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”.

Media & Leisure
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.

Mary Queen of Scots by unknown artist,painting,circa 1560-1592. PIC: Wikicommons.

Festival of Mary Queen of Scots revealed

A new festival to mark the life of Mary Queen of Scots has been announced on the anniversary of her audacious escape from Lochleven Castle.

Entrepreneurial Scotland chief Sandy Kennedy, left, with Bob Hair, head of Cazenove Capital in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Cazenove gets on board with Entrepreneurial Scotland

Wealth management outfit Cazenove Capital has tied up a partnership deal with leadership organisation Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Financial 1
Stagecoach and Virgin are teaming up with France's SNCF to bid for the west coast rail service. Picture: Contributed

Stagecoach goes head-to-head with First for HS2

Stagecoach and Virgin are looking to extend their grip on the west coast rail service, with help from the French state-owned operator SNCF.

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Fashion chains Next and New Look occupy the site on Perth's High Street. Picture: Contributed

Perth retail building changes hands in £5.9m deal

Part of Perth’s main shopping area has changed hands in a £5.9 million deal with an overseas buyer.

One For Arthur, ridden by jockey Derek Fox, jumps the last fence on the way to winning the 2017 Grand National and becoming the first Scottish-trained winner since 1979. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Horse racing in Scotland winning the turf war as attendances rise

When One For Arthur crossed the line at Aintree to become the first Scottish-trained winner of the Grand National since 1979, it was a seminal moment for horse racing north of the border.

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Aggie Moffat back in the year 2000. Picture: SNS

Tributes paid to legendary St Johnstone tea-lady Aggie Moffat

Tributes have been paid to former St Johnstone tea-lady Aggie Moffat after the beloved club figure died on Thursday.

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Danny Swanson was involved in a fight with St Johnstone team mate Richard Foster. Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott

Two St Johnstone team mates suspended after ‘fight’

A fight between two St Johnstone players sparked a brawl among players and staff which marred a Scottish Premiership football match.

SSE's price hike is due to come into force on 28 April. Picture: John Devlin

SSE to charge up dividend despite facing tough outlook

Utility giant SSE is on track to increase its full-year dividend by at least the rate of inflation despite flagging lower earnings at its retail gas and electricity arm.

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Perth-based Stagecoach has a majority stake in the Virgin East Coast franchise. Picture: David Parry/PA Wire

Rail revenues on track at transport giant Stagecoach

Positive revenues at Stagecoach’s rail operations have offset a downturn in bus revenues, according to a trading statement yesterday that made no mention of this week’s news that the group has lost the South West Trains franchise after more than two decades in control.

Stagecoach's lost SWT franchise has both practical and symbolic status, writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Johnny Green/PA

Martin Flanagan: Wheels come off for Stagecoach at SWT

It is ironic that Scottish transport group Stagecoach has, after two decades of operations, lost its prime rail franchise South West Trains (SWT) in southern England to a consortium including a Chinese company that runs the Hong Kong Metro.

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Aberdeen's FirstGroup and China's MTR will take over the South West Trains route from Perth-based Stagecoach. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Stagecoach loses SWT franchise to rival FirstGroup

Perth-based Stagecoach was dealt a blow yesterday when the UK government switched the group’s flagship rail operation to a joint venture of its leading Scottish rival FirstGroup and a Chinese transport operator.

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