Clydebank firm searched over 200 million nuisance phone calls

The information watchdog has searched a Scottish firm over claims that it has made more than 200 million nuisance phone calls - one of the highest volumes dealt with by the organisation.

Sherlock Holmes tartan made by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle descendant

A descendant of Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has created a tartan inspired by the famous fictional detective.

Baby car seat recalled over safety fears

Baby car seat recalled over safety fears

A popular baby car seat manufacturer has announced it is recalling a type of seat because it may contain a faulty component which could affect its safety.
Some blueberry muffins have got more sugar than a can of Coke

Muffins found to have ‘more sugar than can of Coke’

Some brands of blueberry muffins contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar – more than a can of Coke – according to a report from Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance.

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The Bon Vivant, Edinburgh has been awarded a coveted worldwide drinks award for their cocktails. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

High spirits as cocktail scene takes off in Edinburgh’s New Town

Over the last ten years, Edinburgh’s cocktail scene has gone from strength to strength – gaining global recognition. New Orleans-based cocktail event Tales of the Cocktail has chosen the city as a destination for 
its Tales on Tour event this April for a second year running.

Eight Scottish stores are among 60 being shut UK-wide by New Look

New Look agrees deal to shut eight Scottish stores

Embattled retailer New Look has agreed a restructuring plan with creditors that will see it shut 60 stores, resulting in the loss of up to 980 jobs.

Scottish grandmother Jenny Ackland regularly looks after her grandson.

Grandparents missing out on childcare benefits

Grandparents who look after their grandchildren are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of government help towards their pensions, a report has revealed.

The traditional Scottish pub could be in trouble following Brexit

Scottish hospitality tipped for ‘serious trouble’ after Brexit

Ending free movement of people following Brexit would land the Scottish hospitality industry in “pretty serious trouble”, the head of the industry body in Scotland has warned.

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Some eggs have packaging almost entirely made of cardboard

Easter egg makers beginning to crack the problem of too much packaging waste

Packaging makes up a quarter of the total weight of best-selling Easter eggs on average – with more than a third of the weight of some products made up of cardboard and plastic.

Imogen Russon-Taylor is to officially launch Edinburgh-based Kingdom Scotland next month. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

First Scots fragrance house hopes to savour sweet smell of success

A fragrance house billed as the first in Scotland is looking at crowdfunding and global expansion after unveiling its first collection.

A Glasgow pub, one of many that has closed for business in recent years. Picture: John Devlin

Plea for changes in tax as one Scots pub a week closes down

A pub closed down in Scotland every week in the second half of last year, new figures have revealed.

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Warnings about salt in Chinese meals apply to the Western version not the real thing

Stephen Jardine: The real story about salt in Chinese meals

Real Chinese food is good for you, unlike the heavily salted, processed version adapted for Western tastes, writes Stephen Jardine.

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Topman has withdrawn the shirt which some have criticised for mocking Hillsborough. Picture; Topshop

Topman withdraws shirt which ‘inadvertently mocks Hillsborough disaster’

Retailer Topman has apologised and withdrawn a shirt following criticism by some that it was mocking the Hillsborough disaster.

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The restaurant in Tiree was named Best Independent Craft Beer Restaurant.

Tiree restaurant scoops industry award

A small restaurant run by a craft brewery on the island of Tiree has scooped a top industry award - beating off competition from top Scottish chefs.

Morrions create �10 meat box. Picture: Morrisons

Morrisons launch £10 meat box which will feed a family for two weeks

Morrisons have created a tasty treat for meat-lovers across the country.


In full: The Toys R Us stores closing across Scotland

Toys R Us has announced it is shutting all 100 of its UK stores, including 10 in Scotland, after administrators failed to find a buyer of the collapsed retailer, resulting in the loss of 3,000 jobs.


Toys R Us gift cards no longer being accepted in stores

Gift cards are no longer being accepted at Toys R Us stores after customers were told they had until last weekend to use them.

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Nando's has accused chicken shop Fernando's in Reading of copying its name and logo

Nando’s accuses chicken shop of copying name and logo

Nando’s has asked an independent chicken shop to change its name and logo, accusing the company of too many similarities with the restaurant chain’s trademarked branding.

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Some Chinese ready meals were found to be particularly high in salt (Picture: PA)

Leader comment: Wake up to the threat of processed food

Salt, sugar and fat. We have evolved to crave all three – salt is an essential nutrient, sugar a great source of energy and fat has a range of benefits, including tiding us over during a famine. In days of yore, a pot belly could save your life.

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