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Scottish retail sector 'not yet out of the woods' as dreich May weather hits sales; Scottish retailers are seeing a "slow return towards normality" but total sales remained in negative territory last month, new figures today reveal. Jun 16, 2021 570
Scots oil service firms Wood and TWMA cheer contract extensions in Norway; Wood, the Aberdeen-headquartered energy and engineering services group, has extended its long-standing relationship with global outfit Equinor in Norway. Jun 15, 2021 437
Multi-million-pound investment sees Edinburgh's Menzies Aviation push into Chinese cargo market; Edinburgh-headquartered aviation services group John Menzies has pushed into the vast Chinese cargo market following a multi-million-pound investment. Jun 14, 2021 591
Austrian whisky fan pours millions into plans for Inverclyde distillery employing 30 people; Plans for a distillery employing 30 people in Inverclyde have been given the green light following major investment of more than [pounds sterling]8 million. Jun 14, 2021 572
New PR name joins Scotland's crowded marketplace; Scotland's already crowded public relations arena has gained a new player with the launch of what is being billed as its first tech PR boutique. Jun 14, 2021 415
Milestone as Scots-built wave energy machine commences sea trials in Orkney; A giant wave energy machine has started sea trials in Orkney marking a milestone for the ambitious green power project. Jun 14, 2021 585
Scotland's timber transport infrastructure to benefit from [pounds sterling]7 million of funding; Some [pounds sterling]7 million of funding has been announced to improve Scotland's timber transport infrastructure. Jun 14, 2021 334
Bike boom sees Halfords profits move up a gear; Halfords' profits are set to soar after people shunned public transport in favour of bikes and cars during the pandemic. Jun 12, 2021 212
Edinburgh rental homes specialist Sigma to be bought in bumper [pounds sterling]190 million deal; Sigma Capital Group, the Edinburgh-based residential development and urban regeneration specialist, is to be bought in a deal that values the group at almost [pounds sterling]190 million. Jun 11, 2021 578
Edinburgh start-up wins pitch of the day at Dragons' Den-style investor conference; An Edinburgh-based start-up whose technology platform addresses data leaks has won pitch of the day at a Dragons' Den-style tech investor conference. Conference news Jun 11, 2021 323
Scottish firms to build Eyemouth base for offshore wind farm powering 375,000 homes; Two Scottish companies have been selected to build an operational base at Eyemouth harbour for a giant offshore wind farm. Jun 11, 2021 581
'Bumps along the way' likely despite UK economy growing at fastest pace in nine months; The UK economy grew at its fastest rate in nine months in April as lockdown restrictions began to ease but experts have warned that the pandemic is likely to cause further "bumps along the way". Jun 11, 2021 406
International brand ambassador for whisky giant Chivas leaves to take up new senior role; Ian Logan, who has been with whisky giant Chivas Brothers for nearly 21 years, has joined Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky in a senior role. Jun 10, 2021 345
New 'capability network' to boost Scotland's manufacturing fortunes post-pandemic; Manufacturing businesses across Scotland can "unlock innovation" amid the post-lockdown recovery thanks to the launch of a network that brings together a range of research, education and training providers. Jun 10, 2021 577
Further activity on the cards as key Aberdeen business park unveils tenant expansion; The owner of two prominent Aberdeen business parks that are home to more than 80 companies has hailed an expansion move by one of its tenants and anticipated further letting activity. Jun 10, 2021 427
Scottish kitchen brand Kitchens International with six showrooms acquired by Fife timber firm; Fife-based timber firm James Donaldson & Sons has continued to diversify after agreeing a deal to acquire Scottish kitchen brand Kitchens International. Jun 10, 2021 320
'Academy' offers helping hand for Scottish food and drink firms amid Covid and Brexit headwinds; Almost 40 Scottish businesses have become the first cohort to sign up to a training initiative to help food and drink firms recover and grow amid the double whammy of Covid-19 and Brexit. Jun 10, 2021 580
Guinness taps into 12,000 more outlets with biggest innovation since can widget; Guinness is looking to tap into new markets with the launch of a world-first "micro draught" dispenser. Jun 10, 2021 224
Full steam ahead as lockdown sales rush sees Hornby turn a profit; Hornby, the model train maker that also owns Scalextric and Airfix, is getting its business back on track after turning an annual profit for the first time in nine years. Jun 10, 2021 427
Scottish construction sector will need additional 26,000 jobs by 2025 - new report; More than 26,000 jobs will need to be created over the next four years to keep Scotland's construction sector on track after a strong rebound from the pandemic. Jun 9, 2021 584
