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Scots businesses offered free trial to fight cyber crime

From the NHS, to the American election – compromised cyber security has loomed large in 2017. But with strict new protection laws on the horizon, how can small businesses keep things compliant, yet still efficient?

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Retail sales rebounded to November. Picture:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Household spend helps prop up GDP amid challenging outlook

Britain’s economy continued to expand in the third quarter, official figures yesterday confirmed, thanks to a rebound in household spending and modest levels of business investment.

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Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment) at Scottish Land & Estates

Anne Gray: No Brexit deal is worst scenario for our farmers

It wasn’t long after last summer’s EU referendum that the phrase Brexit means Brexit swiftly entered the general lexicon.

Philip Gane is Capital Projects Manager at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee.

Philip Gane: Planting the seed of inner-city farming

Our agricultural sector is under pressure like ­never before. Charged with meeting ever-growing demand, agriculture has had to diversify and adapt at an astonishing rate.

Rodney Whyte is partner and planning and property specialist at legal firm Pinsent Masons. Picture: Contributed

Comment: Importance of key foundations to create housing

In recent weeks Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has called for eight “new towns” to be built to help address what she describes as the worst housing crisis since the aftermath of the Second World War. MSP Anas Sarwar wants a national construction firm to be formed and to have £20 billion at its disposal to build 25,000 new homes a year.

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Lauren Brown, Project Manager Developing the Young Workforce, West Lothian

Lauren Brown: You’re hired! Apprentices are the new university graduates

It is hard to believe that the first of our ‘new millennials’ – children born from 2000 onwards – are now entering their final years of secondary school, ­contemplating higher education, or taking the first steps on the employment ladder. The transformation in 17 years, and particularly the ­rapidity at which technology has affected our lives, appears to have ­happened in the blink of an eye.

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Market trader in front of his screens. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Thursday market close: FTSE nudges up as selling off continues

Britain’s benchmark share index nudged higher as bargain-hunters made their approach.

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The rise in the basic rate comes as inflation is holding steady. Picture: Thinkstock/PA

Martin Flanagan: Nothing to suggest rate rise was wrong

Inflation holding steady last month at 3 per cent boosts hopes that price rises have peaked.

Michael Watson of Pinsent Masons. Picture: PA

Comment: Closing the gap in global infrastructure funding

It’s estimated there is a shortfall of $1 trillion in spending on ­global infrastructure projects, while more than $150 billion of “dry powder” or available finance raised from investors which could be available to be spent on infrastructure remains uninvested.

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Scottish public spending higher than UK, finds new report

Scots continue to enjoy higher public spending levels than the UK average, official figures today revealed.

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The number of Scots employed in the health and social care sector is expected to grow. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s workforce: Where are most Scots employed in 2017?

Scotland was once a land of heavy industry and agriculture but workers in 2017 are more likely to employed by the NHS or local councils.

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Nick Freer says WeAreTheFuture has great pulling power. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Comment: How ‘business for good’ is good for business

At last week’s WeAreTheFuture-run Startup Summit in Edinburgh, many of the great and the good of Scotland’s entrepreneurial scene gathered to talk all things business.

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Derek Mackay and Nicola Sturgeon discuss taxation at the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Bill Jamieson: Challenge Holyrood spendthrifts’ tax agenda

Boy, how our cups runneth over – but not necessarily with joy. A hike in interest rates, the Scottish government unveiling “warm up” proposals for income tax rises – and black clouds of uncertainty over Brexit.

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Bank of England. Picture: Getty

Bank of England announce interest rate rise

The Bank of England has hiked interest rates to 0.5% in the first rise for over a decade and signalled more increases are on the way as it looks to cool surging inflation.
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More mothers of young children are returning to work. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Mothers with young children still face barriers in finding work

The number of mothers with young children who are in work has risen in Scotland over the last decade, a national survey has found.

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Homeowners face first interest rate rise in 10 years. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Homeowners facing first interest rate rise in 10 years

Hard-pressed borrowers and businesses face the prospect of the first hike in interest rates in a decade this week despite fears that a rise could tip the economy back into recession.

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Your hotel comparison website may not have been as open as you thought, the CMA fears

Probe set to
find and stop dodgy hotel deal tactics

The competition watchdog has launched an investigation into hotel comparison websites to make sure consumers are not being ripped off.

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The 2018 Celtic Connections programme was launched in Glasgow today.

Celtic Connections cuts overseas acts by a fifth after pound slump

Celtic Connections has been forced to dramatically scale back the number of overseas acts in its line-up in the wake of the Brexit vote, organisers have revealed.

The cost of finance for homebuyers cannot remain at such historically low levels for 
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Interest rumours tempt borrowers to take fixed-rate plunge

It’s crunch time for borrowers considering taking out a new fixed-rate mortgage deal.

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