{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"business","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-don-t-enter-the-world-of-politics-as-a-career-option-1-4267502","id":"1.4267502","articleHeadline": "Nicola Sturgeon: Don't enter the world of politics as \"a career option\"","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477350278787 ,"articleLead": "

Nicola Sturgeon has warned against anyone considering entering the world of politics as “a career option”.

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Interviewed for a new book which features well-known figures offering “their best piece of advice”, the First Minister said a “deep sense of conviction” should be the main inspiration for politicians.

And she said they should have “a sense of knowing why you’re doing it and the people you’re doing it for”.

The First Minister added: “You need to communicate that in a way that is relevant to their lives.”

Ms Sturgeon was quizzed along with the likes of Bill Clinton, Jude Law, Simon Cowell, Sir Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley, Dame Judi Dench and Annie Lennox for the new book, If I Could Tell You Just One Thing.

Its author, Richard Reed, founder of the Innocent Drinks chain, has sought out words of wisdom from what he describes as “some of the world’s most remarkable people”.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Don’t let ideaology blind you. But remain true to what guides you. Speak in your own voice, in your own words, in a way that makes sense to you and that could not be from anyone else.”

Last month Ms Sturgeon said she had decided to make public a miscarriage in the hope of challenging “assumptions and judgments” made about female political leaders who do not have children.

In Reed’s book, she says: “Politics should not be seen as a career option. People who go into politics should be doing it because they are led by a deep sense of conviction.”

Interviewed for the same book tennis star Andy Murray says: “Always believe that when you apply yourself, you can achieve anything.

\"Make sure you give 100 per cent and work as hard as you can in everything you do, not just in what you enjoy but also in life.

\"And don’t forget, natural ability will only get you so far, there is no substitute for practice.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "brian.ferguson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Brian Ferguson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4267500.1477350358!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4267500.1477350358!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Nicola Sturgeon says people who go into politics should be "led by a deep sense of conviction."","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Nicola Sturgeon says people who go into politics should be "led by a deep sense of conviction."","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4267500.1477350358!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/change-at-the-top-for-scottish-friendly-1-4266928","id":"1.4266928","articleHeadline": "Change at the top for Scottish Friendly","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477311626000 ,"articleLead": "

Fiona McBain is to step down as chief executive of Scottish Friendly after more than a decade in the top post.

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She will be succeeded by the current deputy chief executive, Jim Galbraith, at the start of next year, it was announced today by the Glasgow-based mutual.

Having held the role of finance director, McBain took over the post of chief executive on 1 January 2006 when the group had £530 million in assets and sales of £5.5m.

Under her leadership, assets have grown to some £2.5 billion and new business sales have reached £29m while membership has increased by more than 100,000 to nearly 500,000.

McBain said: “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together at Scottish Friendly. With a great staff of less than 100 people, our strategy has reaped huge rewards in terms of assets and scale for Scottish Friendly policyholders.
“For me another tangible sign of our progress is that when I started as CEO I was often greeted by industry consultants with ‘Scottish who?’, but these days the opening line is usually ‘What is Scottish Friendly up to now?’

“I am delighted that the board has appointed Jim Galbraith with regulatory approval to take over as CEO; he has been a key player in all aspects of our success and I know he will lead the team to continue to build the business for the benefit of Scottish Friendly’s policyholders.”

Galbraith said: “Fiona has been at the helm of Scottish Friendly through one of the most difficult periods in the history of the financial services industry. It is a testament to her patience, strategic vision and her ability to inspire others that over this period the Scottish Friendly Group has continued to strengthen and grow.

“Succeeding Fiona is going to be hard but I look forward to working with everyone at Scottish Friendly to continue to develop the group’s ‘innovate, diversify and grow’ strategy.”

Michael Walker, chairman of Scottish Friendly, added: “We shall all miss Fiona enormously. We give Fiona all our best wishes for the future and thank her for everything that she has done for Scottish Friendly during her time here.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "sreid@scotsman.com" ,"author": "SCOTT REID"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266927.1477311593!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266927.1477311593!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Scottish Friendly chief executive Fiona McBain. Picture: Contributed","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Scottish Friendly chief executive Fiona McBain. Picture: Contributed","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266927.1477311593!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/retail/revived-bhs-brand-set-for-international-growth-drive-1-4266781","id":"1.4266781","articleHeadline": "Revived BHS brand set for international growth drive","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477304996659 ,"articleLead": "Plans by the Qatari owners of the rebooted BHS brand to significantly grow its global presence have been unveiled.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266780.1477305074!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "BHS International boss David Anderson notes the firms intention for ambitious expansion"} ,"articleBody": "

BHS International, formed by the Al Mana Group in June, said it is launching in new countries and intends to open state-of-the-art department stores, starting in Qatar.

It added that it is on the cusp of securing deals with three franchise partners covering Africa, Europe and the Middle East as it looks to enter ten further countries, already in 14 with a total of 61 stores under the control of 11 franchise partners.

David Anderson, managing director of BHS International, said: “Our international business has been operating since 1985 and it’s enjoyed strong growth in recent years.

“Under the new owners, we have ambitious plans to accelerate this,” he added.

“In the countries we operate in outside of the UK, visiting shopping malls and stores is very much a leisure and family activity. Our franchise partners have made significant investment in their stores to ensure they provide an enjoyable shopping experience for their customers.

"We will help them build on this by providing a greater focus on market-specific products, and introducing new and exciting ranges.”

The Al Mana Group in September rolled out BHS.com with 84 staff and a range of lighting and home furnishing products that constituted about three quarters of the retailer's top online items sold before it went into administration.

The latter step, in April, left a £571 million pension deficit and resulted in the closure of all of its UK high-street stores.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "emma.newlands@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "EMMA NEWLANDS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266780.1477305074!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266780.1477305074!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "BHS International boss David Anderson notes the firms intention for ambitious expansion","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "BHS International boss David Anderson notes the firms intention for ambitious expansion","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266780.1477305074!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/edinburgh-s-sigma-capital-launches-39m-liverpool-scheme-1-4266560","id":"1.4266560","articleHeadline": "Edinburgh’s Sigma Capital launches £39m Liverpool scheme","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477299291000 ,"articleLead": "

Sigma Capital Group, the Edinburgh-based investment firm focused on property rental and urban regeneration projects, has pushed the button on a major mixed-use development in Liverpool.

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The firm said that funding for the £39 million scheme, which forms part of its long-standing partnership with Liverpool City Council, had been secured with new funding partner Curlew Student Trust.

The development, adjacent to Lime Street Station in the centre of the city, will comprise 28,000 square feet of retail and leisure units, including a 101-bedroom hotel, pre-let to Premier Inn, and a 412-bedroom student accommodation building.

Sigma’s commercial development partner, Neptune Developments, will begin construction before the end of the year, with planning permission having already been obtained in August 2015.

Graham Barnet, chief executive of Sigma, said: “I am delighted to announce that we have secured funding for this major redevelopment in the heart of Liverpool, next to Lime Street Station, and would like to thank our partner, Neptune Developments, for all their efforts in managing the development aspects of the project on behalf of our partnership.

“The scheme forms part of the regeneration of the Lime Street and Knowledge Quarter areas, a project which is seen as a flagship development for the city.”

Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, added: “We are aiming to bring exciting new retail and leisure operators to the area and we are already making good progress in negotiations with a number of parties.

“We very much look forward to realising our efforts and creating a vibrant new neighbourhood in Liverpool.”

While Sigma’s focus has been on sites in Liverpool and Manchester, with the group also pushing into the Midlands and south of England, Barnet has previously said that an expansion into the Scottish market has not been ruled out.

" ,"byline": {"email": "sreid@scotsman.com" ,"author": "SCOTT REID"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266559.1477299257!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266559.1477299257!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Graham Barnet, chief executive of Sigma Capital. Picture: Paul Dodds","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Graham Barnet, chief executive of Sigma Capital. Picture: Paul Dodds","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266559.1477299257!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/legal-firm-boosts-size-with-estate-agent-buy-1-4266811","id":"1.4266811","articleHeadline": "Legal firm boosts size with estate agent buy","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477306226299 ,"articleLead": "

Glasgow-based legal practice Miller Samuel Hill Brown (MSHB) has today revealed its acquisition of the licensing division of solicitor and estate agent Lindsays for an undisclosed sum, saying this creates the largest legal licensing team in Scotland.

