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Stephen Jardine: Soggy sprouts and fun jerseys – it’s the office party

Restaurants across the land are transformed by the curious tradition of office parties, writes Stephen Jardine.

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It is hoped three horror films will be produced every year at Hex Studios in Fife.

Fife to become new hub for the horror film industry

Scotland is set to become a major new hub for the horror film industry under plans to transform a former church in Fife.

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BTs live UEFA Champions League and Premier League football could soon be made available on the Sky platform. Picture: PA

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Sky and BT have announced a deal that will allow the rival broadcasters to sell their channels on each others’ platforms.

The G&V Royal Mile has rooftop beehives

How sustainable is Scotland’s hospitality sector?

Sustainability is taken seriously in the hotel and tourism industry, with top-end operators increasingly seeing planet-friendly credentials as a major selling point when competing for the green pound. From eco-luxury pods heated by a stove fed by locally-sourced wood in the Swiss Alps to a resort in the Maldives which creates fresh drinking water from seawater to be distributed in recycled glass bottles, guests who are conscious of their carbon footprint have plenty of choice when it comes to holiday destinations.

Lego exhibition at New Lanark. Picture Sarah Peters.

A magnificent year for the Scottish tourism industry

There has been much to celebrate this year for the Scottish tourism industry: “spectacular” growth in international visitors; record numbers at the National Museum of Scotland; soaring passenger totals at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports; high-profile hotels and restaurants opening in the capital – and so the list goes on.

The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge, embodies the Scottish concept of Csagach, says Visit Scotland. Picture: Jack Boothby

Scotland's answer to Denmark's 'hygge' movement

IT is Scotland’s answer to the Danish “hygge” which has revolutionised the idea of relaxing next to a roaring fire, or curling up under a blanket while the winds rage outside.

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John McLellan: Viewers should prepare for more Auntie Beeb

John McLellan: Viewers should prepare for more Auntie Beeb

The SNP’s gravel-voiced Gordon MacDonald relished the opportunity to grill the BBC’s directorgeneral, Tony Hall, over its plans for Scotland in a Holyrood committee last year and from his latest attack it’s clear he still has little time for the national broadcaster.

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T2, the criticially acclaimed sequel to Trainspotting, was among the biggest film productions in Scotland in recent years. Picture: Contributed

Screen unit aims to double the value of film production in Scotland

An ambitious plan to kick-start a revival in film and TV production in Scotland aims to double the value of the sector in five years.

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A 16.8 million overhaul of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh was due for completion in 2018.

National Gallery revamp going over budget despite being cut back

A long-awaited overhaul of Scotland’s flagship art gallery is set to go millions of pounds over budget - despite being dramatically scaled back in a bid to keep its cost down.
Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay will unveil his budget plans next week.

Open letter warns of 'severe impact' on economy if arts cuts are imposed

More than 120 arts, heritage and business organisations have joined forces to warn the Scottish Government of the “severe impacts” if its culture budget is cut next week.
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John McLellan.

Comment: Scottish Sun looking to generate big noise with radio stations

A year since News UK acquired the Belfast-based commercial radio business Wireless Group and the Murdoch-owned publisher of The Sun and Times is ready to launch a serious bid to extend the Scottish Sun’s brand on to the airwaves permanently.

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The saltire is said to have adopted as the national symbol of Scotland following a battle near the present day village of Athelstaneford in East Lothian. Picture: Jon Savage/TSPL

East Lothian opens design competition to find new flag

Legend dictates it was in East Lothian the saltire was first adopted as Scotland’s national symbol.

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Yotel hotel brand has announced plans to open its first hotel in Scotland, which it says will provide an alternative to "traditional" offerings. Picture; PA

Yotel comes to Scotland with first hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town

A 280 ‘cabin room’ hotel designed to mimic the comfort of luxury air travel will open its first Scottish hotel in a vacant office building on Queen Street.

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Superyachts could be on their way to Scotland's west coast. Picture: Getty Images

Drive launched to attract superyachts to Scottish west coast

A drive to attract superyachts to the west coast of Scotland has been launched to help businesses share in its £3.7 billion marine tourism industry.

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Megrahi, left, holds the hand of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafis son, Seif al-Islam, on his arrival in Tripoli in 2009. 
Picture: Getty

Euan McColm: Salmond’s gift to Putin wasn’t long in coming

When former first minister Alex Salmond last month announced the launch of his new current affairs show on Kremlin propaganda channel RT, he was adamant there would be no undue influence on his editorial independence.

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Apex Hotels Limited has reported another consecutive year of strong growth, with a 6 per cent rise in turnover (from �61.3 to �65m) and 2.1 per cent rise in underlying profits before tax (up from �10.3m to �10.5m).   The company showed its confidence in the market during the financial year with capital investment of �20.7m used to further develop its new hotel, Apex City of Bath.   The �48.5m, 177-bed hotel is the latest addition to Apexs now 10-strong portfolio  its August opening was a significant milestone as the companys first in England outside of London.   Angela Vickers, Chief Executive Officer, Apex Hotels Limited said: We are proud to reflect on a financial year that shows considerable capital investment and consistently strong financial performance.

Apex Hotels checks in with improved figures

Apex Hotels, the Edinburgh-headquartered group with sites in the Scottish capital, Bath, Dundee, Glasgow and London, has posted rising profits and turnover following a year of major investment.

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Time. Picture: Reuters/Time

Magazine publisher Time Inc bought in £2.1bn deal

Time Inc, the iconic US magazine publisher, has been bought by industry rival Meredith Corporation in a $2.8 billion (£2.1bn) deal.

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Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick defend prosecuting journalists. Picture: PA Wire.

John McLellan: Journalists take risks when paying sources

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was defiant in her address at the recent Society of Editors conference, defending the decision to prosecute journalists and law officers who were their sources.

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The new hotel will be placed in a gap site in the Old Town

First look: New images released of £20m hotel planned for Old Town

AS work continues brick by brick, floor by floor, this computer generated image shows how one of the Old Town’s last remaining gap sites will look after it undergoes a £20m regeneration.

Picture Alan Watson. Toby Carvery, Strathclyde Park

Mixed news from pub and restaurant giant Mitchells & Butlers

Mitchells & Butlers, the restaurant and pubs giant behind a host of brands including All Bar One, Browns and Toby Carvery, has vowed to press on with its efficiency drive after booking a fall in profits.

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