Irn-Bru maker’s sales fizz despite Brexit and weather woes

Irn-Bru maker AG Barr has more than doubled the pace of the soft drinks market’s growth in its first trading half, but admitted the post-Brexit vote weakness of sterling has hit input costs.

Denny in Stirlingshire won in 2010 after initial victor John O'Groats turned down the award. Picture: Jane Barlow

Carbuncle Awards that honoured ‘dismal Scots towns’ scrapped

For nearly two decades, it has been the prize no one has wanted to win - a badge of shame pinned on Scotland’s post-industrial towns and their much-derided architecture.

Nevis House at Hamilton International Business Park is among the offices acquired by Wirefox. Picture: Contributed

Property group seals £35m deal for Scottish offices

Northern Irish property investor and developer Wirefox has snapped up hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space to the west of Scotland in a bumper £35 million deal.

Opponents of the Westfield retail park in Cumbernauld have dropped their legal challenge. Picture: Contributed

Legal challenge dropped over Cumbernauld retail park

The developers of a proposed retail park in Cumbernauld are able to press ahead with their plans after a legal challenge was dropped.

From left: City Legacy directors Calum Murray of CCG, Ed Monaghan of Mactaggart & Mickel, Martin Kiely of WH Malcolm and John Gallacher of Cruden. Picture: Contributed

Six Scots firms scoop Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Six Scottish companies have been honoured in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Excellence, it was announced today.

AG Barr chief Roger White said the soft drinks giant remained upbeat despite the 'uncertain' environment. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Irn-Bru maker shrugs off Brexit risk as profits rise

The maker of Irn-Bru today flagged an “unprecedented” level of uncertainty stemming from the UK’s looming withdrawal from the European Union as it reported a rise in annual profits.

AG Barr boss Roger White said the group will be cutting the sugar content of its flagship Irn-Bru brand. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Irn-Bru maker vows to cut sugar across soft drinks

The maker of Irn-Bru today pledged to take further steps to reduce the sugar content across all of its soft drinks.

Sir mo Farah flies the flag for British Athletics at a Glasgow indoor meeting last year. Picture: John Devlin

Strathmore named as British Athletics water sponsor

Strathmore, the AG Barr-owned water brand, has landed a sponsorship deal to provide bottled water at British Athletics events through to 2019.

Lidl is ramping up its range of Scottish-sourced produce. Picture: Dan Phillips

Scots food suppliers land £1m contracts with Lidl

Two Scottish food companies have secured contracts worth more than £1 million with supermarket chain Lidl.

Devro said its profits for 2017 will fall short of previous hopes, sending its shares tumbling. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Devro shares tumble 17% after warning over profits

Shares in Scottish sausage skin and food casings maker Devro crashed 17 per cent yesterday on a profit warning for next year.

From left to right, Bill Burnett, finance manager at Mackintosh, Robert Stark, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank and Willie Ross, production director at Mackintosh. Pic: Contributed

Luxury fashion brand Mackintosh expands into Big Apple

Cumbernauld-based outerwear label Mackintosh is pursuing its global expansion, with a new retail outlet planned for New York.

Roger White, chief executive of Irn-Bru maker AG Barr. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Monday interview: AG Barr chief executive Roger White

Irn-Bru boss keeps a weather eye on sugar tax as soft drinks firm braces for ‘punitive’ levy.

AG Barr said about 90 jobs will be lost under the shake-up. Picture: Robert Perry

Irn-Bru maker to axe 90 jobs as sales lose fizz

The maker of Irn-Bru today said it would be cutting a tenth of its workforce in an efficiency drive as it attacked plans for a “punitive” tax on sugary soft drinks.

E&O is targeting export opportunities for its microbiological culture media. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Cash injection sees lab firm expand in Cumbernauld

A microbiology specialist is looking to ramp up its export business with the opening of a new production facility in Cumbernauld.

DM Design managing director Donald Macleod, left, with director Ann Macleod and interior designer John Amabile. Picture: Contributed

DM Design launches flagship site in Cumbernauld

Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom firm DM Design has launched a flagship showroom in Cumbernauld, designed in collaboration with Scottish interior designer John Amabile.

Maven investment director David Milroy. Picture: Contributed

Scottish Loan Fund exits Spaceright investment

Private equity house Maven and the Scottish Loan Fund (SLF) today announced the latter’s successful exit of its investment in Cumbernauld-based educational supplies business Spaceright Europe.

AG Barr said sales were hit by the poor summer weather. Picture: John Devlin

Irn-Bru owner’s sales take a hit from poor summer

Irn-Bru owner AG Barr today said its first-half sales have taken a knock from the poor weather over the past two months.

Plans for the Westfield retail park in Cumbernauld have been approved. Picture: Contributed

Planners give green light to Cumbernauld retail park

North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee has approved plans for a £25 million retail park on the outskirts of Cumbernauld.

Plans for the Westfield retail park in Cumbernauld have come under fire. Picture: Contributed

Council urged to reject plan for Cumbernauld retail site

Business owners and landlords in Cumbernauld today urged councillors to reject plans for a development which they argue threatens the regeneration of the town.

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