Another glorious Scottish failure

It’s late 1997, and a young publishing executive called Mark Ellison is approaching Celtic Park with an unusually large bag. Generally outgoing, Mark feels oddly anxious as he checks in to a press reception at which Celtic FC will unveil the signing of Paul Lambert from Borussia Dortmund. …

A flattering letter from two former Cabinet ministers inviting me to participate in the ‘Parliamentary Review’, was not all that it seemed. I ended up feeling scammed and wondering how politicians can be so out of touch with the concerns of business owners.

A few weeks before Christmas, I received a letter (dated 23 November 2018) from Lord Pickles. Pickles is a Tory Peer, a former Chair of the Conservative party and a former Cabinet minister.

The letter told me that I was one of a number of company owners who had been…

A flurry of independent launches, an annual magazine festival and ambitious plans for an international magazine centre. Discover why Edinburgh is the new northern powerhouse of indie mag publishing

Liverpool has the Beatles, Henley has rowing and Melton Mowbray is the spiritual home of the pork pie. When it comes to claims to fame, Edinburgh is spoilt for choice — festivals, the Castle, ‘salt & sauce’ — but now Scotland’s capital is also making fresh waves in the media…

I just managed to get a sneak preview of seven brilliant new indie mags — these are going to be massive in 2016:

Crepe
Blissful travelogues in beige from the Copenhagen arts collective of the same name. 140 pages of frou-frou vignettes in serene pastel. Also contains articles on macaroons.

Fraser Allen

I help organisations with their content and communications, produce the Scottish Business Network podcast and curate social media for the Library of Mistakes.

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