Thursday business round-up: Four key stories of the day

Leslie Benzies received an honorary doctorate from Robert Gordon University last year
Leslie Benzies received an honorary doctorate from Robert Gordon University last year
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Here are four of today’s key business stories in one handy package.

Grand Theft Auto creator Rockstar North said Leslie Benzies has quit as president of the Edinburgh-based video game developer. The Aberdeen-born producer, who began his career with the firm in 1996 – when it was still called DMA Design – went on a sabbatical in September last year but has decided not to turn to work with the company.

Dundee-based Alliance Trust named Lord Smith of Kelvin as its new chairman. The wealth manager said Smith, who also chairs the Edinburgh-based Green Investment Bank and Forth Ports, will take up his role at the start of next month. He succeeds Karin Forseke at the helm of the trust.

Five-a-side football pitch operator Goals Soccer Centres kicked off the search for a new chief executive as the East Kilbride-based firm said current boss Keith Rogers is relocating to the US to become president of its fast-growing business on the other side of the Atlantic. The move was announced as Goals reported a 7 per cent fall in UK sales for 2015.

Edinburgh city council granted planning consent for Grosvenor’s build-to-rent scheme at Fountainbridge. The move unlocks the potential for up to 400 new homes in the former industrial area, close to the city centre.