News archive from 6 April 2014

Senior Tories ‘expect Maria Miller to be sacked’

Senior Tories ‘expect Maria Miller to be sacked’

CONSERVATIVE back-bench MPs were last night quoted as calling for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked following the scandal over her parliamentary expenses and claims she attempted to suppress a newspaper's coverage of the revelations. Senior...

Scotsman, 00:00 in Hot News
 
Nisa days ahead for savers as tax changes kick in

Nisa days ahead for savers as tax changes kick in

Isa allowances increase today and will rise further when New Isas arrive - but experts warn there are drawbacks, writes Jeff Salway THE starting gun has been fired on a new chance for savers and investors to protect more of their cash from the...

 
‘Small wind farms Trojan horses for bigger schemes’

‘Small wind farms Trojan horses for bigger schemes’

CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to erect turbines on a landmark hillside in the North-East of Scotland have accused developers of using the planning system in an "undemocratic" way to win permission for larger wind farms. Members of Save Brown...

 
Fears for Ayrshire vitamin plant as DSM eyes China

Fears for Ayrshire vitamin plant as DSM eyes China

THE last remaining producer of vitamin C in the western world is understood to be in advanced talks to buy a Chinese rival, raising questions about its commitment to its Ayrshire plant. Dutch chemicals group DSM, which employs about 330 at its Dalry...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Green Dragon secures deal with China oil giant

Green Dragon secures deal with China oil giant

SHARES in Green Dragon Gas rocketed last week after the company announced a landmark deal with one of China's largest state-owned oil companies. The agreement with oil giant CNOOC came after Green Dragon last year reported unauthorised drilling on...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: London leaving UK out in the cold

Bill Jamieson: London leaving UK out in the cold

IT IS, we are told, the prime function of central bankers to take away the punch bowl when the party gets going. Nowhere is this function now more urgently required than in coverage of so-called “booming” or “surging” house prices. It’s one of the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Sir Sandy Crombie plays down link with RBS post

Sir Sandy Crombie plays down link with RBS post

SIR Sandy Crombie has played down speculation that he will become the next chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland. The former chief executive of Standard Life, who has been on the board of RBS as a non-executive director since 2009, has said privately...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Harrogate fire: appeal reaches £13,000 mark

Harrogate fire: appeal reaches £13,000 mark

A fundraising appeal to help support the victims of a fire in Harrogate a fortnight ago is still gathering pace. Families in flats above Albert Street lost their homes and possesions in the blaze on March 18 which broke out in the Prezzo restaurant...

 
Thorntons considers capital housing market move

Thorntons considers capital housing market move

THORNTONS, the biggest law firm in Tayside, is eyeing a push into Edinburgh's cut-throat residential property market after appointing a new divisional boss. Peter Ryder has been charged with growing the firm’s estate agency operation after taking on...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Merger creates Edinburgh’s largest letting agency

Merger creates Edinburgh’s largest letting agency

EDINBURGH'S biggest letting agency will be created this month when three of the capital's long-established property management firms are brought together into a single operation. The deal will see the James Gibb and Alba Residential names subsumed by...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Frothy Royal Mail shares can deliver for Cable

Frothy Royal Mail shares can deliver for Cable

SEARCHING questions continue to be asked about the sale of Royal Mail shares last October and ministers have been accused of shortchanging the taxpayer by selling too cheaply. It cannot be denied that the shares were underpriced at 330p, given that...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
‘Sizeable’ investment to secure bottle plant jobs

‘Sizeable’ investment to secure bottle plant jobs

A MAJOR investment in a glass bottle manufacturing facility based in Clackmannanshire is expected to be unveiled this week, safeguarding hundreds of jobs. Company officials from US-based Owens-Illinois are set to unveil the “sizeable” investment in...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Anytime signing keeps board on the ball

Anytime signing keeps board on the ball

FITNESS equipment supplier Anytime Leisure has hired the former chief executive of English Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Fulham as it sets itself the ambitious goal of doubling turnover in the coming year. The firm, which is headquartered on...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Conference seeks to end Scots heritage rivalries

Conference seeks to end Scots heritage rivalries

A NEW national collection should be set up to ensure Scotland's historic buildings, places and monuments are properly preserved, a heritage summit will be told next month. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is calling for the country’s most...

 
‘Lack of evidence’ to back plain tobacco packaging

‘Lack of evidence’ to back plain tobacco packaging

ONE of Scotland's leading experts in tackling addiction has warned that there is insufficient evidence for the UK and Scottish governments to press ahead with the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco. Dr Neil McKeganey, of the Drugs Misuse...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 


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