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Ethical bank Triodos to launch first current account

Ethical lender Triodos today said it was opening registrations for its first personal current account in the UK.

Financial
A specially-branded open top bus was unveiled today to coincide with the World Fringe Day launch.

Global festivals celebration to mark Edinburgh Fringe's 70th birthday

A global celebration of festivals is to be staged for 24 hours in the run-up to the 70th anniversary Edinburgh Fringe - in a bit to emulate the worldwide buzz generated by St Patrick’s Day and Burns Night.
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Trading screens in London. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday market close: FTSE pauses after previous busy session

London’s top-flight index paused for breath after a heady rise in the previous session when European markets rocketed in response to the French presidential election race.

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The 18th at the Old Course in St Andrews has been named the nation's favourite golf hole.

Scotland's greatest golf holes revealed

It provides one of the world's most famous sporting backdrops and has played host to some of the historic game's most thrilling encounters.
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Stagecoach and Virgin are teaming up with France's SNCF to bid for the west coast rail service. Picture: Contributed

Stagecoach goes head-to-head with First for HS2

Stagecoach and Virgin are looking to extend their grip on the west coast rail service, with help from the French state-owned operator SNCF.

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Kier said the deals will provide about 50 job opportunities for suppliers across North Lanarkshire. Picture: Contributed

Schools deal is class act for construction group Kier

Two schools in Motherwell are to receive a facelift following the award of a £5 million contract to Kier Construction Scotland.

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The former cattle market in Duke Street, Glasgow, which has lain empty since 1988. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Amount of vacant or derelict land in Scotland declines

More than 320 hectares of derelict or vacant land – the equivalent of about 450 football pitches – was brought back in to use in Scotland last year, a report has revealed.

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Collagen boss Jamal Rushdy hailed progress in the firm's product development pipeline. Picture: Contributed

Collagen Solutions cheers surge in full-year sales

Biomaterials business Collagen Solutions today said it has racked up a 28 per cent increase in revenues for the year to the end of March.

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Philanthropist Garreth Wood opens the newest Boozy Cow in Dundee. Picture: Alan Richardson

Charity restaurant Boozy Cow makes moo-ves into Dundee

GENEROUS restaurant group that donates all its profits to good causes has opened its fourth venue and increased the number of charities it is supporting.

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Omega is due to announce its annual results by the middle of July. Picture: Contributed

Life sciences firm Omega eyes jump in annual revenues

Medical testing kits maker Omega Diagnostics today said it was on track to deliver a 12 per cent rise in full-year revenues.

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Rob Woodward is leaving STV after ten years in charge 'to pursue fresh challenges'. Picture: John Devlin

STV boss Rob Woodward quits after new channel launch

The chief executive of broadcaster STV has announced he is standing down the day after the group launched its new channel, STV2.

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Along with cyber-attacks, firms need to plan for other threats such as fires or natural disasters. Picture: Andrew Parsons/PA

Emma Stewart: Disaster recovery needs planning and testing

First it was Talk Talk, then Morrisons, then Marks and Spencer, and even the finance department’s favourite, Sage Payroll.

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Annual profits at Whitbread's Costa arm grew 5.3%. Picture: Contributed

Costa Coffee owner ‘cautious’ despite rise in profits

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has cheered a jump in annual profit, but said it remains “cautious” amid forecasts for a tougher year ahead.

Retail

Video: Police to pull over Edinburgh drivers ‘too close to cyclists’

Plain-clothed police will be taking to the streets of the Capital as part of a clampdown on motorists driving too close to cyclists.

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Archangels was founded in 1992 by Mike Rutterford, left, and Barry Sealey. Picture: Robert Perry

Business angels syndicate counts its blessings

Archangel Investors is the longest-running business angel organisation in the world, and today celebrates a quarter of a century of being at the cutting edge of early-stage investing in Scotland.

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Fergus Ewing claimed the Treasury had 'no enthusiasm' to continue direct payments to farmers. Picture: John Devlin

Fergus Ewing attacks post-Brexit agricultural policy

It could be another five years after the UK exits the European Union before a new agricultural policy is in place, Fergus Ewing, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity, has warned.

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Calum Kerr also questioned Defra's ability to deliver a coherent farm policy. Picture: Contributed

Calum Kerr MP hits out over farm funding delays

As the war of words between Holyrood and Westminster over who controls farm policy hots up ahead of the general election, it has been claimed that the UK government is using Brexit to kick the long-standing convergence uplift issue into the long grass.

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LCP's portfolio in Scotland includes Govan Cross Shopping Centre. Picture: Robert Perry

Property group LCP targets Scotland with Glasgow base

Property investment company LCP is to open its first office in Scotland after expanding its portfolio north of the Border.

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Having a mountain of cash locked away 'could spell danger' in uncertain times, warned Bank of Scotland's Colin Walls. Picture: John Devlin

Warning over firms’ £31.5bn ‘cash mountain’ danger

Scottish businesses have at least £31.5 billion tied up in excess working capital which could be hindering investment or efforts to cut debt, according to a new report.

Companies
Markets are now pricing in a win for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of French presidential voting on 7 May. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP

Martin Flanagan: Prospect of Macron victory pleases markets

Financial markets have exhaled breath – they have decided that Emmanuel Macron’s first-round victory in the French general election means the pro-European Union vote is holding.

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