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Recruitment specialist iMultiply eyes more takeovers

Finance and accountancy recruitment agency iMultiply is on the search for more acquisitions following its recent takeover of a Glasgow-based rival.

Administrate chief executive John Peebles. Picture: Contributed

Training software developer Administrate inks US deals

Training software outfit Administrate has secured fresh deals with two US companies as it prepares to host its latest education technology conference.

The Federation of Small Businesses said inflationary pressures and a weakening economy were weighing on confidence. Picture: John Devlin

Confidence plummets as small firms face rising costs

Confidence among small businesses in Scotland has plummeted amid rising costs, according to a new survey.

Markets Economy
Jim Duffy says Billions' Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis, second left, knows the value of a good co-founder. Picture: James Minchin/SHOWTIME

Jim Duffy: Two’s company to help start-ups achieve success

I’m watching Billions at present and it is essential watching for any aspiring person who wants to get into business or ramp up what they are doing.

NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick called for 'more carrot and less stick'. Picture: Contributed

NFU Scotland maps out its top post-Brexit priorities

While the threats and uncertainty of Brexit have been widely highlighted in recent months, the opportunities offered to streamline some of the current bureaucratic burden borne by farmers was put in the spotlight yesterday.

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The expansion comes as Tillicoultry-based 123v celebrates 20 years in business. Picture: Julie Howden

Canopies maker 123v eyes sunnier growth with investment

A family-run manufacturing firm is targeting overseas markets after doubling production capability with a six-figure investment.

Alvise Boniver Conte, left, with Ian Angus Mackenzie. Picture: Contributed

Harris Tweed specialist sews up deal with Italian giant

A producer of prestigious Harris Tweed is looking to expand its presence in Europe after inking an agreement with a top global textiles production and marketing company.

Glencairn's project would include housing and commercial space. Picture: Contributed

Plans revealed for canalside development in Edinburgh

An Edinburgh-based property developer has unveiled plans for a new canalside commercial and housing development at a former industrial site in the city’s Fountainbridge area.

Instructor Marc McClement grabs some air at Snow Factor. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Snow dome firm Ice Factor Group seals management buyout

Adventure tourism business Ice Factor Group is eyeing expansion after a management buyout.

Media & Leisure
The accounting regulator found no evidence of misconduct at KPMG. Picture: Getty Images

Martin Flanagan: KPMG cleared of failing to twig HBOS woes

So, KPMG has been cleared by the accountancy industry watchdog of any wrongdoing in its 2007 audit of HBOS in the run-up to the bank’s collapse into the arms of Lloyds Banking Group when the bank ran out of money, management nous and regulatory credibility.

Ineos chairman Jim Ratcliffe wants to create a rugged and 'cool' vehicle. Picture: Ineos/PA Wire

Ineos tycoon Jim Ratcliffe seeks UK subsidy for new 4x4

Chemicals giant Ineos has had interest from European countries to build its new 4x4 vehicle.

News 1
A queen awaiting her fate: The QE2 is languising in dock in Dubai, with no sign of any decision on what, or where, her future will be. Picture: Getty Images

Martyn McLaughlin: Dubai yet to make good on promises for a queen now in exile

Half a century after the launch of the QE2, the ocean liner faces an uncertain future, writes Martyn McLaughlin

Opinion 1
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Toys R Us, Livingston

Bankruptcy move ‘won’t affect’ Toys ‘R’ Us stores in UK

Toys’R’Us has assured consumers its stores will remain open after filing for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada ahead of the crucial festive season amid mammoth debts and increasing online competition.

Market trader monitors his screens. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday market close: FTSE recovery continues but fears remain

London’s blue-chip index extended its recovery following losses last week, thanks to a relatively quiet day across European markets.

Markets Economy
Fiona Hyslop was in Paisley today to announce the backing for its UK City of Culture bid.

Paisley wins £10m in backing for UK City of Culture bid

The Scottish Government has committed £10 million to Paisley's bid to become the UK's next culture capital.
The Edinburgh pound coin is the rarest in circulation according to Change Checker. Picture: Johnston Press

Revealed: Edinburgh £1 coin is ‘rarest and most valuable’

THE value of an extremely rare coin featuring Edinburgh is set to soar when it is taken out of circulation next month.

'Technology businesses can scale up at an incredible rate,' says Ewan Kinnear. Picture: John Devlin

Ewan Kinnear: How Scots tech firms can shape the future

Recent advances in technology that will fundamentally transform the way we live and work have experts heralding the advent of a fourth industrial revolution.

Tech 1
One of the turbines at the Burradale wind farm in Shetland, the most productive in the world. Photo: Paul Riddell

Drew Ratter: Powerful argument to meet Shetland’s electricity needs

In August, the UK government launched a review aimed at reducing the high cost of electricity paid by consumers and businesses.

Opinion 3

Scotland’s oil industry is entering last decade, warn researchers

The Scottish oil industry is entering its final decade of production - Edinburgh researchers have warned.

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The retail park at Straiton. Picture: Scott Louden

Commercial property: Positive outlook for Scottish retail parks

Comment: The sector offers the ideal mix to tempt investors

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