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A TRIO of Scotland's top business brains have been lined up as speakers at the West Lothian Economic Partnership's annual Economic Conference and Livingston Lecture.
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CLYDE Process Solutions (CPS), the AIM-listed company chaired by Scottish tycoon Jim McColl, has landed a £2.2 million order with an unnamed leading European cement producer.
SCOTTISH engineering giant Weir Group has issued a bullish trading update at the same time as revealing another significant acquisition.
CLYDE Process Solutions, the material handling specialist chaired by Scots entrepreneur Jim McColl, has reported a massive surge in revenues on the back of its recent US acquisition.
IN JULY 1997, an economic crisis in Thailand spread like wildfire across Asia, causing currencies and property values throughout the region to collapse and confirming the fragility of the Asian economic miracle.
THE Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), the widely-praised public-private task force set up to boost the productivity and profitability of Scotland's manufacturing sector, is to expand its operations, the body's first annual gathering has been told.
WHEN Alex Salmond takes the floor at the Scottish manufacturing conference at the Dunblane Hydro on Wednesday, some of the industrialists in the audience may be tempted to think that Scottish economic policy has come full circle since devolution.
WEIR Pumps has taken orders worth £20 million since the then-threatened company was acquired by Jim McColl's Clyde Blowers from the Weir Group in May this year.
THE head of a Scottish international engineering firm is poised to spearhead government plans to get thousands of people back into work.
KEITH Mair, the former head of 3i's Aberdeen operations, has set up a jobs agency to cash in on the boom in oil and gas recruitment.
WEIR Group, a stalwart of the Scottish engineering sector, has bought American group SPM Flow Control in a £328 million deal that will help it cash in on growing demand for specialist oil and gas exploration equipment.
IT is the stuff of a shop floor worker's daydream - making a fortune and then buying the factory where you started your apprenticeship.
JIM McColl OBE has never forgotten it: his first day as a 16-year-old apprentice at Weir Pumps in Cathcart and the foreman's pep talk to the new intake.
TRADES union representatives at the former Weir Pumps plant in Glasgow have welcomed reassurances on the plant's future by new owner Jim McColl of Clyde Blowers whose £47 million purchase of the business was announced on Tuesday.
WEIR Group, the Scottish engineering giant that employs around 8000 people globally, said it had made a strong start to 2007 with first-quarter orders ahead of last year.
UP TO 600 jobs have been saved after one of Scotland's richest men bought the historic pump business where he started his career, it was announced last night.
JIM McColl, the chairman and chief executive of Clyde Blowers, confirmed last night that he had completed the £45 million purchase of Weir Pumps, part of the Glasgow-based Weir Group.