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.

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 1

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 2
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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 1
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.

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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 11
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 1
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.

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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.

The 30m-tall sculptures form the centrepiece of the 43m Helix project. Picture: Peter Sandground

Kelpies to get their first "veterinary health check"

The world's largest equine sculptures are to get their first "health check" from a special "veterinary team", Scottish Canals announced today.
Transport 1
'Everything in the garden is rosy,' said Beattie boss Laurna Woods. Picture: Contributed

Comms agency Beattie buoyed by record annual results

Beattie, the public relations and ­communications group, has predicted a “flourishing” year ahead after unveiling record annual results.

Media & Leisure
First Scotland East operates 300 buses carrying more than 20 million passengers a year. Picture: Michael Gillen

Paul McGowan: On the bus from perception to reality

Buses carry more passengers than all other forms of public transport combined in the UK and help to generate billions of pounds annually for our local economies.

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The first of ScotRail's new Class 385 electric trains at its Shields Road depot in Glasgow today. Picture: SNS

ScotRail unveils new ‘bullet train inspired’ fleet

It is hailed as being inspired by Japan’s Shinkansen “bullet” train – but ScotRail’s new fleet will be the first in a generation without teething troubles if it proves that reliable.

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New lighting installed in the Falkirk Tunnel last year. Picture: Scottish Canals

Falkirk Tunnel project to throw new light on Burke and Hare

An historic canal tunnel’s grisly past is expected to be highlighted as part of plans to upgrade its lighting.

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