Stagecoach battles against headwinds at bus operation

Perth-based transport giant Stagecoach is set to reveal that UK bus revenues remain under pressure amid economic headwinds and rising inflation when it reports final results next week.

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The first phase of HS2 is scheduled to start in December 2026. Picture: Contributed

FirstGroup and Stagecoach shortlisted to run HS2 railway

Aberdeen-based FirstGroup and Perth rival Stagecoach are among three bids to have been shortlisted to operate the HS2 high-speed railway, the UK government announced today.

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The Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa. Picture: Contributed

Macdonald Hotels takes wraps off £3.5m Aberfoyle revamp

The Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle has unveiled the results of its £3.5 million renovation.

Media & Leisure
Ian Duncan lost by 21 votes in Perth and North Perthshire.

Peerage for Tory MEP is ‘reward for failure’

A Conservative MEP who narrowly lost his bid to be elected to Westminster has been tipped to receive a peerage and be made a minister, prompting claims he is being “rewarded for failure”.

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St Serf's Parish Church, Dunning. Picture: Simon Warren/Dunning Parish Historical Society

Was a dragon once slain in the Perthshire town of Dunning?

Images of staff-wielding holy men valiantly battering terrible winged beasts into submission are generally associated with Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and other fantasy-led epics. They tend to be less synonymous with small villages in the heart of rural Perthshire.

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

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

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

Cloud Global managing director Graeme Frater says Perth Airport is becoming a 'centre of aviation activity and excellence'. Picture: Contributed

Perth Airport operator expands sales and staffing

The operator of Perth Airport is flying high after staff numbers grew by 60 per cent to 20 since it took over the hub in November.

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Elevator director Andrew Burnett. Picture: Contributed

Elevator secures £6m Tayside Business Gateway contract

Social enterprise Elevator has secured a £6 million contract to continue delivering support for firms throughout the Angus, Perth & Kinross and Dundee regions over the next five years.

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Seafood producer Luss was among those selected to pitch to Morrisons. Picture: Contributed

Scots suppliers vie for space on Morrisons shelves

Fifty food and drink firms from across Scotland have been selected to pitch their produce to Morrisons.

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Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course is expanding its lodges portfolio. Picture: Contributed

Taymouth village holiday park firm builds more lodges

The operator of a major Perthshire holiday park has pushed the button on a new £6 million residential development, citing a post-Brexit vote property boom.

Media & Leisure

Sketch: Hacks play pantomime villains at SNP manifesto launch

It’s no secret that the SNP has an extraordinary number of paid-up members. But until you’ve seen them stretch for almost a quarter of a mile down Mill Street in Perth city centre, it’s hard to visualise such a mass of independence supporters.

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'We do want to change Aviva into being a fintech,' said chief executive Mark Wilson. Picture: Contributed

Insurance giant Aviva has fintech growth in its sights

Insurer Aviva is eyeing acquisitions in artificial intelligence and big data as it looks to transform itself into a financial technology (fintech) business.

Glasgow skyline as seen from Sauchiehall Street, taken in July 1963. Picture: TSPL

From the archives: 26 photos of Scotland from the air

Another trawl through our extensive photo archive produced numerous pictures of Scottish locations taken from the air.

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George Lawrie joins the James Hutton Institute after serving as NFU Scotland's treasurer for nine years. Picture: Contributed

Former NFUS treasurer George Lawrie joins Hutton board

Weel-kent face, all-round committee man and former Kinross farmer George Lawrie is among four newcomers to be appointed to the board of directors at the James Hutton Institute.

The first of the new tenancy codes of practice will be released after the general election. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Thinly veiled warning for land agents to toe the line

Land agents were yesterday left in no doubt as to the highly damaging consequences to their businesses of being found to be in breach of the soon-to-be-released codes of practice for dealing in the tenant farming sector.

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Inverness emerged ahead of Edinburgh in Colliers' hotel index. Picture: Neil Hanna

Inverness takes lead among Scotland’s hotel hot spots

Inverness has emerged as the surprise leader in a new ranking of Scottish hotel “hot spots”.

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SSE warned over the 'unintended consequences' of the Tories' planned price cap. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

70% of customers affected by energy price cap, says SSE

Gas and electricity giant SSE has revealed that 70 per cent of its household customer accounts would come under the scope of the Conservative’s energy price cap pledge as it warned against the “unintended consequences” of the move.

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Innis & Gunn sales director Crawford Sinclair. Picture: Contributed

Innis & Gunn sales team looks to make it a double

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has bolstered its UK sales team as the firm seeks to double its turnover to £25 million over the next three years.

Blair Castle, near Blair Atholl, has opened up its collection of Jacobite treasures to the public. PIC: Contributed.

Jacobite relics on show at castle besieged during ‘45 rising

A Highland castle and former family home of a leading Jacobite general - who planned to blow up the pile at the height of the rebellion - has opened its collection of treasures from the ‘45 to the public.

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Blenkiron near Crieff is a four-bedroomed detached, contemporary house with bright, open enteratining spaces and double-height windows. It's on the market for offers over �660,000. Contact CKD Galbraith on 01738 451111.

Real Homes: Three top Perthshire properties

May is a busy time for the Perthshire property market, according to Emma Chalmers of CKD Galbraith, who says the year started well with plenty of properties for sale in all price brackets.

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