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Edinburgh set for £10m boost from Avengers blockbuster

Filming on the new Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster in Edinburgh is set to spark a £10 million boost for the capital's economy - more than is usually generated from a whole year's worth of productions.
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Sarah Heward says she wanted to offer a service to people 'who might be a bit muddy' or have dogs. Picture: Ron Allner

Monday interview: Real Food Café owner Sarah Heward

The Real Food Café in Tyndrum is preparing to celebrate its 12th anniversary next month, and owner Sarah Heward only took over the site after chancing upon an advert for the then-derelict premises while working in the City.

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Edinburgh Castle was one of three Scottish attractions in the UK top 20 last year.

Top Scots attractions outperforming rest of UK

Scotland’s leading visitor attractions are outperforming the rest of the UK, according to new figures which showed they attracted more than 15 million visitors last year.

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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.

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Filming for the new Avengers film is underway in Cockburn Street Edinburgh. Picture: W Marr/Deadline News

Avengers stars show off stunts on Cockburn Street

PICTURES from on location filming of the new Avengers movie in Edinburgh show a stuntwoman flying through the air and into a shop window.

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Davie Bain, director of Calton Athletic, in Renton's bedroom. More than 300 items from T2 Trainspotting will go under the hammer to raise money for two charities, including Calton. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

T2 Trainspotting sets and props up for charity auction

It’s a unique opportunity to own a part of one of the biggest films ever produced in Scotland.

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The new pop-up Fringe venue will be unveiled at the Pleasance this summer.

New Meccano-style venue created for Edinburgh Fringe

A new “flat-pack” pop-up theatre venue is to make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

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Travelodge is creating jobs in Inverness, Peterhead and Stirling. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Travelodge to create 325 jobs with 15 hotel openings

Hotel chain Travelodge is to open 15 hotels this year, including in Inverness, Peterhead and Stirling, creating 325 jobs in the process.

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Hot Tin Roof founder Sarah Lee has launched 'do-it-yourself' PR service PingGo. Picture: Chris Watt

PR outfit PingGo takes DIY approach to start-ups

Public relations veteran Sarah Lee has launched a “do-it-yourself” service aimed at start-ups and small firms operating on a tight budget.

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East Kilbride-based Goals Soccer Centres is expanding in California. Picture: Contributed

Goals eyes ‘dozens’ of US sites as sales accelerate

The new chief executive of five-a-side football firm Goals Soccer Centres is hopeful that the East Kilbride company could have “dozens” of sites across the US after seeing it move back into the black.

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Netflix is to scrap its star rating system

Netflix to scrap star rating system for movies

Netflix is scrapping its star ratings and introducing a “thumbs up, thumbs down” system.

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The cruise liner Wind Surf, one of the largest sailing cruise ships in the world, berthed in Leith Docks last year.

Scotland steps up campaign to attract more cruise ships

SCOTLAND has its biggest representation yet at Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida - targeting industry operators as they plan itineraries several years ahead.

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Sir Winston Churchill used the Queen's Hotel as his base while MP for Dundee. Picture: Contributed

Iconic Dundee hotel goes on the market for £2.75m

One of Scotland’s most celebrated hotels – which has welcomed guests including Sir Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra – has been put on the market with a £2.75 million price tag.

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North coast 500 route. Picture: Contributed

‘Jobs boost’ on North Coast 500 - Scotland’s Route 66

THE success of the North Coast 500 tourism initiative could lead to the creation of 200 new jobs in one of the remotest parts of the country, a survey has revealed.

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Transporting the musicians and instruments of the RSNO requires serious planning.

Scotland improves on business travel offering

Of the 12 million trips made by domestic visitors to Scotland in 2013-15, 1.73m were classified as business travel. That’s 14 per cent of the total number of domestic tourist trips made to Scotland. Whether you are travelling to or from Scotland on business, it is the job of airlines, rail operators, terminal staff and taxi drivers to make the journey as stress free as possible so that you arrive at your destination ready to work.

Wi-fi access and workstations are becoming almost a prerequisite on trains and in airports.

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The Gym Group is looking to expand north of the Border. Picture: Contributed

Gym Group flexes muscles with plans for further sites

Low-cost fitness business The Gym Group has Scotland in its sights as it limbers up for another raft of openings.

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Natural Retreats leases the site from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Picture:David Cheskin/PA

CairnGorm ski centre looks into possible job losses

The operator of the CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre near Aviemore is consulting staff on potential job losses.

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The Jaguar XE. Picture: PA

Advert for hands-free Jaguar banned over unsafe driving

An “irresponsible” advert for the new Jaguar XE car’s hands-free mobile technology has been banned for encouraging unsafe driving.

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Clint Eastwood drew the crowds to the Cameo cinema in Tollcross in 1990.

Digital treasure trove lifts lid on 70 years of Edinburgh's film festival

It is the event that has brought the world’s biggest movie stars to the Capital for the last 70 years.

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Top Gears Chris Harris, left, Matt LeBlanc, centre, and Rory Reid have been praised on social media. Picture: BBC

Revamped Top Gear stalls as ratings go down by 2m viewers

Despite largely positive reviews from fans, the return of Top Gear failed to impress in the ratings as it was seen by nearly two million fewer viewers than its series debut last year.

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