Biscuit-flavoured pints face crunch test at new craft beer festival

It has a biscuit-making heritage going back more than two centuries - when William Crawford started a baking business in a small shop in Leith which grew to become a household name throughout Britain.

An example of charity Challenges Worldwide's work, seen here with staff at a bakery in Uganda: Picture: Contributed

Gin venture’s first round of profits to help the poor

A social enterprise gin based in Edinburgh that launched in November has given away its first funding from sales proceeds to help disadvantaged young adults help tackle poverty in developing countries.

Lucy Bergius runs Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream from her familys 500-acre dairy farm. Photograph: Phil Wilkinson

Farmhouse ice cream company wins funds to double production

An ice cream maker based in Galashiels is to double the size of its manufacturing site after securing financial support through the Scottish Borders Leader fund.

Hardy's Chocolates is an exclusive stockist of produce from Shetland-based Mirrie Dancers. Picture: Contributed

Former IT operations director opens Aberdeen chocolatier

A new Aberdeen-based chocolate shop has invested a five-figure sum into the start up and renovation of a city centre premises.

'Recovery begins with stopping the rot,' writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Martin Flanagan: Asda’s only success is slowing the decline

In retail, before one returns to positive sales growth after a prolonged difficult period, you have to go through the unglamorous phase of slowing the rate of decline.

Asda revenues were down but the decline has slowed for the third quarter in a row. Picture: Contributed

Asda sees positive momentum despite fresh sales fall

Supermarket giant Asda has reported another slide in quarterly sales, but its US parent Walmart insisted that the company was heading in the right direction.

UK sales volumes jumped 2.3% last month, but rising inflation is putting the squeeze on consumers. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Sun shines on high street but outlook is unsettled

Britain’s retailers enjoyed a sales rebound last month as the sun shone on the high street but the outlook remained cloudy as another big name announced dozens of store closures.

McEwan's was once brewed in Edinburgh but is now made south of the Border. Picture: Toby Williams

McEwan’s Export brewer swallowed by Marston’s for £55m

McEwan’s Export brewer Charles Wells has been snapped up by pubs and beer group Marston’s in a £55 million deal.

Stewart Brewing co-founder Jo Stewart said Majestic Wine was a 'perfect fit' for the craft beer maker. Picture: Gareth Easton

Stewart Brewing toasts deal to supply Majestic Wine

Midlothian-based craft beer producer Stewart Brewing is celebrating a permanent listing on the shelves of retailer Majestic Wine.

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Amid growing sales, Greggs warned of risks posed by the slowing economy and rising inflation. Picture: Contributed

Healthy ranges continue to fuel sales growth at Greggs

Bakery chain Greggs has reported a strong start to the year after being boosted by its healthy eating ranges, including cold-pressed juice and freshly prepared salads.

JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin. Picture: Contributed

JD Wetherspoon chairman calls for EU staff to remain

The Brexit-backing chairman of JD Wetherspoon has urged the government to unilaterally grant EU citizens living in Britain the right to remain following the country’s departure from the bloc.

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Tennent's enjoyed 17% growth in export markets. Picture: Dan Phillips

Tennent’s boost fails to lift profits at parent C&C

Sales of Tennent’s lager saw continued strong growth in overseas markets although the weak pound hit profits at parent firm C&C.

Total sales north of the Border rose 2.5% last month. Picture: John Devlin

Easter shopping helps boost Scottish retail figures

Easter egg buyers helped boost Scotland’s retail sales, according to latest figures, but spending on non-food items has dropped to its lowest level in four years.

Literary fighters: Glasgow’s last surviving independent book shops

Literary fighters: Glasgow’s last surviving independent book shops

Since the rise of internet giants and high street chain stores, the humble independent book shop has all but disappeared from our towns and cities. With only a few remaining, we talk to the owners of some of Glasgow’s finest, and find out what drives them

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Innis & Gunn sales director Crawford Sinclair. Picture: Contributed

Innis & Gunn sales team looks to make it a double

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has bolstered its UK sales team as the firm seeks to double its turnover to £25 million over the next three years.

Scotland's footfall numbers are at the highest they have been in three years. Picture: Jon Savage

Scotland’s shopping footfall stats at three-year-high

FOOTFALL in Scotland’s high streets and retail parks has increased, however, retail experts say there is a worrying rise in the number of shop vacancies.

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CarGo, a 12-litre capacity childrens suitcase that folds into a booster seat, is up for crowdfunding via Indiegogo

Crowdfunding bid to fund production of booster seat suitcase

A company that has created a children’s car booster seat that converts into a rolling suitcase has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the last stages of safety testing and an initial manufacturing run.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis took home a lower bonus last year. Picture: Tesco/PA Wire

Tesco chief Dave Lewis sees pay fall 10% to £4.1m

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis took a 10 per cent pay cut last year after receiving a lower annual bonus, but he still received £4.1 million.

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Alex Williamson is taking charge at Jenners owner House of Fraser. Picture: Tom Campbell/House of Fraser

Jenners owner House of Fraser names new chief executive

Jenners owner House of Fraser has revealed the appointment of Alex Williamson as chief executive with effect from 31 July.

Sainsbury's 100th Scottish store is on Gordon Street in Glasgow. Picture: Contributed

Sainsbury’s cuts ribbon on 100th branch in Scotland

Supermarket major Sainsbury’s has opened its 100th store in Scotland, in a move creating 64 jobs.

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