Punch raises glass to revamp of five Central Belt pubs

Pub operator Punch has completed five investments across the Central Belt totalling nearly £1 million, part of its commitment to invest £3m in Scotland and creating more than 30 jobs.

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Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Toal

Swinney asked to step in after school Mass row

Humanist Society Scotland are writing to Education Secretary John Swinney today asking him to intervene personally after reports that up to 50 non-Catholic pupils were punished for refusing to attend a religious service at a Catholic secondary school.

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The last BHS stores closed their doors for the final time last month. Picture: Greg Macvean

BHS launches online following high street closures

BHS has relaunched online – backed by a call centre team in Glasgow – a month after the last of its high street shops shut down.

Workers at Colvilles Strip Mill in Ravenscraig. The plant employed 12,000 workers at its peak but closed in 1991- three years after British Steel was privatised. PIC TSPL.

Steel industry in Scotland - a short history

Dalzell in Motherwell fired Scotland’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest steel producing nations after it opened in 1872.

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Liberty Steel Dalzell rolling mill in action.

Picture; Lenny Warren

‘Fantastic day’ for steel industry as Dalzell site reopens

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally reopened Scotland’s last major steelworks.

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Ascensos managing director John Devlin. Picture: Alan Watson

Motherwell-based Ascensos secures Dutch acquisition

Motherwell-based contact-centre business Ascensos today announced its acquisition of a Dutch firm operating in the same field, saying this marks its first overseas expansion and addresses greater customer demand for multilingual services.

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Steelworker at Dalzell plant at Motherwell

Reopening of steelworks moves step closer

The reopening of the Dalzell steelworks at Motherwell moved a step closer this week as the newly-recruited workforce began cutting steel slabs.

Rigs anchor in the Cromarty Firth as the oil downturn bites. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Cape looks to better second half after North Sea hit

Industrial services group Cape has seen first-half profits drop as falling demand in the offshore North Sea market weighed down its UK business.

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Cisco is to axe 5,500 jobs around the globe. Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Cisco to axe 5,500 jobs in bid to ‘drive growth’

Technology giant Cisco, which employs about 150 people in Scotland, is to slash 5,500 jobs from its global workforce.

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Lookers' stable of marques includes Audi. Picture: Contributed

Record profits for owner of car dealer Taggarts

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

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Drivers in Motherwell were the worst in the UK for using their phones while driving. Picture: TSPL/Phil Wilkinson

Motherwell drivers ‘worst in UK’ for mobile phone use

Drivers in Scotland are the worst in Britain for using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

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Ascensos managing director John Devlin. Picture: Alan Watson

Call centre firm to boost workforce after B&Q deal

A Motherwell-based call centre is to almost double its workforce and open a new office on the back of winning a multi-million-pound contract with DIY retailer B&Q to cover all its customer-service channels.

Airbles House in Motherwell. Picture: John Young

Rail network operator rolls into Motherwell

Network Rail, the authority responsible for Britain’s railway network, is shunting its operations into a Motherwell office block after agreeing a deal to lease the entire building.

The offence occurred prior to Celtic's December meeting with St Johnstone. Picture: SNS

Celtic fan banned from SPFL games over smoke grenade offence

A Celtic fan has been banned from attending games after he admitted trying to smuggle several smoke grenades past security staff.

Plan Bee's honey beer is among those featuring in Aldi's latest festival. Picture: Contributed

Beehive firm buzzing after landing Aldi beer deal

Plan Bee, the Motherwell-based beehive supplier, is toasting a deal to supply supermarket chain Aldi with its new craft beer.

Officers are reported to have uncovered a large amount of heroin. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Police seize £150,000 of drugs in Motherwell

Police have seized drugs with a street value of around £150,000 after an operation in Motherwell.

The officer was taken to Wishaw General Hospital where he sadly passed away later

Lanarkshire police officer dies after collapsing on duty

A POLICE officer has collapsed and died on duty after taking unwell while attending an emergency call at a hotel.

Steven Chesney died after being held in police custody in Motherwell

Man who died in police custody in Motherwell named

AN investigation has been launched after a man died in police custody.

Sanjeev Gupta and Nicola Sturgeon at the handover ceremony from Tata Steel to Liberty Steel in Motherwell on Friday. Picture: Hemedia

Liberty House formally takes over Tata’s Scottish steel mills

WORK COULD get under way again at two Scottish steel mills in August after metals firm Liberty House formally took ownership of the Dalzell and Clydebridge plants.

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