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Legal heavyweight Brodies cheers seven years of growth

Brodies, the Scottish legal heavyweight, has emerged from a “very busy and at times quite dramatic year” to report its seventh consecutive period of revenue and profit growth.

Law
Glencorse reservoir in Midlothian. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Quality of drinking water in Scotland ‘among best in the world’

The quality of public drinking water supplies in Scotland remains amongst the highest in the world, a report has found.

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Diageo reported a 6% rise in Johnnie Walker sales. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Brexit-hit pound gives drinks giant Diageo reason to cheer

Drinks giant Diageo has toasted a brighter outlook after securing a hefty jump in sales and profits thanks to the Brexit-hit pound.

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Despite the hit, Lloyds saw its first-half profits rise. Picture: John Devlin

Bank of Scotland owner stung by PPI and mortgage costs

Lloyds Banking Group has taken a £1.6 billion hit to cover ballooning compensation costs linked to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) and to resolve its mistreatment of mortgage customers.

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Users have been warned about the latest scam. Picture; stock image

Warning issued over Whatsapp scam aiming to’steal’ bank details

Action Fraud have issued a warning over a Whatsapp scam targeting users of the messaging service.

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Shell's quarterly earnings surged 245%. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shell earnings boosted by higher oil and gas prices

Royal Dutch Shell has reported a large rise in second-quarter profits after the energy giant was boosted by higher oil and gas prices.

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Alliance Trust chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin thanked investors for their support. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Alliance Trust hails results of ‘transformational’ shake-up

Wealth manager Alliance Trust today said its ‘transformational’ overhaul was beginning to bear fruit as it revealed that returns had outperformed its benchmark during the first half of the year.

Financial
Sky was stung by an increase in the cost of broadcasting live English Premier League matches. Picture: Sky/PA Wire

Sky profits slip on higher football broadcasting costs

Sky has reported a fall in full-year profits after it was stung by an increase in the cost of broadcasting live English Premier League football.

Media & Leisure
Ichor Systems managing director John Spence. Picture: Contributed

Semiconductor equipment supplier Ichor eyes expansion

A technology firm is looking to take on more staff as it targets a move into new markets.

Tech
SengS founder Murray Kerr said the firm was benefiting under its new ownership. Picture: Contributed

North-east engineer SengS ups sales target on contract wins

An Aberdeenshire subsea engineering services business acquired by a private-equity backed manufacturer last year has secured new contracts worth £1.6 million.

Companies
John Deere is among the firms powering ahead in the field of electric tractors. Picture: Contributed

Surge of momentum for electric tractor development

While there was no mention of tractors and lorries in the government’s announcement that the sale of diesel and petrol cars would be banned from 2040 onwards, changes to the economies of scale in fuel production along with a refocusing of research are likely to see considerable changes in these markets too.

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Beef raised in Scotland is now rated as negligible risk. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Boost for beef sector as BSE risk downgraded to lowest level

In a long-awaited red letter day for the industry, exports of Scottish beef can now be traded with the lowest risk level status available for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).

Farming
'The anti-petrol engine momentum must be worrying the oil majors,' writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Martin Flanagan: Petrol and diesel ban could use some help

Where President Macron in France has led, the UK is following.

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Weir Group said its markets were moving from an 'intense downturn into a recovery and growth phase'. Picture: David McNew/Getty Images

Weir Group making ‘good progress’ as profits rise 12%

Engineering group Weir today said it was on track to deliver “strong” growth for the full year after reporting higher first-half earnings.

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RBS chief Ross McEwan welcomed the proposals. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Royal Bank of Scotland may be spared branch sell-off

Royal Bank of Scotland is likely to avoid the compulsory sale of its Williams & Glyn branches by doling out £835 million to help boost competition among its rivals.

Financial
Brewin Dolphin chief executive David Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin delivers record income

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin is seeing the benefits of a major restructuring across the business with latest quarterly income rising to record levels.

Financial
Maggie Craig takes up her new role with the FCA in September. Picture: Neil Hanna

City regulator FCA appoints new head for Scotland

The UK’s financial watchdog has appointed pensions industry expert Maggie Craig as head of its Scotland department.

Financial
Charging points for electric cars are on the increase, but the process will take considerably longer than filling up at the petrol station. Picture: Michael Gillen

Leader comment: Ban can only work when electric cars finish their journey

The UK government’s clear air strategy, which incorporates a plan to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, has been criticised by environmental groups for not going far enough or fast enough.

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Apple have been ordered to pay a university more than $500m. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Apple ordered to pay university over half a billion dollars

Apple have been ordered to pay an American university more than half a billion dollars after the company failed to consent to a court ruling.

Tech 1
Eskimo Financial Training Academy wants to break down the barriers to employment. Picture: Cate Gillon

Academy seeks to break down barriers to financial jobs

A not-for-profit training academy has been set up to assist disabled and disadvantaged individuals into employment within the financial services industry.

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