Menzies drives off with major WH Smith contract

Edinburgh-based logistics group John Menzies has begun working on its largest ever retail contract, with newsagent WH Smith.

Ian Russell is stepping down as chairman of Johnston Press. Picture: Contributed

Johnston Press chairman Ian Russell standing down

Media group Johnston Press today said that chairman Ian Russell has decided to step down from the board due to an “acute illness” in his family.

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PureLifi said the trial in Singapore is the largest so far for its wireless technology. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh tech spin-out sees the light in Singapore

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh technology firm that uses light to provide wireless communications, is carrying out the world’s first large-scale trial of its system in Singapore.

Overhauling the LBTT system could help stimulate the wider economy, argues John Boyle. Picture: Emma Mitchell

John Boyle: Time to change Scotland’s property tax

Land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT), the system that replaced stamp duty on all property transactions in Scotland in April 2015, has now been in place for a sufficient amount of time to crunch some of the key numbers and assess what kind of impact it is having on the property market and the economy as a whole.

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Mallzee founder Cally Russell is among five Edinburgh entrepreneurs attending TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Picture: Contributed

Five Edinburgh start-ups heading for London showcase

Edinburgh’s start-up community will be represented by five entrepreneurs at a technology showcase being held in London next week.

Elior UK has landed a ten-year contract extension with Scottish Rugby. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Caterer wins extension for deal at BT Murrayfield

Scottish Rugby has signed a contract that will see caterer Elior UK continue to provide corporate hospitality, conference and event and matchday catering at the BT Murrayfield stadium.

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Vintage VW Campers is holding an open day at its Falkirk base on Small Business Saturday. Picture: Lisa Evans

Event helping small firms prepares for acceleration

Small businesses across ­Scotland are gearing up for a boost in sales during an ­annual event this weekend encouraging support for such organisations.

Brewin Dolphin said the uncertain landscape was driving demand for wealth advice. Picture: John Devlin

Wealth firm Brewin upbeat as clients seek timely advice

The head of Brewin Dolphin has said that economic uncertainty is helping to drive organic growth at the wealth management firm as savers increasingly seek advice in unsettled times.

RBS admitted it has 'more to do' in restoring its financial strength. Picture: John Devlin

More cuts loom as RBS fails Bank of England stress test

Royal Bank of Scotland is to embark on fresh cost-cutting after failing a health check of Britain’s banking sector.

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CodeBase chairman Jamie Coleman will act as an investment lead for Accelerated Digital Ventures. Picture: Murdo MacLeod

CodeBase joins £150m effort to accelerate digital sector

Edinburgh’s CodeBase technology incubator is joining an initiative aimed at accelerating the development of more digital technology start-ups.

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Men from Edinburgh and the Lothians wanted for 90s rave film

Men from Edinburgh and the Lothians wanted for 90s rave film

The Scottish filmmakers behind Ken Loach’s popular movies are looking for actors to appear in a new film set in the 1990s rave scene.

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Andy Noble, with lollipop lady Elizabeth. Picture: SWNS

Edinburgh man’s act of kindness stuns lollipop lady

A small act of kindness for a lollipop lady after her daughter’s bike was stolen has melted thousands of hearts on social media.

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The new flagship Edinburgh store marks a multi-million pound investment by the company. Picture: Contributed

Jeweller takes wraps off flagship Edinburgh store

Jewellery and diamond specialist Chisholm Hunter is set to open its multi-million pound flagship store on Edinburgh’s Princes Street early next month.

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The Lady Haig poppy factory in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

#givingtuesday - Poppyscotland streaming live for first time

TO celebrate #GivingTuesday, Poppyscotland will be streaming live from the Lady Haig Poppy Factory over Facebook for the very first time.

Auchterarder's Cairn Lodge Hotel is up for sale. Picture: Contributed

Business briefs: Cairn Lodge | Artis Dental | Dunelm

The Cairn Lodge Hotel in Auchterarder, Perthshire, has been put on the market through specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.

Ikea has a presence in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Straiton near Edinburgh. Picture: Esme Allen

Ikea vows to build more UK stores amid rising sales

Swedish flat pack furniture giant Ikea has reiterated its commitment to investing in Britain following the Brexit vote, as its sales continue their upward trajectory.

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Chris Gotts, partner and head of corporate finance at Burness Paull. Picture: Contributed

Burness Paull hails strong deal-making activity

Law firm Burness Paull said confidence in the deal-making community was strong after completing close to 50 agreements in the past quarter.

Informatics Ventures recently took part in the first EIE mission to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Picture: Contributed

Steve Ewing: Scots start-ups focus on global growth

Last week at a major awards ceremony in London, Edinburgh beat off competition from London, Cambridge and Manchester to scoop the top prize and the title of UK’s Entrepreneurial City of the Year.

'Let's see what we can do as a city,' said Paul Curran. Picture: Lesley Martin

Edinburgh must build appeal to tech firms, says property chief

Edinburgh has great potential to build on its status as a location for globally recognised tech firms, but faces obstacles including a lack of both suitable office space and workers, according to the chairman of the Scottish Property Federation.

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Olly Dmitriev founded Edinburgh-based Vert Rotors in 2013. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: Olly Dmitriev, founder of Vert Rotors

“I had to go through two dark years before I saw the light and sales picked up.”

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