The Scotsman / Business

Wednesday, Apr 18


Scotland ‘lags behind most other countries’ in international trade

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Scotland lags behind most other countries in terms of international exports, a new report has stated, adding that raising overseas sales to the same level of the UK would bring a £12 billion boost.


Russia considers banning Scotch whisky imports in diplomatic row

Exports of Scotch whisky to Russia could be hit by the worsening diplomatic row between Russia and the UK, senior figures in Moscow have warned.

Tuesday, Apr 17


Canadian firm takes over closure-threatened BiFab yards

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A closure-threatened engineering firm has been taken over by a Canadian company in a move which is hoped will save hundreds of jobs.


Bound to succeed – getting youngsters and employers outdoors together

In Scotland, our government has done much to facilitate and encourage the education sector to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to flourish once they enter the working world. Initiatives such as Developing the…

Monday, Apr 16


Controversy as estates worth £2.5m being run by Edinburgh council

Nearly 400 people have their money managed by Edinburgh city council after being deemed unfit to look after their own affairs.


JD Wetherspoon shuts all 900 pubs’ social media accounts

JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others.


Calls for ‘Scotland’s share’ of UK government’s broadband funding

A funding programme touted as delivering high-speed broadband to 100 per cent of UK properties has been labelled “grossly unfair” for potentially short changing Scotland.

Sunday, Apr 15


State-of-the-art recycling turns ‘poo cakes’ into farm crops

We haven’t dug for victory since the Second World War, but if Scottish Water has its way we’ll all be doing our bit to improve the nation’s agricultural yield.

Dani Garavelli: Powell speech renews lifeblood of racist UK

By all accounts, Archive On 4 – broadcast at the same time on a Saturday night as Britain’s Got Talent – is a classy programme which takes bits of old audio on a particular theme and builds an interesting and intelligent discussion around…

Bill Jamieson: Between burnt toast and the bubble busting

Here are two views on where the world is headed.

How five-a-day rule could help grow the pension you deserve

April’s pay packets will be looking a bit lighter for some, as new rules come into force which mean more cash is being funnelled into workplace pensions.

Friday, Apr 13


Dr Francesco Pomponi: Building is not sustainable and must change

BUILDINGS are responsible for around half the world’s energy consumption, man-made greenhouse gas emissions, resource consumption and waste generation.


Islands MSP calls for Scottish Gaelic to be added to Duolingo

It claims to be the world’s most popular online learning service for new languages.

Thursday, Apr 12


Lack of supply pushing up housing prices in Scotland

Lack of supply continues to push up housing prices Scotland and slow down demand, a new survey has found.


Michael Doran: The customer is always right

It’s fair to say we live in a time of uncertainty. Economies, companies and jobs are no longer as stable and secure as they once were. Much has been written about how organisations can ­navigate these uncertainties to drive sustainable…


Mark Zuckerberg’s own data shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that his personal data was handed over to election consultants Cambridge Analytica, the British firm accused of helping politicians use Facebook data to manipulate users’ voting intentions…


‘National brand’ unveiled to sell Scotland to the world

The biggest ever campaign to sell Scotland to the world has been launched - to attract new high-spending visitors, international students, major investors and “migrant talent”.

Wednesday, Apr 11


RBS facing renewed fire as mobile services cut across Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing fresh criticism over plans to axe more local services with cuts to mobile banking.


New £6m campaign launched to sell Scotland to the world

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The biggest ever campaign to sell Scotland to the world has been launched - to attract new high-spending visitors, international students, major investors and “migrant talent.”


Five shops every week close on Scotland’s high streets

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More than five stores a week are closing on the Scottish high street with “no town immune” from the carnage, a hard-hitting report today reveals.

Tuesday, Apr 10


Michelle Mone's lingerie brand Ultimo to cease UK trading

It was a brand that attracted a degree of showbiz glamour previously unknown in the often staid world of Scottish business. Ultimo was the lingerie firm co-founded by future Tory peer Michelle Mone and reportedly worn by Hollywood royalty.…


New BP North Sea fields to produce 30,000 oil barrels a day

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Energy giant BP has announced plans to develop two new North Sea oil fields capable of producing up to 30,000 barrels a day.


Dr Steven Mackinson: Industry helping scientists find out if there are plenty more fish in the sea


Good governance of our ­fisheries is essential if we are to ensure a sustainable future – but to manage stocks effectively we need as much scientific information as possible about their status and current trends.But this costs money and…

Stuart Goodall: Fishing is important – but the forestry sector is twice the size


IT’S been another busy month for forestry in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament passed its first forestry legislation since ­devolution in 1999, the day before UN International Day of Forests – and the wild weather from the east saw huge…

Paris Gourtsoyannis: The issue that unites Jeremy Corbyn and Bill Gates


Robots risk putting humans out of work. Should automation be taxed, asks Paris Gourtsoyannis.

Leader comment: Our ‘windscreen perspective’ will take time to change


For decades, the car has been the central focus of our transport system.

Monday, Apr 9


Nicola Sturgeon hails surge in Chinese tourism to Scotland

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The number of Chinese visitors flocking to Scotland has soared by almost 200 per cent in the space of a decade.


Options set out for Scotland’s state-owned energy firm

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A new state-owned energy firm for Scotland could cost £3.5m to set up and cost around £9m a year to run in the first year, according to reports.


Facebook to alert users affected by data breach

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Facebook is to begin alerting users whose private data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Sunday, Apr 8


Insight: Is in-store shopping past its sell-by in Scotland?

For high streets, retail parks and malls to survive the growing roll call of closures, tenants will have to be even leaner or offer something very different, writes Jane Bradley