ own oil & gas fields. Although tariff income was generated as third party owned fields were tied-back, that income was small relative to the revenue from the infrastructure owners’ own production. The field owners retained ownership of the infrastructure so that they could control the export route for their existing fields and for discoveries and prospects they may wish to develop in the future.

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Opinion: Navigating the black expanse of $30 oil

Where do efficiency savings and productivity gains come from when the obvious wastage is eliminated? When the headcount requires no more than a couple hands and a foot? That’s the question facing many of us now as the black expanse of $30 oil spreads out before us.

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Opinion: Is the love affair with pensions tax relief over?

The UK’s pension population’s love affair with pensions tax relief started when the Finance Act 1921 introduced tax relief for contributions to occupational pensions. Now, 95 years later, are we about to see the end of the traditional way in which tax relief is given on pension contributions?

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Scottish Cycling announce new sponsorship ahead of Glasgow Revolution Series

Scottish Cycling is delighted to announce a new sponsorship with leading Scottish commercial law firm Burness Paull. The firm has been named Official Legal Advisor to Scotland’s National Governing Body for cycling and title sponsor of the Scottish team competing in the UK’s premier Track series. Seven riders from Scottish Cycling’s Performance Development programme and four of Scottish Cycling’s Future Stars will be riding alongside stars such as Laura Trott, Geraint Thomas and Katie Archibald in Round 4 of the leading track cycling series under the new team title of Scotland Burness Paull.

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BT leads apprentice agenda

More young people should be encouraged to pursue apprenticeships as an attractive, viable career path, an industry leader has said. Fraser Rowberry, who heads up BT’s local network business Openreach in Scotland, said any view of apprenticeships being considered a fallback option to university couldn’t be further from the truth.