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MSHB, which was incorporated earlier this year due to the combination of Glaswegian law firms Hill Brown and Miller Samuel, said its specialist division Hill Brown Licensing now comprises a team of 12 across Edinburgh and Glasgow, focused on a “significantly increased licensed trade client base”.

Peter Lawson, partner at Hill Brown Licensing, said such growth means “we have greatly strengthened our offering thus ensuring we continue to deliver an exceptional service to our licensed trade clients, while supporting our future growth ambitions”.

Alasdair Cummings, managing partner at Lindsays, said: “We have enjoyed a close working relationship with the team from Hill Brown Licensing for many years and are delighted to have reached an agreement with them.\"

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" ,"byline": {"email": "emma.newlands@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "EMMA NEWLANDS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266810.1477306333!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266810.1477306333!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "MSHB said the move follows a strategic decision by Lindsays to concentrate on its other key specialisms.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "MSHB said the move follows a strategic decision by Lindsays to concentrate on its other key specialisms.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266810.1477306333!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/monday-market-close-footsie-below-7-000-as-early-gains-give-way-1-3923846","id":"1.3923846","articleHeadline": "Monday market close: Footsie below 7,000 as early gains give way","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477327430000 ,"articleLead": "

The FTSE 100 dipped back below the 7,000 level as falling oil prices and healthcare stocks dragged on the UK index.

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The market closed down 34.1 points at 6,986.4 points, after rising as high as 7067.3 earlier in the session.

Jasper Lawler, a market analyst at CMC Markets, said: “The healthcare sector was a drag on the UK share index since the regulatory scrutiny of Syngenta’s takeover by ChemChina lowers the chance of success for German pharmaceutical firm Bayer acquiring Monsanto.”

The shaky sentiment hit shares in Hikma Pharmaceuticals which fell 53p to 1854p, Shire which dropped 107.5p to 4,945.5p, and AstraZeneca which lost 101p to close at 4,851p.

Away from the UK’s top tier index, shares in Cobham dropped 20.9p to 139.7p after the struggling aerospace and defence firm issued a profit warning following “challenging” trading in the third quarter.

Shares in Petra Diamonds rose 7.9p to 147.7p after the firm said production jumped nearly a third in to 1.1 million carats in the three months to the end of September. Revenue over the period hit 94.7 million US dollars (£77.5 million), with 745,447 carats sold.

The biggest gainers on the FTSE 100 were Provident Financial up 84p to 3,089p, DCC up 125p at 6705p, EasyJet up 13p at 931.5p, and Standard Life up 4.7p at 341.4p.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "businessdesk@scotsman.com" ,"author": "PERRY GOURLEY"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4253563.1476119898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4253563.1476119898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Traders from ETX Capital monitor the markets. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Traders from ETX Capital monitor the markets. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4253563.1476119898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/edinburgh-s-office-take-up-shrugs-off-brexit-uncertainty-1-4266335","id":"1.4266335","articleHeadline": "Edinburgh’s office take-up shrugs off Brexit uncertainty","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477319468000 ,"articleLead": "

Edinburgh could experience another “strong” year in take-up of office space after a resilient third quarter and despite uncertainty in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, new data from property consultancy Knight Frank has revealed.

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It found that a total of 120,000 square feet was let across the Scottish capital from July to September, down on the first two quarters, but roughly in line with the 148,000 sq ft in the same quarter of 2015.

Activity continued to be driven by firms in technology, media, and telecommunications, which accounted for about 40 per cent of the total, while demand for Grade A space in the city centre remained “voracious”, with 176,000 sq ft already let this year, putting the Scottish capital on course to outperform the 220,000 sq ft ten-year average for annual city centre, Grade A office take-up by the end of the year.

Simon Capaldi, associate at Knight Frank, said that while the third quarter tends to be the slowest period in the year, “if all the deals currently in legals and under offer conclude, we could be looking at another strong year for Edinburgh – approaching the 800,000 sq ft mark and well above the ten-year average.

“To have two strong years back to back shows the level of confidence that is pumping through the city,” he added, also highlighting unquenchable demand for Grade A stock continuing and availability dropping as supply fails to keep pace. “This trend looks likely to continue, with only one speculative development currently under way in Edinburgh and little else in the pipeline. The level of demand should give developers the confidence to start building.

“Many will be holding out for pre-let opportunities and, although there have been few in the last decade, we’d expect to see more announced towards the end of 2016.”

Meanwhile, figures announced today show that the UK’s appeal as a destination for cross-border M&A has dropped amid Brexit uncertainty and despite the weak pound serving as an incentive to overseas buyers.

Accountancy giant EY found that for the first time in its Global Capital Confidence Barometer’s seven-year history, the UK has fallen out of the top five global M&A destinations.

Ally Scott, EY partner and head of transaction advisory services in Scotland, said: “Brexit may not have created the initial economic turmoil some feared, but investment uncertainty is clouding the UK’s longer-term economic prospects.” That said, 62 per cent of executives surveyed are still positive about their UK operations. Scott added: “The UK’s strong fundamentals mean that companies don’t look ready to run for the exit.”

Also positive was a separate study published today by Barclays, which found that despite Brexit, 78 per cent of world business leaders think Britain is a good place to start a business while 60 per cent said the vote to leave Europe will improve their trade dealings with British firms.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "EMMA NEWLANDS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266334.1477319350!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266334.1477319350!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Activity continued to be driven by firms in technology, media, and telecommunications, which accounted for about 40 per cent of the total. Picture: TSPL","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Activity continued to be driven by firms in technology, media, and telecommunications, which accounted for about 40 per cent of the total. Picture: TSPL","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266334.1477319350!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/management/monday-interview-brett-simpson-chief-executive-of-low-bonar-1-4266247","id":"1.4266247","articleHeadline": "Monday interview: Brett Simpson, chief executive of Low & Bonar","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477263601000 ,"articleLead": "

THE New Zealand-born Brett Simpson flags growth in China and the US, and says: ‘I am very happy with the strategy we have in place and the progress we are making’

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Dundee was once famed for jam, jute and journalism. But from virtually the beginning of the 20th century it also became known for the company Low & Bonar, which built a highly successful yarns, fibres and fabrics business covering a multitude of applications. Its polymer-created products can be found in textiles that go into the ground to modify its use, perhaps for stabilising a railtrack; the backs for carpet tiles in commercial workspaces; and tarpaulins and car mats.

Nothing stands still, however, and Low & Bonar chief executive Brett Simpson, in charge since 2014, has a clear vision. “We are increasingly a solutions-provider, we are not in the commodities business,” he says. “We are now focused on working with designers and engineers to have our products brought into their production. It also derives a higher profit margin.”

A key strategy of Simpson is to expand Low & Bonar from its core market of mainland Europe, accounting for about 60 per cent of group sales, into fast-growing markets.

He is interested in the potential of China, where the group opened its first factory early this year after having had a small joint venture, and the potential for getting a slice of the considerable infrastructure work that North America (17 per cent of sales) needs.

Simpson says the new plant at Changzhou was expected to reach full capacity by end-2017, generating sales of £30 million a year. A second phase is now being built, doubling capacity by early 2018, with total Chinese investment of £52m.

The Low & Bonar boss stresses that the British group – which still employs 50 at its remaining business in Dundee making carpet-backing – was not going to China to take advantage of it being the “world’s factory”, but rather to ride rising local consumption.

Simpson says: “We are supporting our US customers who are building for local demand. They have seen the opportunity in China and built their own facilities. We have supported their business growth through imports for a period. We are now extremely proud to have taken that further.”

He also believes the business can benefit from increasing urbanisation in China, “with a growing middle class moving into improved housing. There’s a shift of population to the city centres, and our products are following them”.

