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FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE
Innis & Gunn brewing up a storm in US markets
BEER company Innis & Gunn yesterday posted a 62 per cent surge in sales after breaking into the lucrative United States craft brewing market. The Edinburgh-based firm’s products have gone on sale in 20 states during the past year and gained listings at restaurant’s including Gordon Ramsay’s outlet on the Las Vegas strip (Scotsman).
New legal firm base will create 21 jobs in Glasgow
Scotland’s first centre for legal process outsourcing (LPO) will bring 21 new jobs to Glasgow and could blaze a trail for professional services outsourcing in Scotland. NewGalexy Services has chosen Scotland as the base for its European operations after a successful campaign by Scottish Enterprise (Scotsman)
US motor parts firm creates 80 Scots jobs
A US vehicle parts company is to invest in a centre of excellence based in Scotland’s largest city. The expansion of AAM Europe’s Albion Automotive site will support around 80 jobs in Scotstoun, Glasgow (Scotsman).
MEDIA & LEISURE
Edinburgh’s tourist tax is scrapped after 10 years of wrangling
EDINBURGH has scrapped controversial plans for a tourist or hotel tax in the city – almost a decade after the idea was first floated. The city council planned to reduce its spending on festivals, events and promotional initiatives by setting up a “transient visitor levy”, aimed at raising more than £3 million a year (Scotsman).
Collapse of sports chain JJB costs 350 Scottish jobs
MORE than 350 Scottish jobs were lost yesterday when administrators for JJB Sports admitted defeat in their attempts to find a buyer for the retailer. Rival Sports Direct has agreed to pay £23.8 million for 20 stores, along with the JJB website and brand. But that only secured just 550 jobs in the UK, meaning 2,200 were made redundant with immediate effect (Scotsman)