Quarter Past

Closing the chapter on
the last three months
All sectors read and digested for the latest news from
Scottish business, industry and the professions
Scottish house The Wee Book Company, the
publishing brand behind Ma Book o’ Clarty
Wee Secrets, The Wee Book o’ Cludgie Banter
and Big Tam’s Kilted Wurkoots is on target to
hit 50,000 book sales in its inaugural year of
trading as, directed by Susan Cohen, right, it
gears up to ship its first export to the US.
Morton Fraser, the legal firm based in
Edinburgh and Glasgow has made a partner
appointment to strengthen its housebuilding
and property team. Amar Wali’s promotion to
partner status means four partners now lead the
firm’s housebuilding team and comes after the
firm secured new client wins over the last year.
East Lothian-based serial entrepreneur Sheila
Hogan has launched a secure digital “vault”
that can hold important documents, account
details, memories and post-life wishes. Biscuit
Tin is aimed at helping people prepare for their
death, giving family members peace of mind
and minimal stress.
Mechanical and electrical services specialist
EnerMech has named industry heavyweight
Chris Brown as its new chief executive. He was
previously head of Kentz where he spearheaded
its growth from a small Aim-quoted business to
a £2 billion-revenue FTSE 250 company.
Edinburgh-based property firm DJ Alexander
has secured a seven-figure funding package
that will be used to launch what it says is
the first full-service online landlord and
tenant management system of scale.
The business, which was founded in
1982, has netted the £7 million sum
from Santander UK.
AM Bid, the business bid specialist
chaired by Scots rugby legend
David Sole, has continued
to grow its headcount
as it cheers its fifth
year of trading with
a further hike in
turnover. Revenues
for the year to the
end of September
rose £169,000 to
sit at £898,000,

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VISION

an increase of 23 per cent, and staff numbers
continued to grow.
A University of Edinburgh spin-out that turns
difficult-to-recycle paper waste into a product
that boosts green energy production has
secured ‘milestone’ funding as part of an
ambitious growth plan. Carbogenics has
raised almost £500,000 in an investment led by
Techstart Ventures.
North Sea technology has the potential to play
a leading role in the global energy transition,
according to a major new study by PwC and
Oil & Gas UK. The study highlights areas such
as carbon capture, utilisation and storage
technology, aided by the alternative use of
infrastructure and the production of hydrogen.
E-commerce specialist Digital Six is forecasting
a 100 per cent increase in annual turnover as
it plans to create eight jobs to sustain growth.
The Edinburgh business, whose clients include
Celtic FC, Lochcarron of Scotland and The
Whisky Barrel, is expecting revenues to double
to £1.5 million in the coming 12 months.
GTS Solutions, the Edinburgh private security
provider that operates as a social enterprise,
has claimed a world first after partnering with
a global video surveillance specialist. The
firm said the deal would see it become the
only social enterprise operating in its industry
to be an official service provider to Axis
Communications.
Former Tesco Bank boss Benny
Higgins, below left, has been
appointed chairman of financial
planning firm AAB Wealth, part of the
Aberdeen-headquartered Anderson
Anderson & Brown group. Higgins will
shoulder his new responsibilities
alongside his roles as executive
chairman of property firm
Buccleuch and strategic
adviser to the First Minister on
the creation of the Scottish
National Investment Bank.
Former Hearts footballer
Conrad Balatoni, inset right,

is kicking off a new career in the financial field.
The 28-year-old has set up his own practice,
Conrad Balatoni Wealth Management, which
is a representative of St James’s Place Wealth
Management.
Estate agency Corum Property has promoted
Sally Cormack as head of sales process and
associate partner, making her the first woman to
hold a position at that level.
The House of Bruar has generated £30 million
in annual sales for the first time, with more
than two million people visiting its centre near
Pitlochry in Perthshire during the year to the
end of January. The prestigious destination
outlet stated that the figure marked an increase
of more than 5 per cent over the year before,
and that profits were up by a fifth over the
period.
Barbara Smith, a tourism and leisure veteran
who has previously led visitor attractions such
as Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh Castle,
has been put in charge of Johnnie Walker’s
forthcoming flagship site in the Capital and will
join as general manager of the Johnnie Walker
Princes Street visitor experience.
Well-Safe Solutions has secured a £66 million
funding injection as it looks to tap into the multibillion-pound oil and gas decommissioning

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