Low & Bonar’s end-users range from civil engineering and flooring to building products, transport and industrial businesses. Simpson says Europe “is and will remain a very strong area for us, but will become a part of a bigger pie. We just want to leverage our product portfolio here elsewhere”. He is also cool on the UK’s Brexit vote, given the company only has 6 per cent of sales here. “We are mainly a euro/dollar business.”

Low & Bonar’s strength is that it is normally the number one or two player in the niche markets it operates in, and that the strength of its brands and its product reliability provides additional barriers to entry.

Broker Peel Hunt says: “Its products typically constitute only a very small percentage of the end-customer’s costs, yet are key to the functional performance of the end product/construction.”Even so, Low & Bonar, which reports its year-end results next month, has seen its shares underperform the FTSE all-share, FTSE industrials and FTSE construction & building materials indexes by significant double digits this year. Simpson shrugs it off, saying: “I am very happy with the strategy we have in place and the progress we are making.”

He adds that he wants operations that can get “a 10 per cent return on sales and 12 per cent on capital employed”. He has just sold the Grass Yarns business aimed at the sports and leisure industries for £27m because although its low margins improved over the past two years, “we knew it was not going to get to 10 per cent”.

He says “portfolio-management” remains ongoing, but indicates that any acquisitions are likely to be “bolt-on” given the strong potential for internally-generated growth. “Acquisitions are no more than one of the levers we can use, we would only consider them if they give us access to a core market, a new technology and be accretive in terms of underlying earnings,” he adds.

Low & Bonar, even with the odd “speed bump” of issues with production and scheduling at its coated technical textiles business in the first half of 2016, seems to have a clear view of the road ahead.

30-second CV

Born: 1964, Auckland, NZ, but grew up in Melbourne, Australia

Education: Burwood High School, Melbourne; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; MBA at Columbia University, New York.

What did you want to be at school?: Jet fighter pilot

What was your first job?: Production engineer, The Dow Chemical Company

Best piece of business advice ever given to you: When working across cultures, “it’s not necessarily wrong, it’s just different”.

Car: BMW

Book or Kindle: Kindle

What couldn’t you live without?: Physical exercise and sport

Favourite holiday 
destination: Anywhere where the waves are breaking. I grew up surfing.

Best thing about your job: the variety of challenges and opportunities. I get tremendous energy from mentoring and stretching people.

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IN September, accommodation website Airbnb was valued at $30 billion.

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Championing what it describes as “authentic” experiences, its model is to help those travelling to “live like you live there” – in other words, to live like a local. This message and those purveyed by companies with a similar proposition have exploded onto the scene because increasingly, people are actively seeking experiences that are honest and offer them the ability to feel that what they are doing or consuming is unique.

Responding to this trend for authentic experiences, companies have a real and valuable opportunity to communicate messages around honest and unique experiences in an equally interesting manner. How you deliver these messages of authenticity can enhance believability and, when done correctly, can engage audiences in a compelling way that fits with the product or service.

At Whitespace, we have recognised this and championed the necessity for Scotland to celebrate the unique offerings there to be discovered. And to do this, we have tried to utilise equally innovative ways of presenting these messages to enhance credibility and “buy-in”.

This year, in partnership with VisitScotland, we developed a 360-degree, virtual-reality ceilidh film where users can jump in and out of the dance and get a real idea for the intricate dance moves and flow of the songs. The thinking was to help sell the idea of traditional Scottish customs and encourage more participation, thus resulting in an experience that feels “authentic”.

According to Cohn & Wolfe, a global communications and PR agency, the authenticity of brands and their products is based on three key attributes: reliability, respectfulness and reality. It found that four out of five customers said they don’t feel brands are open and honest. This goes back to how important it is that when brands communicate their messages, they must ensure they are being honest about the experience they are offering. One brand that has been cited as doing this better than anyone else is The Walt Disney Company. A family brand, all communications are centred around trying to connect with a single message: “Where dreams come true.”

Using interactive gaming technology, virtual reality and other tech, Disney is not only bringing its messages to life but is offering a genuinely authentic product that kids and families around the world know, recognise and, importantly, believe in.

Companies that can present their offering in an honest and unique way that mirrors their equally unique products and services will captivate audiences and ensure that as more and more consumers demand personalisation and authentic experiences, they will have an easier time standing out in a crowded and noisy marketplace.

• Iain Valentine is managing partner at independent creative agency Whitespace

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White trainers and decorative flamingos and pineapples are among the products consumers could not live without over the last year as selfie sticks, tablecloths and CD storage racks fell out of fashion, according to a report into a year in the life of the British shopper.

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Statement water bottles, wireless headphones, the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and designer light bulbs sent sales soaring at John Lewis, its annual retail report reveals, and sales of white Converse trainers were higher than any other women’s shoe line.

Ornamental pineapples and flamingos found widespread popularity within British homes, with searches for the latter on johnlewis.com increasing by 200 per cent and flamingo-themed wallpap­er, fairy lights, cushions and mugs all selling well.

The avocado also had its moment in the spotlight as sales of avocado storage pods increased by 61 per cent compared to the last six months, searches for avocado slicers were up 62 per cent in May and avocado beauty products increased in popularity.

Jeremy Corbyn inspired an 11 per cent increase in sales of red socks last September when he was pictured wearing them on the eve of his first party conference speech as the Labour leader, and sales of quilted navy jackets similar saw a 447 per cent lift after Prince George wore one on his first day of nursery.

Sales of gin increased by 103 per cent after the Brexit vote and in July sales of portable mobile chargers soared by more than 200 per cent as Pokemon Go players scoured the nation for the digital creatures.

Among the items to fall out of favour were tablecloths, down 10 per cent, Valentine’s Day chocolates, laptops with disc drives, CD and DVD storage and selfie sticks, which saw sales drop by 50 per cent on the year before.

Orders placed with John Lewis via smartphones increased by 60 per cent over the year.

Many customers even bought a new phone on their mobiles, and 20 per cent of all iPhone 7s were bought via an iPhone during the first three weeks of the latest device’s launch.

John Lewis’s director of shop trade, Maggie Porteous, said: “It’s clear to see the impact 
of what has been a disorientating year on what our customers have been buying in 2016.

“Shoppers have been increasingly drawn to bigger and bolder trends, with clashing colours and prints, copper hues and even pink flamingos proving exceptionally popular.

“2016 has also proven to be the year that customers truly mastered the art of jumping seamlessly between online channels and shops to best suit their needs and mood.”

Ed Connolly, John Lewis buying director for fashion and beauty, said: “As one of our best performing categories, we now offer more
beauty and skincare brands than ever, and we’re investing £9 million across a number
of our beauty halls to ensure customers have even more choice as we introduce a range of new and contemporary brands.”

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Entrepreneurs in the hospitality, leisure and tourism service sectors are to be invited to come forward and help drive the expansion of Dundee’s Waterfront economy in a “rare blank canvas development opportunity”, it was announced today.

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The fresh call is to be made next month by the Waterfront project team when they launch a new round of investment roadshows, and the sectors are being targeted to make sure Dundee is well-positioned to capitalise on a vast increase in tourists after the £80 million V&A Museum of Design Dundee opens in 2018.

Mike Galloway, executive director of city development with Dundee City Council, said: “The invitation to engage with the Dundee Waterfront project is a rare blank canvas development opportunity for businesses and investors.

“We are keen that more of Scotland’s entrepreneurs and investors help us shape the development of this city with their ideas and business expertise.”

Allan Watt, Dundee Waterfront project director, said: “There will be considerable demand for a wide range of businesses able to provide everything from accommodation and hospitality to merchandise, catering, bespoke tours and entertainment.

“The economic boost will also provide opportunities for professional services firms, retailers and services businesses.”

The £1 billion Waterfront regeneration project has attracted committed investment exceeding £750m, and includes five flagship private sector investments.

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A pronounced uptick in inflation has filled the business and financial pages with apprehension and foreboding. Higher prices are already being seen in the shops as the plunging pound has forced up import costs.

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There are fears that the inflation rate will not stop at last month’s jump from 0.6 per cent to one per cent but will climb much further in the period ahead.