Scottish engineering group sees headcount pass 1,000 with English acquisition; Scottish engineering specialist RSE has taken its UK-wide headcount to more than 1,000 after sealing the acquisition of a Leeds-based switchgear maker. Jun 9, 2021 416
Scots brewer Innis & Gunn pumps [pounds sterling]100k into business amid post-lockdown surge; Brewer Innis & Gunn has invested more than [pounds sterling]100,000 in its Perth brewery and bars after cheering strong trading since the re-opening of much of the hospitality sector. Jun 9, 2021 581
North Sea oil field firm Orcadian to raise millions in stock market flotation; North Sea-focused firm Orcadian Energy is looking to raise millions of pounds via a stock market flotation. Jun 9, 2021 346
Aberdeen haulage firm driving forward after tripling size of headquarters; A North-east haulage business is stepping up a gear after making a seven-figure investment in a new HQ. Jun 9, 2021 330
'Ground-breaking' project examines climate impact on [pounds sterling]400m of Scottish Building Society mortgages; The 173-year-old Scottish Building Society has partnered with a climate analysis specialist to examine the potential flood impact on some [pounds sterling]400 million worth of mortgages. Jun 9, 2021 574
New Highland Spring water products to hit shelves after Asda supply deal signed; Highland Spring has secured a contract with supermarket chain Asda to supply five new water products. Jun 9, 2021 227
Tigerbond completes buyout of Beattie Communications in wake of founder's resignation; PR firm Tigerbond has completed the management buyout of Beattie Communications in the wake of the resignation of its founder, Gordon Beattie. Jun 9, 2021 325
Edinburgh software firm Craneware seals bumper [pounds sterling]280m takeover to ramp up US presence; Craneware, the Edinburgh-headquartered software firm focused on the US healthcare market, has sealed a $400 million ([pounds sterling]283m) takeover and raised millions from investors to help fund the "strategically important" deal. Jun 8, 2021 559
Former president of Scottish Beer & Pub Association hired as director of Fusion Group; A past president of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association has been appointed as a director of Fusion Group, which operates across the hospitality, meetings and events sectors. Jun 8, 2021 323
Glasgow mobile marketing specialist Digitonic eyes flotation as revenues double; Glasgow-based mobile marketing specialist Digitonic is on track to double revenues to [pounds sterling]16 million following another record year. Jun 8, 2021 572
Land plot sale will lead to more than 100 new homes in southern Edinburgh; Property group Henry Boot has completed the [pounds sterling]2.6 million sale of a building site on the southern fringes of Edinburgh to housebuilding giant Barratt Developments. Jun 8, 2021 312
Food allergy app developer with 1,500 restaurants on its books looks to raise [pounds sterling]1 million; An Aberdeen-based allergen and food safety specialist that has been named as one the ten most exciting tech starts-ups in the UK is in the process of raising upwards of [pounds sterling]1 million to feed its growth. Jun 8, 2021 412
New partners and finance director appointed at Edinburgh legal firm Dickson Minto; Legal hard-hitter Dickson Minto has appointed two new partners and a new finance director as the Edinburgh firm continues to build up its listed company client base. Jun 8, 2021 319
Scotland's best-selling Scotch pie available in Marks & Spencer for first time; Scotland's best-selling Scotch pie will be available in Marks & Spencer stores for the first time after a new supply agreement was sealed. Jun 8, 2021 216
Edinburgh edtech firm Gecko plots US expansion and unveils 'major coup' hire; Gecko, the Edinburgh-based education technology specialist, is plotting further global expansion after hiring a high-profile chairman in a "major coup". Jun 7, 2021 584
Scottish hotels group eyes bounce back with roll out of [pounds sterling]1 million 'jobs academy'; A Scottish hotels group that runs seven establishments in some of the country's most scenic locations is putting [pounds sterling]1 million behind a recruitment drive as the industry attempts to get back on its feet. Jun 7, 2021 556
Scottish art gallery founded more than four decades ago hits market; A Scottish art gallery and picture framing business founded more than 40 years ago has been put up for sale. Jun 7, 2021 328
Takeover of Sheese maker Bute Island Foods to trigger flurry of vegan food activity; Experts are predicting a surge in activity in the vegan and plant-based food sector following the recent acquisition of a prominent Scottish player. Jun 7, 2021 583
Edinburgh's Commsworld presses button on staff shares scheme: new appointments; Commsworld, the Edinburgh-headquartered communications network provider, has taken steps to increase its employee ownership of the business by launching a staff shares scheme. Jun 7, 2021 453
160-tonne 'reactor' winds its way to East Lothian as part of vast [pounds sterling]1.8 billion wind farm; Construction of a giant offshore wind farm has taken a slow but critical step forward after the delivery of a massive "shunt reactor". Jun 7, 2021 347
