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Strength of housing market in sharp focus as Persimmon unveils full-year figures; One of Britain's biggest homebuilders will this week provide a sounding on the strength of the housing market amid government efforts to maintain confidence. Feb 27, 2021 489
Call for 'urgent' action as Brexit fallout dents Scotland's engineering sector; Scotland's engineering sector is being battered by Brexit fallout and "urgent" action is required to avoid further damage, industry leaders warned today. Feb 26, 2021 344
Fintech can drive economic recovery and accelerate financial inclusion, says new study; Fintech can be a driving force for the UK's economic recovery, an independent review has concluded. Feb 26, 2021 613
Legal heavyweight Dentons completes all-female Scottish leadership team; Legal heavyweight Dentons has completed an all-female Scottish leadership team with the appointment of Claire Armstrong as Scotland managing partner. Feb 26, 2021 436
Sainsbury's frontline staff get pay hike and fresh bonus; Retail giant Sainsbury's is to increase pay for staff at its supermarkets and Argos stores and pay a bonus to frontline workers. Feb 26, 2021 466
Property marketing specialist sees virtual tours boom during pandemic; A property marketing specialist is eyeing a push into the events and exhibition sectors after seeing its virtual tour business boom during the pandemic. Feb 25, 2021 574
Anderson Anderson & Brown Consulting bolsters Edinburgh team; Anderson Anderson & Brown Consulting, part of the Anderson Anderson & Brown accounting group, has bolstered its senior team. Feb 25, 2021 313
Primark eyeing sales bounce-back after [pounds sterling]1 billion-plus lockdown blow; Fast fashion chain Primark is likely to have lost out on sales of [pounds sterling]1.1 billion as a result of the increased Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns of the past few months. Feb 25, 2021 611
Demand for lockdown 'pick me up treats' sees Scots ice cream maker book record sales; Ice cream maker Mackie's of Scotland has committed to investing in its green future after record annual sales. Feb 25, 2021 607
Online boom helps Glasgow's Macfarlane Group seal 'resilient' year of sales; Macfarlane Group, the Glasgow-headquartered protective packaging specialist, said it is well placed to benefit when the UK economy begins to recover after booking a "resilient" full-year performance, sending its shares sharply higher. Feb 25, 2021 468
Countdown continues to Sutherland spaceport after order placed for largest industrial 3D printer in Europe; A space company has commissioned the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe as it prepares to launch rockets from Scotland next year. Feb 24, 2021 599
Scottish female entrepreneurs given helping hand to upscale their business; Female entrepreneurs are being given a helping hand to upscale their business with the launch of an online event to celebrate International Women's Day. Feb 24, 2021 449
Founding partner of Edinburgh-based Charlotte Street Partners to chair Street Soccer Scotland; Malcolm Robertson, founding partner of Edinburgh-based strategic consultancy Charlotte Street Partners, has been appointed as the new chairman of social enterprise Street Soccer Scotland. Feb 24, 2021 465
Surge of interest in Scottish wind farms as three major deals sealed; Greencoat UK Wind has snapped up the remaining stake in a large Scottish wind farm while acquiring an interest in another in deals totalling almost [pounds sterling]100 million. Feb 24, 2021 600
Vodafone to float giant European telecom towers arm; Vodafone has confirmed it is to press ahead with plans to float its multi-billion-pound European telecom towers division. Feb 24, 2021 345
Households set to put aside [pounds sterling]3,000 in savings this year - Scottish Friendly report; Brits are set to squirrel away some [pounds sterling]164 billion this year, equivalent to more than [pounds sterling]3,000 each on average, as the pandemic continues to change the nation's savings habits. Feb 24, 2021 627
More Scottish companies formed in 2020 than 2019 despite economic woes; Scotland saw an increase in the number of company formations last year despite the economic challenges resulting from the handling of the pandemic. Feb 24, 2021 357
Edinburgh's Sigma Capital launches maiden Scottish private rental project with 75 family homes; Sigma Capital Group, the Edinburgh-based residential development and urban regeneration specialist, has launched its first private rental development in Scotland. Feb 23, 2021 615
Historic 200-year-old Standard Life brand name sold to Phoenix Group - Edinburgh staff to transfer; Standard Life Aberdeen is set for a name change after the funds giant sealed a deal to sell the 196-year-old Standard Life brand to Phoenix Group. Feb 23, 2021 621
Scots challenger bank backed by industrialist Jim McColl launches [pounds sterling]5m funding round; Alba Bank, the recently formed Scottish challenger bank backed by industrialist Jim McColl, has launched a [pounds sterling]5 million funding round as it gears up to become operational this year. Feb 23, 2021 432