And then for investors there is the hit to the gilt-edged market – supposedly the safest haven for long term savers.

Last week saw a sharp sell-off in government bonds, pushing gilt yields to their highest level since the referendum. Gilts tumbled 0.3 per cent during the week and 2.1 per cent over the past month. UK corporate bonds experienced similar falls.

At one point gilt yields breached 1.2 per cent, a level that hasn’t been seen since the June referendum and more than double the low reached in early August.

But amid all this, several more positive points have been lost from view. Chief among these is that the spectre of deflation has shrunk. In some countries yields on deposits had even gone negative, with central banks imposing a charge on deposits. While this was intended to encourage firms and high net worth individuals to spend the money and thus boost economic activity, the reverse proved more true. Fearing that prices might go lower, confidence failed to rally and the grim prospect ahead was of savers hiding cash around the house rather than seeing their nest egg eroded through negative rates of return.

Another benefit is that savers – at long last – could start to see a meaningful return on their fixed interest investments. That may not be much consolation if a higher inflation rate eats into real spending power. But the benefit of compound interest – the accumulation of re-invested income over the years - is a vital mechanism for lifting pension fund returns.

Note also that annuity rates, which have suffered a long-term slump as a result of falling rates, have risen 3.4 per cent in the space of four weeks.  And then there is arguably the greatest if invisible benefit of all – the erosion of the real burden of debt.

In the inflation-soaked decade of the 70s, millions of mortgage borrowers benefitted from the shrinking weight of debt – the outstanding loan may not have changed, but the onus was much reduced as inflation brought higher household incomes which worked to shrink mortgage interest payments as a percentage of income.

Just as the threat of deflation terrified central bankers with the prospect of an ever higher burden on debt-burdened economies, inflation works in the opposite direction to reduce the pain of debt.

And here the UK could find itself a significant beneficiary. While the economy has shown notable resilience following June’s Brexit vote, figures on the public finances showed there has been no beneficial impact on the government’s borrowing and debt totals. Indeed, government borrowing jumped to £10.6 billion in September, up from £9.3bn on a year ago. The upshot is that during the first six months of the financial year (April to September) the deficit totalled £45.5bn, taking it within £10bn of the overall target of £55.5bn.

The outstanding total of government debt now stands at £1,627bn, or 83.3 per cent of GDP. Clearly, the government would wish to see the real burden of this reduced, particularly given its failure so far to meet the deficit reduction targets it has set itself. Indeed, inflation has historically proved a great friend of debt-burdened governments.

What, then, of inflation prospects? With the pound having fallen some 18 per cent since the Brexit vote, many predict that inflation will hit 3per cent. However, as our bitter experience in the 1970s and 1980s taught us, it is notoriously difficult to predict and even more difficult to control once in the system. It is like trying to catch a tiger by the tail.

For the moment the Bank of England is quite relaxed. For years it has been targeting an inflation rate of 2 per cent. So it can hardly grumble that inflation is now at last rising towards this target even though it may be snooty about how this has come about (Brexit and the fall in the pound). And the Bank’s own policies have played a large hand in bringing about a weaker currency – one of the known effects of ultra-low interest rates and Quantitative Easing.

So the Bank should be reasonably sanguine for now – and might even tolerate inflation slightly overshooting this target. But it is the pace of increase, together with other dynamics in the economy, which may cause it to start raising interest rates to prevent price rises from ballooning out above 3 per cent.

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Harald Haas has been christened the “father” of LiFi, a term he coined and a technology he has introduced using the visible light spectrum to enable high-speed wireless data communication and internet access.

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The German-born professor, who is also co-founder and chief scientific officer of Edinburgh-based PureLiFi, says the title is an “honour” and he sees limitless applications for the invention, which uses light to transmit information at very high speeds. It is similar to WiFi but without using traditional radio frequency signals, where the spectrum is far smaller.

A real “game-changer” in spreading the technology’s message was Haas’s first TED talk, which was filmed in the Scottish capital in July 2011 and showed him connecting to the internet using a $3 light bulb.

The simple-to-grasp but powerful demonstration was so effective that it has now been viewed more than 2.4 million times, and he says people’s eyes light up when they witness the technology working.

“You see that there’s a change in attitude, and they suddenly see all the opportunities… The power of LiFi is that people easily understand what it is and how it works and that light can transmit data.”

The talk also had unexpected consequences, prompting a man living in a remote Highland location to email Haas asking if he could provide him with internet access, because he had been quoted £10,000 for a connection.

“I want to go back to him at some point, when we’ve developed the technology further, and say, ‘I can offer you this now for maybe a hundredth of your quoted price.’ ”

In fact, availability was one of the four key challenges in wireless communication flagged during the TED talk, along with capacity, efficiency, and security.

Haas says LiFi, which was listed among the 50 best inventions in Time magazine in 2011, can be put to use in everything from smartphone access to the internet via, say, lights on a plane, to enabling communication by subsea, remotely operated vehicles with the light they use to navigate.

Additionally, it has safety benefits for, say, petrochemical plants, where radio frequencies can generate dangerous antenna sparks, and security advantages for the likes of financial services, given that it is very localised, while conventional WiFi radio waves can be far-reaching and “every single connection is a security risk”.

PureLiFi was spun out in January 2012 from the University of Edinburgh, where research into visible light communication had been in development since 2008.

Haas started working in the field in 2003, having studied electrical engineering in Nuremburg, Germany, and he was subsequently awarded a scholarship under the Heinz Nixdorf Programme, named after the computer pioneer.

This allowed him to spend a year in Mumbai, India, with his interest at the time in wireless communications, and he explains that the experience was something of an eye-opener.

“I grew up in a little village in Bavaria. There are things you do and things you don’t do, and then you go to India and all the values are thrown up in the air. That has completely changed my attitude and then developed the desire to stay abroad and to learn more from other cultures.”

He worked with Siemens to build the first GSM (global system for mobile communication) network for Mumbai, and later decided to move into academia. He opted to go to the University of Edinburgh, with his love of the outdoors a key factor in coming to Scotland, and completed his PhD in wireless communications in 2001.

After a spell back in Germany, working for Siemens in Munich and taking up an academic post in Bremen, he returned to the Scottish capital in 2007, and “that’s where the LiFi story began”. He started a proof of concept project, developing the technology and leading to the TED talk.

He holds two positions at the University of Edinburgh, namely chair of mobile communications and director of the LiFi Research and Development Centre, with the latter located in the Alexander Graham Bell Building.

In an incredible coincidence, before he invented the telephone we know today, Graham Bell had looked into developing a “photophone” using reflected sunlight to communicate conversations.

Haas notes: “It’s very similar to what we do with LiFi. He thought it was his greatest invention.”

Continuing Bell’s work in a way, the plan is to see LiFi reach widespread use, and Haas foresees it becoming an everyday part of our lives within the next three years, with the “fundamental technology” ready now.

PureLiFi itself says the global LiFi market is on track to be a $113 billion industry by 2022, and Haas wants the company to grow as big as ARM Holdings, which designs the chips used in 95 per cent of smartphones globally and was snapped up by Japan’s SoftBank in a £24bn deal earlier this year.

Haas says the plan is to develop PureLii into a “very strong” future hardware-based, multi-billion-pound company. Helping drive this has been the completion of a funding round announced in July, led by Singapore-based investment firm Temasek and bringing its amount raised to date to more than $10m.

The capital was to support the development and commercialisation of its proprietary technology, and Haas said at the time that it marked a key step towards “unlocking the grand LiFi vision”.

The funding also came on the back of the completion of the development and production of its LiFi-X product, the world’s first mobile LiFi dongle, which Haas says marks a crucial step towards mass-market adoption.

“It’s exactly the same sort of development as we had with WiFi,” he says, with plans now to miniaturise, integrating the hardware into a microchip that can be installed in smart devices including fridges and ovens as the “internet of things” tightens its grip.

And with rumours that Apple is incorporating LiFi capability into future products, the sky seems to be the limit.

