Renowned artist John Byrne unveils new artwork in Aberdeen

JOHN Byrne has revealed a striking new limited edition print to support the fundraising campaign for the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Stagecoach and Virgin are teaming up with France's SNCF to bid for the west coast rail service. Picture: Contributed

Stagecoach goes head-to-head with First for HS2

Stagecoach and Virgin are looking to extend their grip on the west coast rail service, with help from the French state-owned operator SNCF.

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Scottish Institute for Enterprise chief Fiona Godsman says start-ups like Pick Protection and snap40 can follow in the footsteps of home-grown 'unicorns' BrewDog and Skyscanner. Picture: Contributed

Fiona Godsman: Let’s grow more Scottish unicorns

If you look hard enough you’ll find unicorns in Scotland. From the mercat cross in Melrose, to Falcon Square in Inverness, this mythical beast can be found adorning our historical landmarks.

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Vanessa Kennedy has been named marketing director at law firm Gilson Gray. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Legal firm Gilson Gray is positioning itself for further growth by appointing a marketing director in a new role.

Andrew Hall, left, MD of Jasmine, and Danny Cowie, boss of parent group Jasmine Holdings, hailed the deals. Picture: Contributed

Rebranded Aberdeen comms firm seals duo of deals

An Aberdeen communications company which is finalising its rebrand today revealed its acquisition of two North-east printing businesses in a six-figure deal amid plans for further growth.

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Grant Thornton said the commercial property sector could suffer if demand continues to outpace supply. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Fears flagged over shortage of prime office space

Commercial property experts have today called for action to tackle a shortage of grade A office space in Scottish cities, saying there could be major ramifications with businesses forced to look elsewhere.

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Confidence is 'slowly but surely' returning to Aberdeen, said Dan Smith of property firm Savills. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Aberdeen buoyed by boost to office leasing market

Aberdeen’s office leasing market has experienced its strongest quarter in nearly four years, in a sign that the darkest days of the energy downturn have passed, according to new data.

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'Tallinn is an exciting city,' said BrewDog co-founder James Watt. Picture: Contributed

Estonia gains BrewDog bar in latest EU growth push

Craft beer maker BrewDog has taken the wraps off a new bar in Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn.

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Mark Cavanagh, right, with Oil Plus managing director Kevin Murray, who will remain with the consultancy. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen entrepreneur swoops on oil consultancy

An Aberdeen-based energy industry entrepreneur has snapped up a specialist oil and gas consultancy south of the Border as it targets double-digit growth.

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Fierce Beer was founded by Dave Grant, left, and David McHardy. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer cheers £120,000 growth funding

Aberdeen-based brewer Fierce Beer has secured funding from Barclays to drive growth.

British Transport Police vehicle. Picture: TSPL

Man tripped woman and sexually assaulted her on Aberdeen train

Police have appealed for information after a woman was sexually assaulted on board a train.

Scots children were abducted en masse in the 18th century and sent to plantations in the Americas from ports such as Leith (pictured) and Aberdeen. Picture: City of Edinburgh Libraries

Aberdeenshire boy sold to slavery and captured by Indians

SOLD to slavery, captured by Indians and recruited to serve as a lieutenant in the Franco-Indian Wars, Aboyne boy Peter Williamson’s turbulent early years read like the opening chapters of a Mark Twain novel re-imagined by Quentin Tarantino. But this is no tale of fiction, it’s just the start of an incredible life story.

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Glenn Allison, chief executive of Stewart Milne Group. Picture: Contributed

Builder Stewart Milne posts decline in full-year numbers

Housebuilder Stewart Milne has pointed to strong order book for the rest of the year after revealing a fall in full-year sales and operating profit.

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Flybe has launched its new Aberdeen and Edinburgh flights to Heathrow. Picture: Contributed

Flybe’s Scottish flights take off from Heathrow

Passengers have more choice on travel to London after Flybe this week launched its new daily flights to Heathrow.

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Plexus, led by Ben van Bilderbeek, also revealed its headcount has almost halved over the past year. Picture: Contributed

Plexus scraps dividend despite narrowing its losses

Oil and gas technology group Plexus Holdings said it has taken the “prudent” decision to suspend dividend payments despite revealing narrower first-half losses.

Scottish Investment Bank chief Kerry Sharp hailed 'significant progress' at Aberdeen-based Elasmogen. Picture: Contributed

Life sciences firm Elasmogen secures £1.2m injection

An Aberdeen-based life sciences firm has won £1.2 million worth of funding to progress its work to develop treatments for eye diseases.

Stagecoach's lost SWT franchise has both practical and symbolic status, writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Johnny Green/PA

Martin Flanagan: Wheels come off for Stagecoach at SWT

It is ironic that Scottish transport group Stagecoach has, after two decades of operations, lost its prime rail franchise South West Trains (SWT) in southern England to a consortium including a Chinese company that runs the Hong Kong Metro.

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Aberdeen's FirstGroup and China's MTR will take over the South West Trains route from Perth-based Stagecoach. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Stagecoach loses SWT franchise to rival FirstGroup

Perth-based Stagecoach was dealt a blow yesterday when the UK government switched the group’s flagship rail operation to a joint venture of its leading Scottish rival FirstGroup and a Chinese transport operator.

Wood said the Premier deal will retain more than 150 jobs. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group lands £40m North Sea deal with Premier

Oil and gas services giant Wood Group has secured a $50 million (£40m) contract to deliver operations and maintenance for two North Sea platforms.

Kier said work was progressing well on the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building. Picture: McAteer Photograph

Construction group Kier builds 12% profit increase

Kier, the construction group behind the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic home, today reported higher half-year profits and a “strong pipeline” of activity north of the Border.

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