Could Peebles Hydro be advertising the best job in the world?

As the nation trudges through ‘Blue Monday’, widely believed to be the most depressing day of the year, and the thought of getting out of bed and going to work is too much for many, Peebles Hydro may have just the antidote to those January…

Design Grants Available

No such thing as a free picnic? Well, perhaps there is. Scottish Enterprise have recently launched their Scottish Enterprise By Design grant which can enable businesses to tap into support of up £5000 towards design for your business. Scottish…

Newlyweds' p-p-perfect visit to aquarium on dream wedding day

Staff at St Andrew’s Aquarium in Fife were met with a rather unusual request one Saturday afternoon late last November, when a newlywed couple turned up at their reception desk in their wedding attire and asked if they could visit the resident…

Volpa Set to Expand in 2016

Perth-based integrated communications agency Volpa is set to expand in 2016, following another year of rapid growth. The award-winning marketing firm, which has made a name for itself for delivering cunningly good publicity, added several…

Why your PR Activity Should not just Focus on Print

The day most of knew was coming, has undoubtedly arrived. The annual Ofcom study is reported to suggest that only 31 per cent of the general population read a printed newspaper now to stay informed, making it officially the least popular…

Home Owners Facing a Billion Pound Property Bill

Almost 1.2million home owners in Scotland are collectively picking up the tab for a land registration bill that could amount to over £900,000,000 as the Scottish Government pushes forward its plans to have all Scottish properties registered…

Comparing Notes

Running a business can be a funny old job. In many respects you are surrounded by people with ideas and opinions on how it should be done, in other respects you are completely and totally alone: the final decision rests with you, always. Over…

What the Humble Jigsaw can teach you about your Business

I'm just back from holiday and it was, for me, an unusually relaxing excursion owing largely to the bout of food poisoning I contracted, rather unfortunately, on day one. Settling down for a lot of rest, plenty of water and some good old fashioned…

You's to Blame?

It's not a typo. One of the advantages of living in Scotland is the grammatical ability to pluralise the word "you" into You's to address a group of strangers. It's fun. And that magical ability was put to good effect this week when, upon…

That Brand? It's Mine. No, really, it is.

I was reminded this week that, when it comes to brand protection, the majority of business owners actually know very little about their legal rights and that (probably thanks to the internet) a lot of misconceptions about copyrights and trademarks…

It's the End of the (Media) World as We Know It

.....And I feel fine. Actually, that's not quite true. I feel a bit sad, in fact. I had a business meeting on Thursday afternoon. Nothing out of the ordinary about that. The company I was meeting with was founded in 2010. It's five years…

Facebook Has Grown Up, Now You Must Too

The day we all knew was coming, has finally arrived. The wild, wild west is no longer. The gold rush is done. After whittling and whittling away at our organic advantage over the last few years, Facebook has finally flipped the switch and…

The Dog's Business: Down Time

This time of year is, traditionally, a very quiet time for a lot of businesses. While consumers reign in spending after Christmas, and as credit card bills land on door mats across the country, shops struggle to get people willingly parting…

Are you being Served?

I once wrote a blog about the remarkable challenges that can face consumers buying online, comparing the purchase of sausages (surprisingly easy) to the purchase of a PC (strangely not as easy) and suggesting that it should really have been…

The Dog's Business: Never Give Up

Tenacity is one quality which I firmly believe both dogs and entrepreneurs share in abundance. I'm lucky enough to have two rescue dogs, both with very different (and slightly mysterious) starts in life. Molly was found starved and abandoned…

The Dog's Business: A Different Direction

We decided to walk the same way, a different way, today. You'd think we'd re-discovered the world. All we did was go on the walk backwards (not literally, technically speaking: in reverse) but it was a whole new game. Trees look different…

The Dog's Business: Get There First

Our dogs get along nicely, but there's no mistaking their competitive instinct when it comes to one important thing: sticks. You can be walking along nicely, enjoying the scenery when WHAM! a stick appears. Not just any stick. THE stick.…

The Dog's Business: Inspiration from Man's Best Friend

It's a new year and I felt like a bit of a new writing challenge. So here it is. I have two dogs and a small business based in Perth, Scotland. Running a business is hard. There's no doubt about that. And nowadays it's harder than…

7 Habits of Highly Successful Marketers

It's the season for resolve. In fact it's all around us. But the odds of these resolutions becoming nothing but pipe dreams by the time we reach the end of January, let alone the end of the year, are high. The reason? Fairly simple, it takes…

Why Most Marketing (and Business) Plans Fail

It's a challenge in our industry not to come across a business owner without a poor experience of working with a marketing consultant. All too often I've heard the woeful story that suggests someone "came in", worked up a plan, and then left…