Business on ice

THERE is a lot more to curling than throwing stones at windows.

That is the view of accountants at Johnston Carmichael, who believe the sport gives business people an insight into how to develop a winning strategy.

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With the Scottish Curling Junior Championships, sponsored by the firm, under way in Aberdeen, managing partner Niall Farquharson said the rules and ethics which govern one of Scotland’s oldest sports offer a template for success in the business world.

To wit, he says forward planning, team working, constant communication and the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances are the cornerstones of success in the rink as well as in commerce. Sounds very cold and calculating.

Cocktail joy

THE fields of North-east Scotland do not immediately spring to mind when one thinks of cocktail culture, but times are changing – and fast.

Arbikie, the Scottish distiller which makes gin and vodka from ingredients grown on its Angus estate, has tasted success in the prestigious World Martini Championships in London.

Working with bartender Francesco Petracci of The Gibson in London, it won the title of “World’s Best Martini 2018” for their cocktail which combines Arbikie’s AK Gin, Sea Herbs Vermouth and Smoked Liquid, garnished with lemon zest and “served with style”.

We suspect the Arbikie team may not be shaken, but stirred.

Burns business

AS thousands prepare to gather for Burns Suppers around Scotland, and no doubt further afield, this evening, some Scottish food and drink suppliers will no doubt by raising a glass to the Ayrshire bard.

Discount supermarket Aldi has revealed that its suppliers of products traditionally associated with Burns celebrations will share in a sales bonanza worth more than £340,000. These include McIntosh of Strathmore, Traditional Scottish Ales and Highland Game, whose products have been among thousands of lines sold in 762 Aldi stores in Scotland, England and Wales.

It is little wonder that Graham Nicolson, group buying director of Aldi Scotland, declared that “Burns Night is big business”. Perhaps the man himself would have drunk to that.