Warnings issued over fake Government grant scam

Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, have issued a warning over cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

Bevis Watts, managing director of Triodos Bank UK.

Triodos Bank hails ‘most ethical Christmas ever’

This year’s Christmas period is set to be the most ethical on record for UK businesses, according to a new study.

Hard work is paying off for general manager Valerie Adam and owner Eric Soave. Photograph: Julie Howden

Gateway helps Soave’s Ice Cream scoop new deals

A Lanarkshire ice-cream maker has secured a string of new contracts, including two supermarket deals, following the completion of a two-year, six-figure investment programme.

Chris Tiso CEO of Tiso Group opening new store in Aviemore
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Retailer Tiso to open Aviemore store

Outdoor adventure retail ­specialist Tiso is to open up in “Scotland’s adventure ­capital” Aviemore in a move ­creating 30 jobs as it looks to take advantage of more people ­visiting the area.

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Mulberry widens interim losses but overall sales boosted

Luxury handbag manufacturer Mulberry has unveiled deepening interim losses but said robust overseas demand and tourist spending is helping compensate for a UK slowdown.

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Dairy business Graham’s tops up full-year sales

Graham’s the Family Dairy has seen annual sales jump by a fifth as it widened its customer base, hired the UK’s first milk sommelier and ushered in new product launches.

DPD drivers have walked out over a pay dispute> Picture: Google

DPD drivers walk out before Christmas over contract dispute

Customers could face an anxious wait for presents to arrive on time after delivery staff from DPD walked out after a row over pay.

Christmas shoppers on Edinburgh's Princes Street. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scots parents admit skipping meals to pay for Christmas presents

Parents in Scotland are prepared to skip meals in order to pay for Christmas presents for their children, a survey of festive spending habits has revealed.

People in northern Scotland are paying a postcode penalty of up to 50 per cent on surcharges imposed by delivery companies. Picture: Getty

Northern Scots paying delivery ‘postcode penalty’

People in northern Scotland are paying a “postcode penalty” of up to 50 per cent on surcharges imposed by delivery companies, a consumer watchdog has warned.

The �100 calendar was sold excusively through John Lewis. Picture: Contributed

Luxury £100 Edinburgh Gin advent calendar branded ‘waste of money’

Unhappy customers have branded a luxury £100 gin advent calendar a ‘waste of money’ after opening doors to discover cardboard instead of miniatures.

Geraldine Elliot. Picture: Neil Hanna.

Entrepreneur aims to sparkle with jewellery line

She has had not just an extraordinary life story, but a highly varied career spanning various creative activities.

Aldi are donating food to those less fortunate on Christmas Eve

Aldi to give away unsold food to less fortunate individuals this Christmas

Aldi has pledged to give away its unsold fresh food to those less fortunate when their stores close on Christmas Eve.

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High Cour have ruled on compensation claim by thousands of Morrisons staff. Picture: PA

Victory for Morrisons workers in data leak compensation claim

The High Court has allowed a compensation claim by thousands of Morrisons staff whose personal details were posted on the internet by a disgruntled employee.

Spektakul�r in Morningside offers a range of Scandinavian products. Picture: Spektakul�r/Facebook

10 of the best shops in Edinburgh for unique gifts

Whether you’re looking for quirky bespoke jewellery or unique home accessories, there’s no shortage of independent boutiques in Edinburgh to choose from.

Kellogg's is to slash the amount of sugar in three of its cereals eaten by children by at least a fifth.

Kellogg's to slash sugar in cereals and axe Ricicles

Cereal maker Kellogg's is to stop making Ricicles and cut the amount of sugar in its top three children's cereals.

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Rebecca Weir takes on the age-old task of coppersmith at Alloa-based Diageo Abercrombie

First female coppersmith for Scotland’s whisky trade

The Scotch whisky industry has welcomed an 18-year-old believed to be Scotland’s first female coppersmith.

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Sweet tasting numbers for Patisserie Valerie

The owner of Patisserie Valerie has reported a rise in full-year sales and profits as tight cost controls helped it overcome soaring inflation, with the group also considering opening a new production plant in Manchester.

Robots, the internet and the transition to a zero-carbon economy will dramatically affect human society. (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)

Leader comment: How to maintain a decent society in our online world

News that the number of high street premises where people can gamble, get into debt or buy alcohol has reduced will be celebrated by some. However, it is likely this is more a sign of our increasing shift towards an online life than any sudden increase in Scotland’s general probity.

The inventor has struck a deal which sees the kit being made available via Vigo Presses. Picture: Helen Stewart

Retired chemist takes strain out of cider-making

Turning a hobby or pastime into a commercial concern is the dream of many an aspiring entrepreneur. For one retired industrial chemist, who amassed a string of patents during his career with oil major BP, that transition has become a reality and sales are now beginning to take off.

Costa Brava holidays are being reinstated by Thomas Cook. PICTURE: CATE GILLON/GETTY IMAGES

Madeira, Malta and Costa Brava – ‘retro’ breaks make return

‘Retro’ holiday destinations are set to make a comeback in 2018, leading tour operator Thomas Cook has claimed.

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