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Martin Lewis: Don’t pay the price of the big six rip-off

If you’re one of the 60 per cent of people on a standard tariff, including the big six energy firms, you’re being ripped off. And that rip-off is getting bigger. After huge price hike announcements, many are burning £350 per year, yet it takes just five minutes for you to stop it.

Opinion
Principal audiologist Stephen Gibbs with Black & Lizars managing director Michelle Le Prevost. Picture: Robert Perry

Black & Lizars hits high note with hearing arm boost

The audiology arm of Scottish opticians business Black & Lizars is sounding out expansion plans after significantly increasing its contribution to the group over the course of last year.

Companies
Which? has warned of the need for an enforcement strategy on food hygiene. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Glasgow and Edinburgh worst offenders in food hygiene standards

Authorities in Scotland’s two biggest cities have been singled out by a leading consumers’ association as among the worst offenders in the UK for monitoring food hygiene standards.

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

Friday market close: Flat end to the week as US vote awaited

The FTSE 100 ended the day relatively flat as global investors awaited results from a congressional vote on Donald Trump’s US healthcare reform bill.

Markets Economy 6
Kier said work was progressing well on the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building. Picture: McAteer Photograph

Construction group Kier builds 12% profit increase

Kier, the construction group behind the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic home, today reported higher half-year profits and a “strong pipeline” of activity north of the Border.

Companies
Iceland owner Brait blamed its decision on Brexit uncertainty. Picture: PA Wire

Iceland owner ditches London market move over Brexit

Brait, the South African firm that owns supermarket Iceland, fashion chain New Look and gym group Virgin Active, has ditched plans for a London stock market listing because of Brexit.

Retail 5
Under the proposals customers would be entitled to automatic compensation

Automatic compensation plan for poor broadband service

Customers who receive a poor service from their landline or broadband provider could be in line for automatic compensation as part of new proposals.

Tech 2
Bidders have until the middle of next month to express an interest in the troubled lender. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Co-op Bank says ‘credible’ bidders still interested

The Co-operative Bank said a number of “credible” bidders are still eyeing the troubled lender as it revealed an April deadline for preliminary offers.

Financial
Alliance Trust chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said the ATS owner was 'well placed for the future'. Neil Hanna

Alliance Trust Savings returns to full-year profit

Dundee-based investment platform Alliance Trust Savings (ATS) today announced a move back into the black following the completion of its £14 million takeover of Edinburgh rival Stocktrade.

Financial
Pinsent Masons' Luke Scanlon says banks and cloud providers can work together to understand their regulatory obligations. Picture: PA

Luke Scanlon: More clarity needed on cloud banking

Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan earlier this week described RBS as “more a financial services company with good technology” than a traditional bank.

Financial
The Scottish Government has been urged to engage in mediation with affected tenants. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Time to get compensation settled for tenant farmers

One of the longest-running disputes between landlords and tenant farmers took a marginal step toward conclusion this week in the Court of Session with a decision that the Scottish Government is liable to compensate a specific group of tenants.

Farming
The James Hutton Institute has developed a new system of blight reporting. Picture: Robert Biedermann/thinkstock

New weapon in the fight against late potato blight

Scottish potato growers will this year have an added weapon in their fight against one of their perennial problems – late blight.

Farming
Martin Flanagan says Next and its rivals face rising costs due to the Brexit-hit pound. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Martin Flanagan: Next’s problems highlight retail woes

There was a time, perhaps the conspicuous consumption Eighties and post-recession mid-Nineties, that fashion retailer Next still had “kid on the high street” status.

Retail
Gerry More becomes MD of Stewart Milne Homes in central Scotland next month. Picture: Contributed

Ex-Cala director Gerry More joins Stewart Milne board

Former Cala Group director Gerry More has been appointed head of Stewart Milne Homes in central Scotland.

Companies
The deal will see Menzies manage weekly supplies from Nisbet's base near Bristol. Picture: Stuart Vance

Menzies lands catering equipment deal with Nisbets

Logistics group John Menzies has secured a contract with Nisbets, the UK’s largest supplier of catering equipment.

Companies
Scotland's pubs have the UK's lowest risk of going bust. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scots pubs and eateries at lower risk of insolvency

The robust performance of Scotland’s pubs and restaurants has kept up the pace since the start of the year despite growing fears of a squeeze on consumer spending amid rising inflation, according to an influential report.

Media & Leisure 1
Next said that 2017 will be 'another tough year' for the retailer. Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Next suffers first fall in profits for eight years

Next has forecast a “really tough” 2017 with the clothing sector squeezed by price inflation due to sterling’s devaluation, as the fashion retailer posted its first fall in annual profits in eight years.

Retail
Only 151 Royal Bank of Scotland branches in Scotland will remain after the closures

Leader comment: Latest branch closures are too much too soon

It’s an industry-wide trend, but the Royal Bank of Scotland situation is remarkable.

Opinion
Nuria Oliver, head of research in data science at Vodafone, addresses the inaugural Data Summit at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Picture: Simon Williams

How mobile phones could save lives in the developing world

Tech firms in Scotland have been challenged to help turn big data into a force for social good, writes Chris McCall

Tech 2
RBS will close 30 of its own branches and 128 Natwest branches. Picture: AP

470 jobs at risk as RBS plans closure of 158 branches

More than 150 Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest branches are to close with hundreds of job losses after a “dramatic shift” in customer banking.

Financial 5
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