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The main breaking business stories of the day plus recent investments and grants achieved by Scottish firms.

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The m3 Networks team. Picture: Contributed

Perthshire IT support firm aims for top spot

A Perth-based IT support company has set an ambitious goal of becoming the biggest business of its type in Scotland over the next ten years.

Tech 1
Sensewhere will use the cash injection to support research and development over the next three years to improve its mapping technology

£1.4m helps keep Edinburgh mapping firm on right track

Sensewhere, an Edinburgh-based provider of indoor-mapping technology, has been awarded 
£1.4 million by Scottish Enterprise, enabling it to create jobs in the Scottish capital and develop its software.

Tech 6
Jamie Hepburn MSP, minister for employability and training will open the new centre.

New digital skills academy coming to Glasgow

A new digital skills academy is coming to Glasgow in a bid to recruit and train the next generation of Scottish tech talent.

Picture: Getty

How to hire the right staff for your business

SPEAKING to entrepreneurs, there’s one subject that comes up again and again in conversation – how difficult it is to find the right staff.

Start-ups can only benefit from business support but how that is implemented defines just how useful that support will be. Picture: John Devlin

Jim Duffy: Scottish Enterprise no longer fit for purpose

No amount of cute titles and clever acronyms can disguise the need to support and nurture new business, writes Jim Duffy

Opinion 21
E&O is targeting export opportunities for its microbiological culture media. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Cash injection sees lab firm expand in Cumbernauld

A microbiology specialist is looking to ramp up its export business with the opening of a new production facility in Cumbernauld.

Tech 4
Pfizer is buying the antibiotics business of rival AstraZeneca. Picture: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Pfizer to buy Astra firm for £1.1bn in new twist

UK drugs giant AstraZeneca is selling its antibiotics division to US rival Pfizer in an agreement that could be worth more than £1.1 billion.

Tech 1
Brightsolid chief executive Richard Higgs. Picture: Jim Irvine

Data centre firm Brightsolid accredited by Dell

Brightsolid, the Dundee-based data centre operator, is poised for a boost in business after achieving “preferred partner” certification from IT giant Dell.

Tech 3
James McClafferty, business development director for Scotland at CityFibre, left, with HighNet boss David Siegel. Picture: Iain McLean

Internet services provider HighNet expands in Glasgow

Internet service provider HighNet, which is working to make Glasgow Scotland’s third “gigabit city”, has opened an office on St Vincent Street.

Assure APM chief executive Doug More. Picture: Alex Hewitt

IT monitoring outfit lands Baillie Gifford contract

Edinburgh-based tech firm Assure APM has landed a deal to monitor the IT network of fund manager Baillie Gifford.

Deciding what to see in Edinburgh can be a daunting prospect. Picture: Ian Georgeson

App aims to take guesswork out of Festival planning

With more than 50,000 performances spread across almost 300 venues, deciding which shows to see during the Edinburgh festivals season can prove something of a challenge.

Tech 2

Video: Should I start my own business?

Austin Flynn or Morton Fraser, The Scotsman’s business reporter Gareth Mackie and digital editor Stephen discuss the challenges and opportunities of starting your own business.

Twitter will introduce a 'quality control' function. Picture: John Devlin

New quality filter to ‘give more control’ to Twitter users

Twitter has announced a new “quality filter” designed to root out posts to the social media site users do not want to see or could be abusive.

Picture: Matthew Algie

Jim Duffy: The highs and lows of growing Scottish businesses

Before you start reading this I promise it will not be a load of old “blah blah blah” on figures and stats. If we were to build a new economy right now – from scratch – we would need business builders, not economists.

Opinion 1
Stream said the 'internet of things' is growing rapidly. Picture: John Devlin

Stream Technologies eyes sales rise after RSA grant

Glasgow-based Stream Technologies is looking to nearly quadruple sales in the next two years following a jump in headcount on the back of a regional selective assistance (RSA) grant from Scottish Enterprise.

Cisco is to axe 5,500 jobs around the globe. Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Cisco to axe 5,500 jobs in bid to ‘drive growth’

Technology giant Cisco, which employs about 150 people in Scotland, is to slash 5,500 jobs from its global workforce.

Tech 6
Ecometrica finance chief Adrian Smith. Picture: Contributed

Climate data outfit Ecometrica enjoys sales surge

An Edinburgh software business that uses satellite data to map the effects of climate change has seen its sales more than double, fuelled by growth in North and South America.

Tech 4
SIB head Kerry Sharp said it was 'exciting' to see My1Login expand. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow IT security firm My1Login secures £1.3m

A Glasgow-based tech business specialising in identity and access-management has announced a seven-figure investment enabling it to catalyse its growth in Europe.

Tech 1
Sage was hit by an internal data breach. Picture: John Devlin

Sage data breach may have hit up to 300 customers

Up to 300 companies may have been compromised after accountancy software giant Sage was hit by an internal data breach.

Tech 5
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