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The main breaking business stories of the day plus recent investments and grants achieved by Scottish firms.

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The Scottish Government is consulting on the re-introduction of transitional relief. Picture: Scott Louden

Business rates surgery with CBRE Scotland

In this series of articles, CBRE Scotland answers questions on business rates – this week looks at transitional relief for rate liabilities.


Ten skills you’ll need in the workplace by 2020

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has drawn up a list of the top ten skills people will need to thrive in the workplace of the future.

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Employers will soon have to start publishing data on their gender pay gaps. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Susanna Donaldson: Be prepared for gender pay rules

Savvy companies are stealing a march on regulations which will force all private and voluntary sector organisations with 250 or more employees to publish details of gender pay gaps.

Henk Berits and Diana Hekerem join the board at Stirling District Tourism. Picture: Whyler Photos

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Stirling District Tourism, the not-for-profit organisation that manages and operates the National Wallace Monument, has appointed two new members to its board of directors.

The last BHS stores will close today. Picture: Michael Gillen

BHS set to leave high street as final stores close

Department store BHS is expected to disappear from the high street today as its last stores close, ending 88 years of British retail history.

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How to hire the right staff for your business

SPEAKING to entrepreneurs, there’s one subject that comes up again and again in conversation – how difficult it is to find the right staff.

MacRoberts corporate lawyer Michael Kelly. Picture: Contributed

Michael Kelly: A move into manufacturing

The months that followed dad’s death in 2013 were an emotional and perplexing time. There is nothing in life that prepares you for death and there is no way of really knowing how you will react.

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Those in the know share their top tips for securing a pay rise. Picture: John Devlin

Insider: How to get a pay rise from your employer

With a report this week warning that the rate of RPI inflation could overtake wage increases later this year, here are some insider tips on persuading your employer to give you a pay rise.

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Companies will soon have to publish a snapshot of their gender pay gap. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Elaine McIlroy: Firms must act to close gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is big news this week, but the issue has had a regular slot in the business news for decades, ever since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

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David Brent is back on our screens, but his behaviour never left the workplace. Picture: Contributed

Gillian MacLellan: David Brent is still among us

The UK’s most notorious office manager David Brent is back on our screens, re-emerging to the delight of his many fans after a 13-year absence.

RPI inflation could overtake wage increases later this year. Picture: John Devlin

Inflation rate set to overtake ‘subdued’ pay rises

With pay increases remaining “subdued” in recent months, a new report has predicted they will be overtaken by inflation this year.

David Griffin suggests that qualified migrant tradesmen should take on local apprentices. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

David Griffin: Lessons to learn from migrant workers

Just a week after deciding to put pen to paper on the subject of immigration, I had cause to email a general builder I use frequently for business and household work.

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Liability variables are unlikely to be set before next year's Scottish budget. Picture: Raymond Keith

Business rates surgery with CBRE Scotland

In this series of articles, CBRE Scotland answers questions on business rates – this week looks at budgeting for next year’s revaluation exercise.

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Robert Bisset will spearhead Patrick Parsons' office in Glasgow. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Multi-disciplinary consulting engineer Patrick Parsons has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new director.

Emma Bell coaches individuals sent to her by a variety of professional firms and public bodies seeking to unlock their potential. Picture: contributed

Monday interview: Emma J Bell, management coaching specialist

Emma makes use of her legal background to teach managers how to cope with life at the top

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Jeff Fairburn is expected to talk about interest rates. Picture: contributed

Persimmon set to shrug off Brexit blues

Persimmon, one of Britain’s biggest housebuilders, will unveil a substantial jump in interim profits this week when it is also expected to play down the potential impact of post-Brexit economic uncertainty on the housing market.


Video: Should I start my own business?

Austin Flynn or Morton Fraser, The Scotsman’s business reporter Gareth Mackie and digital editor Stephen discuss the challenges and opportunities of starting your own business.

MacRoberts partner Euan Duncan. Picture: Contributed

Euan Duncan: Brexit implications for food exports

Brexit has caused a fair degree of uncertainty in the food and drink sector in respect of the changing legal framework, financial implications and practical consequences that may result from the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

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Jim Duffy: The highs and lows of growing Scottish businesses

Before you start reading this I promise it will not be a load of old “blah blah blah” on figures and stats. If we were to build a new economy right now – from scratch – we would need business builders, not economists.

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