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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 »

Crichton Castle ready to reopen its doors to visitors

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One of the Lothian’s most well-known historical sites will re-open its doors next month. Crichton Castle, near Pathhead in Midlothian, is one of over 30 Historic Scotland properties across Scotland that will be reopening to the public after the winter months. Built as the lordly residence of the Crichtons and later home to the earls […]

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

Blooming marvelous: Bid to grow Scotland’s garden tourism industry

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Scotland’s £200 million garden tourism industry is set for a major boost with the launch of a new national network of gardens and nurseries. VisitScotland has awarded £30,000 to help to establish the network, which aims to highlight gardening attractions throughout the country. A £60,000 launch campaign, which includes the contribution from VisitScotland, will take […]

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

Aberdeen Entrepreneurs event celebrates exciting plans for Peterhead

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More than 100 business and industry representatives gathered for the Aberdeen Entrepreneurs event to discuss investment plans for the future Peterhead. The event attracted business representatives from all industry sectors and provided an opportunity for people to network and build partnerships. The audience heard from Peterhead Port Authority Chief Executive, John Wallace, who spoke about […]

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

Overhaul for iconic cross-border sleeper service

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The new Caledonian Sleeper train franchise, which aims to see the cross-border overnight service transformed into a world-class rail hospitality experience, has been launched. Incoming operator Serco unveiled the new look of the service in Inverness, the home of the new Caledonian Sleeper franchise, at the city’s new Guest Service Centre. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon […]

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

FIOR secure training contract with drinks giant Edrington

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A company headed by two of Scotland’s experienced former police and fire chiefs is projecting a rapid rise in sales for its unique business resilience services. FIOR has secured a significant training contract with drinks giant Edrington, building on the fire safety and incident management training currently being delivered across their Scottish distilleries operation. The […]

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

BenRiach Distillery Company Named Global Whisky Distiller of the Year

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The BenRiach Distillery Company has been named Global Whisky Distiller of the Year at the 2015 Icons of Whisky Awards. The announcement was made during a ceremony at London’s Waldorf Hilton on the eve of Whisky Live London.   This latest award follows hard on the heels of BenRiach winning the “Icons of Scotland” € […]

March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Moray Golf Club toasts its links with whisky

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Moray Golf Club has teamed-up with one of Scotland’s most respected suppliers of spirits to offer golfers a chance to sample malt whiskies while going for a round.   The club claims to have the longest association with its own malt whisky of any golf club in the world with its own malt being created […]

March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Mitsubishi dealership in Dundee gets recognition at annual conference

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A Mitsubishi dealership in Dundee has received huge acclaim at the car brand’s annual conference. Autoecosse, in Kingsway East, was named runner-up in the New Dealer of the Year category in recognition of its hard work since joining the Mitsubishi family in 2014. The family business is a backer of local projects, including children’s charity […]

March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

AA calls on all political parties to give motorists a fairer deal on fuel duty

Four years after the fuel duty freeze, UK drivers are paying 69% of the price of a litre to George Osborne - the highest rate in the EU

THE UK has the highest road fuel tax levy in the EU despite four years of a fuel duty freeze. Research by the AA shows British drivers pay 69% of a litre of fuel to the Treasury. Fuel duty was frozen at 57.95p in March 2011 but no other EU country’s motorists pay a higher […]

March 13th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Top Stories | Read More »

Scotch whisky sales decline by 5% in a year

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The UK market for Scotch Whisky declined by nearly 5% last year as the industry and consumers continue to be hit by tax of almost 80% as a share of the price of an average bottle of the iconic drink in an increasingly competitive sector. Figures published today by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) reveal […]

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

British government forced to reveal rail franchise payments

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THE government has been forced to publish the Franchise Payment  profile for all the current rail franchises until 2022/23 after questions from RMT Parliamentary Group Convenor John McDonnell MP.   In an extraordinary piece of creative accounting this sees the money Virgin  East Coast will pay the Government rise from £210 million this year to […]

March 12th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Six week count down until Scotland is exposed to the world in 2015

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THERE will be 32 brand new exhibitors at this year’s VisitScotland expo in Aberdeen – and there are only six weeks to go until the event.   In comparison with 2014’s expo in Glasgow at the SECC, there will be at least a 33% increase in new exhibitors.   Annandale Distillery in Dumfries & Galloway, […]

March 11th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Flybe chief calls on Chancellor to scrap “illogical and discriminatory” Air Passenger Duty

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AIRLINE Flybe is calling on the government to scrap Air Passenger Duty (APD). The airline claims that “for too long” the charge has acted as a tax on the UK’s regions and stifled economic growth. They say someone buying a return ticket from Exeter to London City pays £26 or 6.84p a mile in APD, […]

March 11th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Trade waste bin ban will clear up Edinburgh’s streets claims council

Disgusting sights, such as this mass of pizza dough left to fester in a trade bin, should become a thing of the past

TRADE waste bins are being banned from the streets in a bid to boost the appearance of Edinburgh. Starting next month, trade bins will have to be kept out of sight until they are ready for collection. The move, which has already been trialled, will be phased in with 5,000 city centre businesses first to […]

March 11th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Rugby fans help give big boost to Edinburgh Airport passenger numbers in February

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RUGBY fans helped boost passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport by more than 8% in February. Supporters travelling from Wales and Italy took the number of passengers up to 657,386 for the month. The number of domestic passengers rose by 9.5% to 370,907.   International passengers also saw a significant growth with 286,479 people travelling in […]

March 11th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Next steps in £150m Edinburgh Old Town project set to begin this month

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A MILESTONE in what has been described as the transformation of Edinburgh’s Old Town is set to be reached this month. Construction work is due to begin shortly on a link between the New Waverley development and city’s historic Royal Mile. Artisan Real Estates Investors’ £150m project is continuing with a146-apartment Adagio Aparthotel which will […]

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

Slashed air passenger duty could generate £200m according to airport

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EDINBURGH Airport has published a report that suggests the Scottish Government’s promised 50% reduction in Air Passenger Duty (APD) will create 3,800 jobs by 2020 and stimulate £200m of economic benefits each year.   The airport’s Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, has called on Ministers to act now and provide a timetable for the reduction of APD, […]

March 9th, 2015 | Posted in Business,News | Read More »

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