Scottish Business Briefing - Wednesday 16 October

Ann Gloag has agreed a deal to buy Manston Airport. Picture: TSPL
Ann Gloag has agreed a deal to buy Manston Airport. Picture: TSPL
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WELCOME to’s Scottish Business Briefing. Every morning we bring you a comprehensive round-up of all news affecting business in Scotland today.


Stagecoach founder buys airport for £1

STAGECOACH co-founder Ann Gloag has agreed to pay £1 to buy Manston Airport in Kent from Infratil, its New Zealand owners who have also been trying to sell Prestwick Airport. (Herald)

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High streets see dip in sales in September

SCOTTISH retail sales were “subdued” in September after a strong summer, with like-for-like sales down 0.8% compared with the same month last year. (Herald)

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Grangemouth oil refinery strike called off

A PLANNED strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery has been called off even though peace talks failed to resolve a bitter row over a union convenor.


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Tennent’s to make craft beer in Glasgow

TENNENT’S lager-maker C&C Group yesterday unveiled a joint venture with Alloa-based craft brewer Williams Bros, marking its entry into Scotland’s thriving real ale market. (Scotsman)

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Landlord anger at Optical Express restructuring

SCOTTISH opticians chain Optical Express has been rapped by a band of major landlords over a controversial restructuring move that they claim will cost them money. (Scotsman)

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Galliford Try wins Scottish schools work

Galliford Try has been chosen to build two schools in Scotland in a contract worth almost £50 million. (Scotsman)

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