News archive from 25 March 2013

Bob Bischof: Britain could have much to learn from German firms

A new German word has entered the English language after "Rucksack', "Kindergarten' and the phrase "Vorsprung durch Technik', namely Mittelstand. It means different, yet related things - it describes a medium-sized company, but it also...

 

Retail sector may face more casualties as cash-strapped firms are forced to pay rent in advance

Retailers are set to face crunch day on Monday as they are forced to pay their rent for the next three months. Experts have warned of further casualties, arguing today's deadline "could not have come at a worse time' for retailers struck by poor...

 

Britain's biggest banks take £12 billion hit from scandals

Britain's biggest banks have been hit by £25billion in charges - including more than £12billion for past sins. A report from accountants KPMG on Monday will lay bare how the profits of lenders have been decimated by fines, compensation bills for...

 
Tobacco smugglers losing UK market share

Tobacco smugglers losing UK market share

Tobacco smugglers have been thwarted by tougher legal agreements between the EU and cigarette companies. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Britain is winning the war against tobacco smugglers who target cheap cigarettes at poor smokers and...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
44 Scotland Street: Pat thinks, and is almost run over

44 Scotland Street: Pat thinks, and is almost run over

The fifty-sixth installment of Alexander McCall Smith's daily novel 44 Scotland Street: Pat thinks, and is almost run over Volume 9 Episode 56 The euphoria that Pat felt after the telephone call from Michael had not worn off. She had made her way back...

 
Images of Scotland: Bowden Kirk

Images of Scotland: Bowden Kirk

Walter Baxter grabbed a silver-lining in the recent wintry weather with this atmospheric image of Bowden Kirk and graveyard under a blanket of snow View more images of Scotland on our Facebook page • To submit your picture for publication online or in...

 
One in ten Scots men descended from Picts

One in ten Scots men descended from Picts

A RECENTLY discovered DNA marker suggests that 10 per cent of Scottish men are directly descended from the Picts, it is revealed today. Mystery has long surrounded the fate of the tribe of fierce enigmatic people who battled with Rome’s legions before...

 
St Margaret’s Church in Royal Deeside to be arts hub

St Margaret’s Church in Royal Deeside to be arts hub

AN EMPTY church on Royal Deeside, which Queen Victoria refused to visit, is set to be redeveloped as an arts hub in a scheme which has been backed by the Prince of Wales's regeneration trust. Plans are being made to transfer the ownership of the...

 
Al-Qaida unit in Mali says it has killed French hostage

Al-Qaida unit in Mali says it has killed French hostage

Philippe Verdon, who was captured in northern Mali two years ago, has reportedly been killed by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. Photograph: AP Al-Qaida's North African wing, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), claimed to have killed a French...

 
Professor Peter Higgs awarded the Edinburgh Medal

Professor Peter Higgs awarded the Edinburgh Medal

THE scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle has been granted another honour for his ground-breaking work. Professor Peter Higgs was given the Edinburgh Medal at a ceremony in the Scottish capital yesterday to recognise his...

 
SNP: Scotland faces £4.5bn cut in benefits

SNP: Scotland faces £4.5bn cut in benefits

THE impact of Westminster benefit cuts in Scotland has doubled to £4.5 billion, SNP ministers revealed yesterday, with a stark warning it will usher in the "last days of the Union". Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the cut amounted...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Hot News
 

Elderly ‘trapped’ by lack of transport - report

THOUSANDS of older people are "trapped" in their homes because of a lack of transport, a report has claimed. The WRVS said as many as 300,000 over-75s were being unnecessarily socially excluded. Cuts in public transport were having a...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Hot News
 

Northern Ireland political donors to lose anonymity

WITHHOLDING the identity of major donors to political parties in Northern Ireland is no longer justifiable, a Westminster committee has said. Anonymising the names of those who have given more than £7,500 to parties should end next year, according to...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Hot News
 

Rebecca Adlington engaged and the ‘happiest ever’

SWIMMER Rebecca Adlington has taken the plunge and become engaged, she announced yesterday. The former Olympic champion declared herself to be the “happiest person ever” after Harry Needs, a fellow swimmer, popped the question. Adlington, 24, who...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Hot News
 
Stagecoach sees organic growth as route ahead

Stagecoach sees organic growth as route ahead

TRANSPORT group Stagecoach is likely to favour organic growth over major acquisitions for the foreseeable future, its chief executive-designate has revealed. Martin Griffiths, who moves up from the finance director role at the Perth-based firm on 1...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 


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