Scottish Business Briefing - Thursday, March 14

Loch Fyne. Picture:  Donald MacLeod
Loch Fyne. Picture: Donald MacLeod
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WELCOME to scotsman.com’s Scottish Business Briefing. Every morning we bring you a comprehensive round-up of all news affecting business in Scotland today.

BANKING

NAB chief rules out fire sale at Clydesdale Bank

NATIONAL Australia Bank (NAB) has ruled out a “fire sale” of its Clydesdale Bank subsidiary after unveiling plans for a restructuring in its home market, designed to save about £552 million a year.

Read all today’s banking news from scotsman.com

ENERGY & UTILITIES

Aker to run £70m BP contract from base in Aberdeen

OIL services group Aker Solutions has been awarded a £70 million contract to help redevelop two of Britain’s largest oil fields from its base in Aberdeen.

Read all today’s energy and utilities news from scotsman.com

FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE

Scottish Borders Brewery in foraging recipe plans

THE Scottish Borders Brewery is drafting in home brewers and a foraging expert to help it create a range of beers made using wild berries, herbs and plants.

Read all today’s food, drink and agriculture news from scotsman.com

INDUSTRY

New unit’s launch ‘logical step’

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), the Aberdeenshire marine safety specialist, is launching a new division at the Cruise Shipping Miami 2013 exhibition in the US this week.

Read all today’s industry news from scotsman.com

RETAIL

Europe and Far East boost Loch Fyne

GROWING sales in Europe and the Far East helped Loch Fyne Oysters offset a depressed UK market for its produce.

Read all today’s retail news from scotsman.com

TECHNOLOGY

3-D laser surveyor Scopus Engineering in £13m boost

LASER surveying firm Scopus Engineering has received a £13 million cash injection from London-based venture capital group Growth Capital Partners (GCP) to fund international expansion.

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SCOTSMAN CONFERENCE

The Economics of Independence 2013

This conference tackles the crucial issues facing business and industry in the Scottish

independence debate. Join expert speakers Alistair Darling MP, Jim McColl (Clyde Blowers) and Rupert Soames (Aggreko). Book your place today.

(The Scotsman Conferences)