Welcome to Brodies’ weekly corporate news update which highlights selected legal and regulatory issues affecting the business community this week.

Business and Industry: Food and drink

Latest Scottish government figures show Scotland’s food and drink industry has grown by 4.8% on the previous year and now has turnover of nearly £14 billion. The figures for 2012 show that the industry is in an extremely strong position, with growth of some £639m from the previous year.

Business and Industry: Productivity

This Scottish Parliament briefing provides background information on the measurement of productivity in Scotland and considers recent performance. This briefing also discusses the potential drivers of future productivity growth.

“Integrity Register” for directors

Companies House’s plans for a “register of integrity” for company directors

Link to Brodies’ blog post on this topic

Directors – Equality

In a letter to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Equalities calls for the transfer of competence for equalities legislation so that Scotland can be given further powers to deliver at least 40% female representation on public boards.

Energy companies – transparency on payments to governments

Hundreds of UK companies are to face tighter anti-corruption rules from 2015 under European efforts to increase transparency on payments to governments by the oil, gas and mining sectors. Financial Times article

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Fiona Beal