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State-backed bank idea for RBS branches
The UK government is eyeing possible plans to turn 316 branches owned by Royal Bank of Scotland into a state-backed business lender.
Scottish independence: IFS study warns of long-term fiscal challenge
An independent Scotland would face long-term fiscal challenges, a new report has claimed.
FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE
Perthshire seafood firm triples orders to Japan after visit
Lobsters and langoustines from Scotland will soon be found on the plates of 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo after a Perthshire seafood supplier tripled its orders from Japan.
Laing toasts success as whisky demand grows
DOUGLAS Laing & Co, one of Scotland’s oldest whisky bottlers, is doubling capacity and increasing its stocks to help meet strong global demand for Scotch.
Fewer shops lying empty in Scotland, but squeeze on consumers continues
The proportion of shops lying empty across Scotland has fallen over the past three months, but the continued squeeze on household incomes has also seen a drop in the number of shoppers venturing onto the high street
Absoft steps up growth plans with appointment of its first chairman
Software consultancy Absoft has bolstered its management team with the appointment of Ernst & Young director Peter Drury as its first chairman