Tesco calls an end to buying partnership with French giant Carrefour; Supermarket giant Tesco is to call an end to its buying partnership with French peer Carrefour after three years. Jun 7, 2021 328
B&M set to unveil bumper earnings as cash-strapped shoppers go bargain hunting; B&M, the fast-growing discount retailer, is expected to unveil bumper earnings for the past year as its value proposition continued to draw in customers during the pandemic. May 29, 2021 438
Jobs warning as owner managed businesses struggle to come out of lockdown; Owner managed businesses are struggling to come out of lockdown with about one in ten likely to axe jobs in the next three to six months, a report today suggests. May 29, 2021 303
Aircraft order books stabilise but recovery prospects remain bumpy; Aircraft order books have stabilised but recovery prospects for the industry remain fragile as borders stay shut due to the pandemic. May 29, 2021 348
Irn-Bru maker AG Barr promises extra fizz with 'exciting consumer engagement' after sales steady; Irn-Bru maker AG Barr is looking to put some extra fizz into its sales with "exciting consumer engagement and marketing activity" after reporting "encouraging" recent trading. May 28, 2021 586
Scottish business confidence hits Covid-period high as engineering turns positive; Business confidence in Scotland has climbed to its highest level since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, according to Bank of Scotland. May 28, 2021 591
Work kicks off on one of the largest decommissioning projects in North Sea, supporting 500 jobs; Work has started on one of the largest decommissioning projects in the North Sea, involving more than 500 people. May 28, 2021 325
Thousands of homes and businesses in remote parts of Scotland promised faster broadband access; Thousands of homes and businesses in more remote parts of Scotland are set to benefit from faster internet access. May 28, 2021 436
Lanarkshire gin producer toasts success of lockdown virtual tasting experiences; A Lanarkshire-based gin producer is eyeing further growth after toasting the success of its virtual tasting experiences. May 28, 2021 321
Multi-million investment in boutique Highland hotels and bakery creates scores of jobs; Hotel chain Black Sheep Hotels has invested more than [pounds sterling]20 million in its Highland portfolio of boutique establishments and lodges, creating more than 80 jobs. May 14, 2021 345
Eden Mill gins to hit more supermarket shelves after Fife distiller seals new partnership; Eden Mill, the Fife distiller and brewer, has cheered a new partnership with French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, vastly widening its gin distribution across the UK. May 14, 2021 446
Retail chain The Works encouraged by post-lockdown sales pick-up after tough year: reaction; Books and hobbies chain The Works has enjoyed a post-lockdown jump in store sales leading to a dip in booming online trade. Financial report May 14, 2021 572
Edinburgh funds firm Saracen acquired by Martin Gilbert's AssetCo in seven-figure deal; Saracen, the Edinburgh-based fund management business, has been acquired by an investment vehicle chaired by Scottish financial services veteran Martin Gilbert in a seven-figure deal. May 14, 2021 586
Green light granted for more than 80 flats and family homes in picturesque Fife coastal village; Housebuilder Cala has been given the green light for more than 80 new homes in the picturesque Fife coastal village of Aberdour after the original plans were redrawn. May 14, 2021 322
Growth in store as giant Scottish data centre serving two million people changes hands; A Scottish data centre and cloud services provider has acquired a giant Lanarkshire facility that provides IT services for an estimated two million people across the country. May 14, 2021 302
Thousands more Scottish homes to gain full-fibre broadband as BT accelerates roll-out; Telecoms giant BT plans to invest parts of a government tax deduction in rolling out its fibre broadband network to an additional five million homes, potentially leading to thousands of extra jobs. May 13, 2021 598
Shake-up at top as Scottish angel syndicate rolls out new growth plan; TriCapital Angel Investors, the Scottish angel syndicate, has announced a shake-up at the top as it rolls out a new growth plan. May 13, 2021 575
Edinburgh named second top UK city for residential property investment in major study; Edinburgh has become the only Scottish city to make it into a top ten ranking for residential investment opportunities across the UK. May 13, 2021 572
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust: record annual return and some candid comments; Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, the flagship fund managed by Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford, has recorded its strongest ever annual return for shareholders, more than doubling in value. May 13, 2021 441
'Landmark' office building in Edinburgh's Fountainbridge completes; A "landmark" seven-floor office building in the west end of Edinburgh has achieved completion, with its backers confident of attracting occupants despite the shift to home and blended working. May 12, 2021 436