Edinburgh private bank Hampden & Co bolsters board with high profile appointment; Hampden & Co, the Edinburgh-based private bank, has further bolstered its board with the appointment of a director with more than 25 years' global executive experience in the financial services sector. Feb 23, 2021 434
New online platform will showcase Scotland's life sciences sector to the world; The button has been pressed on an online platform that will showcase Scotland's life sciences sector to the world. Feb 23, 2021 464
Borders tech firm helping hospitals tackle Covid secures fresh funding; A Borders tech business is helping hospitals to tackle coronavirus infections after securing early-stage loan funding. Feb 22, 2021 419
Scotland facing 'urgent' need for speculative industrial and logistics development; Property experts have pointed to an "urgent" need for speculative industrial and logistics development in Scotland amid booming demand. Feb 22, 2021 617
32 high-growth firms chosen for Dragons' Den style investor event in Edinburgh; More than 30 high-growth companies have been selected for a Dragons' Den-style conference that will see them pitch for investment from seed level to over [pounds sterling]2 million. Conference news Feb 22, 2021 596
Glasgow office first in Scotland to feature paint that 'eats pollutants and viruses for lunch'; A Glasgow office building is said to have become the first in Scotland to be coated with an anti-viral, air purifying paint that "eats pollutants and viruses for lunch". Feb 22, 2021 309
Aberdeen drilling services firm pumps [pounds sterling]1m into new HQ and Latin American growth; NXG, the drilling technology and services specialist, has invested more than [pounds sterling]1 million in a new Aberdeen headquarters and a site to support projects in Latin America. Feb 22, 2021 258
Scottish funeral business invests [pounds sterling]600,000 in 'state-of-the-art' vehicles; A Scottish funeral business with 18 branches across the country has invested [pounds sterling]600,000 in new "state-of-the-art" vehicles as it expands its services. Feb 22, 2021 320
Edinburgh University engineering students to work with 'cutting-edge' industry software; An Aberdeenshire process safety firm has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to give the next generation of engineers the chance to work with "cutting-edge" industry software. Feb 20, 2021 426
Building tax holidays help push housing transactions to highest level since financial crisis; Stamp duty and building tax holidays have helped push housing transactions to the highest level since the financial crisis, new figures reveal. Feb 20, 2021 463
Bank of Scotland owner Lloyds expected to reinstate dividend this week; Profits are expected to have plunged when Bank of Scotland owner Lloyds Banking Group reports its 2020 results this week but shareholders will be firmly focused on the bank's dividend. Feb 20, 2021 241
Call for urgent government action as plunge in aircraft orders rocks aerospace sector; Aerospace industry leaders have stressed the need for urgent government support after a slump in aircraft orders. Feb 20, 2021 341
Online sales share hits record high as bricks-and-mortar stores suffer amid lockdown; Retail sales plunged last month as vast swathes of the high street were forced to shut in the latest attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to official UK figures. Feb 19, 2021 627
RBS owner NatWest to quit Ireland and resume dividends after [pounds sterling]351m loss; Royal Bank of Scotland parent NatWest Group is bringing back its dividend and withdrawing from the Republic of Ireland after revealing a loss for 2020. Feb 19, 2021 625
McGill's invests in country's largest electric bus fleet for key Scottish routes; A Scottish bus operator is going green after a multi-million-pound investment in the country's biggest electric bus fleet. Feb 19, 2021 464
New report shows stark contrast between industrial property sector in Edinburgh and Glasgow; Scotland's industrial and logistics property sector has seen solid take-up figures despite ongoing economic challenges, research has revealed. Feb 19, 2021 458
Scottish firms look to 2021 recovery after torrid 12 months - ICAEW survey; Scottish businesses are still banking on a recovery in 2021 after a tough 12 months dominated by the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, a report today suggests. Feb 18, 2021 602
'Experienced operator' to open new restaurant in West Lothian town; A new restaurant and cafe is set to open in Kirkliston, to the west of Edinburgh, after a property deal was struck. Feb 18, 2021 227
Highlandwear hire firm and kilt maker secures lifeline Covid funding; A long-established highlandwear company with seven stores throughout Scotland, including Edinburgh, has secured a financial lifeline as it navigates the impact of the pandemic. Feb 18, 2021 450
Edinburgh clean energy pioneer to work on ground-breaking hydrogen project in Wales; An Edinburgh-headquartered clean energy pioneer is to work on a "first-of-its-kind" hydrogen project in north Wales. Feb 18, 2021 593
