Agri-tech investment in Scotland poised to pay off

Despite the well-documented statistics showing growth in productivity on UK farms was falling behind their competitors, the recent major re-investment in the agri-tech sector means the country is well placed to lead the world in the testing and development of new technologies for the industry.

'If an acquisition made sense to do, we would do it', said Brewin Dolphin chief executive David Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Wealth firm Brewin Dolphin firing on all cylinders

Brewin Dolphin, the wealth manager that has just snapped up private client business Duncan Lawrie Asset Management (DLAM) for £28 million, is not ruling out further acquisitions.

Inverness emerged ahead of Edinburgh in Colliers' hotel index. Picture: Neil Hanna

Inverness takes lead among Scotland’s hotel hot spots

Inverness has emerged as the surprise leader in a new ranking of Scottish hotel “hot spots”.

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The number of firms being formed in Edinburgh has fallen, while Glasgow and Aberdeen saw modest growth. Picture: Toby Williams

Brexit blamed for fall in Edinburgh start-up figures

New figures have suggested Edinburgh’s start-up growth has fallen sharply over the past year.

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A child with a fidget spinner.

Scots primary school bans fidget spinners over injury fears

It is the latest craze sweeping school playgrounds worldwide – a small spinning toy which can be bought for as little as one pound.

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Exscientia uses artifcial intelligence in the field of drug discovery. Picture: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Tayside drugs specialist inks Sanofi partnership

Dundee-based Exscientia has struck a drug discovery partnership with global pharma company Sanofi that could generate substantial financial returns.

Professor Ewan Gillon, clinical director at First Psychology Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Psychological services venture has expansion in mind

A business specialising in psychological services is rolling out a further Scottish centre as it closes in on a £1.5 million turnover.

Peter Vardy's CarStore is on the site of Dundee's former Valentines card factory. Picture: Keith Hunter

Peter Vardy gears up to launch Dundee car superstore

Car retailer Peter Vardy is gearing up for the official opening of one of the biggest dealerships in Scotland.

'There is a real buzz within the firm,' said Thorntons joint managing partner Craig Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Thorntons targets further growth in Edinburgh

Tayside-headquartered legal firm Thorntons has outlined plans to further grow its footprint in Edinburgh as fee income from the capital operation spirals well into seven figures.

Developer 4J Studios, behind the Minecraft console games, has a base in Dundee. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Martin Flanagan: Dundee’s game for the digital challenge

More evidence today that down-with-the-kids Dundee continues to leave its historical roots of jam, jute and journalism firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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Philanthropist Garreth Wood opens the newest Boozy Cow in Dundee. Picture: Alan Richardson

Charity restaurant Boozy Cow makes moo-ves into Dundee

GENEROUS restaurant group that donates all its profits to good causes has opened its fourth venue and increased the number of charities it is supporting.

Dundee - fort of the Tay. The fort was likely to have been Dundee Law, where this photo was taken from. Picture Ian Rutherford

Place name of the week: Dundee - Dùn Dè / Dùn Deagh

This name originally denoted ‘the fort of the Tay’, although the second element has changed a great deal over time – the modern Gaelic form for the river is Tatha.

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The ticket was purchased last month

Are you a mystery millionaire? Dundee £1m lottery ticket remains unclaimed

Scottish Lottery players are being urged to check their old tickets after the operator revealed that a prize of £1million has still gone unclaimed.

The University of Dundee.  PICTURE: Jane Barlow

Dundee is best ‘young’ UK university on global list

Dundee University has scooped first place among UK universities on a list of the world’s top “young” universities.

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The RRS Discovery in Dundee.. Picture: Robert Perry

Brian Ferguson: Why Dundee should be named culture capital

I ended up in memory lane again last week, after being asked to speak to a group of Scottish student journalists.

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The new V&A Museum of Design is set to be a cultural centre piece. Picture: Contributed

Dundee plots new arena to bolster culture capital bid

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Queen Street Station's concourse has re-opened after this closure last year, but very little else. Picture: John Devlin

Alastair Dalton: Passengers are getting a raw deal during station overhauls

Rail passengers have really felt the disruption from the upgrading of Scotland’s railway lines - and they are now being made to feel it again as major stations are re-built around them.

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Katherine Garrett-Cox was ousted from Alliance Trust after a battle with a rebel shareholder. Picture: Jane Barlow

Former Alliance Trust boss picked up £1.4m final pay

Katherine Garrett-Cox received a final pay package of just under £1.4 million before leaving Dundee-based Alliance Trust last year, its annual report has confirmed.

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Alliance Trust chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said the ATS owner was 'well placed for the future'. Neil Hanna

Alliance Trust Savings returns to full-year profit

Dundee-based investment platform Alliance Trust Savings (ATS) today announced a move back into the black following the completion of its £14 million takeover of Edinburgh rival Stocktrade.

The James Hutton Institute has developed a new system of blight reporting. Picture: Robert Biedermann/thinkstock

New weapon in the fight against late potato blight

Scottish potato growers will this year have an added weapon in their fight against one of their perennial problems – late blight.

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