However, Haas admits that the biggest challenge in its expansion is not around the technology, but rather human nature’s tendency to be hesitant about adopting something new.

It therefore needs pioneering technology enthusiasts to get on board, says Haas, whose achievements also include being awarded the prestigious Established Career Fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

He has more than 30 patents under his belt and a further 40-odd pending, and points out that the technology has received a lot of global interest.

Haas sees vast opportunities for the technology to drive economic development, with an estimated 4.3 billion people currently having no access to the internet.

In addition to targeting India, PureLiFi would like to expand into Africa, but he notes that research on interest in the work revealed that this was largest in relatively hi-tech countries, led by China and followed by the US and then Europe.

However, as the case of the man in the Highlands proves, there are people closer to home who could also benefit from the technology. “Wherever there is no access to the internet… I think we can provide a solution,” he says.

While the technology has not yet become part of our everyday lives, moves in this direction are already well under way. Haas says the firm has worked with the likes of Cisco and Lucibel, with the latter creating the first LiFi-enabled LED product of its kind, which is being incorporated into what is said to be the world’s first Li-Fi office at the Paris headquarters of Sogeprom, the property arm of French lender Société Générale.

PureLiFi’s own plans include further fundraising, dependent on the development of the commercialisation of its technology, while its headcount looks to grow from about 20 currently as it scales up.

That said, having highlighted hurdles in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, he believes it would be a “major disadvantage” if it can’t recruit the talent it needs. “If you look at our workforce we have people from everywhere in Europe.”

As LiFi moves towards what Haas sees as a “cleaner, a greener, and even a brighter future,” he looks at his dream for the technology in 20 years’ time. “I would like to see LiFi in every LED light,” he says. “I would like to see it in our desk lamps… in our cars, in our home appliances, in our planes. I would like to see a fully connected world where a lot of innovations are based on that technology.”

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Some bereavements in the economy we choose not to mourn. The most striking of these of late is the sudden Death of Deflation.

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The burial has been swift, and no flowers were sent by request. But passing mourners have left jars of Marmite on the grave. And to this sorrowful pile, bars of KitKat have now been added as Swiss food giant Nestlé said it too would be raising prices in the UK to compensate for the effect of the plunging pound.

So sudden has been the demise that it is hard to recall the deep concerns that long prevailed over the spectre of deflation and its economic damage.

All that has gone, replaced by dark forebodings of sharply rising inflation once “the full Brexit effects” have 
kicked in.

The annual rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped from 0.6 per cent last month to 1 per cent – a two-year high, but still half the Bank of England’s targeted rate of 2 per cent. But what might earlier this year have been hailed with relief unleashed great apprehension about how high the inflation rate might go, bearing in mind that the full effects of a sharp fall in the pound have still to work through.

The fall in sterling – down some 23 per cent since late 2015 and 17 per cent since the Brexit vote – will almost certainly see inflation rise further. Many commentators fear it will overshoot the Bank’s targeted rate of 2 per cent next year and peak some time in 2018. And with average earnings rising by just 2.1 per cent, a squeeze on real, after-inflation income looms ahead.

The unmourned Death of Deflation is likely to trigger another bereavement – the Death of Ever Falling Interest Rates.

Latest signals from the Bank are that rates are likely to be held at their current ultra-low level of 0.25 per cent rather than being cut further as Governor Mark Carney had hinted just two months ago.

Back in July, the Bank cut interest rates from 0.5 per cent and announced further Quantitative Easing to boost bank lending. It is hard to see what stimulative effects these have had, though they may have helped to avoid an economic slowdown sharper than the one now under way.

Which brings us to a third bereavement, where mourning could soon be in full swing – the end of the era of ever-falling unemployment.

Headline figures last week suggested no cause for grief: numbers in work in Scotland have continued to rise. But a closer look at the numbers unearths a darker undertone.

True, unemployment in Scotland fell by 25,000 over the summer to its lowest level since 2008, with Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showing the rate between June and August had fallen to 4.6 per cent, below the figure for the UK as a whole at 4.9 per cent. And there were 54,000 more people in employment now compared with the pre-recession peak in May 2008.

The Scottish Government said Scotland was outperforming the rest of the UK on unemployment, female employment and inactivity rates. But the employment rate here also fell, albeit slightly, down 0.1 percentage points to 74 per cent, and remains lower than the UK level.

So what explains this discrepancy? Amid all the labour market figures is a category called “economically inactive”.

These are likely to be people neither in work nor available for work. About a quarter of this total is thought to be in full-time education and another quarter looking after their families. More than 20 per cent are believed to comprise the long-term ill.

Now I’m not sure these categories account for all the “economically inactive” – there may be many working in what is politely called “the informal economy” and very much “economically active” or who occupy that twilight zone of irregular freelance activity between inactivity and full-time work. But whatever the composition, the puzzling fact is that the number of economically inactive people – and women, in particular – has been rising fast.

In the past year, some 34,000 women of working age left the labour market – the total here now extends to 462,000, up eight per cent over the period. Meanwhile the UK figure has gone down. The inactivity rate in Scotland now stands at 22.5 per cent, while that in the UK is at 21.3 per cent. That may be insignificant given the difficulty in recording these numbers with pinpoint accuracy. But the figures have been diverging for the past year.

The data may be affected by the ongoing fallout from the massive hit to Scotland’s oil and gas sector with the plunge in the price of oil since late 2014. This has rippled across the wider Scottish economy as specialist engineers and service providers have suffered a drop in business. But it is all guesswork at present because no detailed survey has been undertaken.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said it is worrying that employment had fallen and that more people were dropping out of the labour market in Scotland when the numbers in the rest of the UK were up.

And Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, has added her voice to concerns. “The large fall in unemployment,” she comments, “is good news but overall levels of employment in Scotland have fallen, economic inactivity is rising, as has the number of those claiming benefits.”

Given the predicted economic slowdown ahead – and with Scotland’s economy set to continue faring worse than the UK’s – it is hard to see how a rise in the absolute level of unemployment can be avoided.

All now rests with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 23 November to provide a check on the fall-out from these bereavements. We will need more than comforting words.

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The insistence that “there’s no reason” something can’t be achieved is usually an invitation to list the many reasons why it probably won’t be. If Hibs were playing Barcelona tomorrow, their players would be duty bound to point out that because both teams comprise 11 fallible human beings with two legs, “there’s no reason” why they couldn’t win. Aye, like there’s no reason Donald Trump wouldn’t make a great US president.

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In March 2015 the UK government said it saw “no reason” to prevent people who had already bought an annuity from selling it in exchange for a lump sum. There were in fact an awful lot of reasons why it would be a bad idea, hence last week’s announcement that plans for a second-hand annuity market were being scrapped.

What’s unfortunate is that a lot of people were very keen to sell their annuities and they are entitled to feel angry at being denied an opportunity they thought would soon be theirs. But the papers raging about “millions of pensioners” being left “high and dry” by the government have been denied a far bigger scandal to cover.

Secondary annuities were a reckless and stupid idea by even George Osborne’s standards. The costs (including exit fees, commission and underwriting fees) and tax would have wiped out the value of all but the largest annuities being sold. Sellers would have lost up to 30 per cent of the value of their annuity to transaction and admin costs alone, according to the Open University Business School.

The government was forced to abandon the project by a rare consensus among regulators, providers and consumer groups that the market was a disaster in the making. Which raises the question as to why it got so far.

The relief at the government’s decision was matched by the surprise that they had done the right thing for once. So much coalition and Tory policy-making has been made on the hoof without any thought about the long-term consequences. The EU referendum is the most obvious example, but the pension “freedoms” belong firmly in the same category.

Recent pensions policy has been about flexibility and letting people take responsibility for their own decisions. It’s a flawed proposition in an area as potentially complex as pensions. The long-term savings industry is on a journey towards transparency and fairness, but there’s a long way to go. Letting people fend for themselves in that environment is only going to work well for the finance industry, particularly where the individual doesn’t have professional advice.

