Scottish Business Briefing - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

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ECONOMICS

Firms braced for ‘expensive year’ as inflation rises

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ECONOMISTS have warned that high oil and utility prices are expected to keep inflation high this year as the Bank of England prepares to deliver its quarterly report this morning (Scotsman).

ENERGY & UTILITIES

Energy firm’s £64m boost

ENERGY Ventures, the Norwegian private equity business, has said it aims to invest £64 million in the UK in the next 12 months and has beefed up its Aberdeen team to help it achieve that target (Herald).

FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE

Houston Brewery toasts Aldi deal amid expansion plans

A MICRO-BREWERY visited by the likes of Neil Diamond, Ally McCoist and Paolo Nutini has become the latest beer maker to unveil expansion plans after signing a £720,000 financing deal with HSBC and securing its first supply contract with Aldi (Scotsman).

INDUSTRY

Crest soars in early trading

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson was valued at more than £600 million today as it returned to the stock market after a painful five-year absence (Scotsman).

RETAIL

Profits sliding at pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond

PAWNBROKERS have been one of the few boom businesses on Britain’s high street in recent years, but even they are not immune from hard times (Scotsman).

TRANSPORT

Airport boss on move

Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) boss Derek Provan is taking off for London as director of airside operations at Heathrow (P&J).

SCOTSMAN CONFERENCES

The Future of the Media in Scotland
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