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First Scottish tonic water is launched


Scotland’s first ever tonic water has been launched. Summerhouse Drinks is producing the new tonic in small batches on a family farm in the historic parish of Pitsligo which stretches down to the Moray Firth coast. Made by combining quinine from cinchona bark with citric acid and a combination of botanicals it is believed to […]

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Starbucks claims Scottish first with food evenings at Edinburgh Airport


COFFEE chain Starbucks is claiming a first for Scotland at its new store at Edinburgh Airport. Starbucks Evenings will be available, offering a range of hot and cold sharing plates with premium wines and beers. Operated by food travel experts SSP UK, the fare will include tapas-inspired dishes such as chorizo and prawn skewers with […]

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

Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables unveil proposal for Dumfries and Galloway wind farm of up to 140 turbines


Buccleuch and windfarm developer 2020 Renewables are examining the potential for a “significant” windfarm in the Lowther Hills, Dumfries and Galloway. If the project for up to 140 turbines proceeds, the partners claim the economic, environmental and community benefits could transform the area. Preliminary discussions have been held among Buccleuch, 2020 Renewables, other local landowners, […]

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

Savills UK to acquire Smiths Gore in bid to “bring a balance of strengths”

Smiths Gore counts rural property sales among its strengths

SAVILLS UK is proposing to acquire rural and residential property service Smiths Gore. Founded in 1847, Smiths Gore has operated as a partnership with 532 staff, across 31 UK offices and 14 estate offices. All staff will transfer to Savills’ rural energy and projects (REP) division or its country residential agency business.   Smiths Gore […]

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Scotland’s “most picturesque” estate (which includes private island) up for sale


An estate described as the most picturesque in Scotland has gone on sale – complete with its own private island. For anyone with £2.25m to spare, the 748-acre Kilchoan Estate includes a nine acre Hebridean island just 100 metres offshore.       Anyone making the short trip from the private boathouse to the island […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Top Stories | Read More »

One in three Scots don’t trust family enough to lend them money


One in three Scots don’t trust their family enough to lend them money according to new research. The study found 34% of people in Scotland don’t trust family members with their cash. Figures for other parts of the UK show people in Wales are least likely to trust their family with their hard earned dosh […]

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

New routes help drive big passenger boost for Edinburgh Airport during March

Edinburgh airport drop off charges

PASSENGER numbers at Edinburgh Airport increased by almost 7% in March. The airport said it handled 791,975 passengers, an increase of 6.8%. Domestic passenger numbers showed particularly strong growth of 8.7% or 432,935 passengers.   New and increased services are driving this growth, according to the airport. These include Ryanair’s new Stansted service, which now […]

April 13th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh signs £1.5m fit-out contract with Thomas Johnstone

Entrance from Gardens

A COMPANY which specialises in fitting out buildings has won a £1.5m contract with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Thomas Johnstone Ltd is converting a former language school building into a three-storey events hub for everything from birthday parties and weddings to business conferences. The commercial enterprises arm of the college specialises in […]

April 13th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

CalMac in line for food award for sourcing Scottish produce


FERRY operator Caledonian MacBrayne has received a nomination at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards. CalMac is in line for an award in the Scottish sourcing category. The firm says nine of its 10 major vessels has received VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best accreditation this year.   The on-board Mariners Cafes all include more than 50% […]

April 13th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Lighthouse building with links to Robert Louis Stevenson up for sale


A lighthouse bothy designed by the father of Robert Louis Stevenson has been put on the market for just £95,000. Lighthouse Stores in Sutherland was built in the 1860s and has no running water or electricity. The perfect spot for anyone looking to get away from modern life the closest neighbour is a small scattering […]

April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

New “Emergency Management” diploma launched

The diploma will teach industry leaders to deal with emergency situations

A NEW diploma is being launched to train professionals in emergency management and emergency reputation management. The diploma has been designed by FIOR, a security, fire safety and incident response consultancy headed up by a former police and fire chiefs. It is designed to train managers to lead in critical and highly pressured situations in the […]

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

Insolvency expert brands director disqualification laws “toothless” and demands three year ban

Edinburgh is on council taking part in the scheme

TOUGHER laws are needed to force rogue company bosses to cooperate with insolvency practitioners. Matt Henderson, Head of Restructuring at Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants, has branded the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 “toothless”. He wants the law beefed up so that directors who shirk their responsibilities can be disqualified for three years.   Mr Henderson […]

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

Thames Water claims business customers saved £500,000 since it entered the market

Thames Water's business division says more Scottish firms should use their freedom to switch supplier

Thames Water Commercial Services (TWCS) claims it has saved Scottish businesses £500,000 since entering the market 18 months ago. The firm says it has attracted more than 130 customers who have enjoyed average savings of between 10-15% on their annual water spend. Since 2008, when the retail market was opened to competition in Scotland, around […]

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

Two awards for Scotland’s first potato vodka producer

Graeme and Caroline Jarron front

Scotland’s first potato vodka producer has won two major awards after only three months on the market. Ogilvy Vodka was selected out of more than 1,500 entrants at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition winning a double gold medal for packaging and a silver for spirit. Graeme Jarron, founder of Ogilvy Spirits, said: “I […]

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

Scotland’s first ice bar opens in Glasgow


Glasgow has joined the likes of New York, Tokyo, Stockholm and Moscow with the launch of Baltic Ice Scotland’s first ice bar. Constructed entirely of solid and sculpted ice, the Baltic Ice Bar at Snow Factor Braehead can hold up to 20 people.     Jackets are provided and patrons will be able to book […]

April 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Lufthansa cancels 60th anniversary celebrations out of respect for Alps crash victims

The celebrations were due to go ahead in the middle of April

AIRLINE Lufthansa has cancelled the planned celebration of its 60th anniversary out of respect for the victims of the Alps disaster. The anniversary celebrations were planned for April 15 but the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, with the loss of all 150 passengers, has forced a rethink.   The company said in a statement: “Instead […]

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

Education, keeping graduates and better transport are the keys to business success in Scotland, says forum

Transport between Scotland and England needs to be improved, said the forum

RECRUITMENT companies in Scotland say investment in education, keeping graduates and boosting transport are key to economic success. A new regional business forum, made up of some of the top recruitment companies in Scotland, agreed the strategy would boost employment growth. The forum, facilitated by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), says heavy investment […]

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

Glenmorangie and Arbeg win gold at international whisky awards

Glenmorangie took home the award for Best Highland Single Malt

GLENMORANGIE and Ardbeg triumphed in the recent whisky awards season, taking home an impressive hoard of gold medals from a number of international competitions. Glenmorangie’s Original, Quinta Ruban and 25 Years Old, and Ardbeg’s Corryvreckan all took home double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The World Whiskies Awards also praised the […]

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

New beer flavour to celebrate Spring

The Rhubarb Saison will debut next month

A SCOTS brewing company is bringing out a unique flavour of beer to celebrate Spring. St Andrews Brewing Company in Fife will debut their latest beer – a Rhubarb Saison – next month. The rhubarb, grown at the St Andrews Botanic Gardens, will give the beer a slightly tart flavour and is expected to be […]

March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

FirstGroup thanks passengers and employees before handover

On Wednesday 1 April operations at First ScotRail will transfer to a new franchise run by Abellio, with sleeper services to be operated by the newly created Caledonian Sleeper franchise, run by Serco. FirstGroup Chief Executive Tim O’Toole has thanked the team and employess at First ScotRail ahead of the handover. He continued: “Above all, […]

March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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