Scotland's Economy

Scotland's Economy

KFC closes restaurants after running out of chicken

KFC has been forced to close hundreds of restaurants - including around half of its Scottish outlets - because they do not have any chicken.

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The world's first Brewdog hotel, called the DogHouse, will open in Aberdeenshire next year. PIC: Contributed.

BrewDog to open world’s first craft beer hotel in Scotland

Craft beer giants BrewDog have announced plans to build the world’s first craft beer hotel in their Aberdeenshire homeland.

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Edinburgh firms Artemis Intelligent Power and Quoceant secured a �2.5m grant to develop improved wave powered machines. A new report calls for an improved strategy to help such developments

Scotland needs strategy for ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Scotland should develop an economic and social strategy for responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to a new report.

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Edinburgh named as UK’s top city for inward investment

Edinburgh is the most attractive city in the UK for inward investment but will need to invest heavily in areas such as affordable housing to avoid being overtaken by other major centres, according to a new report published today.

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Environmentally-friendly pylons installed by US helicopter

MORE than a hundred new composite poles to connect Dorenell Wind Farm to Blackhillock Substation near Keith have been successfully installed with the help of a specialist helicopter from the USA.

Network Rail say 2500 staff will be working around the clock to complete the works. Picture: Contributed

Network Rail ‘will work around clock’ to finish £23m upgrades

Network Rail has announced that engineers will be working around the clock over the Easter period to complete 23 million pounds worth of Scottish railway upgrades.

The union said it is of the firm belief that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service had many opportunities to resolve issues. Picture: John Devlin

Fire brigades union passes no confidence vote on Scottish leadership

Fire Brigades Union members have passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service chief officer and his senior leadership team.

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ScottishPower scored 70.6 per cent for customer service, the top perfomer of the Big Six. Picture: contributed

Scottish Power ‘best for value’ in new annual energy report

Scottish Power has been named best large supplier of the year in an annual review of Britain’s utility companies, but smaller suppliers still beat off competition from the Big Six to be named top for their customer satisfaction.

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Teresa Jackson believes the Collabor8te model of co-working can work across Scotland.

Collabor8te founder Teresa Jackson seeks co-working space in Edinburgh

The owner of a co-working space in Glasgow is looking to capitalise on the popularity of the flexible office industry and expand her business into Edinburgh.

A new IT system introduced by the Scottish Government has been criticised and has driven farmers into debt.

Farmers ‘forced off their lands’ due to SNP’s failed farm payment system

Farmers have been driven into debt and forced off their lands according to from farming leaders due to the failure of the IT system set up to pass on subsidy payments from the EU.

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The world famous Gleneagles Hotel is just one of Scotland's many five star hotels

The best luxury five star hotels in Scotland

When only the very best will do, book into one of these luxurious Scottish five star hotels for a relaxing break.


Report proposes everyone in UK should be given £10,000

A new report has suggested that the government should give £10,000 to every citizen under 55.

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Scottish exporters fall at double the UK rate

The number of Scottish businesses exporting has fallen to less than a third, a new survey has found.

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The number of high street betting shops is in decline as online gambling takes off. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Number of high street bookmakers in Scotland in decline

The number of high street bookmakers in Scotland continues to decline despite the popularity of fixed odd betting terminals (FOBT), industry figures have revealed.

Media & Leisure

Bill Jamieson: RBS’s decade of shame

RBS – whose staff once wrote in a memo that struggling customers should be given enough rope to ‘hang themselves’ – just can’t seem to regain its reputation, writes Bill Jamieson.

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The Lancaster discovery was a welcome boost for the North Sea energy sector. Picture: PA

Giant Shetland oil field to begin production next year

Production in the giant Lancaster oil field west of Shetland is on course to begin next year, HurricanE Energy has said.

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St Andrew Square is illuminated for Bloom -  the opening event at last year's International Festival

John Donnelly: The ambition embedded in Edinburgh’s DNA will shape future success

Earlier this month, I attended the annual Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) conference, where my colleague Paul Wakefield presented examples of our work, and the city’s tourism leaders discussed matters on the theme of “managing success”. With much debate around the impact of tourism on the city currently, the agenda could not have been more timeous.

St Margaret's House is set to be turned into housing, forcing Edinburgh Palette to leave (Picture: Ian Rutherford)

John McLellan: We must work together to save Edinburgh Palette

Talks about the future of the Edinburgh Palette between the charity, its landlord Caledonian Trust and prospective new site owner Drum Property have started this week, and while it’s improbable that the arts complex will be able to carry on as at present indefinitely, the signs are that all sides are keen to find a solution.

Opinion 1
A Virgin train crossing the bridge into Berwick Upon Tweed on its way to Edinburgh

Humza Yousaf urged to back East Coast rail public ownership

Scottish Labour has urged the Scottish Government to support its calls to take the East Coast mainline back into public ownership following the early termination of the Stagecoach contract.

A double decker bus on the production line at the Alexander Dennis factory in Falkirk. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

Productivity in Scotland at ‘lowest level in eight years’

Productivity in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years, new figures have revealed.

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