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Edinburgh has been voted the top cruise destination in western Europe

John Yellowlees: New Cockenzie port would have a huge impact

The growth of more than 70 per cent in cruise ­journeys over the last ten years in Europe has been mostly in the colder northern waters as the Mediterranean market has been complemented by new UK based opportunities where people can avoid the need to fly to reach cruise ships.

Sara Thiam will take up her post in June. Picture: Peter Dibdin

New SCDI boss bangs productivity drum

The new chief executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has highlighted the need to improve skills, exploit digital technologies and tackle climate change as key areas of focus to drive improvements in the nation’s productivity and economic growth.

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Alan Nelson is a Partner at law firm CMS

Alan Nelson: Fintech is on fire and smart money is on the Capital

Scotland’s fintech sector is thriving with companies that are up there with the best in the world. Indigenous businesses, including Nucleus Financial, floated on the AIM last summer, and RBS-acquired FreeAgent ­demonstrate the healthy fintech scene. Meanwhile, international companies such as Swiss firm ­Avaloq and New Zealand’s FNZ have set up bases in Scotland, recognising the strength of the sector here.

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