Banking giant Barclays unveils [pounds sterling]1.6bn bonus pool despite profit slump; Banking major Barclays has seen annual profits almost halve after it set aside a hefty [pounds sterling]4.8 billion for loan losses due to the pandemic, but shareholders will still pocket a dividend. Feb 18, 2021 619
Scotland's economy sees 'significant benefits' from hundreds of business-academic partnerships; Scotland's economy and society have seen "significant benefits" thanks to business-academic partnerships supported by matching service Interface, a new study suggests. Feb 18, 2021 593
Fusion Group secures full ownership of Logierait Lodges near Pitlochry; Fusion Group, which operates across the hospitality, meetings and events sectors, has been backed by the UK's first app-based bank to secure a 100 per cent freehold of Logierait Lodges near Pitlochry. Feb 18, 2021 466
Scotland's retail sector 'trapped in the depths of a dark and dismal winter' after fresh sale plunge; Scotland's retail sector remains "trapped in the depths of a dark and dismal winter" after the run of failing sales figures extended to a 12th successive month in January. Feb 17, 2021 619
Pace of UK's economic recovery from Covid falls behind global benchmark - Bank of Scotland; The pace of the UK's economic recovery fell behind a global benchmark last month, but the vaccine rollout boosted growth prospects for the months ahead, according Bank of Scotland. Feb 17, 2021 426
Edinburgh-based oncology drug discovery accelerator eyes global growth; Cumulus Oncology, the specialist drug discovery accelerator, is eyeing global growth through new alliances, venture capital partnerships and a US office opening. Feb 17, 2021 430
Edinburgh's Commsworld hails one of best quarters in 27-year history; Commsworld, the Edinburgh-headquartered communications network provider, has reported one of the best quarters in its 27-year history after securing new multi-million-pound contracts. Feb 17, 2021 448
Fife ventilation firm enjoying Covid boost switches to employee ownership; A Fife ventilation company has joined the growing band of employee-owned businesses in Scotland with 12 staff given a stake in the firm. Feb 17, 2021 597
Inflation rises and could spiral in 2021 amid 'huge pent-up spending demand'; Inflation increased last month on the back of higher food prices and more expensive household goods and could rise quickly this year due to pent-up spending demand. Feb 17, 2021 626
Vehicle salvage giant doubles up in Scotland with new site to handle 49,000 motors; A vehicle salvage and online auction business is to double up in Scotland with the creation of a major site in East Kilbride. Feb 17, 2021 339
Firm behind rapid Covid test tech hiring 300 workers at two Scottish sites; A medical diagnostic tech firm which produces tests for Covid-19 and other health conditions is looking to take on 300 workers in Scotland. Feb 17, 2021 354
West Lothian firm Calnex Solutions flags market-beating numbers as tech takes off; Calnex Solutions, the West Lothian technology business that in 2020 became the first Scottish stock market flotation in two years, has flagged market-beating profit and revenues. Feb 16, 2021 601
Top Scottish PR professional takes up director's role at cloud computing outfit Iomart; Iomart, the Glasgow-headquartered cloud computing group, has appointed a former Big Partnership PR professional to lead the company's brand acceleration strategy. Feb 16, 2021 618
Former Asda boss and retail heavyweight Andy Clarke to chair Edinburgh's Menzies Distribution; Former Asda chief executive Andy Clarke has been appointed chairman of Menzies Distribution, the logistics business spun out of Edinburgh-based John Menzies. Feb 16, 2021 446
Virgin Wines heading for stock market after lockdown sales boom; Virgin Wines is heading for the stock market next month after the online wine delivery business enjoyed booming trade during the pandemic. Feb 16, 2021 458
Perth-based CBD health and wellness firm smashes initial crowdfunding goal; A Perth-based CBD health and wellness business has opened its crowdfunding campaign to the public after smashing its [pounds sterling]175,000 target during a pre-marketing phase. Feb 15, 2021 452
Scottish built tidal turbine shipped to Japan in 'milestone' moment for industry and Edinburgh firm Atlantis; A tidal turbine designed and built by Scottish green energy pioneer Simec Atlantis Energy has been shipped to Japan in a "milestone" move. Feb 15, 2021 614
Mackie's Crisps uses 'secret' production gear to produce vegan popped chips; Mackie's Crisps is to ramp up production of its healthy snack brand Wholesums in Scotland after investing in secret production equipment. Feb 15, 2021 499
Multi-million boost for Scottish cancer research after transatlantic investment tie-up; Eos Advisory, the Fife-based investment firm, it targeting early stage Scottish life sciences businesses after striking a new partnership with a US specialist. Feb 15, 2021 603
Housebuilder releases more than 600 homes across four Scottish developments; Housebuilder Avant Homes has launched four developments across Scotland to deliver more than 600 new homes. Feb 15, 2021 336
