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EU gender rule change drives insurance sales
A DEADLINE for an EU directive banning gender discrimination by insurers caused a “huge” 23 per cent boost in sales for two Scottish protection specialists (Scotsman).
ENERGY & UTILITIES
Aberdeen oil and gas firm PD&MS secures BP contract
An Aberdeen oil and gas engineering firm has secured a contract with industry giant BP thought to potentially be worth millions of pounds (BBC).
Jim McColl wades into North Sea after buying US oil services outfit
Engineering tycoon Jim McColl will mark his return to the North Sea’s oil and gas industry today when he unveils the takeover of an American energy services firm along with his ambitious expansion plans (Scotsman).
MEDIA & LEISURE
STV trims debt pile as profits rise 3%
Broadcaster STV today said it remained focused on reducing its debt pile as it reported a 3 per cent rise in annual profits (Scotsman).
Call centre boss hails new French owner
SCOTTISH call centre company HEROtsc, which employs about 3000 people north of the Border, has been sold by its Indian owner to Paris-headquartered Webhelp Group in a deal expected to create more jobs (Herald).
Pendragon shareholders to get first dividend for five years
Britain’s largest car dealer has vowed to resume dividend payments for the first time since 2008 after unveiling an 18 per cent rise in annual profits (Scotsman).