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Conference on investing set to arrive in Edinburgh

A conference examining the best regions for investment will arrive in Edinburgh next month, with industry experts set to put forward their views.
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Edinburgh named as UK’s top city for inward investment

Edinburgh is the most attractive city in the UK for inward investment but will need to invest heavily in areas such as affordable housing to avoid being overtaken by other major centres, according to a new report published today.

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Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh

Roddy Smith: Bidding to be best – how businesses improve the city centre experience

Edinburgh’s city centre Business Improvement District, or BID, is one of the largest outside London – and we like to think it’s also one of the most successful.

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The union said it is of the 'firm belief' that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service had many opportunities to resolve issues. Picture: John Devlin

Fire brigades union passes no confidence vote on Scottish leadership

Fire Brigades Union members have passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service chief officer and his senior leadership team.

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We have recently seen a number of firms relaunching or reintroducing share plans, says Jacobs

COMMENT: Let employees share in success and boost loyalty, says Pinsent Masons

Widespread job losses, wage freezes, salary reductions and reduced working hours were symptomatic of the impact of the oil price downturn and Aberdeen felt the cold blast of sub-$40 per barrel of oil more than most cities.

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Scottish exporters fall at double the UK rate

The number of Scottish businesses exporting has fallen to less than a third, a new survey has found.

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A double decker bus on the production line at the Alexander Dennis factory in Falkirk. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

Productivity in Scotland at ‘lowest level in eight years’

Productivity in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years, new figures have revealed.

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Scotland named one of Europe’s ‘regions of the future’

Scotland has been named one of Europe’s best large regions for foreign direct investment (FDI), a leading business publication has found.

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It's been a shaky start to 2018 for global markets. Picture: AFP/Getty

Bill Jamieson: Time to tread cautiously amid market tremors

A “correction” it may still be on the world’s major stock markets. The consensus is that the sharp falls in New York and London will be contained and that the declines will be confined to around 10-12 per cent before levelling off.

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Roddy Gow OBE, Chairman, The Asia Scotland Institute

Roddy Gow OBE: Brexit is making this government blind to an emerging raft of global problems

Whatever the expectations of this year’s World Economic Forum, probably the greatest ­outcomes were that Donald Trump’s “sales pitch” for his America First ­policy stayed on script.

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Standard Life Aberdeen is one of the major asset managers based in Scotland. Picture: Graham Flack

Comment: Driving prosperity for Scottish financial services

The sector’s outlook must remain bright, say UK government Scotland Office Minister Lord Duncan and Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen.

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'Economists are hugely in demand at the moment; uncertain times call for clear economic thinking.'

New bursaries unveiled as Strathclyde MSc gets a revamp

Strathclyde Business School has transformed its MSc Applied Economics course to equip students for careers in business and policy

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William Grant & Sons topped the list.

Political woes fail to dent profits and jobs at Scots firms

Scotland’s biggest private companies boosted their headcounts, raised salaries and enjoyed stronger profits last year, despite a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty, a report today shows.

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Confidence in Scottish business reaches three year high

Optimism in Scottish business has hit its highest level in more than three years, according to new figures.

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Self-service supermarket tills are replacing checkout staff.  Photo by Jeff Blackler/Rex/Shutterstock

David Coyne: Why we should welcome the rise of the robots

Neo-luddite inspired panic would have us believe an impending “Rise of the Robots” could decimate jobs as smarter, faster machines render humans redundant in the workplace.

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John Henderson, owner of Born in the Borders

Jedburgh restaurant a vital cog in a billion pound industry

Ahead of the 2018 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, we take a look at a former winner, Born in the Borders, and how it has established itself as a hub for local culinary and beverage excellence.

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Nearly one in five retiring this year will still be in debt, owing �33,900 on average

Nearly one in five Britons retiring ‘still have debt to clear’

Nearly one in five people retiring in 2018 will be doing so in debt – owing £33,900 on average – a report suggests.

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The new V&A museum is due to open later this year. Picture: PA

Dundee has lowest employment rate in the UK

One in three adults living in Dundee are out of work, a damning report has revealed.

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Derek Mackay and Nicola Sturgeon in Hoylrood. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Scotland bottom for economic growth, warn Tories

Nicola Sturgeon’s economic record will be attacked ahead of the Scottish budget, with the Conservatives claiming Scotland is heading for the lowest level of growth in the developed world.

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UK economy enjoys stability despite North Sea pipeline shutdown

Britain’s economy is forecast to have held up in the fourth quarter, but some experts predict the unexpected shutdown of a major North Sea pipeline will drag on growth.

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