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Scottish fishing industry could be ‘Brexit bargaining chip’

Scotland’s fishing industry fears it could be used as a bargaining chip as ministers negotiate the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Farming
Smoking in a car with children will now attract a minimum fine of �100. Picture: John Devlin

Smoking: Another nail in the coffin of our No 1 killer

It was once a fug which hung in the air wherever we went, a near universal scent of everyday life so commonplace as to be unnoticed or ignored.

Health
Its important to Bruce-Gardyne that 
she started her business in the family kitchen, setting an example to other women who aspire to be entrepreneurs

The Big Interview: Genius gluten-free creator Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

She famously started the Genius Gluten Free business from her kitchen, turning up “covered in flour” to collect her children from school and breaking both her oven and food mixer in a tireless bid to create a high-quality loaf without gluten.

Retail
Kasia Hetman, visitor services adviser at the VisitScotland i-Centre at Edinburgh Airport. Photograph: Colin Hattersley

Tourists in line for warmer welcome as VisitScotland customer service recognised

Tourism body VisitScotland has been accredited by a globally recognised customer service training scheme to help strengthen the welcome offered to tourists north of the Border.

Media & Leisure
Red deer graze in Glen Etive. More overseas investors are being attracted to the Highlands as the pound has fallen in value. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Highland hotels boom on back of Brexit vote

The hotel market in the Highlands is booming on the back of increasing interest from investors in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to commercial property experts.

Media & Leisure
Broadcaster Robbie Shepherd stood down from presenting 'Take The Floor' on Radio Scotland in September.

Robbie Shepherd honoured at Scots Trad Music Awards

Robbie Shepherd, one of the most distinctive voices in Scottish broadcasting for more than three decades, was given a special honour at the nation’s annual “trad music” Oscars.
Lifestyle
Trader monitoring market activity. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Friday market close: Italy jitters see Footsie finish day in the red

The London market suffered amid wider falls across Europe ahead of the Italian referendum on constitutional reforms.

Markets Economy
Marcus Kneen of IndigoVision

IndigoVision heading back into black

IndigoVision, the Edinburgh-based video security specialist, yesterday said it expects to end 2016 back in profit after suffering losses last year.
Grangemouth has seen an upturn in the 'reefer' business. Picture: Peter Devlin

Grangemouth container traffic hits four-year high

Scotland’s largest container facility has enjoyed a boost to its business from booming food exports.

Transport
Menzies said the WH Smith deal is its biggest ever retail logistics contract. Picture: Contributed

Menzies drives off with major WH Smith contract

Edinburgh-based logistics group John Menzies has begun working on its largest ever retail contract, with newsagent WH Smith.

Companies 1
Ian Russell is stepping down as chairman of Johnston Press. Picture: Contributed

Johnston Press chairman Ian Russell standing down

Media group Johnston Press today said that chairman Ian Russell has decided to step down from the board due to an “acute illness” in his family.

Media & Leisure
The Scottish Engineering report found most parts of the sector were enjoying an uplift. Picture: Jon Savage

Scottish business wire: Engineers | Semefab | Golf

Catch up with the main breaking business stories of the day.

Markets Economy
To achieve more success with start-up companies, we should 'throw more darts to hit more bullseyes' says Jim Duffy.

Jim Duffy: ‘Start small, stay small’ mindset is holding back Scottish start-ups

We have to move on from small thinking that halts ambition once a business has reached a certain level says Jim Duffy

Opinion 2
NFU Scotland president Allan Bowie called for the 'best possible access' to the single market. Picture: Contributed

NFUS warns over Brexit threat to single market access

Food security, affordability, safety and hygiene along with the stewardship of the countryside could all be placed in jeopardy in the UK if the food processing and farming sectors are denied access to Europe’s single market and free access to foreign labour in the post-Brexit world.

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PureLifi said the trial in Singapore is the largest so far for its wireless technology. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh tech spin-out sees the light in Singapore

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh technology firm that uses light to provide wireless communications, is carrying out the world’s first large-scale trial of its system in Singapore.

Tech
Semefab exports 85% of its devices to Europe, the Far East and US. Picture: Simon Thong/AP

Electronics firm Semefab invests £1.25m in Fife site

A Glenrothes electronics company is set to inject £1.25 million into its operations to extend its reach into markets for microscopic devices used in everything from printers and mobile phones to medical technology, cars and industrial manufacturing.

Tech 1
The figures showed that all livestock values were lower, except for cattle. Picture: John Devlin

Farming sector suffers largest income drop for 15 years

Total farming income in the UK fell by 24 per cent last year – the largest drop for 15 years – according to latest figures from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Farming
Fierce Beer was set up by David McHardy, left, and Dave Grant. Picture: Contributed

Fierce Beer doubling up after early sales surge

Aberdeen’s only micro-brewery has doubled its projected start-up figures within the first six months of operations.

Retail
From left: TSI Groove & Sports president Manabu Senza, Links trust chief executive Euan Loudon, TSI chairman Masahiko Miyake and Links commercial director Danny Campbell. Picture: St Andrews Links

St Andrews Links tees up clothing deal with Japan’s TSI

The trust responsible for the seven links courses at the home of golf has signed a global clothing agreement with a Japanese clothing group.

Media & Leisure
Craig Buchan, founder of Qpal. Picture: Michal Wachucik

Contactless payments are the future, says Qpal founder

Mobile payments will soon become the norm across the UK with chip and pin viewed as painfully slow in comparison.

Tech
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