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Graham’s bolsters organic range with Sainsbury’s deal

Graham’s The Family Dairy has secured a listing in Sainsbury’s stores south of the Border for its new organic milk range.

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Seasonal workers are vital to the farming industry. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Farmers hoping for clarity after election is over

Less than a fortnight from now, farmers will wake up and wonder if the thick fog surrounding the future direction of their industry is any clearer with a new UK government in place.

Farming
Edinburgh Zoo has seen a dramatic increase in its rateable value. Picture: Contributed

Tim Bunker: Rateable values still causing confusion

There is no Presidential suite at Trump Turnberry on the Ayrshire coast, but if you stay in the hotel’s Lighthouse suite – situated in the famous lighthouse designed by David and Thomas Stevenson – any time soon there is a very good chance the experience is going to cost you more than it did last year because of changes to Scotland’s business rates regime.

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Strict immigration controls post-Brexit could see fewer homes built in the UK. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Brexit: Strict immigration will mean fewer homes, say experts

THE British Property Federation has warned that Government efforts to address the housing crisis will falter if strict post-Brexit immigration controls result in fewer construction workers coming to the UK.

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Nairn's managing director Martyn Gray, left, says the firm sees many opportunities to grow its exports. Picture: Contributed

Scottish staple Nairn’s looking to sow more oats

An iconic Edinburgh business and household Scottish grocery brand, Nairn’s Oatcakes started out in 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn set up a village bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire.

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IoD Scotland executive director David Watt. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: IoD Scotland director David Watt

When the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland moved into its new flagship premises in Edinburgh a year ago, its executive director David Watt said he would welcome 12 months without an election or referendum north of the Border.

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Aldi have recalled a beer due to allergy fears. Picture; stock image

Aldi recalls beer due to allergy fears

Aldi has recalled a range of gluten-free beer owing to an undeclared ingredient which could cause an allergic reaction.

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'Businesses want to make a success of Brexit,' says KPMG Scotland senior partner Catherine Burnet. Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/SWNS

Catherine Burnet: An appetite for Brexit success

It’s becoming something of a national habit. This June’s snap election will be the fourth time in three years that the people of Scotland have gone to the ballot box in a major vote.

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A Waitrose store in your neighbourhood may add value to your house. Picture: TSPL

‘Waitrose effect’ boosts value of Scottish homes by £36,000

The “Waitrose effect” can help add over £36,000 to a property price – while living near any national supermarket may boost a home’s value by around £22,000 – research suggests.

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The People's Trust will invest in a 'social impact' portfolio managed by the investment arm of The Big Issue Group. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Bill Jamieson: Why People’s Trust may struggle to thrive

High-performance fund management with a social conscience twist: what could be more alluring for ethically minded investors?

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Neil McGill joins Cairngorm Capital as investment director. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Cairngorm Capital has announced the appointment of Neil McGill as investment director, strengthening and extending the firm’s capacity to pursue new investments.

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Shares in security services giant G4S hit a record high earlier this month. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Safe pair of hands again for G4S in the Footsie index

The world’s biggest security services firm, G4S, is expected to regain its place in the FTSE 100 when the blue-chip stocks index’s constitutents are reviewed this week.

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Industry body ADS says the next government has 'important choices' to make in supporting the UK aerospace sector. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Aerospace sector revs up to £8bn so far this year

The value of aircraft production to the UK in the first four months of 2017 is estimated at £8 billion, the industry’s trade body says in a report today.

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'We do want to change Aviva into being a fintech,' said chief executive Mark Wilson. Picture: Contributed

Insurance giant Aviva has fintech growth in its sights

Insurer Aviva is eyeing acquisitions in artificial intelligence and big data as it looks to transform itself into a financial technology (fintech) business.

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The Kleinwort Hambros study found the bulk of household wealth is concentrated in pensions rather than property. Picture: John Devlin

Pensions outstrip property in driving household wealth

Overall wealth in the UK has grown 4.5 per cent a year since the financial crash, from £8.5 trillion to £11.5 trillion, a new report out today from a City institution shows.

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Aviva has reported a jump in the number of fraudulent insurance claims. Picture: Getty Images

Bogus insurance claims on the increase, says Aviva

A MAJOR insurer detected nearly a quarter of a million pounds worth of bogus claims every day last year.

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Many RBS shareholder want to see Fred Goodwin held to account over his stewardship of the bank. Picture: Ian Rutherford

RBS ‘hard core’ activists want to see Fred Goodwin in dock

A poll of aggrieved Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders is being conducted before this Thursday’s deadline to see whether there is a “convincing majority” in favour of accepting an out-of-court settlement of their £700 million legal action.

Business

James Walker: Know your rights if your flight is delayed

We’ve all been there: you get to the airport all packed and ready to go, and lo and behold, your flight is delayed.

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The slow growth of retail sales this year has been disappointing. Picture John Devlin

Bill Jamieson: Dishonest pledges don’t add up to a strategy

With the election less that two weeks away the politics of claim and counterclaim 
are generating more heat than light. As the Institute 
for Fiscal Studies hardly needed to remind us, the competing parties and their spokespeople are not being fully honest with the public about spending and tax.

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High on Neil Clappertons list of priorities is making the organisation he heads increasingly digital as it looks to be a 21st century housing association. Picture: Mark Leman

The Big Interview: GHA chief executive Neil Clapperton

A home is “more than just a roof over your head”, says Neil Clapperton, chief executive of Grampian Housing Association (GHA).

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