Re-inventing Aberdeen for a new era

The collapse in the oil price is a painful reminder that Britain’s time as an oil producer won’t last forever. We have been here before, of course, and the oil price has always bounced back giving us another period of buoyancy. But, as each year passes, we get closer to the end of the North Sea Oil era.

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Assessing impact of Chancellor's tax raid

I was listening closely as the Chancellor delivered his Budget last month. I had a deadline to produce 300 words for a client’s Budget comment to be published in the next day’s paper.
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Did they not know or did they conceal the truth?

The desperate news of financial meltdown in Ireland raises the question of how Western European economies, including our own, apparently turned from boom to bust so quickly.

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Hyping the gloom?

Many of us will have spluttered over our cornflakes this morning when we read headlines saying “Spending cuts ‘will rise to £42 billion’ for Scots”.

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Marketing Scotland’s new energy future

In the immediate years before setting up my first PR consultancy, I was responsible for marketing and promotion at the development organisation for the North East of Scotland.

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More evidence of distorted view of North Sea oil

Watching Jonathan Dimbleby’s otherwise excellent programmes on Russia. He was at a BP base in Siberia when he drew a contrast between the industry there and the oil and gas industry in the UK.

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One year on there's no end to the gloom

I was preparing the traditional review of the year for yesterday’s IoD Aberdeen committee Christmas dinner and looked out the notes for 2008. I realised that I could almost have got away with delivering the same messages.

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ACSEF maps out vision for the future

At yesterday’s ACSEF Economic Summit, the chairman, Tom Smith, admitted that he is fond of saying that this region has had “more visions than Joan of Arc”.

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