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Nick Freer comment: Leith me your number and I will get back to you

If you go down to Leith today you’re in for a big surprise. Teddy bear picnics aside, there is a fast-growing ecosystem of tech start‑ups that have abandoned Edinburgh’s city centre for a work life on the shore. While lower rents and rates are part of the story, as one prominent tech investor told me recently, “there’s more grit about Leith, it’s more like Glasgow than Edinburgh and that suits some people better”.

News
Engineering consultancy IKM secures fresh work

Engineering consultancy IKM secures fresh work

Engineering consulting group IKM has secured a string of high-profile contracts worth a multi-million-pound sum in recent months.

Companies
The firm began in the Scottish capital and remains headquartered there. Picture: Paul Chappells

Comment: Grant Property gets the key of the door to future

As it celebrates its 21st birthday this month with a ‘modest’ party in a great venue – Edinburgh Castle – Grant Property’s Peter Grant reflects…

Opinion
BBC Scotland's new channel will launch next year. Picture: John Devlin

Inside Arts: BBC Scotland’s new channel is more than a political football

SNP making airwaves over new BBC Scotland channel, writes Brian Ferguson

TV & Radio
Andrew Macdonald has produced films including Sunshine on Leith and Shallow Grave

Trainspotting producer plans modern-day equivalent of Taggart

One of Scotland’s most ­successful film producers has revealed he wants to ­create a modern-day equivalent of Taggart to sell around the world.

TV & Radio
Ross McEwan, RBS chief executive giving evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee on the banks plans to close more than 50 branches in Scotland.

Heart “ripped out” of Scots communities by “nightmare” bank closures, MSPs told

The crippling impact of bank closures on communities, charities, pensioners and tourism have been set out in a series of stark warnings to MSPs.

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SNP growth chief warns Corbyn will “never” end Tory austerity

The prospect of a UK Labour Government bringing an end to austerity in Scotland is “for the birds”, according to the head of a sweeping SNP blueprint to transform Scotland’s economy after independence.

Politics 387

Euan McColm: SNP report presents powerful case for devolution

The SNP Growth Commission report should be considered by nationalists and unionists alike as a document of some substance, writes Euan McColm.

Opinion 96
RBS closure plans have been slammed by MPs. Picture: Michael Gillen

RBS branch closures branded ‘devastating’ by MPs

RBS has failed to fully appreciate the “damage” that will be caused by its decision to close dozens of its Scottish branches, a damning report from MPs has found.

Politics 11

Edinburgh branded ‘too posh’ for Monopoly’s Old Kent Road

The makers of a new Edinburgh Monopoly board are struggling to find an option to replace the original Old Kent Road – because they feel the city is “too posh”.

Lifestyle 2
The report suggests keeping the pound for at least ten years after independence. Picture: John Devlin

Bill Jamieson: Indyref isn’t imperative to growth blueprint

No fanfare, not even a standing room only press conference for the much heralded launch of the SNP’s Growth Commission report last week.

Opinion

SNP independence blueprint ‘a hard sell’ warn radicals for Yes

Left-wing independence supporters have said the SNP’s new vision for breaking up the UK will be a “hard sell” on the doorsteps because it will create more austerity.

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Stay calm if your flight is delayed

Don’t delay if you want to avoid a travel trauma

Flight delays are the most complained-about travel trauma – and Resolver helped more than 120,000 people reclaim their money for free last year. Delays can be caused by lots of problems – anything from sudden snowstorms, foggy mornings or even the occasional active volcano. But if you’re raring to go on holiday – or you’re ready to go home – flight delays are certainly frustrating.

Business
Head distiller Ray Clynick said months of scientific research had gone into the launch of Oro Gin.

‘Scientific research’ behind launch of first Scottish Dry gin

A Dumfries and Galloway distiller has launched what it claims is the first Scottish Dry gin, created using a “scientific understanding of flavour compounds”.

Retail
In Northern Ireland, a log of training has to be signed off by an instructor before a student can sit their test. Photograph: Getty

Alastair Ross: Seize the chance to save young drivers

Too many young people are killed or seriously injured on Scotland’s roads.

Transport 1
The Financial Conduct Authority is looking at ways to make it easier for mortgagees to shop around. Illustration: PA

Seven tips to help you find your way through the mortgage maze

Finding the right mortgage deal isn’t always easy – and new research from the City regulator suggests many borrowers are getting it wrong. With a mortgage being the most costly regular outgoing for many people, this can be an expensive mistake to make.

Business
Steve Cassidy at The Caledonian ' aka Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh ' which has been promised �20m in investment by its new owners, Twenty14 Holdings. Picture: Jon Savage

The Big Interview: Hilton Hotel’s Steve Cassidy

About 30 years ago, Steve Cassidy was celebrating his graduation from Napier in the glitzy surroundings of The Caley hotel in Edinburgh’s West End.

Media & Leisure

Scots writers protest against Richard Branson’s Edinburgh hotel plans

Some of Scotland’s best-known writers, artists and academics have slammed Edinburgh city council’s decision to permit a Virgin hotel near the Capital’s Central Library.

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AG Barr is recalling bottles as a precaution due to an "intermittent fault". Picture: PA

Irn-Bru bottles recalled amid fears caps may pop-off

AG Barr is voluntarily recalling 750ml glass bottles of drinks including Irn-Bru amid fears the caps might pop off unexpectedly.

Retail
Last year's Best Dining Experience winners Roy Brett and Colin Hart of restaurant Ondine. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scotsman Food and Drink Awards to return for second year

The best of Scotland’s food and drink industry is to be celebrated for a second year with the return of a successful awards ceremony.

Retail
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