In contrast, automatic enrolment – a Labour government scheme implemented by the coalition – is proving a qualified success. With just one in ten people exercising their right to opt out of the workplace schemes they’re being enrolled into, millions are saving for retirement for the first time. Contribution levels need to increase and eligibility needs to be widened (such as to the self-employed), but automatic enrolment is working.

The abandonment of secondary annuities is a rare but welcome acknowledgement that when it comes to long-term financial security, history suggests there’s a lot to be said for not leaving it all to the individual.

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Household budgets will be squeezed over the coming months as the weak pound drives up the cost of imports and energy bills begin to rise again.

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The consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation reached a 22-month high of 1 per cent in September, and while it remains low by historical standards, it’s now tipped to hit 3 per cent during 2017 as the effect of the EU referendum result feeds through to living costs. The retail prices index (RPI) measure of inflation, which includes mortgage interest payments, rose to 3 per cent.

Hannah Maundrell, of money.co.uk, said​: “There’s no escaping the fact that the luxury of low inflation is now over, prices have started to rise and the pound in your pocket will start to buy you less.

“Your household budget will be stretched as the cost of fuel, energy and anything that’s made overseas creeps up. The cost of your supermarket shop should be protected for now but even this is likely to cost more next year.”

Borrowing costs could increase too, if further inflation encourages the Bank of England to hike interest rates. Fears of higher inflation have already undermined consumer confidence, according to the latest monthly household finance index from Markit.

“For the first time since the vote to leave the EU, UK households saw a noticeable downturn in current finances during October,” said Philip Leake, economist at IHS Markit. “Inflation appeared to be a key factor behind the financial strain.”

The impact of higher inflation will be felt in various ways, depending on household circumstances. Here are some of the implications, and some tips on mitigating them.

Cash savings

The impact on cash accounts could be brutal, leaving savers struggling to find any deals that keep pace with inflation.

Fewer than half of the 644 savings accounts currently available can match or beat inflation, Moneyfacts figures show. There have been more than 550 rate cuts since the start of August and many of the best deals are still disappearing.

Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “Inflation rising to a 22-month high will now play on the minds of many consumers, as there will be very few accounts paying 1 per cent or more. Some may pin their hopes on the Autumn Statement to provide some good news, but so far no initiatives have been divulged that could benefit struggling savers.”

Savers have been turning instead to the best in-credit rates on current accounts, but they are now being slashed too. Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds, TSB and Santander are all cutting the rates paid to current account customers over the coming months.

These continue to pay higher returns than normal savings accounts, however. So too do the regular savings accounts tied to current accounts, which are typically fixed for a year and require minimum monthly deposits. Several still pay 3 per cent or above, including products from Saffron Building Society, Kent Reliance, The Nottingham and Santander.

Another option is the peer-to-peer accounts from the likes of RateSetter, Zopa and Funding Circle, which allow savers to earn interest of more than 4 per cent by lending to people or businesses wanting to borrow.

Tax credits and benefits

Higher inflation means the government’s freeze on most working age benefits and tax credits will now cost £360 a year, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

The freeze means benefits are not being uprated in line with inflation until at least 2020. The IFS has estimated that the freeze represents a cut in payments of 4 per cent, leaving more than 11 million families worse off by an average of £260. However, the latest inflation forecasts from the International Monetary Fund suggest the freeze will now amount to a 6 per cent cut, an average annual loss of £360.

The IFS estimate underlines that the poorest will pay the heaviest price for the weakening pound, said David Hilferty, policy executive at Money Advice Scotland.

“More and more people are already presenting to money advisers with debts that are not the result of reckless spending, but instead are directly linked to the cost of living.

“For families on low incomes, the prospect of rising inflation alongside stagnating wages and the falling real value of benefits threatens to stretch household budgets to breaking point.”

If you are struggling to cope, don’t hesitate to get help. Free debt advice is available from organisations including: Step Change (0800 138 1111, www.stepchange.org), Citizens Advice Scotland (www.cas.org.uk or your local bureau), the Money Advice Service (0300 500 5000, www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk) and National Debtline (0808 808 4000, www.nationaldebtline.co.uk).

Energy bills

Wholesale gas prices have begun to rise in recent months and the impact is being compounded by weak sterling, as the UK now imports most of its energy supply. Co-op energy bills are going up by between 3 and 6 per cent this month and newcomer GB Energy announced last week that it was increasing its standard dual fuel variable tariffs.

Tying into a fixed rate energy tariff is a good way to protect against rising prices, but those already on one should make sure they switch when their existing tariff expires. Millions of households could be rolled on to their supplier’s expensive standard variable tariff over the coming weeks, with 14 fixed dual tariffs ending on 31 October, according to Gocompare.com.

ScottishPower customers on its Online Fixed Price Energy October 2016 tariff face the biggest increase if they move on to the firm’s standard deal. EDF, Npower, Co-op and First Utility also have fixed tariffs maturing this month.

Ben Wilson, energy spokesperson at Gocompare.com, said: “With autumn well under way, many families will be firing up the thermostat over the next few weeks. Research found that Sunday, 16 October, was when the majority of people turned on their central heating, so now is the ideal time to shop around and ensure that you’re not paying over the odds for your energy.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Jeff Salway"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265588.1477147759!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265588.1477147759!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Making the sums add up will get harder as wages and benefits become worth less. Photograph: Hemera/Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Making the sums add up will get harder as wages and benefits become worth less. Photograph: Hemera/Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265588.1477147759!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/lloyds-worst-hit-as-banks-bare-ppi-wounds-1-4265613","id":"1.4265613","articleHeadline": "Lloyds worst hit as banks bare PPI wounds","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477174564000 ,"articleLead": "

Lloyds Banking Group will lead the way this week as the banks unveil extra significant hits from the payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal alongside third-quarter trading results.

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Lloyds, still 9 per cent owned by the state after the lender’s £20 billion taxpayer bailout, is expected to post another provision for PPI redress of between £800 million and £1.5bn.

The bank, which also owns Bank of Scotland, is easily the worst impacted by the scandal, currently having put aside £16bn – more than half the industry’s total of £30bn.

The Q3 results are the first occasion most banks have had time to revisit their provisions since the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) earlier this year extended the deadline for PPI claims to June 2019 from April 2018.

Ian Gordon, banking analyst with Investec, has pencilled in a further £1bn provision from Lloyds for Q3 2016, and an extra £1bn in total over the following two years, which would take the bank’s exposure overall to £18bn.

Citi expects Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio to announce a top-up of £1.5bn when he reports results on Wednesday, while UBS is forecasting a more modest £800m. “Lloyds was particularly exposed to PPI because it had a high market share of unsecured personal loans which was PPI’s crossover product,” said Gordon.

“It was a product they sold enthusiastically, and success rates of 90 per cent [protection insurance on agreed loans] was not unusual.”

Lloyds’s latest results are also expected to show a pension hit following the Brexit vote last June, as will many of its rivals, with company schemes having been hammered in the short term by falling bond yields, and in the longer term by greater longevity.

One analyst said: “That will undoubtedly mean Antonio is quizzed as to whether there will be any knock-on effect on Lloyds’ dividend policy.”

The bank resumed paying dividends in the second half of 2014 after a lengthy suspension ordered by the European Commission in return for its taxpayer lifeline in 2008.

Investec is forecasting an underlying pre-tax profit at the bank for Q3 of £1.98bn, compared with £1.97bn in the same period of 2015.

Royal Bank of Scotland reports on Friday, with analysts forecasting a loss of £231m, against profits of £952m a year earlier, due to restructuring and legal costs.

RBS is not expected to make any sizeable PPI provision as it added an extra £450m after the claims deadline was extended. Barclays also reports this week and is expected to have benefited from a stronger investment banking performance, with the City expecting a 9 per cent rise in profits to £1.3bn, and an extra PPI charge of £500m.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Martin Flanagan"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265612.1477149368!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265612.1477149368!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Antonio Horta-Osorio is expected to increase provision for PPI. Picture: Justin Tallis/Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Antonio Horta-Osorio is expected to increase provision for PPI. Picture: Justin Tallis/Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265612.1477149368!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/ecoli-linked-cheese-firm-can-retain-product-stocks-1-4265575","id":"1.4265575","articleHeadline": "Ecoli-linked cheese firm can retain product stocks","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477146463000 ,"articleLead": "

A cheese producer linked to an E.coli outbreak has been told it does not have to destroy stock withdrawn from sale by a food watchdog.

