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Glasgow Uni nets $4m in sale of biotech firm’s shares

The University of Glasgow has sold $4 million (£3m) worth of shares in a US biotechnology company headed by one of its graduates.

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Lidl's 'Isle of Ale' craft beer festival kicks off today. Picture: Peter Sandground

Lidl launches first Scottish ‘craft beer festival’

Lidl today joined the Scottish craft beer bandwagon by launching its first “festival” in conjunction with 13 brewers.

Retail
A fishing boat enters Port Seton. The value of fish landings reached a record high in 2016. Picture: Julie Bull/TSPL

Value of fishing in Scotland reaches record high

The value of Scotland’s fishing industry has reached a record high ahead of the Brexit negotiations which will determine its future.

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Petrofac's offices in Aberdeen. Picture: Contributed

Petrofac executive suspended amid fraud investigation

Oil services firm Petrofac has suspended its chief operating officer, Marwan Chedid, following a corruption and bribery probe by Britain’s fraud squad.

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Investment in agri-tech can help transform Scotland's farming industry. Picture: Michael Gillen

Agri-tech investment in Scotland poised to pay off

Despite the well-documented statistics showing growth in productivity on UK farms was falling behind their competitors, the recent major re-investment in the agri-tech sector means the country is well placed to lead the world in the testing and development of new technologies for the industry.

Farming
Dawn Meats and Dunbia are combining their operations in the UK. Picture: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Meat processing giants unveil merger plan for UK arms

Two of the country’s largest meat companies – which between them handle 900,000 cattle and 2.6 million sheep annually – have announced a merger deal that will see their business operations combined in a joint venture.

Farming
Grant Campbell of law firm Brodies said an information audit is an 'essential building block' for companies' compliance strategies. Picture: Contributed

Firms unprepared for tough new data protection laws

One in four UK businesses are deaf to the biggest shake-up in data protection law in 20 years, a report out today suggests.

Law
'M&S seems to live in a perpetual turnaround programme,' writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: John Devlin

Martin Flanagan: M&S marks time ahead of revamp boost

Not for the first time, Marks & Spencer leaves the City scratching its head on the way to react to its trading results.

Retail

Standard Life boss confident of AAM merger approval

The chief executive of Standard Life has said he is confident the group’s merger with Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) will gain shareholder approval, despite governance concerns over the £11 billion tie-up.

Financial
Metix develops lightweight devices to monitor patients' vital signs before they reach hospital. Picture: John Devlin

Glasgow patient tech outfit secures £1.2m injection

A Glasgow-based company specialising in patient monitoring technology has secured a £1.2 million financial injection.

Tech
Wood Group is buying Michigan-based CEC Controls, which works with car-makers General Motors, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler. Picture: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Wood Group in $59m swoop for US automation firm CEC

Oil and gas services giant Wood Group is making further inroads into the automation and controls market with the $59 million (£45.5m) acquisition of a US company that counts car-maker General Motors among its clients.

Companies
Balfour Beatty is relocating seven offices to a single base at the Maxim Business Park at Eurocentral off the M8. Picture: Contributed

Balfour Beatty to close seven offices across Scotland

Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is consolidating seven of its offices in Scotland in a move partly aimed at cutting costs.

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Picture: TSPL

Ross McKenzie: why data is the volatile fuel of fintech

We have all done it at some point in our life - filled the car (inevitably the hired one or the borrowed car from a relative) with the wrong fuel. Once you start the pump it is too late and the journey you planned has been scuppered.

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A tin can from a Soviet klondyker found during clean-up of Scottish beach. Picture: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Beaches makeover in Highlands finds Soviet-era tin cans

TWO scenic beaches north of Ullapool in the North West Highlands have been treated to a massive clean-up by almost 50 volunteers.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Public sector work is of 'huge importance' to Edge Testing Solutions, said founder Brian Ferrie. Picture: Chris Watt

Tech firms on cloud nine with government contracts

A number of Scottish technology companies have secured places on the latest UK government framework to provide cloud computing services to the public sector.

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The Enchanted Forest. Picture: Angus Forbes/Contributed

Perthshire’s famous Enchanted Forest set to make a return

Scotland’s premier sound and light event is set amidst the Autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood.

Dundee & Tayside
'A job in digital doesn't necessarily require people to be 'coders',' says Sam Wason of Cathcart Associates, right, with fellow joint MD Gordon Kaye. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Employers urged to look beyond candidates’ tech skills

Employers have been urged to “keep an open mind” and look beyond candidates’ technical abilities to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap.

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Ideas incubator: Deloitte uses the Edinburgh Greenhouse to take people out of their everyday environment to spark creativity and find solutions.

How Deloitte is firing up fintech innovation in Scotland

Throwing open the glass-panelled door, Kent Mackenzie leads the way into a corner room on the top floor of Deloitte’s Saltire Court offices in Edinburgh, with its dramatic view of the castle across the road.

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Customers are advised to stop using the products and return them to the store for a full refund. Picture: Contributed.

Tesco issue urgent recall for lipstick and lollipop pens

TESCO has issued an urgent product recall notice for a range of pens due to fears that they could cause asphyxiation if accidentally swallowed.

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Amazon is going head to head with streaming rival Netflix and pay-TV competitior Sky. Picture: Contributed

Amazon launches expanded TV package

MORE than 40 subscription TV channels including Discovery and ITV Hub+ are now available to watch for Amazon Prime members as part of the new Channels service.

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