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Why are Tesco unlocking their trolleys?

From Tuesday, shoppers at Tesco will be able to get a free trolly at Tesco rather than put in a token or a pound coin.

News
Now is the time to check documents to see whether you have been mis-sold payment protection insurance. Picture: PA

How to succeed with your PPI claim now the clock is ticking

Payment protection insurance has dominated headlines in recent years – but now a line is set to be drawn under the scandal after the City regulator announced a deadline for making complaints.

Business
Check the rules before parking. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

When it comes to parking, don’t lose the ticket – or your rag

If there’s one subject that winds people up, it’s parking charges and tickets.

Business
Which? has warned of the need for an enforcement strategy on food hygiene. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Glasgow and Edinburgh worst offenders in food hygiene standards

Authorities in Scotland’s two biggest cities have been singled out by a leading consumers’ association as among the worst offenders in the UK for monitoring food hygiene standards.

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Ministers in Rome sign the treaties establishing the European Economic Community (the EEC) and European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). From left to right P.H. Spaak and Jean-Charles Snoy  of Oppuers (Belgium), Christian Pineau and Maurice Faure (France), Konrad Adenauer and W. Hallstein (Germany), A. Segni and C. Martino (Italy), J. Bech and L. Schaus (Luxembourg), J.Luns and J. Linthorst Homan (Netherlands).

Leader comment: Europe’s change has to come

From any viewing of history it was a truly remarkable achievement. The signing of the Treaty of Rome by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany to create the European Economic Community in 1957 came just 12 years after the end of the most brutal and damaging war, a war which had seen countries pitched against each other in a war of monumental casualties and horrific crimes against humanity. The bringing together of these countries in a belief that closer co-operation would help to prevent such destruction ever returning was a bold and inspiring move.

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The main energy providers have all made huge price hike announcements, so comparing what you  pay  is  more important than ever
Picture: PA

Martin Lewis: Don’t pay the price of the big six rip-off

If you’re one of the 60 per cent of people on a standard tariff, including the big six energy firms, you’re being ripped off. And that rip-off is getting bigger. After huge price hike announcements, many are burning £350 per year, yet it takes just five minutes for you to stop it.

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Principal audiologist Stephen Gibbs with Black & Lizars managing director Michelle Le Prevost. Picture: Robert Perry

Black & Lizars hits high note with hearing arm boost

The audiology arm of Scottish opticians business Black & Lizars is sounding out expansion plans after significantly increasing its contribution to the group over the course of last year.

Companies
The London Stock Exchange headquarters. Picture: Sang Tan/AP

Friday market close: Flat end to the week as US vote awaited

The FTSE 100 ended the day relatively flat as global investors awaited results from a congressional vote on Donald Trump’s US healthcare reform bill.

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Kier said work was progressing well on the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building. Picture: McAteer Photograph

Construction group Kier builds 12% profit increase

Kier, the construction group behind the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic home, today reported higher half-year profits and a “strong pipeline” of activity north of the Border.

Companies
Iceland owner Brait blamed its decision on Brexit uncertainty. Picture: PA Wire

Iceland owner ditches London market move over Brexit

Brait, the South African firm that owns supermarket Iceland, fashion chain New Look and gym group Virgin Active, has ditched plans for a London stock market listing because of Brexit.

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Deputy BoE governor Ben Broadbent said exporters could be hit by either higher trading costs or a stronger pound. Picture: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

Pre-Brexit exports ‘sweet spot’ unlikely to last

UK exporters are in a welcome “sweet spot” thanks to a boost from the Brexit-hit pound – but this is unlikely to last, according to a senior Bank of England policymaker.

Markets Economy 1
Scotsman Conference speakers from left:  Derek Shaw, Paula Skinner, Laura Gordon, Petra Wetzel and Stuart Lunn (Photo Lisa Ferguson)

Seeds of growth need to be nurtured

Scotsman Conference told funding is only one of the ingredients for taking a business on to the next stage.

Business
Under the proposals customers would be entitled to automatic compensation

Automatic compensation plan for poor broadband service

Customers who receive a poor service from their landline or broadband provider could be in line for automatic compensation as part of new proposals.

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Bidders have until the middle of next month to express an interest in the troubled lender. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Co-op Bank says ‘credible’ bidders still interested

The Co-operative Bank said a number of “credible” bidders are still eyeing the troubled lender as it revealed an April deadline for preliminary offers.

Financial
Alliance Trust chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said the ATS owner was 'well placed for the future'. Neil Hanna

Alliance Trust Savings returns to full-year profit

Dundee-based investment platform Alliance Trust Savings (ATS) today announced a move back into the black following the completion of its £14 million takeover of Edinburgh rival Stocktrade.

Financial
Pinsent Masons' Luke Scanlon says banks and cloud providers can work together to understand their regulatory obligations. Picture: PA

Luke Scanlon: More clarity needed on cloud banking

Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan earlier this week described RBS as “more a financial services company with good technology” than a traditional bank.

Financial
Industry leaders admit it will take a 'huge amount' of work to hit the Ambition 2030 goal. Picture: Contributed

Scotland aims to double up on food and drink revenue

As industry leaders and politicians embark on a plan to double the value of the sector to £30bn by 2030, Scott Reid examines how the proposals will work.

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The Scottish Government has been urged to engage in mediation with affected tenants. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Time to get compensation settled for tenant farmers

One of the longest-running disputes between landlords and tenant farmers took a marginal step toward conclusion this week in the Court of Session with a decision that the Scottish Government is liable to compensate a specific group of tenants.

Farming
RBS has been accused of 'turning its back' on Scotland with more branch closures

RBS announces 30 branch closures across Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland has been accused of “turning its back” on communities across Scotland after dropping the axe on dozens more branches throughout the country.

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The James Hutton Institute has developed a new system of blight reporting. Picture: Robert Biedermann/thinkstock

New weapon in the fight against late potato blight

Scottish potato growers will this year have an added weapon in their fight against one of their perennial problems – late blight.

Farming
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