News archive from 27 January 2014

SME construction firms build the foundations for recovery

SME construction firms build the foundations for recovery

Scotland's construction sector experienced the biggest pick-up among the four home nations in the last three months of 2013, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Its latest survey of small and medium-sized building firms, published...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Market awaits figures after BSkyB and BT fight

Market awaits figures after BSkyB and BT fight

The battle between communications giants BSkyB and BT will heat up this week as both firms update investors, amid reports that Sky is in talks over a tie-up with Vodafone to curb the power of their resurgent rival. Sky was left reeling after losing...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
RBS may return small business decisions to branches

RBS may return small business decisions to branches

Royal Bank of Scotland could put branch managers back in charge of small business lending in an effort to cut costs and also allay concerns over its treatment of debtors. Chief executive Ross McEwan is conducting a wide-ranging review of the bank, the...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Comment: Dividends are making the money go round

Comment: Dividends are making the money go round

Few charges have more inflamed households facing steep rises in energy bills than the accusation that the energy giants are only concerned with "fat cat" shareholders and dividend payments. In the energy pricing controversy, the dividend...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
A menu of special guests for latest Albion dinners

A menu of special guests for latest Albion dinners

The Marketing Society Scotland's next round of Albion dinners has attracted a good line-up of speakers, including David Dinsmore, editor of the Sun, and Will Whitehorn, formerly one of Sir Richard Branson's right hand men and now chairman of the...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Business interview: Gordon Stuart

Business interview: Gordon Stuart

HE HAS lived and worked abroad for some of the top names in international business and thought once about emigrating, but it was someone close to his heart that persuaded Gordon Stuart that it was time to go home. Stuart, 58, lists Rio Tinto and...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Scots pupils add a tartan twist to prom night

Scots pupils add a tartan twist to prom night

IT HAS long been a rite of passage for American teenagers - with a plethora of rigid traditions and rituals attached. But now the US high school prom has been given a Scottish flavour by students on this side of the Atlantic who want to make the event...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Learning
 
British umbrella maker always open to more exports

British umbrella maker always open to more exports

Reams of sheet gold, chunks of solid silver shaped into horses' heads and acres of exuberantly coloured fabric are surrounded by a cacophony of whirring and hammering. The interconnecting rooms and workshops have the feel of an Aladdin's cave for...

BBC, 00:07 in Business
 
Scotland to get digital identity with .scot domain

Scotland to get digital identity with .scot domain

Scots will have their own online identity from this summer, it will be confirmed today, after a near decade-long campaign which was backed by famous names including Sir Sean Connery and Sir Tom Farmer. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

 
The young Swede who wants to transform e-commerce

The young Swede who wants to transform e-commerce

While most of Carl Walderkranz's classmates went travelling when they graduated from their high school in Stockholm, he decided to set up an advertising agency instead. Just 19 years old at the time, and with no experience in the advertising world,...

BBC, 00:14 in Business
 

Exclusive: Firm that vetted Snowden in new push to sell unit - sources

Ares Management LLC, one of the private equity firms that held talks with Altegrity last year about a deal, has resumed discussions recently about the possibility of acquiring the unit, which is called HireRight, the people said. Altegrity, owned by...

Reuters, 00:18 in Business
 
Battle of Bannockburn story in graphic novel

Battle of Bannockburn story in graphic novel

IT'S among the most famous victories of the Scots over the English, and now the story of the Battle of Bannockburn has been recreated in bloody and harrowing detail in a new comic book. But in keeping with its dark content, which conveys the terror of...

 
Ukip push Lib Dems into fifth place in Scotland

Ukip push Lib Dems into fifth place in Scotland

THE Liberal Democrats have slumped to fifth place in Scotland ahead of this year's European elections, with the party trailing the anti-EU Ukip, an exclusive new poll shows. Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems would lose their only MEP north of the Border and...

Scotsman, 00:18 in Politics
 
Scottish independence: Female director quota plan

Scottish independence: Female director quota plan

COMPANIES will be forced to give 40 per cent of their most senior jobs to women as part of the SNP's plans for independence - but the move has been branded as "ludicrous" and "ridiculous" by business leaders and opposition...

Scotsman, 00:18 in Politics
 
A third of Scots would back exit from EU

A third of Scots would back exit from EU

A THIRD of Scots are likely to vote for Scotland to leave the European Union if David Cameron holds an in-out referendum on Europe, a new poll showed. Mr Cameron has pledged to hold a vote on EU membership if the Conservatives win next year’s general...

Scotsman, 00:18 in Politics
 


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