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Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveils official tartan

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveiled its own tartan on Sunday to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the world’s largest arts festival.

Edinburgh festivals
The group of economists believe abolishing barriers such as tariffs could boost the economy by 132 billion pounds. Picture: PA

Remove all trade barriers urge pro-Brexit economists

A group of Brexit-backing economists have urged the Government to abolish all trade barriers after leaving the European Union despite previously admitting it would “mostly eliminate manufacturing” in the UK.

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Models backstage at a Pringle of Scotland fashion show in London. Picture: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images

Pringle knitwear battles to stop Greek brand using similar name

One of Scotland’s best known fashion brands has become embroiled in a European legal battle with a Greek menswear firm it accuses of trading on its name.

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John Hillis of Pacific Quay Powerboats has come up with the water taxi notion. Picture: John Devlin

Glasgow looks to Venice with water taxi service to airport

A Venetian-style entry to Glasgow is in prospect with plans for a water taxi service from the airport.

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Banks are accused of placing too much responsibility on consumers to spot and protect themselves from sophisticated online scams. Photograph: PA

Don’t bank on getting your money back if you fall victim to fraud

If you lost money to a fraud, would you expect to get your cash back?

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John McAslan at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh,  the city where he studied architecture. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The Big Interview: JMP founder John McAslan

Decades into his career in architecture, heading up his eponymous practice, John McAslan admits that the profession is “a very hard gig”. In his view, “you’ve got to keep going at it and not stand still because there are so many opportunities that you want to explore”.

Companies
Visitors to Edinburgh are up on last August, one of several pieces of economic good news

Bill Jamieson: Sun also rises in land benighted by Brexit

Sometimes it seems we are doomed to despair – and you don’t have to look far to find much to despair about. Not least in the mainstream coverage of Brexit.

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Professor Atul K Shah says ethics, culture and business education remain under-prioritised in financial services. Picture: John Devlin

Professor urges Scots finance sector to go back to its roots

A financial services academic who has written a book on the collapse of HBoS hopes it will help drive greater focus on culture and ethics in an industry in “urgent” need of practice reform.

Financial
Knowing how the sales techniques supermarkets use can make you a much savvier shopper.

James Walker: Savvy shoppers win mind games of the aisles

I’ve been speaking to a few experts recently about the psychology of shopping. I’m talking about the crafty tricks that sales people use to get you to hand over your hard-earned cash. Some of these are quite obvious, like those racks of “on offer” goods that tempt you while you wait at the supermarket checkout. Others are less so.

Business
Figures from Persimmon are expected to make the picture of the current housing market clearer.

Persimmon’s results to reveal state of housing market

Analysts will be looking closely for any signs of a slowdown in the housing market when Persimmon reports interim results this week.

Business
Dont be fooled into handing over your money to smooth-talking fraudsters offering the chance of big returns for your investment. Picture: Getty

Gareth Shaw: We’re in a perfect scamming storm

At Which? HQ, I sit opposite our money helpline – a crack team of financial experts who field thousands of queries about money issues our members are facing. This gives us incredible insight into the experiences people have with providers of financial products and services – and helps Which?, as a consumer champion, get to the heart of the rip-offs that exist in this market.

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From left: Calum Murray (CCG), Ed Monaghan (Mactaggart & Mickel), Lord Provost Eva Bolander, John Gallacher (Cruden) and Martin Kiely (WH Malcolm). Picture: Contributed

Builders behind Commonwealth village collect Queen’s Award

Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, has presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise to the City Legacy Homes consortium of builders behind the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock.

Companies
Ross McEwan, chief executive of RBS, Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

RBS boss vows to challenge ‘too white and male’ boarrooms

The chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland has pledged to help tackle a lack of diversity in British boardrooms by combating a “too white and too male” culture.

News
Whisky and salmon helped food and drink exports hit a record high in the first half of the year. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Whisky and salmon fail to narrow food trade deficit

Sterling’s slump has caused Britain’s food and drink trade deficit to balloon, despite salmon and whisky sales helping exports touch a record high.

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Tourist businesses have objected to planned day-long road closure. Picture: John Devlin

Fears road closures will kill trade for West Highland villages

Tourist businesses have objected to planned day-long road closures on the main route between Oban and Fort William that will “decimate” visitor traffic.

Media & Leisure
Lease Fetcher has secured backing from Scottish Enterprise. Picture: Clark James

Glasgow firm gears to launch vehicle leasing comparison site

Lease Fetcher, the UK’s first vehicle leasing comparison website, has secured up to £100,000 of seed funding from Scottish Enterprise to help its launch.

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Nick Freer

Nick Freer: Dressing to impress and the key need to scale up

I was at a lunch with The Data Lab’s chairman, Neil Logan, this week in Glasgow. Neil is an interesting character, not least because he became a chairman before he was ever a CEO.

Opinion
Pinsent Masons' Andrew Henderson urges organisations to start preparing for the new lobbying law. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Andrew Henderson: Don’t fall foul of new lobbying law

Next year the Scottish Parliament will enter its 20th year of operation since being reconvened back in 1999, following an extended break of almost three centuries.

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Heineken has satisfied competition concerns over its deal to buy Punch Taverns. Picture: Mark Lennihan/AP

Heineken satisfies watchdog over Punch Taverns takeover

Britain’s competition watchdog has accepted proposals by Heineken to offload pubs in 33 areas to satisfy concerns over its £403 million takeover of Punch Taverns.

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Deer farmers have joined the campaign against the lynx. Picture: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition growing over release of lynx into the wild

Until now, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has led the opposition to the introduction of lynx to the UK but this week a wider group of rural organisations joined forces to voice their concerns about the “big cat” coming back to these shores after an absence of hundreds of years.

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