Scottish Business Briefing - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

The number of single-occupancy properties in Scotland has risen to 35 per cent. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The number of single-occupancy properties in Scotland has risen to 35 per cent. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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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

Alliance Trust hails flying start to 2013

nvestment group Alliance Trust has enjoyed the best start to a year for more than two decades 20 years, helped by soaring stock markets (Scotsman).

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ECONOMICS

Scottish house sales: Rics survey suggests ‘cautious optimism’

The number of houses sold in Scotland increased last month, according to a survey of chartered surveyors (BBC).

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FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE

Farm tourism campaign launched

A £10,000 marketing and promotion campaign began yesterday aimed at getting more people to enjoy bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation on Scottish farms, with an emphasis on local produce (Scotsman).

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

MANAGEMENT

Petrofac and Rolls-Royce aid emerging markets push

BRITISH industry continued its push into emerging markets yesterday with FTSE 100 duo Petrofac and Rolls-Royce winning contracts in Mexico (Scotsman).

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MEDIA & LEISURE

John Watson sale to CCL collapses

A DEAL to sell family-owned John Watson & Company to the world’s largest labelling conglomerate has fallen through with the Scottish firm stating it is not looking for another buyer (Herald).

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RETAIL

Scots jobs at risk as Diageo unveil restructure plans

DRINKS giant Diageo has unveiled plans to restructure its global supply operations in a shake-up that is expected to lead to job losses among its 4,000 employees in Scotland (Scotsman).

Read all today’s retail news from scotsman.com

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)

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