Owner of Scottish motor chain Macklin sees pent-up lockdown demand lead to showroom rush; Vertu Motors, the car dealership group with more than a dozen Macklin Motors showrooms in Scotland, has seen sales gather pace after reopening its doors to walk-in customers and putting Brexit uncertainty "behind us". May 12, 2021 418
FinTech Scotland pushes button on ten-year 'digital recovery roadmap'; FinTech Scotland is developing a ten-year roadmap to help drive a "digital enabled net zero economic recovery". May 12, 2021 602
Scottish Equity Partners seals 'significant' investment in one of world's top regulatory technology companies; Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has continued its recent run of activity after completing a "significant" investment in one of the world's top regulatory technology companies. May 11, 2021 580
BT unveils plans for vast new Dundee office to house 1,000 workers; Telecoms and broadband giant BT has unveiled plans to develop a multi-million-pound contact centre in Dundee which will become the new home to some 1,000 staff. May 11, 2021 580
Treasury offloads another [pounds sterling]1 billion-plus slice of RBS parent NatWest Group; More than [pounds sterling]1 billion has been raised for taxpayer coffers after the UK government offloaded another tranche of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland parent NatWest Group. May 11, 2021 421
Morrisons sees surge in food-to-go sales as Brits take to road again; Morrisons continued to see robust sales in the past three months as the supermarket chain benefited from remaining open as "non-essential" retailers were forced to shut their doors. May 11, 2021 602
Third generation Fife bakery business heads west to open first-ever drive-thru branch; A Fife bakery business is taking on the might of Starbucks and Costa with plans for its first "drive-up and drive-thru" store. May 11, 2021 423
Glasgow packaging firm Macfarlane flags 'year of good progress' despite cost pressures; Macfarlane Group, the Glasgow-headquartered protective packaging provider, is expecting "another year of good progress" despite warning of continuing supply shortages and raw material price increases for the remainder of 2021. May 11, 2021 336
Fast-growing Edinburgh fintech appoints high-profile chairman as revenues top [pounds sterling]10m; An Edinburgh-based financial technology firm set up less than three years ago has appointed its first chairman after reporting revenues of more than [pounds sterling]10 million. May 10, 2021 407
New chairman appointments unveiled at Morton Fraser and Wheatley; Scottish legal firm Morton Fraser has appointed Jenny Dickson as its new chairman. May 10, 2021 435
Scots-born executive confirmed as new boss of hotel giant Travelodge; Scots-born executive Craig Bonnar has been appointed as the new boss of Travelodge, the budget hotel chain with almost 600 sites across the UK. May 10, 2021 578
Morrisons sales in spotlight amid prospect of rising food prices; Analysts will this week scrutinise Morrisons' first-quarter trading update for any signs of food inflationary pressures amid talk of a possible hike in interest rates in the months ahead. May 8, 2021 414
Firms warned to act now as taxman ramps up investigation activity; Tax investigation activity is on the rise, triggering a hike in businesses and individuals seeking support, accountants have said. May 7, 2021 437
Reaction: British Airways owner IAG 'still in emergency mode' after huge quarterly losses; British Airways owner IAG has called for greater ambition from the UK government over the lifting of travel restrictions as the group racked up massive first-quarter losses. Financial report May 7, 2021 597
60m contracts awarded to build half-kilometre breakwater at Aberdeen Harbour; Aberdeen Harbour Board has awarded new contracts worth [pounds sterling]60 million for the construction of a breakwater more than half a kilometre long. May 7, 2021 307
'Building back with a bang' as construction sector recovery continues, but inflation rears head; Construction firms saw a "strong" increase in activity last month as pandemic restrictions continued to ease, according to a key report. May 7, 2021 317
Broadcaster Sky takes wraps off first ever Scottish retail store; Broadcasting and broadband giant Sky has opened its first ever retail shop in Scotland. May 6, 2021 357
Edinburgh's Par Equity leads [pounds sterling]2 million investment in fast-growing data management specialist; Par Equity, the Edinburgh-based investor, has led an investment of [pounds sterling]2 million into a fast-growing data management specialist. May 5, 2021 341
Glasgow supermarket next to Ibrox stadium bought as part of [pounds sterling]24m property deal; A supermarket site adjacent to Ibrox football stadium in Glasgow has been acquired by a property fund as part of an eight-figure deal. May 4, 2021 327
Merger creates 'significant social investment opportunities' to aid Scotland's recovery; Two funding organisations have come together, creating "significant social investment opportunities" to aid Scotland's economic recovery. May 4, 2021 429