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) last month issued a blanket ban on products made by Errington Cheese, saying tests on various types had found strains of E.coli O157.

Dunsyre Blue from the South Lanarkshire-based firm had been linked to an E.coli outbreak in the summer in which 22 people were infected, including a three-year-old Dunbartonshire girl who died.

There is ongoing legal action involving Errington Cheese and FSS.

In a statement, FSS said: “As the product withdrawal concerning products produced by Errington Cheese Ltd remains in place, Food Standards Scotland is satisfied that there is no current risk to public health.

“As part of ongoing legal proceedings we have asked local authorities in Scotland to suspend in the interim the part of the ‘food alert for action’ solely in respect of the destruction of the withdrawn products.”

Errington Cheese has previously issued a statement saying all of its testing has found no trace of E.coli O157.

Senior figures at FSS have claimed that the firm’s statement is “inaccurate”.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265574.1477146432!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265574.1477146432!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "An image of E. Coli bacteria","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "An image of E. Coli bacteria","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265574.1477146432!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scots-fashion-guru-hits-out-over-political-bickering-at-awards-ceremony-1-4265158","id":"1.4265158","articleHeadline": "Scots fashion guru hits out over political bickering at awards ceremony","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477083892299 ,"articleLead": "The figurehead of the Scottish Fashion Awards has complained that the country is being held back by arguments about political borders, a failure of ambition and the lack of a ‘can do’ attitude.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265157.1477076196!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tessa Hartmann launched the Scottish Fashion Awards 10 years ago."} ,"articleBody": "

Tessa Hartmann opened the glittering event in London with a plea for Scots to “start thinking bigger” and embrace a culture of “optimism and risk-taking” in business.

Ms Hartmann, who launched the event in Stirling Castle 10 years ago, has come under flak for moving it to London, but insisted the industry was strong enough for it to be staged in “any city in the world.”

She said the fashion was a classic example of how Scottishness was an “essential” element of British identify, citing tartan, Harris Tweed and cashmere and the likes of Vivienne Westwood, the Sex Pistols and Alexander McQueen.

Mr Hartmann, one of the most high-profile opponents from the creative industries of Scottish independence, also used the occasion to call for internet “trolls and haters” to be “kicked out the back door”.

Her speech was a controversial start to en event which saw Lanarkshire-born Christopher Kane, who launched his own label 10 years ago, named designer of the year. New Burberry star Jean Campbell, daughter of the 7th Earl of Cawdor and former British Vogue editor Isabella Cawdor, was crowned the nation’s top model.

Tens, the sunglasses brand founded by three friends in the Highlands who went on to win the backing of Sir Richard Branson, was named the nation’s best fashion accessory while Burberry’s store in Edinburgh was named luxury retailer of the year.

Celebrated deisgner Pam Hogg, the Glasgow School of Art graduate who took the fashion and music worlds by storm in the 1980s and 1990s and went on to work with the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga and Kate Moss, received a special “icon” award.

Holly Fulton, the Edinburgh-born designer who launched her own label seven years ago, was honoured as “innovator of the year.”

The relocation of the awards to London in 2013 was backed by the Scotland Office and the ceremony at the Rosewood Hotel was co-hosted by Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

Ms Hartmann added: “On a regular basis, I get asked ‘why have the Scottish Fashion Awards in London’? Normally I would defend my position vigorously and remind everyone we built this event from the ground up, supported only by the private sector, not the Scottish Government, and did indeed hold it in Scotland for seven years.

“But, frankly, I’m now so tired of the parochial arguments and barrage of social media exchanges. I’m not ashamed to state I’m proud to be both Scottish and British. Scotland and England, together with Wales and Northern Ireland, have built one of the greatest nations in history.

“Isn’t it time we stopped arguing about political borders and instigated a culture of optimism and even risk-taking? Isn’t time we started thinking bigger and thinking; ‘ yes, we can take these awards and celebrate Scottish fashion and its valuable contribution to any city in the world’?

“We can’t afford necessarily to feel secure and comfortable in a world economy where market fluctuations are volatile and financial projects are somewhat bleak?

“But we can focus on success. We can celebrate the creativity, retailers, business and fashion leaders that are changing the landscape, we can dispel negativity, and trust in our hearts and instinct.”

Mr Mundell said: “Fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28bn to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs. The fashion industry is a global leader in trade, creativity and innovation, and the value of the UK’s textiles and apparel exports is well over £7 billion.

“These awards illustrate that Scotland punches above its weight in the global fashion marketplace and that’s something that I’m delighted to be a part of.”


Designer of the Year: Christopher Kane

Model of the Year: Jean Campbell

Young Designer of the Year: Charles Jeffrey

Textile Brand of the Year: Pringle of Scotland

Luxury Retailer of the Year: Burberry Edinburgh

Retailer of the Year: Kestin Hare

Graduate of the Year: Roslyn McGuillan

International Designer of the year: Prada

Communicator of the Year: Karen Dacre

Accessory Designer of the Year: Tens (sunglasses)

Innovator of the Year: Holly Fulton

Fashion Icon: Pam Hogg

" ,"byline": {"email": "brian.ferguson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Brian Ferguson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265157.1477076196!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265157.1477076196!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Tessa Hartmann launched the Scottish Fashion Awards 10 years ago.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tessa Hartmann launched the Scottish Fashion Awards 10 years ago.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265157.1477076196!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/whisky-industry-loses-battle-over-minimum-drink-price-1-4265217","id":"1.4265217","articleHeadline": "Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477079756000 ,"articleLead": "

Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking.

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The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a bottle of spirits to at least £14.

Judges at Scotland’s highest civil court rejected a challenge to the legislation, which had been mounted by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The decision was met with dismay by the SWA, which had argued the legislation breached trade law. The SWA had called for different approaches to be taken to tackling problem drinking including the raising of tax.

David Frost, SWA chief executive, said his organisation regretted the ruling. He added that the judgement would be studied and members consulted before considering whether to appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

Holyrood’s Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell welcomed the “landmark” verdict.

She said: “I am delighted that the highest court in Scotland has reinforced the initial judgement in our favour from 2013. This follows the opinion of the European Court of Justice, which ruled that it was for our domestic courts to make a final judgment on the scheme.

“The Scotch Whisky Association represents some of Scotland’s finest whisky brands, and while they were entitled to raise this action, they and the wider drinks industry must now respect the democratic will of the Scottish Parliament and the ruling of the Court of Session and enable this life-saving measure to be introduced. This policy was passed by the Scottish Parliament unopposed more than four years ago.

“In that time, the democratic will of our national Parliament has been thwarted by this ongoing legal challenge, while many people in Scotland have continued to die from the effects of alcohol misuse.”

Her delight was shared by medical organisations and campaigners against alcohol abuse.

Dr Miles Mack, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland, said: “The Court of Session’s ruling today will have a positive impact not only on thousands of patients across Scotland but on practically all Scottish communities as well.

 “Just as patients must sometimes come to terms with their drinking habits, the drinks industry must today come to terms with the will of Scotland’s Parliament and courts. It will be seen in a stronger and more positive light if it does.”

He added: “If representatives of the drinks industry remain sceptical of the positive impact of this ruling, I and many of our College’s members will be pleased to welcome them into our surgeries to see for themselves the misery an unhealthy relationship with alcohol can cause.”

Minimum pricing legislation was passed at Holyrood back in 2012. It then faced an initial challenge from the SWA in the Scottish courts. The Court of Session dismissed the SWA’s case. The drinks industry body then took their case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last year. The ECJ agreed the policy might breach EU rules on free trade, but said it should be for Scottish Courts to decide.

Yesterday the Court of Session took its decision after considering whether the infringement of European trade laws that minimum pricing would bring are justified by the benefits to public health - and if this could be achieved by any other means.

