Scotland’s economy: enterprise agency for southern Scotland

A new enterprise agency is being set up to meet the “distinctive economic needs” of the south of Scotland.

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Aldi's Scottish store network will grow to 78 by the end of this year. Picture: Michael Gillen

Aldi creating 200 Bathgate jobs amid boost for suppliers

Discount grocer Aldi today said it would be creating up to 200 jobs in West Lothian as it pledged to boost its range of Scottish food and drink produce.

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The Kleinwort Hambros study found the bulk of household wealth is concentrated in pensions rather than property. Picture: John Devlin

Pensions outstrip property in driving household wealth

Overall wealth in the UK has grown 4.5 per cent a year since the financial crash, from £8.5 trillion to £11.5 trillion, a new report out today from a City institution shows.

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The offence was alleged to have take place on Brooms Road at its junction with Millburn Avenue in the early hours of Sunday. Picture: Google

Police probing male rape in Dumfries say ‘no offence took place’

POLICE investigating a report that a man was raped in Dumfries have now said no offence took place.

The tennis ace's investments include plastic roads pioneer MacRebur. Picture: John Devlin

Andy Murray serves up trio of fresh investments

Sir Andy Murray has made a string of investments in early-stage businesses as part of his tie-up with crowdfunding vehicle Seedrs.

David Corrie of CKD says supply is still outstripped by demand. Picture: Contributed

CKD flags brisk residential property trade in Galloway

Property consultancy CKD Galbraith has reported a solid start to 2017 in Dumfries and Galloway, with both residential sales and buyer activity on the rise.

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Parkdean is investing in all eight of its parks north of the Border. Picture: Contributed

Scots holiday parks to gain from record investment

Britain’s biggest holiday park operator is spending £2.5 million on its Scottish sites as part of a record investment programme.

Media & Leisure
Andrew McCornick is flanked by new NFU Scotland vice-presidents Gary Mitchell, left, and Martin Kennedy. Picture: Paul Watt

New team voted in at helm of NFU Scotland

It was a case of “all change” at the top table of NFU Scotland yesterday, with a new president and two new vice-presidents elected.

Richmond Wight owns Moffat Manor Holiday Park. Picture: Contributed

Holiday parks firm moves into lodge manufacturing

A holiday park operator that runs three sites in Scotland and is involved in property and leisure developments in Dumfries & Galloway has acquired a lodge manufacturing business, creating its own supply chain.

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The Oxford Farming Conference is being held next month. Picture: PA

Oxford opportunity for three budding farm leaders

Three Scots will be amongst a group of the UK’s top farmers to gain funding to attend the 2017 Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) – giving them the opportunity to rub shoulders with royalty, agri-business leaders, international politicians and entrepreneurial young farmers.

The three injured students were taken to hospital for treatment. Picture: John Devlin

Three injured after bus carrying students crashes in Dumfries

Three people have been taken to hospital after a bus carrying 22 students crashed into a ditch in the south of Scotland.

Penman produces armoured vehicles for customers including the United Nations. Picture: Laurent Rebours/AP

Business briefs: Penman Engineering | IGF

Dumfries-based armoured vehicle manufacturer Penman Engineering has been bought after falling into administration in August, with about 140 staff at the time.

From left: Amanda Yellowley, Alison Anderson and Lorraine Usher of Loreburn Housing Association. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Loreburn Housing Association has made two key appointments to its senior management team.

A man has been assaulted after leaving work. Picture; stock image

Man assaulted in Dumfries and Galloway

A man has been seriously assaulted as he walked along a street after leaving work.

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Kavli UK Managing Director Paul Lewney. Picture: Contributed

Food firm's profits boosted by Kirkcudbright expansion

The company behind pâté maker Castle MacLellan Foods has doubled its profits with an expansion of its Kirkcudbright plant helping to underpin the rise.

A man has been taken to hospital following the incident. Picture; stock image

Police name pensioner who died after crash near Annan

A man who died following a head-on crash in Dumfries and Galloway has been named by police.

Dumfries & Borders
Mr Hamilton died in Dumfries Infirmary

Prison ECG machine paperless before inmate death

A fatal accident inquiry has revealed prison nurses were unable to carry out an ECG on an inmate as there was no paper to print the results.

Penman supplies armoured vehicles for military customers and those involved in transporting cash. Picture: Contributed

Progress in efforts to safeguard vehicle firm Penman

Steps to save armoured-vehicle manufacturer Penman Engineering, which entered administration on Wednesday, stepped up a gear yesterday in a bid to safeguard the firm’s workforce of about 140.

Shaf Rasul said the deal marks a 'major strategic investment' for his SRA Ventures arm. Picture: Contributed

Shaf Rasul buys industrial sites in multi-million deal

A property investment specialist founded by Scots entrepreneur Shaf Rasul is set to regenerate two key industrial estates after concluding missives to buy both in a multi-million-pound deal.

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EME makes a range of furniture for schools. Picture: Contributed

School furniture firm in £3m plan to double workforce

A school furniture specialist is set to double its workforce in Dumfriesshire as part of a £3 million expansion plan.

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