World first as unmanned platform substation unveiled at giant North Sea wind farm; A further record has been claimed at what is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, with the unveiling of a revolutionary platform-based substation. May 4, 2021 642
Half of Scots tech firms expect stronger sales and profits despite Brexit and Covid; Scotland's technology sector has weathered the pandemic with almost half of firms increasing their sales and profit margins, an industry survey suggests. May 4, 2021 579
Inverness language teaching firm sets out on journey to employee ownership; An Inverness business that has become a key provider of teaching English as a foreign language is making the transition to employee ownership and vowing to maintain its Highland home. May 4, 2021 609
Glasgow riverside offices undergo major overhaul ahead of workplace return; Major works to transform a landmark office development on Glasgow's waterfront have begun as potential occupiers become "more discerning with their requirements". May 4, 2021 318
Challenger law firm on hiring drive after pushing into Edinburgh and Glasgow; Challenger law firm Gunnercooke has embarked on a hiring drive after pushing into the Scottish marketplace. May 4, 2021 448
Scottish bus depots set to go electric as eco-fleet takes to the road; Three Scottish bus depots are going electric thanks to a partnership between transport operator McGill's and battery storage specialist Zenobe Energy. May 1, 2021 586
Property developer Scarborough Group targets bigger slice of Scottish market; Property developer and investor Scarborough Group International is eyeing a bigger slice of the Scottish market to satisfy growing demand. May 1, 2021 428
'Boom time' for Boohoo as fashion e-retailer shrugs off pandemic; Online fashion firm Boohoo will this week show that it has been boom time through the pandemic when it releases strong full-year numbers. May 1, 2021 324
Edinburgh tech firm embarks on project to help businesses profit from waste; An Edinburgh-based data analytics specialist has embarked on a joint venture project to help businesses profit from waste. May 1, 2021 426
Scottish start-up behind Lego-like 'green' building blocks nets six-figure investment; A Scottish start-up behind "green" building blocks made from recycled plastic and likened to Lego is stepping up its growth plans after securing a six-figure investment package. Apr 30, 2021 411
One in six Scottish shop premises now lies empty with more pain to come; Scotland's shop vacancy rate has hit a new six-year high amid a "troubling deterioration" in the sector's fortunes as a result of the pandemic. Apr 30, 2021 445
Fantasy sports giant FanDuel to tap into Scottish digital skills academy CodeClan; FanDuel, the Edinburgh-founded sports betting tech giant, has agreed a tie-up with CodeClan, the Scottish digital skills academy. Apr 30, 2021 577
Aberdeen e-procurement specialist Proactis secures more than [pounds sterling]2 million of business; Aberdeen-based e-procurement specialist Proactis has hailed a "wave of success" after securing more than [pounds sterling]2 million worth of business. Apr 30, 2021 341
Glasgow legal firm founded in 1850s bought in rescue deal but 13 offices to close; A Glasgow legal firm founded almost 170 years ago has been acquired in a rescue move that sees the closure of 13 offices. Apr 30, 2021 398
Soap firm based in shadow of Ben Nevis opens new Scottish store and extends global reach; Highland Soap Co has taken the wraps off its seventh retail outlet as it looks to meet demand for its products from Scotland and further afield. Apr 30, 2021 314
Historic Aberdeen fabrication firm secures [pounds sterling]1m RBS funding as it eyes Covid recovery; An historic Aberdeen firm that is one of the last remaining independent makers of paper watermarking machinery in the UK has secured a [pounds sterling]1 million funding package as it looks to bounce back from the pandemic. Apr 30, 2021 310
Historic cashmere firm among Scots businesses celebrated in latest Queen's Awards; Cashmere producer Johnstons of Elgin, which ranks as one of Scotland's oldest family businesses, has seen its green credentials recognised with a Queen's Award for Enterprise. Apr 29, 2021 323
Sir Tom Hunter and Lord Haughey among big-hitters backing business scale-up competition; Some of Scotland's best-known entrepreneurs are pumping [pounds sterling]1 million into what is billed as the UK's biggest funding competition for potential high growth businesses. Apr 29, 2021 594
Scottish Friendly vows to 'build on legacy' left by Jim Galbraith as mutual reports robust 2020 results; Scottish Friendly has vowed to "build on the legacy" left by its chief executive Jim Galbraith, who recently passed away, as the Glasgow-based mutual reported robust annual results. Apr 29, 2021 585
Sizzling Asian sales help buoy Scottish sausage-skin maker Devro; Devro, the Scottish sausage-skin and food ­casings maker, said it had been "encouraged" by its first-quarter performance but warned of the "uncertainties" arising from the pandemic. Apr 29, 2021 595

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