Scottish Business Briefing – February 4th 2013

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Skyscanner takes battle for flight search ascendancy to its US rival

SKYSCANNER has unveiled plans to take on the giant US flight search market when it opens an office in Miami, Florida, this year. The new office, which will make a third and final global hub for the Edinburgh-based flight search company, will enable Skyscanner to target the growing South American market as well as bring it head-to-head with US industry leader, Kayak Software.

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Law firms eating into savings after partners saw earnings fall last year

Scottish legal practices used up most of their cash reserves last year after average profits per partner fell back to 2010 levels. The Law Society of Scotland says solicitors are facing “tough” trading conditions, with medium-sized firms appearing to have been worst hit.

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Website launched to find cheapest energy prices

A NEW energy-switching website, which promises to keep households on the cheapest deal by constantly monitoring their tariff, is being launched today. The Cheap Energy Club, launched by Martin Lewis, the founder of, believes it could shift the market in favour of consumers.

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Clyde Gateway races towards Games in 2014 with £250m development work

Clyde Gateway, the company responsible for Scotland’s biggest regeneration project in Glasgow’s East End, has outlined plans for £250 million worth of construction and development this year. The work includes the first phase of the athletes village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as an office development, a business park and the rebuilding of a railway station.

Scottish ministers build on infrastructure plan

Further details of multi-billion pound plans to invest in Scotland’s infrastructure are to be outlined by the Scottish government. It is an updated version of the £12.8bn Infrastructure Investment Plan made public in late 2011. This set out capital spending projects in housing, health, education and transport - including A9 and A96 dualling and next generation broadband.

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Mid-week break bookings grow 30% at Verdant

AN acquisitive Scottish caravan park business is keen to accelerate its expansion drive after achieving a 30% increase in holiday bookings in January amid a boom in sales of mid-week breaks. Verdant Leisure has been benefiting from the increasing popularity of Monday to Friday breaks among consumers who are watching their money but do not want to go without holidays.

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