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Women on track for brighter future with the railways

A new group is to be launched to increase significantly the number of women working on Scotland’s booming railways.

Transport 3
St Mary of the Angels church in Camelon was designed by the celebrated firm of Gillespie Kidd and Coia. Picture: Michael Gillen

Five lesser-known architectural masterpieces in Scotland

Scotland’s built environment has much more to offer than castles, cathedrals and country houses.

Art
Pedal for Scotland riders in coned-off Maddiston, near Linlithgow, on Sunday. Picture Michael Gillen

Alastair Dalton: Boosting cycling’s popularity must keep everyone on side

It might have seemed just a jaunt through the countryside between Edinburgh and Glasgow for a few keen cyclists, but Sunday’s Pedal for Scotland was a huge operation.

Opinion 34
Pupils in Scotland's rural areas could be losing out on government funding because of the indictors used to measure poverty.

Some Scottish schools not inspected for ten years

Some schools in Scotland were last inspected ten years ago or more, according to an investigation.

Education 7
The contract will support 1,000 existing jobs at the Alexander Dennis plant in Falkirk. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Alexander Dennis drives off with £44m Mexican bus deal

A bus factory in Falkirk will help build 90 double deckers for export to Mexico as part of a £44 million deal.

News
Neatebox founder Gavin Neate. Picture: Greg Macvean

A Neate way of making venues more accessible for all

An Edinburgh-based entrepreneur will this week launch his invention that is designed to help disabled people enjoy hassle-free trips out.

Tech
Russell "Smeegs" Robertson died in the Forth and Clyde Canal on May 29, 2016

Pair guilty of throwing man to his death from Falkirk bridge

Two men were convicted on Thursday of killing a stranger by throwing him off a bridge into a canal.

News

Water treatment start-up uFraction8 wins Murgitroyd innovator award

A Falkirk-based water treatment start-up has emerged as the winner of the inaugural £7,500 Murgitroyd Innovator Launchpad competition.

Tech
Beattie boss Laurna Woods, left, with Tartan Group founder Deirdre Campbell. Picture: Contributed

PR outfit Beattie targets Canada with new joint venture

Communications consultancy Beattie today said it was creating a “springboard” for global growth by forming a new company alongside Canada’s Tartan Group.

Media & Leisure
Bellair's plans include a 500-seat arts venue for Falkirk town centre. Picture: Contributed

Falkirk revamp plans aim to deliver £150m economic boost

Plans to revitalise the centre of Falkirk and boost the broader economy by up to £150 million through new housing, offices, retail space and improved transport links have been unveiled by a businessman born and bred in the town.

Companies
The Queen will formally open the final section of the trans-Scotland canal regeneration and name it after herself. Picture: Contributed

Scotland’s newest canal named Queen Elizabeth II Canal

The final section of an ambitious trans-Scotland canal regeneration launched nearly 20 years ago will be completed next week when the Queen opens it and formally names it after herself.

Transport
Burke and Hare worked on the Union Canal before turning to murder. Picture: Scottish Canals

Falkirk canal tunnel to host Burke and Hare play

A play about Burke and Hare is to be performed in the Union Canal tunnel in Falkirk canal tunnel following an upgrade to its lighting system.

Transport
Heather McEwan's photo of the 'UFO' at the Kelpies

Photographer captures ‘UFO’ over Kelpies in Falkirk

An amateur photographer believes she may have captured a UFO hovering over the Kelpies on camera.

Odd
Ineos Grangemouth Refinery has been evacuated.

Grangemouth chemical plant evacuated due to ‘major incident’

The Grangemouth Ineos petrochemicals plant has evacuated workers after a gas leak.

Companies
Homebuyers in Falkirk and Kirkcaldy made some of the biggest cuts to the number of risky mortgages. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Canny Scots steer clear of high-risk mortgage frenzy

Homebuyers in Scotland are steering clear of the risky mortgage frenzy amid fresh fears that many people across the UK could be over-stretching themselves.

Financial
Labour won the most seats at the previous local authority elections in Falkirk, but the SNP has high hopes of regaining power in what is Scotland's fifth largest urban area. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP

Falkirk council election a two-way race between SNP and Labour

It’s Scotland’s fifth largest urban area after the four cities, with an increasing population taking advantage of its central location and excellent transport links.

General Election
Engineers clear cones from the M8 'missing link' before its opening this month. Picture: SWNS

Infrastructure projects worth £6.4 billion underway in Scotland

Infrastructure projects worth almost £6.4 billion will be under construction throughout Scotland in 2017, a report has found.

Tech
Dr Mick North whoses daughter Sophie North who was killed in the Dunblane tragedy. Picture: Danny Lawson /PA

Father of Dunblane victim slams plans for shooting range

The father of a victim of the devastating school shooting in Dunblane has hit out at plans for a shooting range which will use automatic weapons.

News
Falkirk High Street. Smaller town centres are in danger of being "hollowed out" as store closures mount, a report has warned. Picture: John Devlin

Quarter of shops in Scotland could close, retail bosses warn

A quarter of shops in Scotland could close within the next decade due to the rise of online retailers and increasing costs, industry research has found.

Retail
Jonathan Peck spent most of his career in the oil sector before launching Falkirk-based Wheeliebox. Picture: John Devlin

Monday interview: Jonathan Peck, owner of Wheeliebox

Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow grabbed headlines at the start of this month after becoming a little more like Hollywood with the installation of a US-style diner on-site.

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