Ian Knott: Oil and gas still vital to Scotland’s economy

The highs and lows of Scotland’s oil and gas industry are never far from the news. When the sector feels any kind of pain, the nation’s economy takes a sharp breath in hoping that the recovery won’t be far away.

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The competition watchdog is due to rule on the takeover by 12 October. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group hails progress towards £2.2bn Amec takeover

Amec Foster Wheeler has offered to sell a number of assets to allay concerns over its proposed £2.2 billion takeover by Aberdeen-based energy services giant Wood Group.

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Standard Life Aberdeen is headed by co-chief executives Keith Skeoch, left, and Martin Gilbert. Picture: Contributed

Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset complete £11bn merger

The £11 billion merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management completed today, creating one of the world’s largest investment companies.

Caroline Muir will lead Deloitte's business tax team in Aberdeen. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Business advisory firm Deloitte has strengthened its Aberdeen practice with the appointment of Caroline Muir to lead its business tax team.

The colourful artwork was unveiled during a private event at the school this week, which was attended by Bailey's family, along with friends and staff from the school. Picture: Norman Adams/Aberdeen City Council/PA

Stained glass window commemorating Bailey Gwynne installed at school

A STAINED glass window commemorating Bailey Gwynne has been installed in the school where he died.

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Edel Harris, chief executive of Cornerstone. Picture: Contributed

The Big Interview: Edel Harris, chief of Cornerstone

When she was named EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 overall winner at a glittering awards ceremony at Gleneagles earlier this summer, it came as a real shock to Edel Harris. “I was in the company of some amazing businessmen and women so I wasn’t expecting my name to be called out,” she says.

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Standard Life Aberdeen will be headed by Martin Gilbert, left, and Keith Skeoch. Picture: Graham Flack

Standard Life’s £11bn merger with AAM clears final hurdle

The £11 billion merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) has cleared its final hurdle after the deal was sanctioned at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

From left: FutureX co-founder Adam Purvis, Amiqus CEO Callum Murray, Entrepreneurial Scotland's Emma Watson Mack, performance coach Jiro Taylor and FutureX Berlin programme designer Laura Westring at the Brandenburg Gate. Picture: Contributed

Nick Freer: Diary of a tech CEO summit in Berlin

Nick Freer reports on last month’s FutureX-Entrepreneurial Scotland Berlin Summit, a CEO leadership programme that ran alongside Tech Open Air in the German capital.

Kai in the bin lorry. Picture: Michal Wachucik/Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen toddler gets a tour of a ‘bucket man’s lorry’

MOST young children would probably like a ride in a fire engine or police car, but not Kai Milburn - his desire was to have a go in a dustbin lorry.

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The diet of Aberdonians over the past 1,000 years will be revealed by new research. Picture: contributed

Aberdeen diet traced back nearly 1,000 years by scientists

The diet of Aberdonians over the centuries is to be showcased in a “Hungry Histories” project by researchers at the city’s universities.

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The Jury's Inn at Union Square in Aberdeen, where the man was staying. Picture: Jury's Inn

Man found dead in Aberdeen city centre hotel room

Police are investigating after the body of a man was found in an Aberdeen hotel room.

Martin Flanagan says Standard Life disappointed the City with news of hefty outflows from its funds. Picture: Neil Hanna

Martin Flanagan: Standard Life’s farewell to independence

The last results for Edinburgh fund manager and life assurer Standard Life as an independent company mirror the general feelings towards its imminent £11 billion marriage to Aberdeen Asset Management.

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Standard Life is set to complete its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management on Monday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Standard Life results overshadowed by £3.7bn outflows

Rising profits and dividends in Standard Life’s last results as an independent company before its £11 billion merger with Aberdeen Asset Management were overshadowed by investors pulling £3.7 billion from its funds.

Aberdeen's Ryan Christie misses a chance late on. Picture; SNS

Aberdeen launch probe as fans clash after Europa League defeat

Aberdeen FC have launched an investigation into incidents involving their fans after reports that riot police used pepper spray to separate rival supporters following the club’s Europa League defeat in Cyprus.

The new resource is aimed at preventing a repeat of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster. Picture: PA

New oil and gas resource ‘will help prevent Piper Alpha repeat’

A new resource for the oil and gas industry has been launched aimed at preventing a repeat of offshore incidents such as the Piper Alpha disaster.

Aberdeen & North East
A screenshot from the video taken from the Pittodrie floodlights. Picture: YouTube/Ascendity

Duo slammed after climbing Aberdeen stadium floodlights

Two men have been branded ‘idiots’ and ‘irresponsible’ after climbing the floodlights at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie football stadium.

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Police are relaunching their appeal one week on.

Police in repeat appeal one week on from Nusrat Jahan disappearance

Aberdeen police are to relaunch their appeal for missing Nusrat Jahan one week on from when she was last seen.

Pettycur beach - Kinghorn. There is a fine balance between success and failure for Scotland's oil and gas

Ian Knott: The fine balance between success and failure in oil and gas

The highs and lows of Scotland’s oil and gas industry are never far from the news. When the sector feels any kind of pain or suffers any loss, the nation’s economy takes a sharp breath in hoping the recovery won’t be far away.

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Police have been searching for four days. Picture; contributed

Search for missing Aberdeen woman enters fourth day

A major search for a missing woman has entered its fourth day.

Brodies managing partner Bill Drummond. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Legal heavyweight Brodies cheers seven years of growth

Brodies, the Scottish legal heavyweight, has emerged from a “very busy and at times quite dramatic year” to report its seventh consecutive period of revenue and profit growth.

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