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Scotland warned to embrace Fintech or risk consequences

New university course set to bring Scotland up to speed with very latest in innovative financial technology

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Royal Bank of Scotland's Gogarburn HQ will host the Boost launch event on Thursday. Picture: Greg Macvean

RBS aims to help small firms build more connections

Royal Bank of Scotland will this week kick off a new initiative aimed at boosting growth among small businesses.

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Which Scottish shares made the biggest gains last week?

Find out which Scottish companies were the best performers on the stock market last week.

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Engineers training at BT centre in Livingston.

BT service aims to stop nuisance calls.

Telecoms firm BT has launched a service that aims to block up to 30 million nuisance calls before they reach homes each week.

The Holiday Inn Express sits in one of the busiest locations in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh hotel changes hands in £18m deal

One of Edinburgh’s biggest and busiest city centre hotels has changed hands for almost £18 million as buyers are sought for two further Scottish establishments.

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Former Goals chief Keith Rogers has left the board but will remain in an advisory capacity for a year. Picture: Contributed

Former Goals boss leaves pitch as sales edge higher

Goals Soccer Centres, the East Kilbride-based operator of five-a-side football pitches, today revealed that former chief executive Keith Rogers has left the board as it reported a rise in sales.

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Lord Smith of Kelvin urged Alliance Trust shareholders to approve its new investment approach. Picture: Neil Hanna

Alliance Trust reveals list of new investment managers

Wealth manager Alliance Trust has revealed the eight equity managers chosen to oversee its new investment strategy.

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New machinery hints at a vibrancy in the farming industry, says Fordyce Maxwell. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Let’s be Candide: our farmers are optimists at heart

In Voltaire’s satire on the world as it is rather than as we would like it to be, written more than 250 years ago, the eponymous main character Candide is an innocent at large, continually surprised by the immorality and duplicity he meets on his way through life.

Colin Graham says the Thorntons chairman role comes at 'absolutely the right time'. Picture: Greg Macvean

Monday interview: Thorntons Solicitors chairman Colin Graham

Thorntons chairman’s destiny to return to City of Discovery as firm looks to build on deals

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined the debate over corporate governance. Picture: John Devlin

Anthony Carey: Shaking up corporate governance

Corporate governance is suddenly a hot topic – it started when Theresa May launched her leadership bid last July, was followed by a parliamentary inquiry then a government green paper, and last week Jeremy Corbyn joined in.

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Aberdeen lawyer Gordon Hobkirk moves to Maclay Murray & Spens. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

One of Aberdeen’s top corporate lawyers, Gordon Hobkirk, has returned to Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) in a move that coincides with the appointment of Andrew Orr as partner in its growing Capital Projects practice.

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'Some selective profit-taking may now be in order,' writes Bill Jamieson. Picture: Picture: Sang Tan/AP

Bill Jamieson: Time to cash in after the market surge?

After the stock market surge of recent weeks, who is not tempted to lock in some gains and cash in?

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From left: ESS operations director Mo Petrie, managing director Mike Wilson and Handelsbanken corporate account manager Steven Rae. Picture: Simon Price

Aberdeenshire subsea group taps bank for growth drive

Ecosse Subsea Services (ESS) has secured a multi-million pound revolving credit facility with Swedish-owned bank Handelsbanken that it says will allow the subsea engineering specialist to bid for bigger renewables and power generation work.

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Some 93% of investment in Edinburgh's office market last year came from overseas. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Overseas buyers ‘dominate’ Edinburgh office market

The Edinburgh office market is dominated by overseas investors, with UK political uncertainty failing to deter interest, a new report out today reveals.

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Consumers are facing inflationary headwinds following the Brexit vote. Picture: Neil Hanna

Inflation hits highest level in more than two years

Households are facing the highest inflation backcloth in well over two years, official data is set to show this week.

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The Bank of Scotland report also found that job creation was running at a four-month high. Picture: John Devlin

Scots firms return to growth after two months of decline

Scottish business activity returned to growth in December after two months of decline, helped by a modest rise in new orders alongside a “rebound” in job creation, a new report out today shows.

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David Pike and Karin Sode, a couple fed up with the performance of energy suppliers who are launching a crowdfunding campaign to start their own company. Picture; PA

Crowdfunded energy firm plans to take on the Big Six

A Scottish couple fed up with the high prices charged by the Big Six energy firms have launched a crowdfunding site to set up a new publicly-owned energy company.

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Skara Brae in Orkney is a world heritage site. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Hotels plan for heritage sites unveiled

Luxury hotel resorts should be considered for Scotland’s world heritage sites and national parks, according to a blueprint aimed at boosting the value of the industry by more than a billion pounds in the next three years.

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Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale in call for new dedicated cities minister

The Scottish Government needs to “ditch the timid managerialism” of the economy and adapt radical policies, according to Kezia Dugdale.

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