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One week old squirrel rescued from felled tree in Insch

THE Scottish SPCA is currently caring for a baby squirrel after a nest was discovered in a felled tree.

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Scottish Investment Bank chief Kerry Sharp hailed 'significant progress' at Aberdeen-based Elasmogen. Picture: Contributed

Life sciences firm Elasmogen secures £1.2m injection

An Aberdeen-based life sciences firm has won £1.2 million worth of funding to progress its work to develop treatments for eye diseases.

Tech
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.

Transport
Grant Feasey, senior design engineer at AES Solar. Picture: Marc Hindley

Scottish solar firm AES wins EU project backing

A Scottish manufacturer of solar panels is the only company of its kind in Europe to have been selected to work on an EU wide project which will promote the development of renewable technology.

Tech
Wood said the Premier deal will retain more than 150 jobs. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group lands £40m North Sea deal with Premier

Oil and gas services giant Wood Group has secured a $50 million (£40m) contract to deliver operations and maintenance for two North Sea platforms.

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A ghost walk in Alloway.

Scotland’s best ghost walking tours

SCOTLAND is steeped in dark history but where can you go to learn more about the ghosts of Scotland.

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Kier said work was progressing well on the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building. Picture: McAteer Photograph

Construction group Kier builds 12% profit increase

Kier, the construction group behind the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic home, today reported higher half-year profits and a “strong pipeline” of activity north of the Border.

Companies
Gerry More becomes MD of Stewart Milne Homes in central Scotland next month. Picture: Contributed

Ex-Cala director Gerry More joins Stewart Milne board

Former Cala Group director Gerry More has been appointed head of Stewart Milne Homes in central Scotland.

Companies
Two boys were both taken to  Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after being sprayed in the face

Boys left with chemical burns after being sprayed in face

Two 12-year-old boys suffered “significant” burns after chemicals were thrown at their faces in Aberdeen, according to local reports.

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A view of the Cairngorms on the tourist route.

Cairngorms Snow Roads scenic route plan on track

A plan to turn a 90-mile Highland road into a tourism route has reached another major milestone.

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Firearm found in communal garden in Aberdeen

Firearm found in communal garden in Aberdeen

Police are investigating after a firearm was found in a communal garden.

Aberdeen & North East
Bidwells forestry specialists Kate Sheppard and Ian Stewart. Picture: Contributed

Property firm Bidwells hails ‘substantial’ growth

The Scottish arm of property consultant Bidwells has racked up a 12 per cent increase in annual fee income.

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Travelodge is creating jobs in Inverness, Peterhead and Stirling. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Travelodge to create 325 jobs with 15 hotel openings

Hotel chain Travelodge is to open 15 hotels this year, including in Inverness, Peterhead and Stirling, creating 325 jobs in the process.

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Knockhall Castle

Medieval Scots castle on the market - for just £150,000

A HISTORIC castle once vistited by King James VI and sitting near to US president Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course has gone on the market - for £150,000.

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BrewDog co-founders James Watt, left, and Martin Dickie. Picture: Contributed

BrewDog eyes Asia brewery as annual sales near £72m

Craft beer producer BrewDog is looking at opening a brewery in Asia to capitalise on surging demand in the Far East.

Retail 2
Squad founder Collette Norval with social entrepreneur Duncan Skinner. Picture: Michal Wachucik/Abermedia

Aberdeen ‘snood’ maker scores a hit with Celtic FC

An Aberdeen clothing start-up backed by social entrepreneur Duncan Skinner has signed a licence deal with Celtic FC and added BrewDog and Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk to its growing client list.

Retail

Standard Life and AAM chiefs set out job share plans

The heads of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) have set out in detail how they will share the top job when the firms’ £11 billion planned merger takes place later this year.

Financial 1
The oil price drop has hit the North Sea but positives remain, writes Perry Gourley. Picture: Contributed

Less in reserve for North Sea as debate rages on

The value of Scotland’s oil and gas was a key debating point during the 2014 referendum but new estimates suggest much has changed since then.

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The tenant was penalised by the housing association after her dog fouled communal areas. Picture: TSPL

Housing association tenant in Aboyne evicted over dog fouling

A housing association tenant has been evicted from her property after a two-and-a-half year-long battle over her dogs being allowed to foul in communal areas.

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