‘Fat’ feminist jogger defies PE class persecutors

A performance poet who was targeted by bullies while at primary school for being overweight has written a show about how she turned to “fat activism” and then to running to challenge the notion that slim always means healthy.

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Deloitte to host Scotland’s first-ever ‘datathon’

Accounting giant Deloitte is to host what is being billed as Scotland’s first-ever “datathon” as part of this month’s DataFest17 festival.

Sue Dawe has been a partner with EY since 2009. Picture: Chris Watt

Monday interview: EY Scotland’s Sue Dawe

Given the scale of the flit that is planned before the year end, it wouldn’t come as a shock to find Sue Dawe making a head start on the packing.

Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources is moving from George Street to the city's Fountainbridge district. Picture: Contributed

Tidal power firm makes waves with capital relocation

Atlantis Resources, the tidal energy company behind the ground-breaking MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth, is upping sticks.

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Confidence is 'slowly but surely' returning to Aberdeen, said Dan Smith of property firm Savills. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Aberdeen buoyed by boost to office leasing market

Aberdeen’s office leasing market has experienced its strongest quarter in nearly four years, in a sign that the darkest days of the energy downturn have passed, according to new data.

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Scotmid is eyeing another challenging year ahead. Picture: Murrie Thomson

Scotmid profits dip amid ‘unprecedented uncertainty’

Co-operative retailer Scotmid today reported a 7 per cent dip in annual profits amid “lacklustre” trading conditions, pressure from wage costs and “unprecedented” political upheaval.

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Exova is highly regarded in the materials testing sector, writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Contributed

Martin Flanagan: Exova rides out oil downturn into a merger

It’s always a little sad when a well-run, independent Scottish company succumbs to a takeover bid, even when it is amicable as the acquisition of industrial materials testing group, Exova, which is being snapped up by Element Materials Technology.

Edinburgh-based Exova employs about 4,200 people around the world. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh testing group Exova agrees to £620m takeover

Exova, the Edinburgh-headquartered industrial materials testing business, has agreed to a £620 million takeover by Dutch rival Element Materials Technology.

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Synpromics chief executive David Venables said the Edinburgh biotech firm was poised for 'further rapid expansion'. Picture: Contributed

Biotech firm Synpromics secures £5.2m cash injection

An Edinburgh-based specialist in “synthetic biology” has raised £5.2 million in its latest funding round as it seeks to expand further.

Chancellor Philip Hammond scrapped a tax hike for the self-employed. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Francis Greene: Broken tax system is costing us billions

As Chancellor Philip Hammond found to his cost last month, some political footballs have a nasty habit of finding their way to the back of your own net.

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Harris Tweed boasts the oldest British certification mark in continuous use. Picture: Contributed

Harris Tweed turns up heat on web-based counterfeits

An Edinburgh company has been appointed by Harris Tweed to help it resolve instances of counterfeit products being sold on major ecommerce platforms such as eBay.

From left: Administrate chief commercial officer Patrick Flanagan, MENA vice-president Bob Sabra and chief executive John Peebles. Picture: Contributed

Beirut boost for training tech developer Administrate

Training software outfit Administrate has hailed a strong start for its new office in Beirut, which has secured a string of contract wins since opening in September.

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Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh takes part in a charity walk down Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Irvine Welsh kicks off 5,000 mile charity walking challenge

Writer Irvine Welsh urged walkers to Hoof it to Hyderabad as he kicked off the first mile of a 5,000-mile walking challenge.

Donald Forsyth joins the Inverness office of accountant Saffery Champness. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Accountancy firm Saffery Champness has announced that Donald Forsyth has joined as a partner based in its Inverness office.

Marshall at the Lasswade site where Dobbies has been headquartered for 75 years. Picture: Colin Hattersley

The Big Interview: Dobbies CEO Nicholas Marshall

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of James Dobbie, the founder of Dobbies Garden Centres, but the company’s newly installed chief executive, Nicholas Marshall, can trace the history of his family as pioneers in the world of horticulture back even further.

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David Alexander is managing director of DJ Alexander

COMMENT: ‘Glasgow’ housing market needs clearer borders

No one knows exactly when Glasgow began to overtake Edinburgh in terms of population and commercial importance, but to say the situation has existed for around two centuries would not be too wide of the mark.

Sophia Jex-Blake is a strong candidate to be celebrated with the erection of a statue in Edinburgh.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Let’s honour Scotland’s greatest daughters

We should back efforts to honour the achievements of remarkable women like Sophia Jex-Blake, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

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Residents in Edinburgh are compiling an online survey on alcohol. PICTURE: John Devlin

Residents go online to show how alcohol impacts communities

Views on whether there are too many supermarkets in Edinburgh selling cut-price price alcohol are being gathered in an anonymous online survey aimed at showing how ordinary communities are affected by booze.

Edinburgh-based Menzies said there was 'strong strategic logic' to pursue a deal with DX. Picture: Contributed

Menzies in talks to merge distribution arm with DX

Logistics firm John Menzies is in advanced talks to drive through a reverse takeover of parcels business DX Group by its distribution division.

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Flybe has launched its new Aberdeen and Edinburgh flights to Heathrow. Picture: Contributed

Flybe’s Scottish flights take off from Heathrow

Passengers have more choice on travel to London after Flybe this week launched its new daily flights to Heathrow.

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