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National Museum topples Edinburgh Castle as busiest attraction

The National Museum of Scotland has reclaimed top spot from Edinburgh Castle as the nation’s busiest attraction, as booming visitor numbers were reported across the country.

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The headquarters of the London Stock Exchange. Picture: Sang Tan/AP

Wednesday market close: Unilever helps market hold onto its gains

Unilever was the biggest riser on the FTSE 100 after investors warmed to news that it was looking at ways to deliver better shareholder value in the wake of Kraft Heinz’s failed takeover attempt.

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Every RBS branch will get a specialist 'TechXpert'. Picture: John Devlin

RBS to spend £100,000 training up digital experts

Royal Bank of Scotland is to spend £100,000 training up almost 200 technology experts, one for each of its branches, to help customers use online and mobile banking.

Financial
An example of dementia-friendly building design. Picture: Contributed

Architects turn to VR to help people with dementia

A new virtual reality (VR) system has been launched to help architects and designers make life easier for people with dementia.

Tech
TVSquared is chaired by Chris van der Kuyl, co-founder of Minecraft developer 4J Studios. Picture: Jeff Holmes

TVSquared nets $6.5m to bolster advertising tech

Edinburgh-based television advertising technology specialist TVSquared has raised $6.5 million (£5.2m) in a funding deal led by Sir Tom Hunter’s West Coast Capital.

Tech
Fergus Ewing will meet fellow agriculture ministers in Edinburgh tomorrow. Picture: John Devlin

Fergus Ewing repeats warning over ticking Brexit clock

Agriculture ministers from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will meet tomorrow in Edinburgh to discuss post-Brexit agricultural strategy, it has been confirmed.

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A Charolais bull leaves the parade ring on the third and final day of the Stirling sales. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Charolais bull sales prove doom merchants wrong

A top price of 25,000 gns and a £62 increase in the sale average saw the Charolais breed meet a steady trade at United Auctions’ Stirling bull sales yesterday.

Farming
Derek Mackay's decision to cap rates rises has been welcomed, albeit tentatively. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Business rates revision prompts calls for rethink

Changes to rates in some cases have been welcomed by business leaders, but have failed to silence doubts over the system as a whole, writes Emma Newlands.

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Etellect counts Babcock Rail among its clients. Picture: John Devlin

Glasgow software specialist expands into Edinburgh

A Glasgow-based business automation specialist is opening an operation in Edinburgh which will act as its mobile development hub.

Tech
Weir pointed to signs of a 'cyclical upturn' in the mining and oil and gas markets. Picture: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Weir on road to recovery after ‘prolonged’ downturn

The new chief executive of Glasgow-based engineering group Weir has predicted “good growth” in the year ahead amid signs of improvement in its key markets.

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Lloyds said its earnings were helped by lower PPI provisions. Picture: Jane Barlow

Lloyds profits more than double to £4.2bn

Lloyds Banking Group today posted an annual pre-tax profit of £4.2 billion, more than double the £1.6bn figure reported for 2015.

Financial
Edinburgh-based Bellfield is eyeing a move into cans as it develops new beer ranges. Picture: Contributed

Gluten-free brewer eyes £500,000 to fund expansion

Bellfield Brewery, the Edinburgh-based maker of gluten-free beer, has kicked off a £500,000 funding drive to boost its expansion plans.

Retail
The BoE, led by governor Mark Carney, has admitted to being overly pessimistic about the impact of Brexit, writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: PA Wire

Martin Flanagan: BoE tries to tell it like it is

Candour in public life is always welcome, and sometimes even useful.

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The deal was led by Joseph Keenan, left, and Dara Changizi. Picture: Contributed

Renfrewshire print business bought out for £6.5m

A Renfrewshire print finishing business is to modernise and expand after being acquired in a £6.5 million buy-out deal.

Companies
HSBC also warned that growth was under threat from Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

HSBC voices fears on protectionism as profits slump

HSBC has cast a shadow over the start of the banks’ reporting season as Europe’s biggest lender unveiled a 62 per cent slump in 2016 profits, and warned of the risks of political protectionism.

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Lauren Laverne was in Glasgow today to confirm it is hosting the BBC 6 Music Festival next month.

Stars head to Glasgow for BBC 6 Music Festival

Some of Scotland's biggest musical acts are being lined up to appear at a BBC festival being staged north of the border for the first time.
Glasgow & Strathclyde
Asda saw its fourth-quarter sales fall by 2.9%. Picture: Barry Batchelor/PA

Asda boss ‘encouraged’ despite fresh slump in sales

Asda has posted another slump in quarterly sales, but the supermarket is showing signs that turnaround efforts under chief executive Sean Clarke are beginning to bear fruit.

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Wood Group is 'cautious' on the near-term outlook for the oil and gas market. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group earnings hit by tough oil and gas market

Oil and gas services giant Wood Group is bracing itself for another tough year in the North Sea after reporting a slide in annual profits.

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Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn will take part in a panel discussion with students. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Students gather in Edinburgh to tackle social issues

More than 100 entrepreneurial students are gathering in Edinburgh to help tackle a range of social issues such as fuel poverty and gender equality.

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Innis & Gunn, founded by Dougal Sharp, is heading to the world's biggest beer market. Picture: John Need

Innis & Gunn looks east with latest distribution deal

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has signed a deal to distribute its beer to bars and retailers across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

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