Scottish Business Briefing - Wednesday 22 February, 2012
FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE
Chivas mulls new distillery after whisky exports surge
SCOTLAND’s second-biggest whisky producer is considering building a further distillery as drinkers in emerging economies continue to develop their taste for Scotch (Scotsman).
Devro eyes fresh export growth after 22% surge in profits
SAUSAGE skin maker Devro is targeting further growth in Germany, Japan and Latin America this year after posting a 22 per cent rise in full-year profits (Scotsman).
Parklands plans to invest up to £3m in Elgin care home
A Moray care-home provider has announced plans to add another property to its portfolio in the area. Parklands already has six sites in Moray and the Highlands, but will invest up to £3million to develop its first home at Elgin (P&J).
New pension scheme will cost biggest firms up to £11m each
SCOTLAND’S largest employers face a potential bill of up to £11 million each under new legislation designed to “auto-enrol” employees into pension schemes, research has suggested (Scotsman).
Reid plans to shut furniture warehouse
Reid Furniture has become the latest victim of the consumer spending squeeze as it revealed plans to close its Hillington warehouse. This deals another blow to its Renfrewshire heartland, where it closed its factory four years ago (Herald).
O’Leary wields Ryanair axe but impact on Edinburgh Airport ‘exaggerated’
RYANAIR boss Michael O’Leary has axed five summer routes and threatened to halve his airline’s winter service from Edinburgh if his dispute with airport operator BAA is not settled by October (Scotsman).