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RBS bosses refuse U-turn on Scotland branch closures

Banking regulations may have to be changed to make sure rural communities are not left without vital services, the SNP’s Westminster leader has said after RBS executives rejected calls from MPs to reconsider a wave of branch closures.

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Ed Molyneux, chief executive of FreeAgent Holdings

Record number of Scots want to start a business

More people than ever are looking to start their own business, including more than 200,000 Scots, according to a new survey.

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Susannah Donaldson, senior associate and employment law specialist at Pinsent Masons. Picture: Peter Devlin

Comment: Need to tackle underlying gender pay gap causes

It could be viewed as the UK’s ­biggest poker game, with more than 90 per cent of businesses required to publish gender pay gap (GPG) details waiting to see who blinks first. As the 4 April deadline looms large – for firms with 250 or more employees legally obliged to disclose pay gap stats – only 536 out of an estimated 8,000 have gone ­public.

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Dr Siobh�n Jordan, Director, Interface

Dr Siobhán Jordan: What a good idea – sharing knowledge can break down the challenges facing us all

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up” – so said the US writer Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Bill Jamieson: Oil offers tempting but complex potential

We are seeing the strongest period of oil demand growth since the financial crisis, writes Bill Jamieson.

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Ministers and councillors sign the Edinburgh and South East Scotland in July 2017. Picture: Greg Macvean

Tension between Holyrood and Westminster hit City Deals impact

The impact of a raft of multi-billion pound city deal across Scotland in recent years could be damaged by “tension” between the Scottish and UK Governments, a report by MSPs finds.

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Research shows 86% of people say authenticity is important when deciding which brands they support and follow but many businesses struggle to create a powerful image for their product

Why becoming an authority is important for your business

In order to build an authentic brand that customers can relate too, it’s imperative that your business stands out in the digital era.

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David Cameron greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at Downing Street in 2015. The former prime minister will take charge of a fund to improve ports, roads and rail networks between China and its trading partners. Picture: Getty

Cameron to lead billion-dollar China trade fund

David Cameron is to take on a role leading a billion-dollar investment initiative between the UK and China.

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A bitcoin ATM in Glasgows Sauchiehall Street. Picture: John Devlin

Insight: The Scots investors in the Bitcoin boom

Some Scots investors in the cryptocurrency can barely believe their luck, writes Dani Garavelli

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Unions have called on workers' rights to be extended when the UK leaves the EU. Picture: PA

Devolving immigration and employment law could ‘boost workers’ rights’

Devolving control of immigration and employment law to the Scottish Parliament could boost workers’ rights post-Brexit, trade union bosses have said.

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Scottish Budget 2017: Pension chiefs call for tax relief ‘clarity’

Pension experts have called for “urgent clarity” regarding tax relief following the introduction of additional income tax bands in the Scottish Budget.

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"Individuals' needs will guide what is most appropriate for them."

Workers urged to plan retirement pot to cope with elderly parents

Comment: Jonathan Brownlow on planning for funding retirement

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Time to invest in rail and let the train take the strain of lorry freight off our busy roads

West Central Scotland has the country’s heaviest concentration of population and much of the surviving manufacturing and processing activity.

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The Pound Sterling has hit six-month highs against the Euro on the back of this morning's Brexit deal.

UPDATE: Pound surges to six-month high against Euro on Brexit breakthrough

The pound was trading at six-month highs against the euro as investors celebrated news of a Brexit breakthrough in Brussels.

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Brexit looms large over business prospects.

Andrew Henderson: Will 2018 be another rollercoaster?

Some may feel that 2017 has been a turbulent, uncertain, and at times bruising year for business and for those now counting down the days to the Christmas break, a little festive rest and relaxation can’t come soon enough.

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The Pound Sterling initially dipped on this morning's Brexit agreement announcement before recovering.

Sterling dips on Brexit breakthrough news before strengthening

Sterling has struggled for direction this morning as traders started to digest the full implications of news of a Brexit breakthrough in Brussels.

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Goods exports out of Scotland have grown by almost a fifth for the year to September.

Bumper Scottish exports grow faster than rest of Britain

Goods exports from Scotland have grown by almost a fifth to reach £28 billion.

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"A loss-making small company can get almost a third of its expenditure back as cash."

Getting the optimum tax relief on your research work

An indepth look at how companies can make the most of R & D credits

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Insight: Scotland’s street sleeping crisis

In Glasgow’s George Square the Christmas festivities are in full swing. The lights are twinkling, the swing chairs are whirling and the breaths of excited children are forming small, white clouds in the cold, crisp air. As the figures of Mary and Joseph rotate around a wooden tower, the tantalising smell of Bratwurst drifts along Queen Street towards Royal Exchange Square.

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Five of the most innovative life sciences projects happening in Scotland right now

The life science industry continues to grow, and over 700 companies within this sector call Scotland their home. This innovative industry employs around 37,000 people across the country and is set to be worth around £8bn by 2025 thanks to continued support from the Scottish Government and research projects with the main Scottish medical universities.

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