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Stephen Jardine: Beware Coke Christmas trucks bearing ‘gifts’

A sugary drink giveaway by Coca-Cola is ‘last thing children need’ at Christmas, writes Stephen Jardine

Opinion
Glasgow's nextbike scheme is set to grow (Picture: John Devlin)

Leader comment: Edinburgh, finally, joins global cycle revolution

Finally, the flagship scheme of what is a global cycling revolution has arrived in Scotland’s capital. London has its ‘Boris Bikes’, Glasgow’s version is the nextbike, Paris boasts more than 20,000 Velib bicycles, there’s Citi Bike in New York City and, even that most car-obsessed of cities, Los Angeles, there is Metro Bike Share.

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Scots have a reputation for having a bad diet, but this country has some of the finest produce (Picture: Getty Images)

Jane Bradley: How the myth of bad British food was born

I always knew French president Jacques Chirac was a bad egg – well before he was ever convicted of corruption and diverting public funds – when he launched a vitriolic attack on British cuisine.

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The Moray Firth. Picture: Dave Conner

Elderly fisherman claims sewage in Moray Firth wrecked catch

An 89-year-old fisherman who has been catching salmon since 1958 claims sewage pumped into the Moray Firth has seen his annual catch go from hundreds to zero.

News
Royal Bank of Scotland is to offer its Natwest customers so-called 'robo-advice'. Picture: TSPL

Royal Bank of Scotland to offer customers ‘robo-advice’

ROYAL Bank of Scotland is to launch a new robo-advice service aimed at customers who lack the confidence to invest alone.

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John Lawrie Group senior management team Iain Laing, Vic Sinclair, Dave Weston (front), Charlie Parker and Ray Grant. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen's John Lawrie acquired by management

John Lawrie Group has been acquired by its management in partnership with Rubicon Partners and Grovepoint as it gears up for an expansion in the UK and US.

News

Has Scotland been failing to develop a world vision?

Industry leaders believe Scotland is missing a trick in not selling itself abroad, says David Lee

Tech

Opportunities are knocking for the Scottish life sciences community

There’s a lot going for the sector in Scotland and now is the time to get that message across. David Lee reports

Business
Standard Life Aberdeen chairman Sir Gerry Grimstone. Picture: Graham Flack

Standard Life Aberdeen India JV makes strong market debut

Shares in Standard Life Aberdeen’s Indian joint venture made a strong debut when it floated on the country’s national stock exchanges today.

Financial
Among the firms Scottish contracts is a �23m deal to extend several platforms at Edinburgh Waverley railway station. Picture: Network Rail

Share price ‘horror’ for Carillion

Shares in Carillion have plummeted more than 40 per cent and were temporarily suspended this morning after the embattled construction group warned over profits and said it will breach its financial covenants.

Companies
Houses are spending less time on the market in Edinburgh than anywhere else in the UK, with Glasgow not far behind. Picture: Toby Williams

Properties in Scottish cities sell faster than elsewhere in UK

Companies
The Howard hotel on Great King Street. Picture: Greg Macvean

Luxury city centre hotels in sale shock

TWO luxury hotels in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic city centre are to shut their doors after more than 20 years so they can be turned into residential properties.

Companies
Private equity giant Bridgepoint is to spearhead Burger King's expansion across the country after becoming the restaurants chain's master UK franchisee, sources have said. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Scotland set for more Burger King outlets under new owners

Private equity giant Bridgepoint has seized control of Burger King’s UK brand, vowing to revamp the fast food business and expand it across the country.

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Second quarter of rising sales. Picture: Contributed

Asda on the rebound but more work in store

Supermarket giant Asda has posted another rise in quarterly sales as its turnaround continues to take hold, but admitted it has “more work to do”.

Retail
An artist impression of what Argyle Street in Glasgow could look like after the development

Take a look at the ’Avenue’ plans to redevelop Glasgow city centre

Work is set to start transform the appearance of Glasgow city centre with the ‘Avenues’ project.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
Burger King are to open more stores across the UK. Picture: Getty Images

Poor menus and ‘bizarre’ hours leave visitors to Scotland with a sour taste

Visitors to Scotland feel let down by a lack of local produce and poor value for money when they eat out, a major new study has revealed.

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"Throwback to a darker time when we ate gruel". Picture: Getty

Stephen Jardine: Throwback to a darker time when we ate gruel

Like racist sitcoms and corporal punishment in schools, this survey from VisitScotland feels like a throwback to a darker time when we ate gruel and were grateful for it. In recent years, research has shown visitors to Scotland have an increasing expectation when it comes to food and drink. It is deeply disturbing to learn we’re still not delivering it.

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A platter of crab, lobster, langoustine and mussels on a table overlooking Loch Fyne. (Picture: VisitScotland)

Leader comment: Scotland’s food is letting us down

Scotland has some wonderful food: Loch Fyne oysters, West Coast langoustines, Ayrshire new potatoes, prime venison from the Highlands, the list goes on.

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