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Separate Scottish currency could cost as much as £300bn

A leading macroeconomist has warned that a separate currency in an independent Scotland would need to be backed by billions in foreign exchange reserves to protect it from economic shocks and speculators.

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Mark Carney: Independent Scotland currency union ‘economically possible’

A currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK is economically possible, the Governor of the Bank of England has said, but warned that it would require continued deep integration to function.

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Andrew McRae runs a retail businesses in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

New Scotland policy chair named for FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has unveiled a new member to lead its policy and campaigns work in Scotland in a move that sees the present incumbent step down after 16 years.

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Shares could be bouncing back, writes Sanjiv Tumkur

Could we be seeing UK equities spring forth?

After a long, cold winter for UK stocks, spring could be just around the corner.

Karen Betts was appointed by the SWA in March 2017. Photograph: Colin Hattersley

Karen Betts: How to make whisky’s success future-proof

One of the things that fascinates me about Scotch whisky is that in some small, remote place on the other side of the world I will find someone who knows more about Scotch than I do. Something that has its roots in Scotland’s landscape, that is distinctly of our country and our communities, travels strikingly well. Scotch whisky has a truly global following.

Getting advice for retirement financial planning could be useful. Picture: Getty

‘At least £260k’ needed in pension pot to live comfortably

Retirement savers face needing to build up a “pension mountain” of around £260,000 typically to live comfortably in older age, analysis from Royal London has found.

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Siobh�n O'Connor, Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University

Jillian Merchant and Siobhán O’Connor: Equality is not just about ticking boxes – tapping into talent benefits us all

In February, the United Kingdom marked 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote. On this centennial anniversary it is important to reflect on how far we have come and what needs to be done in the next century to achieve true gender equality.

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Blockchain technologies are now well recognised for managing digital identities and making online transactions secure and efficient

The Scottish company leading the way in Blockchain technology

The sheer scale of the public sector means many elements don’t always connect. But blockchain technology means that’s about to change.

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Ritchie Whyte, corporate partner, Aberdein Considine. Picture: Contributed

Family firms willing to give up control to net funding

The majority of family firms based in Edinburgh would give up control of their business in a Dragons’ Den style deal if that was the only way they could expand or grow, research today suggests.

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Julian Sladdin, partner and dispute resolution specialist at law firm Pinsent Masons. Picture: Contributed

Comment: Learning the lessons from college strike action

Universities caught up in the recent wave of strike action by members of the Universities and College Union (UCU) are being threatened with class actions brought by students affected by the disruption.

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Jim Duffy- 'this sport is vitally important for the Scottish economy in many ways'. Picture: Contributed

Jim Duffy comment: Economy stands to score from Scottish football

As the football season comes to a close in Scotland, while the marching season kicks off, one Glasgow Club has stolen the limelight with a major signing.


RBS CEO says bank pressing ahead with branch closures

RBS chief Ross McEwan has been accused of failing to respond to public anger after he told MPs the bank would press on with plans to close more than 50 branches in Scotland.

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Dr Olga Kozlova, director of Converge Challenge, and Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo, deputy director of Converge Challenge. Picture: Contributed

Top projects given the nod as shortlist for Converge Challenge 2018 unveiled

Projects spanning everything from women’s health and virtual reality to renewables and environmental sustainability have made it onto the latest Converge Challenge shortlist following a record number of entries.

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Councillor Kate Campbell: If you build it, they will come – plans for homes and firms can help city thrive

It is very well known that ­Edinburgh remains the most prosperous UK city outside London.

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There are many problems in providing new homes in rural areas and tackling a shortage of housing needs better policies, says Katy Dickson. Picture: John Devlin.

Katy Dickson: The will is there to build rural homes – but hurdles need to be knocked down

Quality ­housing is an essential component of sustainable rural communities. ­Housing stock suitable for the 21st century underpins the success of many aspects of our countryside, from jobs, schools and education, to the ability to capitalise on growing sectors such as tourism.

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Clare Symonds of Planning Democracy, Deputy Convenor of LINK's Planning Group.

Clare Symonds: Let’s plan for fairness in fighting developers

At the moment, for only the second time since devolution, there is a Planning Bill before the Scottish Parliament.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is becoming increasingly isolated in the Brexit bill row

What happens if Holyrood and Westminster cannot strike a Brexit bill deal?

After a year-long battle to wrest devolved powers back from Westminster, the Welsh and Scottish governments have parted company.
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The Scottish Government hub in Berlin, which opened this week, aims to grow links between the two countries. Picture: Harald Helmlechner/Wikicommons

Scottish Government opens hub in Berlin to boost business links

When Rachel Loxton made the move from Aberdeen to Berlin in 2017 she joined a growing community of Scots choosing to live in Germany.

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Alister Gray, founder of The Mindful Talent. Picture: Contributed

Comment: Never underestimate intuition in business world

As a business leader, the world can sometimes seem like a very lonely place. We can often feel isolated, uncertain and unsure as to whether we are making the appropriate, the “right” decision.

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