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Final phase of Cairngorms pylon removal gets underway

WORK to remove the last of around 300 redundant electricity pylons from the Cairngorms National Park is underway.

News
Seilebost beach, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. Picture: VisitScotland/Richard Elliot

Hebridean Way walking route offers new way to explore islands

Scotland’s newest walking route has opened for business, taking visitors to the Outer Hebrides on a scenic journey from through a chain of islands from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis.

News
The pension commencement lump sum could help you fund the retirement of your dreams, but taking up this option does have implications for your future finances. Picture: Getty

Gareth Shaw: Will you like it if you lump it?

It’s always been seen as a retirement bonus – a pot of gold at the end of a four-decade career. The opportunity to have tens of thousands of pounds in your pocket on the day you kick off your work shoes. And the best thing about it? You don’t have to pay a single penny of tax.

Opinion
The Edinburgh International Book Festival will spill out of Charlotte Square and onto George Street this August.

Edinburgh Fringe and book festival to join forces for 70th anniversary arena

Fringe promoters are set to join forces with organisers of Edinburgh’s long-running book festival to run venues due to take over part of one of the capital’s main thoroughfares.

Heritage
Scotch whisky exports rose by 4% last year. Picture: TSPL

Whisky industry plea for assurances as exports rise

Whisky industry bosses are hoping that Britain’s departure from the European Union will not result in a watering down of sales after cheering a rise in full-year exports.

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Clyde Space, Scotlands first micro satellite company. Glasgow is the hub of the country's growing space sector. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland’s space sector lifts off thanks to funding boost

Scotland’s space industry has received a boost after a research centre in Glasgow secured a major funding deal that will prolong its work by three years.

Tech 1
OTC will be set against a backdrop of a 'lower for longer' oil price, writes Bob Ruddiman. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Bob Ruddiman: Offshore conference vital to trade ideas

At the end of May there will be an exodus from Aberdeen as an estimated 20,000 football fans head south to Hampden Park to hopefully watch the Dons lift the Scottish Cup for the first in 27 years.

News
Skyscanner chief Gareth Williams won the ScotlandIS award for 'outstanding personal achievement'. Picture: Esme Allen

Skyscanner chief honoured at digital technology awards

Gareth Williams, the chief executive of travel search engine Skyscanner, last night picked an accolade for “outstanding personal achievement” at an awards ceremony in Glasgow for Scotland’s digital technologies industry.

Tech
Robust legal foundations are needed for the development of green energy, says Gillespie Macandrew partner Colin Hamilton. Picture: John Devlin

Colin Hamilton: Robust laws needed to keep lights on

Modern life depends on reliable electricity supplies. But as the balance between supply and demand gets increasingly complicated to juggle significant investment is required to secure that reliability in the future.

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Peter Vardy's CarStore is on the site of Dundee's former Valentines card factory. Picture: Keith Hunter

Peter Vardy gears up to launch Dundee car superstore

Car retailer Peter Vardy is gearing up for the official opening of one of the biggest dealerships in Scotland.

Transport
Pyreos chief Andrew Wallace said the order was a 'real validation' of the firm's technology. Picture: Contributed

Sensors firm Pyreos wins first large-scale chip order

Pyreos, the Edinburgh-based infra-red sensor developer, has secured its first volume order for its ezPyro chip.

Tech
The taxpayer now owns just 0.89% of Lloyds Banking Group. Picture: Contributed

Taxpayer stake in Lloyds Banking Group cut below 1%

The taxpayer’s stake in Lloyds Banking Group has been cut to below 1 per cent as the government edges closer to fully privatising the lender.

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RBS, 72% owned by the taxpayer, has made its first profit since the third quarter of 2015. Picture: John Devlin

Royal Bank of Scotland posts first profit since 2015

Royal Bank of Scotland has swung back into the black, reporting its first quarterly profit since 2015.

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Farmers saw their incomes slashed again last year. Picture: Neil Hanna

Farm incomes slashed by almost 50% in one year

Farm incomes plummeted by almost 50 per cent during 2015-16, leaving almost two thirds of farmers earning well below the legal minimum wage.

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'There is a real buzz within the firm,' said Thorntons joint managing partner Craig Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Thorntons targets further growth in Edinburgh

Tayside-headquartered legal firm Thorntons has outlined plans to further grow its footprint in Edinburgh as fee income from the capital operation spirals well into seven figures.

Law
Edinburgh is highly rated as a base for tech start-ups. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh ‘best city in the UK to launch a start-up’

Edinburgh has been named as the best city in the UK to launch a start-up - ahead of London, Bristol and Glasgow, a survey has found.

Tech
The resilient economy is helping builders Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey. Picture: Cate Gillon/Getty Images

Economy’s ‘resilience’ gives housebuilders a boost

Two of Britain’s biggest housebuilders have reported solid progress as the industry attempts to close the gap between supply and demand.

Companies
Perceptive Communicators has secured three new clients. Picture: Contributed

Comms agency Perceptive lands trio of fresh clients

Public relations consultancy Perceptive Communicators, which recently marked its tenth anniversary, has added three new clients to its books.

Media & Leisure
Pret boss Clive Schlee is 'reaching out' to British workers. Picture: Pret A Manger/PA Wire

Pret A Manger hunts for British staff to plug Brexit gap

The chief executive of sandwich chain Pret A Manger has said the group is “reaching out” to British applicants as it looks to plug a looming recruitment gap caused by Brexit.

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Dr Colin Adams, director of commercialisation at Edinburgh Universitys school of informatics from 2006-2016

How to make your money work by investing in Scottish tech

Ahead of the 2017 Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) investor showcase at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, three industry experts explain why the time is right to back the growing tech sector.

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