Amazon registers UK trademark for cashier-free store

Amazon has registered a British trademark for its new cashier-free bricks-and-mortar grocery store, paving the way for a potential launch in the country.

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From right to left: Mark Tasker-Brown (regional branch manager, Carrs Billington) Colin Noble (director, Alex F Noble & Son) Kelly Mitchell (branch supervisor, Carrs Billington) and Tom Weir (area sales manager, Carrs Billington) at the new premises at Eastfield Industrial Estate, Penicuik. Picture: Contributed

Doors open at new Midlothian country store

Carrs Billington Agriculture, the supplier of agricultural products and services, has opened its latest country store, at Eastfield Industrial Estate in Penicuik, Midlothian.

Left to right: Ben Iravani, Josh Rennie and Alex Lawrence, founders of Porters Gin. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen gin firm raises glass to expansion plans

A fledgling Scottish gin brand has doubled its projected start-up figures and is scaling up production five-fold due to increased market demand.

McDonald's said it chose the UK because of its large workforce in London. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

McDonald’s moving non-US tax base to UK amid EU row

Fast food giant McDonald’s is moving its non-US tax base to Britain from Luxembourg as it battles European Union regulators over its tax affairs.

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Sports Direct has practically made an art form of generating negative coverage, writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Martin Flanagan: Sports Direct stuck at low altitude

Where to start, where to end? Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has had its fair share of the controversial public spotlight in recent times.

Pink and blue labelling for girls and boys starts at birth.

Leader comment: Toying with change is not enough

The aisles of department stores are perhaps not the most obvious battlegrounds for gender equality. Manufacturers have found themselves under increasing pressure from campaigners to consign blue and pink packaging to the past.

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The IET praised gender neutral Stem toys such as science kits. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Boys three times more likely to have science toys than girls

Boys are almost three times as likely as girls to receive science and maths toys this Christmas, the Institution of Engineering and Technology has said.

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Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley said the past six months had been 'tough'. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Mike Ashley buys new jet as Sports Direct profits slump

Profits at scandal-hit Sports Direct have taken a hammering following the collapse in sterling – but it has not stopped billionaire owner Mike Ashley splashing out on a new corporate jet.

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ScottishPower extended its partnership with Cancer Research last year. Picture: Chris James

What corporate responsibility means to me

Twelve figures from the Scottish business community talk about what responsibility means to them.

Trtl managing director Michael Corrigan with business partner David Kellock

Overseas markets can open up potential for growth

In partnership with Scottish Enterprise.

The report said Scotland offers 'great potential' for retailers. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland seen as a hotspot for retail expansion

Scotland has been identified by the UK’s leading 100 retailers as one of just four regions having potential for more shops, alongside the south-west of England, the west Midlands and London.

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Bellfield's Kieran Middleton toasts the 'transformational' deal with Bidvest. Picture: Neil Hanna

Gluten-free brewer toasts deal with food service group

Edinburgh-based Bellfield Brewery, the UK’s first dedicated gluten-free beer-maker, is cheering a “transformational” contract to supply a major food service business across the UK.

Michael Laing on left says the bottom-line figure was impacted by investment in the famous jewellery business. Picture: Contributed

Sparkling full-year numbers at Laing

Laing the Jeweller has increased turnover and gross profits in its latest trading year, new figures reveal.

The new festive crisps and popcorn products will be available in nearly 50 Scottish stores. Picture: Contributed

Asda strikes festive deal with Scots snack maker

Asda has signed a deal with Scottish crisp maker Mackie’s at Taypack to stock a new collection of festive snacks.

The fashionable retailer said it is pursuing an "ambitious" rollout plan, with growth driven by consumer demand. Picture: Contributed

Clothing retailer Quiz broadens store network

Womenswear retailer Quiz has opened 40 outlets in the UK and Ireland over the last year, the latest of which include a site in Ayr covering 2,500 square feet and marking the firm's 20th standalone store in Scotland in addition to concessions.
Brad Stevens is the founder and chief executive of Bar Soba. Picture: Contributed

Growth on menu as Bar Soba lands £3m funding deal

A bar and restaurant chain that began life as a pop-up venture at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is embarking on a major expansion after securing a multi-million-pound investment.

Julie Barr of AG Barr, the Cumbernauld-based producers of Irn-Bru. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Scotland’s top-selling food and drink brands revealed

It’s known as Scotland’s other national drink. Now Irn-Bru has been crowned the best-selling Scottish food and drink brand for the second year in a row.

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The Uisge Source team, led by Graeme Lindsay (front), raise a glass to their export success. Picture: Contributed

Spring water start-up Uisge Source wins Russian sales

Drinks start-up Uisge Source, which sells premium waters selected from private springs near distilleries in key Scottish whisky regions, is cheering a year of accelerated growth with its first sales to Russia.

The annual Black Friday sales gave stores a boost last month. Picture: Jon Savage

Black Friday shoppers send non-food sales soaring

Bargain-hungry shoppers bolstered retail takings last month, with non-food sales jumping 40 per cent during the week including Black Friday.

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she started her business in the family kitchen, setting an example to other women who aspire to be entrepreneurs

The Big Interview: Genius gluten-free creator Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

She famously started the Genius Gluten Free business from her kitchen, turning up “covered in flour” to collect her children from school and breaking both her oven and food mixer in a tireless bid to create a high-quality loaf without gluten.

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