Schools deal is class act for construction group Kier

Two schools in Motherwell are to receive a facelift following the award of a £5 million contract to Kier Construction Scotland.

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The Lidl distribution centre could help the grocer create up to 360 jobs. Picture: Contributed

Lidl jobs boost in store as Eurocentral hub approved

Supermarket chain Lidl has been given the green light to develop its new regional distribution centre (RDC) at Eurocentral off the M8.

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John Devlin said 2016 has been a 'very exciting year' for Ascensos. Picture: Alan Watson

Ascensos dials up 160 jobs in £2m Clydebank boost

Contact centre operator Ascensos is to create up to 160 jobs in Clydebank as part of a £2 million expansion programme.

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Kenny Miller joins children at their Christmas Party. Picture: Contributed

Kenny Miller celebrates Christmas with Scots sick kids

RANGERS star Kenny Miller has helped put smiles on the faces of terminally ill children.

Celtic's Tom Rogic (right) celebrates scoring the winning goal with team-mate James Forrest. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Motherwell 3 - 4 Celtic: Tom Rogic scores late winner

Celtic twice came from behind before Tom Rogic’s late strike gave them a dramatic 4-3 win over Motherwell in a remarkable Ladbrokes Premiership game at Fir Park.

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Steven Chesney died in May.

Death in custody reported to prosecutors

A report has been submitted to prosecutors in connection with the death of a man in police custody.

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The Electric Bar in Motherwell is among five Central Belt sites revamped by Punch. Picture: Contributed

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.

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