Recently by Greig Cameron
When a new owner takes on an iconic brand thoughts quite quickly turn to what will happen next.
Under the control of Bedford based Wells and Young's it would appear McEwan's will be given a bit more attention than it was in the Heineken years.
The independent brewing firm seems a more natural home for the likes of 80 Shilling and Export than the vast machine of a multinational drinks company.
The new owners have promised "significant" investment in marketing and are in the process of setting up a dedicated Scottish office.
It has been interesting watching the reaction over the past few weeks to some fairly hefty payouts across the corporate sector.
Alongside them hundreds of other bankers were paid more than £1 million each to a collective outcry of horror.
Compare and contrast this to the joyous outpourings shown in newspapers and broadcast media when John Lewis announced all of its staff - including the executive team - were getting the equivalent of 18 per cent of their salary.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to be having dinner with my wife in the Rhubarb restaurant at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.
A gift voucher we had which had been languishing on a shelf was finally being put to good use.
It was only the second time I had eaten at James Thompson's lavishly decorated and opulent sanctum.
Even though the decoration has the capacity to overwhelm what I noticed most was that when we arrived at 6.30pm the dining rooms and bar areas were extremely busy.
There were signs in the final few months of 2010 the deals market was hotting up again.
While most players in the market felt 2011 would see that pick up continuing there was always a nervousness about whether the recovery was really under way (possibly not if the latest GDP stats are looked at).
But there have already been a string of interesting transactions in January.
Once again this is a blog post sparked off by some of the great discussion over in the Business7 and Insider group on Linkedin.
Mary-Jo Devlin's topic on 'Would you do business with individual who has no photo on their LinkedIn profile?' has sparked more than 30 responses.
And it is something of a mixed bag from outright no and yes to musings on the power of looking attractive.
One reply suggested being on a social network without a photo was like leaving your date of birth out of a cv as the omission immediately makes people suspicious.
I was recently invited along to a lunch held by the Public Relations Consultants Association in Glasgow.
By sheer fluke I ended up on the same table as this public relations doyen as well as PRCA chief executive Francis Ingham.
It was an eye opening couple of hours in the basement room of Brian Maule's Chardon d'Or restaurant.
Lord Chadlington regaled the table then the room with his tales of the Mad Men type culture ("the programme underplays the amount of drinking which went on") which pervaded public relations when he started out.
The battle of the malls in Aberdeen is definitely being stepped up.
The opening of Hammerson owned Union Square last year was something of a landmark with several new brands such as Apple and Hollister coming to the city.
Footfall has been impressive and informal chats with some of the retailers trading in the centre suggest they are happy with their numbers.
However the Scottish Retail Property Limited Partnership (SRPLP) - a Land Securities and British Land joint venture - is not resting on its laurels.
It spent £2m in the refurbishment of the St Nicholas shopping centre in 2009 and has just announced a £6m upgrade of the neighbouring Bon Accord centre.
Hot on the heels of its link up with YouTube STV is once again going to the US market.
This time it's a format sharing partnership with Kinetic Content.
The deal means STV Productions will licence original Kinetic shows in the UK and vice versa.
Both companies also intend to work together to develop new formats for broadcast in Britain and the US.
The latest to step out onto the landscape is Media140 Scotland which kicks off in Glasgow on Thursday.
Keynote speaker Trey Pennington has drafted up a guest blog piece for us ahead of his arrival in Scotland.
The American, who has 85,000 followers on Twitter, is recognised as a big hitter when it comes to social media uses for business.
So here's what he had to say.
I'm sure I am not the only person scratching my head in wonder at the punishment delivered to Johnny Cameron (no relation) by the Financial Services Authority.
The full details can be read here with the FSA statement here but basically the former head of Royal Bank of Scotland's investment banking operation has agreed not to work full-time in a bank or insurer ever again.
As a result the FSA is not going to pursue any further action against him. So basically he has been cleared of any wrong doing, did not admit any guilt and was not fined.
Oh and the independently wealthy 55-year-old can still work in lucrative part-time consultancy roles.