Kristy Dorsey spoke to Iain Lindsay of Taytech Environmental, an Ayrshire firm which specialises in the protection of waterways and the environment, for this week's Monday Interview.

It emerges that among the numerous delays during construction of the £550 million Aberdeen bypass were continuing problems with run-off polluting the surrounding tributaries of the rivers Dee and Don.

Clean-ups were often stymied by heavy downpours that overwhelmed contractors’ safeguards, forcing a halt to construction. Because of its proximity to two of Scotland’s most important salmon rivers, certain procedures were not acceptable.

In Mark Williamson’s SME Focus this week, Fergus Adams puts the spotlight on his East Kilbride-based company Dougall Baillie Associates.

The consulting civil, structural and transportation engineering services firm clients including Barratt, Bellway, Cala, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Stewart Milne and cites Covid as its worst moment in business but Mr Adams says: “We have elected on put one quarter of the team on furlough and have gone down to a four-day week; we have also become totally flexible on hours of work to suit everyone’s personal circumstances.”

In Jeremy Peat’s Business Voices column on Monday, the message is that governments must now plan ahead to help boost economy in the aftermath of the worst of the first wave of coronavirus.

He says: “Policy related to the Covid-19 pandemic has entered a very delicate phase, from both medical and economic perspectives. The UK and Scottish Governments have taken somewhat different approaches.”

Read these stories and more in The Herald business section print and online editions tomorrow.

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Also on Monday, finals are due for Sirius Real Estate, interims for Hollywood Bowl and the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI for Ma are due, with the Intu AGM scheduled for 2.30pm.

On Tuesday Card Factory finals, the Glencore AGM are due and the Treasury is expected to release latest coronavirus loan and furlough scheme data.

Wizz Air and Workspace Group finals are due on Wednesday, and SSP interims, Bank of England UK International Reserves for May, ONS: Quarterly labour market economic analysis and Aston Martin Lagonda AGM are also scheduled.

In the afternoon the former chancellors are at Treasury Select Committee. Lord Darling, George Osborne and Philip Hammond will give evidence on the economic impact of coronavirus.

On Thursday Pennon finals are due and the BEIS Select Committee is also being held into the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers. Thursday also sees the ONS: Coronavirus and the economic impacts on UK and on Friday Biffa finals are due.