The judges agreed with the previous Court of Session ruling, which “correctly concluded that whatever arguments may be deployed against it, there was evidence which demonstrated that the alternative of increased tax, with or without a prohibition on below cost sales, would be less effective than minimum pricing”.

David Frost of the SWA said: “We regret the Court of Session’s ruling in favour of the Scottish Government on minimum unit pricing (MUP). We continue to believe that MUP is a restriction on trade and that there are more effective ways of tackling alcohol misuse. However, we of course remain committed to working with all partners to address this problem so that the long-term trend of declining alcohol-related harm in Scotland continues. 
“We will study the details of the judgement and consult our members before deciding on next steps, including any possible appeal to the UK Supreme Court.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "TOM PETERKIN AND SCOTT MACNAB"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265216.1477083511!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265216.1477083511!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Minimum pricing has received the backing of the Court of Session. Picture: TSPL","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Minimum pricing has received the backing of the Court of Session. Picture: TSPL","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265216.1477083511!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/tech/nintendo-takes-on-sony-and-microsoft-with-new-console-1-4264545","id":"1.4264545","articleHeadline": "Nintendo takes on Sony and Microsoft with new console","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477059233000 ,"articleLead": "

Nintendo has revealed its next video games platform, the Switch, which combines both a console and a handheld system for the first time.

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In a preview trailer posted on the Japanese gaming giant’s website, Nintendo showed the new system, which will enable players to detach the joystick and buttons from their console controller and attach them to a smaller screen slotted into the home console to create a handheld and mobile gaming device.

READ MORE: Scotland set to tap into virtual reality revolution

The video also showed how the two parts of the detachable controller – dubbed the Joy-Con – can be used without being attached to the mobile screen for a single player, and also as individual controllers for two people to play against one another.

Nintendo has not released a home gaming system since the Wii U in 2012 and has struggled to keep pace with the popularity of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles.

Switch is set to go on sale in March next year. Its price and a full games line-up have yet to be revealed, although a new instalment in the Legend Of Zelda series, called Breath of the Wild, has already been announced and Nintendo said a number of game developers have pledged their support, including industry giants Capcom, Electronic Arts and Sega.

Satoru Shibata, president of Nintendo of Europe, said: “With this first look at Nintendo Switch, I hope fans are already imagining the possibilities of having the freedom to play when, where, and how they want to.

“Our teams at Nintendo, and many other developers, are all working hard to create new and unique experiences, and we look forward to showing you more.”

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SCOTLAND punches above its weight in the worldwide fashion marketplace, says Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

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Mr Mundell was chosen to co-host the Scottish Fashion Awards in London on Friday with event founder Tessa Hartmann, and the Scottish Secretary was keen to highlight the industry’s economic importance.

He said: “Fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28 billion to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs. The fashion industry is a global leader in trade, creativity and innovation, and the value of the UK’s textiles and apparel exports is well over £7 billion.

READ MORE: How big is Scotland’s fashion and textile industry?

“These awards illustrate that Scotland punches above its weight in the global fashion market place, and that’s something that I am delighted to be a part of.”

Ms Hartmann established the awards 11 years ago to showcase Scottish talent in fashion, innovation and textile design.

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Fashion is a hugely-profitable enterprise in Scotland. Over £756 million is generated each year by Scotland’s fashion and textiles every year, with exports going to more than 150 countries worldwide.

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M&G Investments is to resume trading in its property fund after suspending it in July due to market turmoil triggered by the Brexit vote.

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The asset manager said trading would continue in its M&G Property Portfolio and its feeder fund from midday on 4 November.

M&G had followed Aviva Investors and Standard Life by enforcing a temporary suspension on its property portfolio on 5 July after witnessing high levels of uncertainty in the UK commercial property market following the EU referendum result.

READ MORE: M&G and Aviva latest to block trading in property funds

William Nott, chief executive of M&G Securities, said it had taken the decision to suspend the fund because it was “the only way to protect the interests of investors” from the “very unusual circumstances” in the wake of the referendum vote.

He added: “Suspension created an environment more akin to normal conditions, allowing us time to choose the most appropriate assets to sell at the right price in order to preserve the integrity and future of the fund.

“As such, the fund manager has kept higher-quality assets while reducing the exposure to assets deemed riskier than their prime counterparts, putting the portfolio in a good position for any further volatility that may be experienced in the lead up to Brexit.”

READ MORE: Aberdeen investment chief Anne Richards to lead M&G

M&G said 58 properties had now been sold, exchanged or placed under offer for £718 million as confidence returned to the market.

The M&G Property Portfolio will invest in 119 commercial properties in retail, industrial and office sectors on behalf of retail investors.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BEN WOODS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4264864.1477052860!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4264864.1477052860!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "M&G Investments is led by Anne Richards, formerly of Aberdeen Asset Management. Picture: Ian Georgeson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "M&G Investments is led by Anne Richards, formerly of Aberdeen Asset Management. Picture: Ian Georgeson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4264864.1477052860!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/tech/aberlour-charity-turns-to-pulsant-for-data-hosting-1-4264784","id":"1.4264784","articleHeadline": "Aberlour charity turns to Pulsant for data hosting","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477048632000 ,"articleLead": "

Aberlour Child Care Trust is a Stirling-based charity that focuses on supporting children, young people and families across the country, transforming their lives and helping them overcome challenges.

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As an organisation that delivers such critical services and support, having access to data and core systems at all times is a vital requirement.

When Aberlour began looking at the best way to update the legacy infrastructure at head office, it became clear that replacing existing hardware with new hardware wasn’t going to meet the organisation’s needs.

Instead, to reduce costs and increase efficiency, the charity wanted to move to an operating expenditure model, which led to selecting a hosting partner. In addition, Aberlour wanted to bolster its back up capabilities and reduce the complexity of its existing back-up solution.

Pulsant, already a connectivity supplier to the charity, was selected to provide the platform based on its cost competitiveness, customer service and technology offering. The company provided its enterprise cloud solution, a platform that uses the latest HP servers, Cisco networking and VMware virtualisation technology that is deployed on top of the company’s 10Gb network. The cloud is hosted in Pulsant’s South Gyle tier 3 data centre that is also ISO 27001 accredited.

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When it came to Aberlour’s back-up requirements, the charity wanted a solution that provided quick and easy access to data that was reliable in terms of retrieving the data and setting up a new environment if needed. To address these requirements, Pulsant supplied cloud back-up, powered by Asigra.

The Asigra solution ensures that all compression, de-duplication and encryption is performed locally before sending data off site to a storage platform in a secondary Pulsant data centre in Milton Keynes. The service is accessible by authorised Aberlour IT staff via a fully functional portal and user-friendly interface that facilitates the quick retrieval of data down to the individual file level.

Throughout the project Pulsant worked closely with Aberlour’s IT team to ensure the success of the project, migrating Aberlour’s key systems to the Pulsant Enterprise Cloud platform, proving colocation services, and deploying cloud-based back-up.

• Chris Shields is regional sales director at Pulsant

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It’s known as the friendly city, but those living in Glasgow are least likely to share stories or ‘like’ comments on Facebook, according to research on the habits of Scottish social media users.

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Facebook users from 10 towns and cities north of the border were compared to provide a snapshot of their differing levels of engagement.

The number of times they shared a post by a friend, commented underneath a status or ‘liked’ a comment was added up over a 12 month period.

Glasgow placed last in the list with some Facebook users engaging as little as two times a month with others.

Edinburgh was ninth with, some engaging as few as seven times over a month.

Top of the list was Lerwick, Falkirk and Stromness. The three were closely tied together in average number of engagements over a month, with a Facebook user in Lerwick or Falkirk being almost eight times more likely to engage.

Kenny Murray of Holyrood PR said: “Social media is now so integrally knitted into the fabric of Scottish society – with many people under 25 using it as their sole means of communication or as an information-gathering tool.

“Glasgow’s failure could be attributed to small tight pockets of community which may actually be holding out as the last bastions of person to person engagement, and so resisting the pull to only converse via social media. Whereas, those in remote locations are simply making the best of online tools to remain in touch across distances.”

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