Boardroom shake-up at biotech firm that helps turn whisky by-products into nutrients; A biotech firm that helps turn whisky by-products into nutrients for the aqua and animal feed industries has unveiled a boardroom reshuffle to support its growth plans. Feb 15, 2021 319
Hays results to reflect recruitment heavyweight's global punch; Hays, the UK-based global recruiter, will show that it has benefited from having a vast international spread when it updates investors on trading later this week. Feb 14, 2021 225
RBS owner NatWest and Barclays in sharp focus with full-year numbers; Dividends, bonus payments and coronavirus lending numbers will come under scrutiny this week when the bank reporting season gets into full swing with full-year results due from Royal Bank of Scotland owner Natwest Group and Barclays. Feb 14, 2021 617
East Lothian craft kit supplier goes global as sales surge during lockdown; An East Lothian craft kit supplier has seen sales surge during lockdown with its products making it as far as Canada and Japan. Feb 12, 2021 363
UK economy suffers biggest slump on record... but avoids double-dip recession; The UK's economy shrunk faster than at any point in 100 years in 2020 as coronavirus restrictions hit output. Feb 12, 2021 610
Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin names new head of office for Edinburgh; Wealth management firm Brewin Dolphin has appointed a new head of office for Edinburgh. Feb 12, 2021 328
New funding schemes will help Scottish SMEs embrace data and AI; Two new funding schemes are set to help smaller Scottish businesses invest in data and artificial intelligence (AI). Feb 12, 2021 602
More than half of university students in Edinburgh plan to stay in capital after graduating; More than half of university graduates in Edinburgh plan to stay in the capital beyond their studies, giving it the highest retention rate of any UK city outside of London, new research suggests. Feb 12, 2021 442
Legal firm Aberdein Considine says promotions reflect 'incredible commitment and dedication'; Legal firm Aberdein Considine said it was continuing to invest in its people as it unveiled a string of promotions across the business. Feb 11, 2021 316
Medical and safety technology giant bases new rental arm in Aberdeen; Drager Group, the medical and safety technology giant, has launched a UK equipment rental service, to be based out of Aberdeen. Feb 11, 2021 338
Scottish founded fashion giant Ted Baker says UK stores likely to remain closed until end of May; Ted Baker, the British fashion label with Scottish roots, has revealed a Brexit bill of up to [pounds sterling]5 million as a slump in festive sales also laid bare the toll taken by the pandemic. Feb 11, 2021 594
Scots life sciences firm Omega wins contract to supply millions of Covid tests; Scottish life sciences firm Omega Diagnostics is to ramp up its production capacity after securing a government contract for its Covid-19 testing kits. Feb 11, 2021 619
Demand for Budget action amid fears corporate insolvencies may double in 2021; Corporate insolvencies are set to double in 2021, with experts warning that targeted action is needed in next month's Budget to avoid further damage. Feb 11, 2021 630
Half a million pounds will transform Glencoe inn into 'ultimate boutique hotel experience'; A Scottish hospitality group is investing more than [pounds sterling]500,000 to transform a highland inn into the "ultimate boutique hotel experience". Feb 11, 2021 468
Whisky giant Pernod Ricard hopeful of full-year sales growth despite Covid hangover; Chivas owner Pernod Ricard is forecasting some sales growth for the full year despite the ongoing struggles of the travel retail market amid the pandemic. Feb 11, 2021 442
One in three small businesses planning to downsize office requirements; One in three small and medium-sized businesses is planning to downsize its office requirements in the months ahead amid the explosion in home-working, a new study suggests. Feb 10, 2021 462
Scottish business optimism on the rise despite uncertain future; Scottish business leaders are more optimistic for the future now than they were towards the tail end of 2020, a major survey of hundreds of firms indicates. Feb 10, 2021 593
Historic Caledonian Brewery owner Heineken slashes 8,000 jobs including some in UK; Global beer giant Heineken has announced plans to cut some 8,000 jobs including up to 100 in the UK where its corporate headquarters are based in Edinburgh and it also owns the historic Caledonian Brewery. Feb 10, 2021 610
'Luxury' care homes in Musselburgh and Bridge of Weir open after [pounds sterling]20m investment; The first residents have been welcomed into two "state-of-the-art" Scottish care homes after a [pounds sterling]20 million-plus investment by Morar Living. Feb 10, 2021 494
FinTech Scotland backs industry initiative to promote 'diversity and inclusion'; FinTech Scotland and financial technology firms operating in the country are backing an initiative to promote "diversity and inclusion". Feb 9, 2021 318
