WHILE Royal Dutch Shell said its commitment to the North Sea would not change with the planned £47billion acquisition of BG, news of the deal will only increase uncertainty about the future of the area.
Having just returned from two weeks under the Kalahari sun in Botswana - where I lived and worked 35 years ago - I would much prefer to report on developments there rather than events back in icy and general election- besotted Scotland.
The importance of shipping and trade to the economy in the UK, an island nation, is business critical and we must continue to encourage and support the development of our port infrastructure to ensure our competitiveness in a global market place.
It may be that there was no "right" way to do it, but nevertheless Scottish Enterprise seems to have made a tremendous horlicks of the community consultation over their proposed marine energy park at Cockenzie, abandoned last week.
FIGURES this week revealing a significant fall in Scotch whisky exports in 2014 are likely to have given distillers serious pause for thought as they ramp up production capacity, whatever face they might put on things.
You may know him as a bus magnate, but Sir Brian Souter CA is set to become Vice-President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) next month, putting the chairman and co-founder of the £2bn Stagecoach Group in line to become the Institute's President in 2017.
As over three hundred guests gathered last week at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards, you could sense the growing anticipation of those shortlisted as well an overall feeling of pride about the strength and depth of business talent in our capital city.
ENTREPRENEUR Lord Haughey was among those who put some very pertinent points in response to this column's warning, two weeks ago, of the danger posed to apprenticeships by political manoeuvrings around youth unemployment.