News archive from 4 May 2014

Scottish firms struggling to get access to funding

Scottish firms struggling to get access to funding

ALMOST half the country's start-up firms believe that access to finance is the biggest challenge facing their business, and many fear that Scotland lacks the appropriate funding environment to help them develop. But, in a major survey of the Scottish...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Scott Reid: The £140m unused unfurnished flat

Scott Reid: The £140m unused unfurnished flat

There is nothing cool about a £140m unfurnished flat writes Scott Reid Eyebrows will have been raised after London’s soaring property market hit new heights last week with a record £140 million being paid for an unfurnished flat in the city’s One Hyde...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: Resurgent pound raises questions

Bill Jamieson: Resurgent pound raises questions

Resurgent pound puts question mark over hopes for a pick-up in exports says Bill Jamieson A striking irony in the rammy over SNP demands that an independent Scotland should be allowed to share the UK currency is the recent behaviour of sterling in...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Neil Young shows the crowds go wild for funding

Neil Young shows the crowds go wild for funding

FRESH from completing one of the most successful rounds in crowdfunding's relatively short history, Neil Young's PonoMusic is already moving on to bigger equity markets. Designed as a bastion against low-quality digital streaming and MP3 files, Pono...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Firms must pay attention to ethics not just profit

Firms must pay attention to ethics not just profit

FINANCIAL firms must place ethics and behaviour on the same plane as boosting profits and shareholder returns to restore public confidence, a conference will be told this week. The event in Edinburgh forms part of a series of international gatherings...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Isas give savers false sense of security

Isas give savers false sense of security

PENSION savers and investors are piling millions into seemingly cautious investment funds unaware of the risk they may be taking. That’s the warning from experts after new figures revealed that ordinary Isa investors are turning in growing numbers to...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Kristy Dorsey: Golf needs Donald Trump’s chutzpah

Kristy Dorsey: Golf needs Donald Trump’s chutzpah

Stuffy golfing industry could do with billionaire Donald Trump's chutzpah says Kirsty Dorsey IF THE reported figures are true, it would appear The Trumpster has bagged himself a bargain at Turnberry. Less than six years after the Dubai government...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
 
Leanne Wood: Plaid Cymru Leader on independence

Leanne Wood: Plaid Cymru Leader on independence

EMPOWER yourself and the world sits up and takes notice says Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru All of a sudden, outsiders have started taking an interest in your country. It seems that almost daily a bandwagon of naysayers strolls into one of...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Nation of drunks struggles to call last orders

Nation of drunks struggles to call last orders

OF ALL the Scottish stereotypes - the kilted clansman, the woad-painted Braveheart, the dour Presbyterian - the one of the country as a "nation of drunks" might seem the least likely to be peddled by Alex Salmond. This unflattering...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Old ‘Merk’ the currency for a new Scotland

Old ‘Merk’ the currency for a new Scotland

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could see the restoration of the "Merk" as its own Scottish currency - a move that would put cross-border mortgages and pensions at risk, a leading economist will claim this week. The former Scotland Office chief...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Ed Miliband slammed for zero hour contracts

Ed Miliband slammed for zero hour contracts

THE Labour council where Ed Miliband announced his pledge to crack down on zero hours contracts has almost 800 workers employed using the controversial arrangement. Scotland on Sunday has learned that North Lanarkshire Council has 542 staff on zero...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Black Watch statue honouring Great War heroes

Black Watch statue honouring Great War heroes

A STATUE of a kilted Black Watch sergeant was unveiled in Belgium yesterday to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The bronze statue, designed by Edinburgh sculptor Alan Herriot, was erected in front of 300 regimental veterans...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
Habitat at 50: a new way of living

Habitat at 50: a new way of living

Inside story: fledgling designer Terence Conran in 1956, aged 24. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images On 11 May 1964, at 9.30am, a tall oak door opened on the corner of Sloane Avenue and the Fulham Road. The shop inside would become a landmark in the...

 
Martin McGuinness attacks ‘dark side’ in police

Martin McGuinness attacks ‘dark side’ in police

MARTIN McGuinness claimed yesterday that the arrest of his Sinn Fein colleague Gerry Adams was an attempt by some police officers to settle old scores. Addressing crowds gathered in Belfast, McGuinness blamed an "embittered rump" of the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Hot News
 
On my radar: Mary Lynn Rajskub's cultural highlights

On my radar: Mary Lynn Rajskub's cultural highlights

Mary Lynn Rajskub on Orange is the New Black: 'If was realistic it would be way too depressing.' Photograph: Rex Mary Lynn Rajskub is a 42-year-old actress, comedian and singer, best known for playing the role of prickly but loyal systems analyst...

 


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