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Hotel group Apex eyes further investment

Scottish hotel group Apex is eyeing fresh investment and acquisition opportunities after hailing a “strong” full-year outcome.

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The Manor F1 team collapsed into administration earlier this month. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Manor F1 team in race against clock to stay on track

The Manor Formula 1 team is facing a race against the clock to secure its survival as the cash available to pay its 200 staff is set to run out within days.

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Donald Trump's victory in the race for the White House knocked earnings at Paddy Power Betfair. Picture: Andrew Harnik/AP

Trump win and lucky punters hit Paddy Power’s takings

Donald Trump’s shock election victory and unfavourable sporting results dented takings at bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair to the tune of £40 million in the fourth quarter.

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Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting being chased in street

Brian Ferguson: T2 shows how much Edinburgh still has to change

T2 shows how much the capital still needs to change, writes Brian Ferguson

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The revamp at Cameron House is due for completion in May. Picture: Contributed

Cameron House reveals plans for lochside terrace revamp

Five-star resort Cameron House has revealed plans for phase two of its ongoing multi-million-pound renovation, including a major new terrace overlooking Loch Lomond.

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Fewer visitors are coming to Scotland in the wake of the vote to leave the EU although numbers from North America are up. Picture: Getty Images

Number of European tourists to Scotland plummets after Brexit

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Edinburgh Castle remains the most popular tourist attraction in Scotland. Picture: Ian Georgeson/JP Resell

Number of North American tourists visiting Scotland up 14%

A sharp rise in the number of North American tourists heading to Scotland helped offset a drop in visitors from Europe last year, official figures reveal.

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Wins for favourites at Kempton Park proved unlucky for Ladbrokes Coral. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Ladbrokes to hit targets despite flurry of punter wins

Ladbrokes Coral has defied the “sporting gods” to remain on course for a rise in profits despite what the bookmaking major branded a “savage” December for football and horseracing results.

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Martin Flanagan says the hospitality sector is facing 'attritional damage' rather than a 'perfect storm'. Picture: Ed Jones

Martin Flanagan: Inhospitable outlook for drinks sector

Scotland’s pubs, clubs and small hotels are being squeezed between inexorably rising business rates and utility bills, particularly in rural areas where village pubs are a lifeblood for tourism.

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JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin is keeping a cautious eye on trading. Picture: Graham Jepson

Wetherspoon boss ‘cautious’ after sales and costs warning

Pubs group JD Wetherspoon boosted sales in its second trading quarter but warned that it expects to be hit by slowing revenues and significantly higher costs in the second half.

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The Scottish Licensed Trade Association said 44% of its members suffered a decline in festive sales. Picture: Jacky Ghossein

Hospitality sector’s hangover adds to economic concerns

More than four out of ten Scottish pubs, clubs and smaller hotels suffered a fall-off in trade at the end of 2016, fuelling concerns about the nation’s hospitality sector amid warnings about further pressures this year.

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Benny Lynch after a fight at Shawfield Stadium in Glasgow in 1937.

Glasgow Film Festival to feature boxing champ Benny Lynch's rise and fall

One of Scotland’s forgotten sporting heroes is set to get top billing at the Glasgow Film Festival.
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Record year for Edinburgh Airport as millions pass through in 2016

Edinburgh Airport has broken a new annual record for passengers at any Scottish airport after it confirmed 12,366,498 flew through the airport in 2016.

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Govan-based Firecrest Films was set up by Nicole Kleeman in 2008. Picture: Contributed

Channel 4 buys slice of Govan TV company Firecrest

Channel 4 has taken a minority stake in a Glasgow-based production company, helping its creative team boost its range of factual programming across UK broadcasters.

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The Holiday Inn Express sits in one of the busiest locations in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh hotel changes hands in £18m deal

One of Edinburgh’s biggest and busiest city centre hotels has changed hands for almost £18 million as buyers are sought for two further Scottish establishments.

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Former Goals chief Keith Rogers has left the board but will remain in an advisory capacity for a year. Picture: Contributed

Former Goals boss leaves pitch as sales edge higher

Goals Soccer Centres, the East Kilbride-based operator of five-a-side football pitches, today revealed that former chief executive Keith Rogers has left the board as it reported a rise in sales.

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Skara Brae in Orkney is a world heritage site. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Hotels plan for heritage sites unveiled

Luxury hotel resorts should be considered for Scotland’s world heritage sites and national parks, according to a blueprint aimed at boosting the value of the industry by more than a billion pounds in the next three years.

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Scottish author Jenny Colgan. Picture: Graham Jepson.

Scots author Jenny Colgan quits Twitter after Nadiya Hussain backlash

Scottish ‘chick-lit’ author Jenny Colgan has deleted her Twitter account after a review she wrote of Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s debut novel received a fierce backlash.

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Richmond Wight owns Moffat Manor Holiday Park. Picture: Contributed

Holiday parks firm moves into lodge manufacturing

A holiday park operator that runs three sites in Scotland and is involved in property and leisure developments in Dumfries & Galloway has acquired a lodge manufacturing business, creating its own supply chain.

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Tourism industry chiefs want to see radical improvements to rail, sea and road infrastructure. Picture: Craig Borland

New vision to spark Scottish tourism boom is unveiled

Radical improvements to roads, railways, ferry networks and air services are needed to help the Scottish tourism industry meet a multi-billion pound target within the next three years, industry leaders have said.

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