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Jobs saved after buyer found for Dingwall diabetes outfit

More than 30 jobs have been secured following a Dingwall life sciences company’s collapse into administration.

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Kier Construction Scotland employs about 200 people. Picture: Chris Biele

Construction group Kier hails ‘exciting’ Scottish workload

Kier, the construction group behind the restoration of the fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art, today hailed its “exciting” workload north of the Border as it revealed higher annual profits.

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Google is buying the HTC team that made its Pixel smartphone. Picture: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Google strikes $1.1bn deal with smartphone maker HTC

Google is buying a major division of smartphone maker HTC for $1.1 billion (£815 million) to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services.

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Co-op Bank will formally end its relationship with the Co-op Group in 2020. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Co-op Group sells final 1% stake in troubled Co-op Bank

The Co-operative Group has revealed it no longer holds any stake in the troubled Co-op Bank after offloading its 1 per cent holding.

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NFU Scotland's James Porter said: 'We must be able to continue to source seasonal workers.' Picture: Craig Stephen

Scottish crops at risk without migrant labour, says NFUS

While the fate of migrant labour has been centre stage in Brexit discussions, a more urgent need to ensure there will be a sufficient workforce to help gather in next year’s fruit and vegetable crops has been raised.

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'We can make this work for everyone,' said the Lynx UK Trust. Picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Trust behind lynx plan pledges to insure against attacks

Lynx UK Trust, the group seeking permission to release six lynx in the Kielder Forest which straddles the Border, has announced that it would insure all sheep, pets and humans in the country against lynx attacks.

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Mitie said the jobs are set to go from its 53,000-strong workforce by the end of its financial year in March. Picture: Ed Robinson/OneRedEye/PA Wire

Unions seek talks with Mitie over plans to axe 480 jobs

Union leaders are seeking an urgent meeting with management at Mitie after the outsourcing group announced around 480 jobs are being axed as part of its turnaround plan.

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SCC chief Liz Cameron with president Tim Allan and Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK. Picture: Peter Devlin

From Beijing to Biggar, bid to grow Scots links to China

Businesses north of the Border have been encouraged by Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) to “take more of the initiative” when it comes to fostering co-operation with China.

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Atlantis Resources chief Tim Cornelius. Picture: Jon Savage

Atlantis to seek backing to extend tidal energy project

Tidal energy firm Atlantis Resources is to call on the UK government to open talks on support to enable it to press the button on the next stage of its world-leading MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth.

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LendingCrowd CEO Stuart Lunn, right, with head of origination Adrian Innes. Picture: Stewart Attwood

P2P lender LendingCrowd targets growth in Scotland

A peer-to-peer (P2P) SME lender that says it is the only one of its kind to be based in Scotland has reported a record August and has made a senior hire as it looks to grow north of the Border.

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House of Fraser's new boss has 'high expectations' following its losses. Picture: Neil Hanna

House of Fraser ‘optimistic’ despite tumbling into red

Jenners owner House of Fraser has given an upbeat outlook despite its earnings coming under strain after the launch of a new web platform and “significant discounting”.

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The rise in retail sales was far higher than expected. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Shoppers shrug off price rises to drive sales higher

UK retail sales jumped in August as shoppers continued to spend despite strong price rises.

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Administrate chief executive John Peebles. Picture: Contributed

Training software developer Administrate inks US deals

Training software outfit Administrate has secured fresh deals with two US companies as it prepares to host its latest education technology conference.

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Jim Duffy says Billions' Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis, second left, knows the value of a good co-founder. Picture: James Minchin/SHOWTIME

Jim Duffy: Two’s company to help start-ups achieve success

I’m watching Billions at present and it is essential watching for any aspiring person who wants to get into business or ramp up what they are doing.

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NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick called for 'more carrot and less stick'. Picture: Contributed

NFU Scotland maps out its top post-Brexit priorities

While the threats and uncertainty of Brexit have been widely highlighted in recent months, the opportunities offered to streamline some of the current bureaucratic burden borne by farmers was put in the spotlight yesterday.

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The expansion comes as Tillicoultry-based 123v celebrates 20 years in business. Picture: Julie Howden

Canopies maker 123v eyes sunnier growth with investment

A family-run manufacturing firm is targeting overseas markets after doubling production capability with a six-figure investment.

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Alvise Boniver Conte, left, with Ian Angus Mackenzie. Picture: Contributed

Harris Tweed specialist sews up deal with Italian giant

A producer of prestigious Harris Tweed is looking to expand its presence in Europe after inking an agreement with a top global textiles production and marketing company.

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Glencairn's project would include housing and commercial space. Picture: Contributed

Plans revealed for canalside development in Edinburgh

An Edinburgh-based property developer has unveiled plans for a new canalside commercial and housing development at a former industrial site in the city’s Fountainbridge area.

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The accounting regulator found no evidence of misconduct at KPMG. Picture: Getty Images

Martin Flanagan: KPMG cleared of failing to twig HBOS woes

So, KPMG has been cleared by the accountancy industry watchdog of any wrongdoing in its 2007 audit of HBOS in the run-up to the bank’s collapse into the arms of Lloyds Banking Group when the bank ran out of money, management nous and regulatory credibility.

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