Edinburgh fintech Nucleus to stay in capital but some jobs to go after [pounds sterling]145m takeover; Nucleus Financial Group, the Edinburgh-based fintech, is set to disappear from the stock market after being acquired in a deal that will retain the firm's capital base but lead to a "moderate reduction" in headcount. Feb 9, 2021 585
Scottish energy storage start-up targets [pounds sterling]300m and 200 new jobs; An Aberdeen-based green energy start-up has the ambitious aim of raising [pounds sterling]300 million and creating 200 jobs over the next five years. Feb 9, 2021 416
BT gives Scottish economy a [pounds sterling]1.2 billion boost - independent study; Telecoms and broadband giant BT Group supports some 12,400 jobs in Scotland and gave the economy a [pounds sterling]1.2 billion boost last year, a new study suggests. Feb 9, 2021 581
Change of managing partner at Scottish legal firm Thorntons; Legal firm Thorntons has unveiled a change at the top after recording solid growth in the past financial year. Feb 9, 2021 456
Thurso battery cell maker that works with Jaguar Land Rover to float on stock market; A Scottish battery cell specialist that works with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Cosworth and Williams is to float on the London Stock Exchange. Feb 8, 2021 583
Edinburgh's Simpson & Marwick pushes west with major Glasgow merger deal; Simpson & Marwick, the Edinburgh-based legal firm, has sealed a key Glasgow merger as part of its expansion plans. Feb 8, 2021 594
Edinburgh social enterprise secures funding to help minority ethnic women get back into workplace; An Edinburgh-based social enterprise has secured Scottish Government funding to help minority ethnic women get back into the workplace. Feb 8, 2021 581
Scottish industrial biotechnology sector hurtles towards [pounds sterling]900m milestone; Scotland's industrial biotechnology sector is on course to surpass a 2025 revenue target of [pounds sterling]900 million after a surge in the number of companies operating within it. Feb 8, 2021 460
Property fund acquires Rutherglen trade park in maiden multi-million-pound Scottish deal; A trade park near Glasgow has been acquired in a maiden Scottish acquisition for a [pounds sterling]100m industrial property fund. Feb 8, 2021 479
Bitcoin 'could hit $50,000' after mammoth Tesla investment; Bitcoin is tipped to hit $50,000 this week following a massive investment in the cryptocurrency by electric car pioneer Tesla. Feb 8, 2021 359
New jobs pledged as Argyll marine cluster secures [pounds sterling]4.8m of investment; Argyll's marine enterprise cluster is to get a multi-million-pound investment lift in a move that is expected to create more than 30 skilled jobs. Feb 8, 2021 447
Covid response boosts figures at Dundee life sciences job specialist; Entrust Resource Solutions (ERS), a Dundee-headquartered recruitment specialist focused on the life sciences industry, has reported a surge in turnover and headcount amid the scramble to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Feb 8, 2021 335
Tesco shareholders meet virtually to vote on [pounds sterling]5 billion divi payout; Tesco shareholders are set to vote through a multi-billion-pound dividend windfall this week following the sale of the retail giant's Asian arm. Feb 6, 2021 346
Property consultancy Bidwells hails record annual income at Scottish division; Property consultancy Bidwells, which has its Scottish divisional HQ in Perth, has hailed record annual turnover despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Feb 6, 2021 342
'One stop shop' for hospitality owners and investors sees five-fold increase in room numbers despite Covid; A Scottish business that offers a "one stop shop" for hospitality owners and investors has seen a five-fold increase in room numbers on its books since the start of the pandemic. Feb 6, 2021 570
Scotland's private sector output tanks as lockdown hits businesses hard - RBS; Stricter lockdown measures have pushed Scotland's private sector further into the mire, a key report today reveals. Feb 6, 2021 437
Marine services firm gears up for growth with latest apprentice intake; A marine services business operating from five locations in Scotland has pledged to expand its current apprenticeship programme. Feb 6, 2021 228
Scottish deal market 'slower to pick back up' after slide in private equity activity - KPMG; Brexit uncertainty and the ongoing pandemic took their toll on Scottish private equity activity last year, a report today suggests. Feb 5, 2021 618
Scottish boost as Amazon pledges to create more than 1,000 apprenticeships; Amazon is to create more than 1,000 apprenticeships across its UK operations which include major fulfilment centres in Dunfermline and Gourock, and a development centre in Edinburgh. Feb 5, 2021 478
Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel extends backing for Scots swimmer Andrew Mullen as Tokyo nears; Swimmer Andrew Mullen is setting his sights on Paralympics gold thanks to sponsorship support from Scottish housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel. Feb 5, 2021 329

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