Scottish Business Briefing - Monday 16 April, 2012

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ECONOMICS

Cheer as output looks set to rise but recovery still fragile for manufacturers

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British businesses are preparing to boost their output in the coming months, giving the economy a spring fillip, but tough conditions for exporters continue to hamper the recovery in manufacturing (Scotsman).

Job vacancies up, but thousands of Scots still struggling to get work

The growth in permanent job vacancies is at its highest rate in seven months, according to a new economic report for Scotland. The Bank of Scotland labour market barometer showed “solid improvement” for the jobs market in March which was at the highest level since last July (Scotsman).

MEDIA & LEISURE

Lingo of success lands Scottish translation firm its largest-ever contract

A SCOTTISH translation company has secured the largest contract in its 11-year history. Lingo24 said the deal with an unnamed American technology firm is worth at least $1 million (£630,000) in the first six months and could go up to $6m (Herald)

FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE

Glasgow-based Ace catches contract as fish firm expands

Edinburgh Salmon Company (Esco) has handed a £170,000 contract to Glasgow’s Ace Refrigeration as it expands its factory to cope with growing demand (Scotsman).

MANAGEMENT

Scots firms ‘unaware of new laws on bribery’

Many Scottish companies remain poorly set up to protect themselves from prosecution under the UK’s Bribery Act, even as investigators prepare cases under the nine-month-old law (Scotsman).

TECHNOLOGY

Edinburgh Instruments to grow business with exports

THE new chairman of Edinburgh Instruments hopes to help double the size of the business in the next three years by entering more export markets (Herald).