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Standing Out – Creating and investing in the food and drink businesses of tomorrow

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Scotland’s Food and Drink is a stand out sector within our economy. It has grown rapidly in recent years and is worth around £14 billion each year to Scotland’s economy. Competition within the sector remains fierce and we are fortunate to have businesses in Scotland who can thrive and export world-wide, notwithstanding the challenges in the global market place. The Food and Drink industry is renowned for its innovative approach to development, branding, manufacturing and using high-quality raw materials. However, it is important that businesses are properly supported to have the best possible start in the industry to ensure that they...
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GDPR and Data Portability

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One of the rights given to individuals under the GDPR, is that of data portability. But when does it apply and what exactly does it entail? The right to data portability gives individuals the right to receive personal data they have provided to a controller in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format but only comes into play in certain situations. The right to data portability allows individuals to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services. This means that individuals can move, copy or transfer personal data easily from one IT environment to...
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In the News:

20 th July – The ICO have issued their annual report for 2017- 2018.  It reveals that there has been increased public awareness of privacy and information rights, mainly due to new laws and high profile investigations. A summary can be found here https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2018/07/annual-report-2017-18/ and the report itself can be viewed here: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/our-information/annual-reports/ 18 th July – The Independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office after sending a bulk email that identified potential victims of child sexual abuse. The Inquiry did not keep confidential and sensitive personal information secure which is...
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Career move? Marketing Yourself

This is a guest blog written by Sandy Cullen, a career and communications coach   If, for whatever reason, you’re looking for a new role, or are simply keen to change direction, then you should start to think of it as a marketing exercise. But here you are the product; the (potential) employer is the customer.If, for whatever reason, you’re looking for a new role, or are simply keen to change direction, then you should start to think of it as a marketing exercise. But here you are the product; the (potential) employer is the customer. You need to sell...
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Trademarks & how we can help

As the trade mark consultant within the IP, Data & Contracts team of MBM Commercial, I assist clients with protection and management of trade mark portfolios spanning jurisdictions throughout the world. When a new trade mark is being considered, this is a key stage in the trade mark protection process. When you have invested in developing a new product or service offering, it is strongly recommended that you protect this investment as comprehensively as possible by registering your brand as a trade mark. Ideally, the earlier we are involved in devising, protecting and launching the new mark, the more we...
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