HSBC creating 500 jobs, but Lloyds to axe 250 posts

Banking giant HSBC has unveiled plans to create 500 jobs amid a “significant expansion” of its operations in Scotland.

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Karen Phillips joins Balfour + Manson from rival law firm Brodies. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Solicitor Balfour + Manson has strengthened its private client team with the lateral hire of partner Karen Phillips from Brodies.

Nevis House at Hamilton International Business Park is among the offices acquired by Wirefox. Picture: Contributed

Property group seals £35m deal for Scottish offices

Northern Irish property investor and developer Wirefox has snapped up hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space to the west of Scotland in a bumper £35 million deal.

Frank Cairney is due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Former Celtic Boys Club official arrested on abuse charges

An 81-year-old man has been arrested by police in Scotland investigating alleged historical sexual abuse in youth football.

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Danny Swanson was involved in a fight with St Johnstone team mate Richard Foster. Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott

Two St Johnstone team mates suspended after ‘fight’

A fight between two St Johnstone players sparked a brawl among players and staff which marred a Scottish Premiership football match.

Finsbury has secured a licence to make Mary Berry cakes. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cake range

Bakery products supplier Finsbury Food Group is on track to launch a new range of cakes later this year after securing a Mary Berry licence.

An artist's impression of CSIC's Hamilton facility, due to open its doors in the summer. Picture: Contributed

Building innovation centre expands with Hamilton facility

Scotland’s publicly-backed innovation centre for the construction sector is set to create a new facility in Lanarkshire in a bid to increase collaboration across the industry.

Lovell is to build 112 low-cost rented homes for Clyde Valley Housing Association. Picture: Contributed

Lovell plans 112 affordable homes for South Lanarkshire

Housing developer Lovell has started work on the first of three developments for Clyde Valley Housing Association aimed at tackling the shortage of affordable homes in South Lanarkshire.

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Rapist jailed for attacking women while they slept

A rapist who preyed on sleeping women after they had been drinking was jailed for six years.

MGM Timber is also looking for sites in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Picture: Neil Doig

Timber supplier MGM buys Hamilton rival Robert Reid

Expansion-minded MGM Timber has snapped up a smaller rival for an undisclosed sum and confirmed it remains on the hunt for premises in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

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Bellway said shareholders were in line for a 40.3% hike in their total dividend. Picture: Daniel Lynch/Newscast/Handout/PA

Bellway gets round Brexit with profit and dividend leap

Housebuilder Bellway said trading since the Brexit vote has “remained resilient” as it yesterday posted soaring profits amid a jump in the number of homes sold and average selling price.

Bill McClymont is stepping down as chief executive of Hamilton-based Energetics. Picture: Contributed

New team takes helm at utility services firm Energetics

Energetics, the Hamilton-based provider of utility connection services to residential and commercial developers, has undergone a boardroom shake-up including a change of leader.

Sandy McBride said Keepmoat was committed to expanding in Scotland. Picture: Chris Bull

Keepmoat ‘taken aback’ by demand for housing projects

Construction and regeneration specialist Keepmoat is seeking to expand its presence in Scotland as it marks the first anniversary of its new homes operation north of the Border.

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Lookers' stable of marques includes Audi. Picture: Contributed

Record profits for owner of car dealer Taggarts

Lookers, the motor retailer that owns the Taggarts brand north of the Border, has reported record half-year profits after sales jumped by a third.

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Darth Vader and Stormtroopers give fan Andrew Strachan the send off he wanted. Picture: SWNS

Darth Vader and Stormtroopers give Star Wars fan send off

A STAR Wars fanatic was given an out-of-this-world send-off at his funeral - when the funeral director and his undertakers dressed as Darth Vader and his stormtroopers.

The Queen in the silversmiths workshop during a visit to Hamilton and Inches jewellers. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Queen accepts ‘very useful’ gift from Edinburgh silversmiths

THE Queen’s apparent preference for using sticky notes has been recognised during a visit to an Edinburgh silversmiths and jewellery house.

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The attack happened on a footpath between Millgate Road and Westwood Crescent. Picture: Google Maps

Man, 25, arrested over Hamilton shooting incident

POLICE investigating the shooting of two men in a targeted attack have made an arrest.

Eamonn Brophy (left) celebrates after equalising for Hamilton making it 2-2. Picture: SNS Group

James Penrice future of Partick Thistle, says Alan Archibald

MANAGER Alan Archibald pointed to 17-year-old James Penrice as the future of Partick Thistle following the 2-2 draw at Firhill on Saturday.

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‘Lost village’ of Cadzow under M74 reveals its secrets

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are to piece together life in the “lost” village of Cadzow after hundreds of objects including coins, pistol shot and gaming pieces were found during upgrading of the M74 in South Lanarkshire.

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Construction work to upgrade the M74 near Hamilton has unearthed rare archeological discoveries. Picture: Contributed

1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

THE LOST medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74.

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