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Business IN BRIEF.

SIX of Britain's biggest private companies are Scottish, according to a survey.

Arnold Clark Automobiles ranked highest at number 11 in the Sunday Times KPMG Top Track 100 league table, due to be published this weekend.

Murray International, owned by Rangers chairman David Murray, was ranked 76th.

Sir Arnold Clark started his firm with a single shop in 1954 and now has 140 outlets, notching up pounds 1.9billion sales last year.

He said: "This is a fantastic achievement and it is a great honour to be sitting along side some very prestigious companies.

"I am incredibly proud of my staff and all that we have achieved over the past 53 years and I do hope that we continue to grow as a company for years to come."

Others listed include Grampian Country Food Group (12th), Kwik-Fit (42nd) and House of Fraser (50th).

CAPITAL Radio and Classic FM owners GCap Media have held talks with rivals Emap over creating a new commercial radio giant.

GCap, already the UK's largest commercial radio broadcasters, are keen to merge their stations with Emap's radio assets such as Kiss FM and Magic.

Initial discussions reportedly took place between GCap chief executive Ralph Bernard and former Emap boss Tom Moloney, but stalled when Moloney quit in May.

GCap are now said to be keen to restart the talks.

Areport yesterday said there were signs the regulatory environment may be easing in response to continued tough conditions for the sector.

Bernard has said he expects further consolidation.

He highlighted recent Ofcom analysis, which showed it would be possible to bring together GCap with Emap's radio unit. Any deal is still likely to require the approval of the Competition Commission.

EMPLOYERS were accused yesterday of not doing enough to improve the health and well-being of their workers.

A survey of 900 firms showed almost a third believed healthy working was a "waste of time or money" - or it had nothing to do with them.

Investors in People said their study showed that some employers pay lip service to the health of their staff.

Boss Simon Jones said: "Despite recognition of the benefits that a healthy workplace can deliver, some employers don't understand that it is about more than gym membership and fresh fruit.

"Our research shows that employees want better support and development structures to create a healthier environment.

"Managers should take heed. An unhealthy, unhappy workforce will be uncommitted and unproductive.

"If employers don't address this, they will see a negative impact both on individuals and the performance of the business."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 22, 2007
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