Hundreds of jobs lost as Ed’s Easy Diner closes 26 sites

Almost 400 jobs will be cut across Ed’s Easy Diner locations with the closure of 26 of the chain’s restaurants, including four out of the five based in Scotland.

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Hamleys remains Britain's most iconic toy retailer. Picture: Contributed

Hamleys targets festive bargain hunters with new store

Iconic toy retailer Hamleys is to open a branch in Livingston Designer Outlet, its first discount venture in Scotland.

Iain Inkster pleaded guilty to a series of charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Man jailed for filming naked women and children

A man who secretly filmed women and children undressing at a popular leisure centre has been jailed.

Smiggle aims to have 200 UK stores by 2019. Picture: Contributed

Stationery brand Smiggle pencils in Scots expansion

Smiggle, the Australian brand that designs colourful stationery for children, is planning to expand its presence in Scotland after reporting a jump in annual sales.

Space Solutions director of strategy Derek Binnie, left, with managing director Steve Judge. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Space Solutions eyeing acquisitions as sales hold firm

Workplace design specialist Space Solutions is closing in on acquisitions to drive growth following a year in which the firm held its own against the downturn in the North-east of Scotland.

The girl was approached in a play park near Ambrose Rise. Picture: Google

Police up patrols after man approaches girl, 9, in play park

Police have launched high visibility patrols in West Lothian after a girl was approached by a man in the Dedridge area.

TransForm counts Aberdeen's RGU among its clients. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeenshire fit-out firm expands into Central Belt

A north-east property services firm is eyeing “significant” growth after opening an office in Livingston.

Schuh's finance chief said the chain found itself in a 'much tougher position'. Picture: Paul Parke

Challenging times as Schuh suffers sales slip-up

Scottish footwear chain Schuh has suffered a sales slowdown after a bumper year which saw staff share a £25 million bonus payout.

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Barbara Hazzard, from Blackburn, who was left by hospital staff to walk home alone at 3am. Pictures SWNS

OAP forced to walk home from hospital at 3am in dressing gown and slippers

An investigation has been launched after a grandmother was forced to walk home from hospital in just her dressing gown, nightie and slippers in the middle of the night.

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Lidl said jobs at its Livingston site will be retained at the new base. Picture: Contributed

Lidl to create 100 jobs in move to Eurocentral hub

Supermarket chain Lidl is to build a new regional distribution centre (RDC) at Eurocentral near Bellshill, creating up to 100 jobs in the process.

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Social Bite's Alan Mahon, centre, with Spoonfed co-founders Willie Biggart, left, and Murray McNicol. Picture: Dominic Cocozza

Social Bite sinks teeth into corporate catering market

Sandwich chain and caterer Social Bite has booked a healthy rise in revenues thanks to the adoption of a new software system from Livingston firm Spoonfed.

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Asystec is setting up a 'big data' centre of excellence. Picture: John Devlin

Irish data firm sets up first base north of Border

An Irish data management company has secured its first Scottish base, creating 20 jobs, on the back of a six-figure sum to support the development of a facility in Livingston’s Almondvale Business Park.

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Schuh has tapped into cost savings by switching water supplier. Picture: Paul Parke

Footwear chain Schuh nets big water supply savings

Schuh, the Livingston-based footwear retailer, is set for five-figure cost savings after swapping its water supplier.

Spoonfed co-founders Murray McNicol, left, and Willie Biggart. Picture: Dominic Cocozza

Software start-up Spoonfed whets investors’ appetite

Spoonfed, the catering software start-up, has raised £585,000 to boost its workforce and target new markets in Europe and the Far East.

Energy Assets chief executive Phil Bellamy-Lee. Picture: Contributed

Energy Assets eyes ‘another strong year’ as profits soar

Gas metering firm Energy Assets Group said it is “on track to deliver another year of strong operating and financial performance” after a jump in revenues and profits for the year to 31 March.

AMT has added Jaguar's F Type to its fleet of convertibles. Picture: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover

Tops are off as summer beckons for car hire group

AMT Group, the vehicles rental business, has doubled the number of convertibles it has on offer as summer beckons.

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering Liam. Picture: PA

Liam Fee murder trial jury adjourns until Monday

Jurors in the trial of a mother accused of murdering her two-year-old son with her partner will return to court next week to resume consideration of their verdict.

Bankton Primary, in Livingston. Picture: Contributed

Livingston’s Bankton Primary evacuated after telephone threat

A number of schools in the central belt - including Bankton Primary in Livingston - have been evacuated following a telephone threat.

Rachael Fee, or Trelfa, left, and her partner Nyomi Fee outside the High Court in Livingston. Picture: PA

Liam Fee murder: Accused ‘regrets’ not seeking medical help

A woman accused of murdering her son has told a court her decision not to seek medical help for the toddler is one she will regret for the rest of her life.

Energy Assets chief Phil Bellamy-Lee. Picture: Contributed

Energy Assets investors raise doubts over £198m deal

A group of investors in Energy Assets is threatening to vote against the gas meter firm’s £198 million takeover due to concerns over its valuation.

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