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Latest Articles

  • How do I change my child's surname?

    How do I change my child's surname?

    Changing a child's name is not something which should be done on a whim. Changes can be minor such as additions or deletions of punctuation or a change in spelling of a name, to more significant changes such as a complete change of either/or forenames and surname. A name is important. It allows others to identify a particular individual and perhaps more importantly, contributes to giving a person a sense of identity. The importance of a name is something which is recognised by the General Register Office for Scotland (GRO).

  • Climate solutions bring opportunity and tensions for rural Scotland

    Climate solutions bring opportunity and tensions for rural Scotland

    Any steps taken by rural and farming businesses to reduce emissions now will pay dividends in the future and there is an opportunity to get ahead of the curve on diversification and realising new environmentally friendly income streams. Tensions do, however, continue to arise in terms of land use. Here we take a look at some of the big issues.

  • HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: 3 ways to use intellectual property to help navigate the start of 2021

    HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: 3 ways to use intellectual property to help navigate the start of 2021

    Businesses continue to face challenges as we approach the one-year mark of the effects of COVID. Using intellectual property, such as the name of the company or product, its logo and its domain name, effectively can help a business to adapt and survive, or even thrive, at this time.  Here we look at three key ways in which you can use your intellectual property to benefit your business.

  • Can ambitious Net Zero plans make Glasgow miles better by 2030?

    Can ambitious Net Zero plans make Glasgow miles better by 2030?

    Glasgow declared a climate emergency in 2019 and the Council's climate emergency working group made over 60 recommendations as to how Glasgow could reduce carbon emissions and realise its ambition of becoming a net zero city by 2030. This article looks at some of the key recommendations, which could see the city - which is due to host COP26 in November 2021 - become an exemplar for carbon neutrality.