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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 »

Two-thirds of drivers won’t take rest breaks on any long journey

Studies show a lack of breaks can lead to accidents

AS many as 65% of drivers on long journeys do not to stop to take rest breaks on the motorway because they don’t feel they have any need to. While 79% of drivers will only choose to stop and take a rest if a motorway service area is located in a convenient place on their […]

July 16th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Tourism visitor numbers increases again

Scotland boasts some world-renown tourist locations

OVERSEAS and domestic tourism visitors to Scotland have both increased by 10% in the last year to the end of March 2015 according to figures published this morning. With overseas and domestics visitors combined over 15.7 million tourists visited Scotland last year and spent over £4.9 billion, an increase of 10% from the previous 12 months. […]

July 16th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Scottish Tech Team’s Successful War on Spammers and Hackers

The Grant McGregor Team

A TEAM of Scottish technology experts have won a major accolade from one of the world’s biggest IT security firms. The 11-strong staff at Grant McGregor protect scores of businesses across the UK – including BSkyB, G4S Security, Macmillan Group and the RFU – by helping their IT departments to keep systems working and guard against online and […]

July 8th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News | Read More »

Group relaunch two major Edinburgh dental practices

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A dental group has completed the takeover and relaunch of two major Edinburgh practices, signalling its Scotland-wide growth plans. Neighbouring Ocean Drive Dental Practice and Vitaliteeth, both situated in Leith, Edinburgh, were purchased by Falkirk-based BeDental in a £1.2 million deal.     Now the successful relaunch of the twin practices is being hailed as […]

July 7th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

South Queensferry sees rush of buyers at new housing development


A HOME builder has racked up £10 million worth of property sales at its latest development – with the rush expected to intensify as families aim to move in later this year. Staff at CALA Homes (East) recently saw a surge of interest from families snapping up the spacious properties at its new Dalmeny Park […]

July 7th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

UK’s largest entertainment company offers new jobs across Scotland

There are a combination of full-time and part-time jobs available

The UK’s largest entertainment company is offering new jobs across Scotland. Sky has launched an extensive recruitment drive throughout the UK, with 400 new positions within the business in areas such as Dunfermline, Uddingston and Livingston. The new job roles, which will be available from July 2015, will offer a combination of permanent full-time and part-time […]

July 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Business,Jobs | Read More »

Scotland’s design graduates dominate UK awards

The award winners

HALF of this year’s New Design Awards, the UK’s biggest showcase for young designers, were won by graduates of Scottish higher education institutions. Six of the thirteen main awards and half the associate prizes presented were won by graduates from Scotland’s art schools and universities. Glasgow School of Art graduates won three awards, including two from […]

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Business,Community | Read More »

Japan has a growing appetite for Scottish food and drink

Whisky has a huge market in Japan

SCOTTISH food and drink exports to Japan have surged by ten per cent in just one year to more than £90m, Scotland’s External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop revealed today. New Scottish Government analysis of export figures shows that a growing appetite for Scotch whisky and cereal goods in Japan has fuelled a significant increase in the […]

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

£3m in limbo as people fail to make a will

Campaigners have called for new rules to be introduced

MORE than 400 homes and valuables worth a total of £3m are sitting unclaimed in Scotland because people are not leaving a will. Included in the haul of estates currently in limbo are homes, pensions, dormant bank accounts and premium bonds – some dating as far back as 1978. Unless relatives come forward the cash […]

June 28th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

£20m Silverburn shopping centre extension completed

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A £20m leisure extension has just been completed at Silverburn shopping centre. Included in the massive new development is a 14-screen Cineworld and 11 new restaurants. The celebrate the extension more than £2,000 of food prizes will be gifted to shoppers as part of a ‘Meal’ of Fortune style game show hosted by TV presenter […]

June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Jet2 boss urges government to help airlines crack down on blight of drunken passengers

From April 1 disabled drivers will get twice as much waiting time in the the drop off zone

AIRLINE Jet2 is calling for an industry-wide crackdown on drunken holiday passengers. Following a big increase in disruption to flights caused by intoxicated travellers, Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2.com, is calling for action. He said: “Under no circumstances will we allow the disruptive few to spoil the experience for the majority of the fantastic customers […]

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

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