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Scottish poultry farmers warned over deadly bird flu strain

Poultry farmers are being warned to keep birds indoors as a precaution against a deadly bird flu strain in mainland Europe.

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Trader monitoring market activity. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday market close: Banks boost FTSE as fears ease over Italy

Financial stocks led the charge on the London market as concerns eased over the state of Italy’s beleaguered banking industry.

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The Doosan Babcock Engineering facility in Renfrew which will now close. Picture: TSPL

Doosan Babcock to close Renfrew plant with 470 jobs at risk

Engineering group Doosan Babcock is to cut almost 500 jobs across its UK sites.

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The number of Scots households living in fuel poverty has fallen year-on-year, but the Scottish Government admits there is 'more work to do'. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

‘One in three’ Scots households struggle with heating bills

Almost one in three Scottish households struggled to heat their homes in 2015, despite the overall number of those in fuel poverty falling year-on-year due to lower prices.

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The new festive crisps and popcorn products will be available in nearly 50 Scottish stores. Picture: Contributed

Asda strikes festive deal with Scots snack maker

Asda has signed a deal with Scottish crisp maker Mackie’s at Taypack to stock a new collection of festive snacks.

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Lovell is to build 112 low-cost rented homes for Clyde Valley Housing Association. Picture: Contributed

Lovell plans 112 affordable homes for South Lanarkshire

Housing developer Lovell has started work on the first of three developments for Clyde Valley Housing Association aimed at tackling the shortage of affordable homes in South Lanarkshire.

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Investing in the working environment can help secure talent, argues Derek Binnie. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Derek Binnie: Worker wellbeing pays dividends

US tech giant Google recently announced plans for its UK headquarters in London – while only a shade on its big brother worldwide HQ, Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, it is still a behemoth in UK and European terms.

Management
Iomart chief Angus MacSween said trading in the first half had been 'very good'. Picture: Contributed

Profits surge at Glasgow cloud computing group Iomart

Iomart, the Glasgow-based cloud computing and web hosting specialist, today said its profits jumped by almost a quarter during the first half of its financial year.

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The fashionable retailer said it is pursuing an "ambitious" rollout plan, with growth driven by consumer demand. Picture: Contributed

Clothing retailer Quiz broadens store network

Womenswear retailer Quiz has opened 40 outlets in the UK and Ireland over the last year, the latest of which include a site in Ayr covering 2,500 square feet and marking the firm's 20th standalone store in Scotland in addition to concessions.
Retail
Scottish banknotes are less likely to be counterfeited than those issued by the Bank of England. Picture: Sandy Young/TSPL

Are Scottish banknotes the most forged in the UK?

It’s an excuse many Scots will be familiar with when visiting shops elsewhere in the UK.

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Brad Stevens is the founder and chief executive of Bar Soba. Picture: Contributed

Growth on menu as Bar Soba lands £3m funding deal

A bar and restaurant chain that began life as a pop-up venture at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is embarking on a major expansion after securing a multi-million-pound investment.

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Business leaders also called for targets on the amount of heat sourced from renewable energy. Picture: John Devlin

Energy efficiency drive could help create 9,000 jobs

Boosting investment in energy efficiency could create up to 9,000 jobs a year, business leaders have told the Scottish Government.

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Julie Barr of AG Barr, the Cumbernauld-based producers of Irn-Bru. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Scotland’s top-selling food and drink brands revealed

It’s known as Scotland’s other national drink. Now Irn-Bru has been crowned the best-selling Scottish food and drink brand for the second year in a row.

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Catriona Munro says the new rules are expected to bring more claims for competition damages. Picture: Contributed

Catriona Munro: New rules let small firms sue cartels

Cartels and anti-competitive behaviour harm the economy and competition authorities have long been trying to stamp them out but, until recently, consumers and small businesses who lost out from unfair practices had little chance of claiming redress.

Law
Farmers are being urged to apply for the Government loans. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Still time to apply for farm support advance loans

The Scottish Government has encouraged any farmer who had not applied for an advance loan on their expected support payments to do so even if the original deadline has passed.

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The Uisge Source team, led by Graeme Lindsay (front), raise a glass to their export success. Picture: Contributed

Spring water start-up Uisge Source wins Russian sales

Drinks start-up Uisge Source, which sells premium waters selected from private springs near distilleries in key Scottish whisky regions, is cheering a year of accelerated growth with its first sales to Russia.

Retail
Business events represent 20% of all tourism spending in Scotland. Picture: Greg Macvean

Event focuses on potential of Scottish business tourism

Innovation and the potential of Scotland’s £1.3 billion accessible tourism market are among the topics under discussion at a business tourism event today in Glasgow.

Media & Leisure
Cloud Global director Graeme Frater is to take charge at ACS Aviation. Picture: Contributed

Perth Airport operator takes off under new ownership

Aviation-focused group Cloud Global is pursuing its growth ambitions with a deal that has seen it acquire the operator of Perth Airport.

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The deal will help Arrayjet launch easy-to-use screening tools for researchers. Picture: Contributed

Life sciences firm Arrayjet nets $300,000 Shanghai deal

A Roslin-based firm that specialises in microarray printing services used for medical screening has secured a six-figure contract with a Shanghai biological and life science technology specialist, helping broaden its reach across the Asia Pacific region.

Tech
The finance sector paid 11.5% of the UK's total tax bill last year. Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

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