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Wednesday, Dec 13


Time to invest in rail and let the train take the strain of lorry freight off our busy roads

West Central Scotland has the country’s heaviest concentration of population and much of the surviving manufacturing and processing activity.

Air traffic control centre offers solid grounding in drone flying for students

As the UK’s leading ­provider of air traffic management services, from our two air traffic control centres, in Prestwick, Ayrshire, and at Swanwick, Hampshire, every year NATS handles 2.4 million flights carrying 250 million passengers…

Tuesday, Dec 12


Edinburgh city centre flats rocket in value, report says

The average selling price of two bedroom flats in Edinburgh’s New Town and West End have rocketed by more than a quarter over the last three months, a report has revealed.


Ian Gatt: Feeding the world with fish in a sustainable industry

There is a school of thought among some environmentalists that when it comes to fishing, big is bad and small is good.

Monday, Dec 11


Warnings issued over fake Government grant scam

Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, have issued a warning over cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.


Screen unit aims to double the value of film production in Scotland

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An ambitious plan to kick-start a revival in film and TV production in Scotland aims to double the value of the sector in five years.

Saturday, Dec 9


Number of Scottish properties over £1m being sold falls by a third

Scotland has suffered the largest fall in sales of top end properties anywhere in Britain after deals for homes worth upwards of £1 million fell by more than a third. In the first six months of 2017, 53 houses in this price tag were sold…

Friday, Dec 8


Transport Scotland wins award for Queensferry Crossing – in spite of bridge setback

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Transport Scotland has won an award for its work on the new Queensferry Crossing just days after announcing up to 10 months of extra works on the bridge.


UPDATE: Pound surges to six-month high against Euro on Brexit breakthrough

The pound was trading at six-month highs against the euro as investors celebrated news of a Brexit breakthrough in Brussels.


Sterling dips on Brexit breakthrough news before strengthening

Sterling has struggled for direction this morning as traders started to digest the full implications of news of a Brexit breakthrough in Brussels.

Thursday, Dec 7


Land reform ‘essential’ to solving housing shortage in Scotland

A dysfunctional land market lies at the heart of Scotland’s housing shortage and presents a barrier to building affordable homes, a discussion paper from the Scottish Land Commission has suggested.


Video: How Brexit might impact the Scottish Economy

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Scotland’s economy is expected to prop up the rest of the UK in 2018, but it’s unclear how it’ll fare post-Brexit.


Hammerson takes over rivals Intu in £3.4bn deal

Hammerson has struck a £3.4 billion deal to take over rival shopping centre rival Intu that will spawn the UK’s biggest retail and leisure property business.


Monarch’s demise sends shares in Saga into tailspin

Shares in the over‑50s travel and insurance firm Saga plunged as much as 25 per cent yesterday after the business warned that the collapse of Monarch Airlines would hit its performance this year and next.


First-time buyers in Edinburgh, Glasgow will need £58000 deposit


ESPC said many first-time buyers would need much smaller deposits with a 95 per cent mortgage. Picture: Phil Wilkinson. Jane Bradley · Email. Published: 06:00 Thursday 07 December 2017. Share this article. 0. Have your say. Deposits needed…

Bill Jamieson: Reports of the High Street’s death are exaggerated

Shops are closing as the internet takes over but a different kind of high street will emerge, writes Bill Jamieson.

Wednesday, Dec 6


New laws to protect Scottish drivers against parking tickets from rogue firms

A Tory MSP is to start consulting on proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on rogue private parking firms.

Union voices fears that taxpayers will foot bill for Scotrail payouts

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Union leaders have called on ScotRail bosses to halt their voluntary severance scheme, raising concerns the payments could have to be paid for with taxpayers’ cash.


Shell predict healthy future for North Sea oil into 2030s

A senior executive at Shell has predicted a bright future for the North Sea into the next decade and beyond.

Tuesday, Dec 5


New car sales in UK fall as diesel demand dries up


The new car market has declined for an eighth successive month in a trend blamed on a drop in demand for diesel cars.


Dr Miles Weaver: Students are now a whole lot more engaged with building excellence in the workplace


Turn on the news and you get Brexit, America First, “building walls”, “civil unrest in other parts of Europe”, “profit over people and planet” and even rockets! Whatever you think of the political and economic ­climate, it feels as if the…

Monday, Dec 4


East Lothian opens design competition to find new flag


Legend dictates it was in East Lothian the saltire was first adopted as Scotland’s national symbol.

Richard Leonard in Holyrood motion to halt RBS closures


Labour leader Richard Leonard has lodged a Holyrood motion calling on MSPs to back a campaign opposing widespread RBS local branch closures.


Nuclear power ‘contributed £1bn’ to Scottish economy in 2016


The nuclear power industry contributed £1 billion to Scotland’s economy last year and supports more than 12,000 jobs, according to a new report.


Toys R Us announces closure of four outlets in Scotland


It should be the busiest time of year for the retailer, its stores packed with excited children choosing which toys they want to put on their Santa list.


800 jobs at risk as Toys R Us plan to close 26 stores


Toys R Us has put forward plans to close at least 26 UK stores, putting up to 800 jobs at risk.

New funding set up for subsea R&D innovation

Subsea UK and Scottish Enterprise have today unveiled a research and development funding initiative for innovative projects to drive R&D between Scotland and Japan to tackle the industry’s most complex challenges.

Nick Freer: Entrepreneurial ecosystem firing on all cylinders

I got an invite to the Entrepreneurial Scotland Awards last Thursday night in Glasgow.

Bill Jamieson: Woodford warning of doom – yet fully invested

When Britain’s best-known investment manager warns that stock markets are in bubble territory it’s time to pay attention – if you’re not already sitting up and taking notice after similar warnings in recent months.

Transport boss Brian Souter raps pension funds ‘pessimism’

Transport boss Sir Brian Souter has hit out at the “pessimism” of the pensions industry, claiming that a switch from investing in businesses to putting money into gilts and bonds has triggered an “ever-increasing cycle of unaffordable…