David Alexander: Reconsider tax breaks for short-term lets

I don’t suppose I have very much in common with Andy Wightman, Green MSP for the Lothians, a politician with radical views on the housing system, which he believes to be “broken”.

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Atlantis Resources chief Tim Cornelius. Picture: Jon Savage

Atlantis to seek backing to extend tidal energy project

Tidal energy firm Atlantis Resources is to call on the UK government to open talks on support to enable it to press the button on the next stage of its world-leading MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth.

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LendingCrowd CEO Stuart Lunn, right, with head of origination Adrian Innes. Picture: Stewart Attwood

P2P lender LendingCrowd targets growth in Scotland

A peer-to-peer (P2P) SME lender that says it is the only one of its kind to be based in Scotland has reported a record August and has made a senior hire as it looks to grow north of the Border.

House of Fraser's new boss has 'high expectations' following its losses. Picture: Neil Hanna

House of Fraser ‘optimistic’ despite tumbling into red

Jenners owner House of Fraser has given an upbeat outlook despite its earnings coming under strain after the launch of a new web platform and “significant discounting”.

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iMultiply chief Kirsty Mackenzie with advisory board member George Elliott, left, and chairman John Anderson. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Recruitment specialist iMultiply eyes more takeovers

Finance and accountancy recruitment agency iMultiply is on the search for more acquisitions following its recent takeover of a Glasgow-based rival.

Administrate chief executive John Peebles. Picture: Contributed

Training software developer Administrate inks US deals

Training software outfit Administrate has secured fresh deals with two US companies as it prepares to host its latest education technology conference.

Glencairn's project would include housing and commercial space. Picture: Contributed

Plans revealed for canalside development in Edinburgh

An Edinburgh-based property developer has unveiled plans for a new canalside commercial and housing development at a former industrial site in the city’s Fountainbridge area.

The accounting regulator found no evidence of misconduct at KPMG. Picture: Getty Images

Martin Flanagan: KPMG cleared of failing to twig HBOS woes

So, KPMG has been cleared by the accountancy industry watchdog of any wrongdoing in its 2007 audit of HBOS in the run-up to the bank’s collapse into the arms of Lloyds Banking Group when the bank ran out of money, management nous and regulatory credibility.

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HBOS, owner of Bank of Scotland and Halifax, was taken over by Lloyds in 2008. Picture: Julie Howden

KPMG cleared of wrongdoing after probe into HBOS audit

KPMG has been cleared by the accounting watchdog over its auditing of HBOS in the run-up to the lender’s near collapse in the 2008 financial crisis.

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Fettes pupil expelled after taking ecstasy

A BOARDER at one of the Capital’s top independent schools has been expelled after turning up at a Sunday chapel service on ecstasy.

GBB star Tom Hetherington only applied because he was off work sick

GBB star Tom Hetherington only applied because he was off work sick

Edinburgh Bake Off contestant Tom Hetherington has revealed he only entered the popular television show because he was off work sick.


Creative agency Wire up for the cup with SFA tour deal

Wire, the creative communications agency based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has been tasked with drawing up an “experiential tour” to take the William Hill Scottish Cup around the country.

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UK assets under management hits record £6.9 trillion

The popularity with investors of infrastructure as a key asset class looks set to sharpen as the trade body today reveals total industry assets hit record highs last year.


Skyscanner owner rings up 200 new jobs for Edinburgh

Skyscanner parent group Ctrip is to open a customer service call centre in Edinburgh, creating up to 200 jobs in the process.

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‘Aparthotel’ firm targets Edinburgh with Wilde venue

Edinburgh’s hotel market has received a fresh boost after a Dublin-based operator of upmarket serviced apartments unveiled plans to open in the city.

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Hazel Sharp Webb with Rettie & Co director Matthew Benson. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Rettie builds up private rented team with senior hire

Property specialist Rettie & Co has hired industry veteran Hazel Sharp Webb to head up its private rented sector (PRS) and build-to-rent (BTR) team.


Credit experts voice concerns over runaway consumer debt

The spike upwards in UK consumer debt as inflation exceeds low wage growth has been branded a “serious problem”, according to more than 200 of the world’s leading experts in credit.

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From left: Joshua Ryan-Saha of The Data Lab with Georgia Boyle and Michael Young of MBN. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Data scientists gather for Edinburgh talent summit

More than 200 specialists in the field of data science will gather in Edinburgh today for a summit focusing on how organisations can recruit and develop the best talent.


Early-stage accelerator Seed Haus hunts for next unicorn

What is billed as Scotland’s first dedicated pre-seed tech accelerator has been officially launched in Edinburgh in a bid to plug a gap in the start-up support system.

Professor Harald Haas, co-founder of PureLiFi. Picture: Contributed

PureLifi sees the light with Asian Wipro partnership

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh technology firm that uses light to provide wireless communications, has tied up a partnership agreement to provide products for the Asian market.

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