Martin Flanagan: Stagecoach resilient despite headwinds

You might say that for Scottish transport major Stagecoach and its industry peers everything that could go wrong has gone wrong in the past year.

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths. Picture: Fraser Band/Stagecoach/PA Wire

Stagecoach wheels slow amid Brexit and terrorism fears

Slowing economic growth, the Brexit vote and lower oil prices prompting people to use their cars more have seen half-time profits at train and bus giant Stagecoach fall by a fifth.

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Drugs giant Pfizer has been handed a record fine by the competition watchdog. Picture: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Scottish business wire: Pfizer | Stagecoach | Car sales

Catch up with the main breaking business stories of the day.

Cloud Global director Graeme Frater is to take charge at ACS Aviation. Picture: Contributed

Perth Airport operator takes off under new ownership

Aviation-focused group Cloud Global is pursuing its growth ambitions with a deal that has seen it acquire the operator of Perth Airport.

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Police say the man pictured above may be able to help them with their investigation. Picture: Police Scotland

Police appeal for information over bank robbery in Perthshire

POLICE Scotland have released images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a bank robbery in Dunkeld, Perthshire.

T in the Park has been cancelled in 2017 after two troubled years at Strathallan.

Loss of T in the Park 'would be a victory for neds'

The permanent loss of T in the Park, Scotland’s biggest music festival, will be “a victory for neds and nimbys”, according to one of the nation’s leading promoters.
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T in the Park has been dogged by problems since it was forced to relocate to Strathallan.

T in the Park set to quit Strathallan as organisers plot new event in Glasgow

Scotland’s biggest music festival is set to be effectively relocated to Glasgow after problems marred the event at its controversial new site in Perthshire.
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Auchterarder's Cairn Lodge Hotel is up for sale. Picture: Contributed

Business briefs: Cairn Lodge | Artis Dental | Dunelm

The Cairn Lodge Hotel in Auchterarder, Perthshire, has been put on the market through specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.

Megan Bell tragically died at this year's T in the Park. Picture:

Dad of teen who died at T in the Park welcomes cancellation

THE FATHER of a Country Durham teenager who died at T in the Park is pleased that it won’t be going ahead next year.

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Crieff Hydro is Scotland's oldest registered trading company. Picture: Contributed

Crieff Hydro counts cost of Peebles hotels investment

Leisure group Crieff Hydro has reported a loss at its hotels in Peebles following a “year of transition” for the venues.

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St Andrews is now home to Innis & Gunn's third Beer Kitchen. Picture: Contributed

Innis & Gunn launches St Andrews Beer Kitchen

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has opened the doors of its third Beer Kitchen bar and restaurant as it presses ahead with plans to further expand the concept.

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The yew in the churchyard at Fortingall. PIC Contributed.

Mystery of the ‘5,000-year-old’ yew of Fortingall

At the tip of Scotland’s longest glen grows what is possibly Europe’s oldest tree - the yew of Fortingall.

Cleish Castle, which dates from the 16th Century. PIC Strutt&Parker.

16th Century castle with ancient yew walkway for sale

A 16th Century castle which boasts Scotland’s oldest yew walkway and some of the country’s finest gardens has come on the market.

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Ben Nevis, with Loch Eil in the foreground. Picture: Contributed

For sale: Plots on Ben Nevis for just £25

If you’ve ever wanted to own part of the UK’s highest mountain, now’s your chance.

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From left: fatBuzz managing director Gordon White, Genoa Black boss Claire Kinloch and Klozers director Iain Swanston. Picture: Contributed

Marketing academy aims to tackle youth unemployment

Three Scottish firms have joined forces to launch Scotland’s first sales and marketing academy, aimed at helping more young people into work.

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SSE announced the share buyback as it posted a slide in half-year profits. Picture: Robert Perry

SSE to return £500m to investors following SGN sale

Power supplier SSE is planning to return about £500 million to shareholders next year after selling part of its stake in gas distribution company SGN.

Perth-based CCTV specialist SCG is eyeing a jump in sales. Picture: Contributed

Bumper contract haul boosts sales at Perth CCTV outfit

A Perth-based specialist in CCTV and digital communications has seen its turnover jump by almost a third following a string of contract wins.

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Mr Edwards was spotted getting off a bus in Stonehaven at 3.20pm today. Picture: Police Scotland.

New sighting of missing pastor Peter Edwards on Stonehaven bus

A MISSING church pastor who vanished three days ago was sighted this afternoon, police have confirmed.

Peter Bruce, chief executive of Entier (left), and Andrew Hamer, managing director of Wilde Thyme. Picture: Contributed

Scots firms in catering consolidation

Catering specialist Entier has completed the acquisition of wedding catering and events outfit Wilde Thyme.

Sir Brian Souter said his investment portfolio was on track to continue delivering 'superior returns'. Picture: Contributed

Brian Souter’s investment vehicle reveals bumper returns

Transport tycoon Sir Brian Souter’s family investment fund has delivered bumper returns, significantly outperforming the stock market over the past decade, according to its latest figures.

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