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Vauxhall Cars Dominate AutoTrader Fastest Selling List


Four out of ten cars on last month’s Auto Trader Fastest Selling Car Chart in Scotland were Vauxhalls. The list featured the 2014 Vauxhall Mokka, which sold in an average of 20 days, the 2012 Vauxhall Astra, which sold, on average, in 21 days, plus the 2014 Vauxhall Astra and the 2012 Vauxhall Insignia.   […]

August 24th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Top Stories | Read More »

First women-only engineering class taught in Scotland

The new class is set to encourage female participation in the field

THE FIRST women-only engineering class is being offered in Scotland. The City of Glasgow College is teaching a no-lads-allowed Higher National Certificate (HNC) in engineering after female students said they would lack confidence in a mixed class. The first 12-strong class will begin this September – with college bosses also claiming it will begin to […]

August 21st, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Edinburgh sets new record for company creation on campus

Photo:Philip Allfrey

A RECORD number of companies has been formed by the University of Edinburgh in the past 12 months. The University supported the formation of 44 start-ups and three spin-outs in 2014/15 – a total that supersedes the previous best of 40 five years ago. Investment in University-founded companies has also hit a record high, with a […]

August 21st, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Energy efficiency fund “will help thousands”

70-year-old Margaret Reid was left without heating for two days after being told by Fife Council she was too young to qualify for an emergency call out..15 March 2012

ALMOST 2,000 of Scotland’s poorest households will benefit from a £5 million fund to make their homes cheaper to keep warm, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said today. The HEEPS: Cashback Scheme, for social housing providers, offers funding to housing associations and local authority landlords towards energy efficiency measures. Under the scheme, 28 housing associations and […]

August 21st, 2015 | Posted in Business,In Brief | Read More »

Johnny Walker whisky at centre of furious row over its kosher status


SCOTLAND’S most popular whisky is at the centre of furious row in Israel – over its kosher status. The Chief Rabbinate – the supreme spiritual authority for Jews in Israel – has claimed that vast quantities of Johnnie Walker whisky in the country feature unauthorised kosher certifications. Now the Jewish authority has warned followers that […]

August 19th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

The Open Golf showcases Scotland’s food and drink


With the international spotlight on the home of golf for one of the world’s great sporting events, The Open also helped celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. Some of the country’s best finest produce was on offer at the championship. Despite some tough weather conditions, spectators were able to enjoy a warm Scottish welcome […]

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

New model predicts when borrowing goes bad

The model was developed at Edinburgh uni

CREDIT card and mortgage interest rates are set to become tailored to our exact credit history and behaviour, thanks to a new model developed by academics. The ‘intensity model’, developed at the University of Edinburgh Business School, allows banks to more accurately predict when and where their customers are most likely to fall behind on […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Scotland to ban GMOs

The government is moving towards a ban on GM crops

GROWING genetically modified (GM) crops will be banned in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced. Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. The Scottish Government will shortly submit a request that Scotland is excluded from […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Scotland’s first cereal cafe to open this year


PLANS are afoot to open Scotland’s first cereal cafe where breakfast connoisseurs can choose from more than 150 different types – all day long. The idea has already proved a big hit south of the border with thousands flocking to the ‘Black Milk Cereal Dive’ in Manchester. Now the owners have set their sights on […]

August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Top Stories | Read More »

Blackwood appoints new director of housing


BLACKWOOD, a Scottish housing and care provider, has announced the appointment of a new Housing and Care Director. Angela Currie, from East Lothian, has more than 20 years of experience in social housing across Scotland and will manage Blackwood’s 1,500 plus property portfolio.     She will also drive forward plans to introduce greater innovation […]

August 6th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Chinese healthcare to benefit from expertise of Scottish universities


STAFF and managers from China’s leading healthcare companies are to receive support and training from two of Scotland’s most prominent universities. The University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee have signed an agreement with the Strategic Alliance for the Medical & Healthcare Industry of China (SAMHIC).     The group consists of 20 influential […]

August 4th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots women earn £250,000 less than men over their lifetimes

Women earn less because of the "motherhood penalty"

SCOTS women will earn £250,000 less than men over the course of their working lives, it has been revealed. The gender pay gap was revealed after a detailed analysis of the difference in hourly and weekly pay between men and women. Across Scotland the average weekly full-time pay, excluding overtime, stands at £620.50 for men […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

SEPA looking for new chair and board member


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched a recruitment drive for candidates to replace the current Chairman and one Non-Executive member of the board. It has been launched ahead of the upcoming end of tenure for David Sigsworth as SEPA Chairman and another board member in December this year. The positions are due to […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Scotland’s Myriam Madden elected President of CIMA


Edinburgh-based management accountant Myriam Madden has been elected President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Ms. Madden is a Director of Finance specialising in finance and operational transformation across the public sector, financial services and in global blue-chip companies. She has led finance functions in organisations such as Hewlett Packard, HBOS, the Scottish […]

July 30th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Average Property Prices increase by 3.5 per cent to £167,765

Edinburgh property costs  £237,286 on average

THE Registers of Scotland published statistics today showing that the average price of a residential property in Scotland increased by 3.5% . The average price of a residential property is now £167,765, the highest figure recorded for this quarter since Registers of Scotland began compiling quarterly statistics in 2003.   The highest percentage rise was recorded in West […]

July 28th, 2015 | Posted in Business,In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

First Minister meets with Chinese Government

The First Minister met with several Chinese officials

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today held talks with State Councillor Yang Jie Chi – who holds China’s most senior foreign affairs role. The First Minister and Councillor Yang discussed the strengthening relationship between the two countries and how Scotland and China can develop new partnerships in the areas of business, innovation and education. The […]

July 28th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Luxury Livingston within reach for West Lothian house hunters


HOUSE hunters on a more modest budget are being offered an opportunity to take a step onto the luxury property ladder.   CALA Homes East has announced the launch of its three-bedroom Arthur properties at its Murieston Gait development, in Livingston, with prices starting from £260,000.     Sarah Stanger, Sales and Marketing Director at […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Dunfermline staff help Amazon break global record

Chad Boehne, Stephen Lumsden and Gavin Morrison celebrate at Amazon's Dunfermline site

DUNFERMLINE staff have helped Amazon break a global record on its 20th anniversary. Local staff members donned their sombreros and took part in a Mexican-themed fiesta at the 1 million sq ft site in Fife today.   The event, which included Mexican-themed activities throughout the day, also set new global sales records for the company. […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Downward trend in debt cases continues

Women earn less because of the "motherhood penalty"

THE number of debt cases being considered by Scottish courts has continued to fall for the fifth year in a row. There were 35,400 debt cases raised in 2013-14, a drop of 46% since 2008-09. The latest civil justice statistics, published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician today show the total number of civil law cases initiated […]

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in Business,Court & Crime | Read More »

Unemployed figures drop, says FSB

Unemployed figures dropped

THE number of Scots unemployed fell by 15,000 to 152,000 in the period March to May 2015 according to new figures released today. Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) head of external affairs in Scotland, said: “Scotland’s encouraging job figures stand in contrast to the UK’s headline joblessness increase.     “Further Scottish job growth […]

July 17th, 2015 | Posted in Business,In Brief | Read More »

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