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New 25 metre sign unveiled as centrepiece of Edinburgh Airport

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Edinburgh Airport has unveiled the centrepiece of its new plaza – a huge 27 metre sign spelling out Edinburgh. The massive letters stand at the airport’s new ‘front door’ and links the east extension directly to the tram stop.     A four metre tall television screen completes the external elements of airport’s £25. EAST […]

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

Bill Robertson given lifetime achievement award by Homes for Scotland

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BILL ROBERTSON CBE has been given a lifetime achievement award by Homes for Scotland. The accolade from the housing trade body was presented by Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan in front of 900 senior industry representatives and guests. Bill Robertson founded the Robertson Group in 1966 and remains at the helm as Executive Chairman.   […]

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

Councils hand over £13m to consultants

Edinburgh City Council was the worst offender

ALMOST £13m has been spent on private consultants by Scottish councils in the past 15 months. Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed that Edinburgh City Council is the worst offender, doling out more than £5.1m to consulting firms. Fife Council spent £2.8m outsourcing work, whilst Glasgow and Aberdeen Councils both handed out […]

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

Boost for Shetland Isles house prices

The news will be welcome for homeowners on the islands

HOMEOWNERS in the Shetland Isles have seen the value of their property increase by £39,311 (31%)  since the trough of the last housing market cycle in 2009. Research from the Bank of Scotland has suggested that the rise may be linked to the Islands having the highest employment rate in Scotland. Aberdeen City has the second highest […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Scotland in running for ‘Best Cinematic Destination’ title

Scotland's landscapes have featured in a number of blockbuster movies

SCOTLAND is in the running for the prestigious title of Best Cinematic Destination in an online poll being run by one of America’s biggest newspapers. VisitScotland is urging film fans to vote for the country in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards, where it is up against 19 other destinations including New Zealand, New […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Scotland lags behind in apprenticeships for the disabled

Scotland is falling behind with apprenticeships for the disabled

MODERN apprenticeships for disabled people in Scotland are falling well below the national average. Figures from Skills Development Scotland show less than 1% of apprentices are undertaken by disabled people compared to 8% in England. And down south, disabled apprenticeships have more than tripled in the last 10 years from 12,960 in 2002/03 to 42,850 in […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Edinburgh strenghens creative links with China

Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world

A new initiative launched today aims to strengthen business links between China and Edinburgh. The International Creative Industries Incubator, launched in Shenzen in south-east China, aims to encourage creative and tech sector small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) from Edinburgh to expand overseas and raise their international profile.   A reciprocal incubator for companies from China […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

NUS Scotland welcomes moves to tackle student poverty

The Scottish economy grew by 0.6%

National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland have welcomed new moves to tackle student poverty. The changes, announced by the Scottish Government today, will take effect from next year. They include increasing the amount of bursary that students will receive by £125, for students with household incomes up to £24,000. This increases the amount of student support these students […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Scottish fishermen reel in a fortune

Mackerel is an abundant resource for Scots fishermen

THE value of fish landings is at a record high, having increased by 19 per cent to £513 million in 2014 according to latest statistics published by the Scottish Government today. The volume of landings has also increased over the last year by 31 per cent to 480,400 tonnes. Mackerel continues to be the most valuable […]

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

Development of 19 historic bridge archways in Edinburgh

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Images have been released of plans for a brand new retail and leisure quarter centred around a row of Victorian arches in Edinburgh’s old town. The C-listed brickwork arches were originally constructed in 1875 to create double-fronted openings beneath the city’s Jeffrey Street. It was one of several Victorian ‘bridge streets’ in the area designed […]

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

Engineering feat improves A82 and ends 35 years of traffic lights

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A new road on Loch Lomondside, which has taken away traffic lights on A82 for the first time in almost 35 years, has been described as a “breathtaking” engineering achievement. Transport Minister Derek Mackay has praised the newly opened £9.2 million Pulpit Rock road scheme. The route from Glasgow to Inverness has been single-track for almost […]

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

Edinburgh Airport enjoys busiest April on record

People hope to save money on travel insurance by omitting facts

Edinburgh Airport had its busiest April ever last month with the number of passengers travelling through the terminal rising by more 10% on last year. In total 928,329 people landed and departed from the airport in April. Domestic passenger numbers rose by 11.2% with 432,820 passengers travelling through the terminal. International passenger traffic also rose […]

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

Law firm bags £680K as council wastes millions on waste project

A BUNGLING council wasted £2.4m on waste disposal project – including paying £680,000 in fees to a law firm. Scottish Borders Council had announced plans for a £23m food thermal treatment facility at Easter Langlee. It was hoped that £80m could be made over 24 years creating electricity from heating food waste from local households. […]

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

Marks and Spencer director set for Five Peak Challenge with a difference

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A team from Marks and Spencer are taking part in a Five Peaks Challenge with a difference to raise money for charity. Director of the retail giant Scott Fyfe will join 17 other M&S staff in an attempt to complete the Five Peaks Challenge and also cycle the 1,000 miles distance between the climbs. It […]

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

St Andrews student wins prestigious Undergraduate of the Year Award

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University of St Andrews student Katy Barlow has won a prestigious Undergraduate of the Year Award. From over 3500 entries, Katy was one of 109 undergraduates shortlisted for 12 awards from universities across the UK. BBC news presenter Fiona Bruce announced the winners at the Grand Final at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London.     […]

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

Innis & Gunn plan £3m new brewery with possible site in Edinburgh

Artist's impression of how the new brewery might look

By Terry Murden Craft beer company Innis & Gunn has unveiled plans to build a £3m brewery and is believed to have targeted a site in Edinburgh. If the deal comes off it would enable it to bring its brand back to the city where it all began more than a decade ago. The company, […]

April 29th, 2015 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Citibase opening new Edinburgh business centre for small- and medium-sized firms

A new business centre catering for almost 400 people is set to launch just minutes from Edinburgh airport to cater for Scotland’s expanding SME sector and demand for flexible office space. Citibase is opening its second Edinburgh-based business centre in Gyleview House at Edinburgh West Office Park. The centre will provide high quality office space […]

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

Castle with £15,000 a night suite will be one of the most expensive hotels in Europe

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A CASTLE in Scotland is soon to be home to one of the most expensive hotel suites in Europe with a £15,000 a night suite. For the price of a brand new family car you could enjoy the rooms where Queen Victoria honeymooned as well as your own library. The eye watering price tag was […]

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

First Scottish tonic water is launched

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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

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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 »

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