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Equator boss harnessing creative sector’s digital potential

This year marks the 18th anniversary of creative agency Equator, and founder and managing director John McLeish jokes that he wishes he was celebrating the same number of years in existence himself.

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Tourist businesses have objected to planned day-long road closure. Picture: John Devlin

Fears road closures will kill trade for West Highland villages

Tourist businesses have objected to planned day-long road closures on the main route between Oban and Fort William that will “decimate” visitor traffic.

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Heineken has satisfied competition concerns over its deal to buy Punch Taverns. Picture: Mark Lennihan/AP

Heineken satisfies watchdog over Punch Taverns takeover

Britain’s competition watchdog has accepted proposals by Heineken to offload pubs in 33 areas to satisfy concerns over its £403 million takeover of Punch Taverns.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29:  Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian performs at the Panorama Music Festival. Picture: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Belle and Sebastian drummer left in US car park for four hours

The drummer for Scottish band Belle and Sebastian was left by the group at a supermarket car park in the US in his pyjamas.

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Rank reported 'reduced visits' at its Mecca Bingo halls. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Eyes down as numbers fall for Mecca Bingo owner Rank

Mecca Bingo operator Rank Group has reported falling full-year profits as it pointed to a “challenging” UK market.

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A section of the Clyde Walkway collapsed at Anderston Quay in February 2013. Glasgow councillors now plan to spend 50 million to secure other quay walls along the river. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Glasgow pledges £50m to fix crumbling Clyde quay walls

A £50m programme to upgrade Glasgow’s crumbling quay walls along the Clyde has been announced to help secure more investment in the city’s riverside districts.

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Revolution Bars is led by CEO Mark McQuater. Picture: Contributed

Revolution Bars rejects nightclub outfit’s merger proposal

Revolution Bars has rebuffed a merger proposal from nightclub operator Deltic Group.

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Simon Pitts becomes STV chief executive on 3 January. Picture: Contributed

ITV executive to replace Rob Woodward as STV chief

The head of ITV’s digital and pay TV strategy has been named as the new chief executive of Scottish broadcaster STV.

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Kevia Dugdale is being sued by pro-independence blogger Stuart Campbell. Picture: John Devlin

John McLellan: Kezia Dugdale and the defamation ‘lottery’

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale may be quietly satisfied the defamation action launched against her by the Nationalist blogger Stuart Campbell, the man behind the Wings over Scotland website, is opening up divisions amongst independence activists.

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Scottish Pipe Band triumphs at World Championships

A Pipe Band from Scotland defeated the reigning champions to win at the World Pipe Band Championships.

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Author Howard Jacobson

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Howard Jacobson’s Trump novella is a horror story for 2017

In the early hours of 9 November, 2016, Howard Jacobson woke with a feeling of abject horror. The sense that “a hobgoblin was sitting on my chest, that something evil had happened in the world”.

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The new seaplane in action

Fold-away luxury aircraft makers target Scotland

French aircraft designers are targeting rich Scots with a revolutionary fold-away seaplane they think could transform first class travel.

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Thomson owner Tui cheered strong demand for core European destinations. Picture: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit-bitten Brits shrug off woes to hit the beaches

Thomson owner Tui has said British holidaymakers have shrugged off the soaring cost of overseas trips from the Brexit-hit pound as summer bookings held firm.

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Visitors following the North Coast 500 route enjoy Scotland's spectacular scenery.

North Coast 500 route ‘could suffer’ due to ATM shortage

The closure of a string of bank branches across the Highlands could damage the popularity of the North Coast 500 route, business leaders are warning.

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Orkney attracts thousands of visitors on cruise ships every year.

Proposed Orkney visitor tax branded ‘crazy’ by residents

It is home to some of Scotland’s most historic sights of natural beauty and attracts thousands of visitors every year - many of them visiting on cruise ships passing the north of Scotland.

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From left: Magners' George Kyle with programme graduate David Kelly and Celtic project co-ordinator Nikki Smith. Picture: Andy Buchanan

Celtic, Magners and Tennent’s team up to train budding chefs

A tie-up between Magners Irish Cider, Celtic FC Foundation and the Tennent’s Training Academy is on the lookout for culinary talent.

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Paddy Power Betfair saw its core earnings rise by about a fifth. Picture: Contributed

Profits race ahead at bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair

Paddy Power Betfair has reported rising sales and earnings in the first half but admitted it had been hit by the lack of a major football tournament and customer-friendly sports results.

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The Perceptive team has been working with Mactaggart & Mickel since 2007. Picture: Contributed

Mactaggart & Mickel builds PR relationship with Perceptive

Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Group has appointed Perceptive Communicators to handle its PR and public affairs across the UK.

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The Loch Dunvegan sails to the Isle of Bute from Colintraive on the Cowal peninsula, a distance of 410m. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

The shortest ferry crossings in Scotland

Scotland is made up of more than 790 offshore islands, 95 of which are inhabited all-year round. While some can be accessed by plane - like the famous beach runway at Barra - most of these remote communities can only be reached by ferry.

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Gold panning in Scotland. Picture: SWNS

World gold panning championships to be held in Moffat

THOUSANDS of gold hunters are to descend on a small Scotttish town this week for the world gold-panning championships.

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