News archive from 27 April 2014

CBI Scotland chief to take early retirement

CBI Scotland chief to take early retirement

THE CBI was last night forced to reveal that its Scottish director is to stand down at the end of the year. The announcement that Iain McMillan is taking early retirement came a day after the organisation’s embarrassing U-turn, reversing its decision...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Business leaders ‘muzzled’ by referendum threat

Business leaders ‘muzzled’ by referendum threat

SHADOW Business secretary Chuka Umunna has claimed that Scottish business leaders are being "muzzled" by supporters of independence with warnings from Nationalists of "consequences" in an independent Scotland. Umunna, who is widely...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Mike Elrick : John Smith - Scotland’s lost leader

Mike Elrick : John Smith - Scotland’s lost leader

LABOUR should invoke the memory of John Smith in the battle to save the UK, says the former Labour leader's press officer Mike Elrick IT IS 20 years since Labour leader John Smith died. Two decades since Saltires and Union flags flew at half-mast...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Politics
 
Bog Squad on mission to save butterflies

Bog Squad on mission to save butterflies

AN INVASION of dam-builders will set to work this week on Scottish bogs as part of a drive to preserve precious wildlife and battle global warming. A new £50,000 Scottish peatland restoration scheme being unveiled today in South Lanarkshire aims to...

 
More bang for your buck in Shareholder Spring 2

More bang for your buck in Shareholder Spring 2

IF THE Shareholder Spring two years ago was a boardroom blockbuster, then the sequel looks like it could be an even bigger box office hit. Investors were up in arms at AGMs all week, protesting once again at excessive pay that had such a star billing...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Getting on the housing ladder just got harder

Getting on the housing ladder just got harder

First-time buyers in Scotland face fresh obstacles in their bid to secure a foothold on the housing ladder as new lending rules take effect and house prices rise. The Scottish housing market has rebounded strongly over the past 18 months on the back...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Five key policies on which Labour must take a stand

Five key policies on which Labour must take a stand

Housing is one of five key areas in which a bold manifesto commitment could make a difference for Labour. Photograph: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Ima 1) HousingWhat's at stake? We are building fewer than half the number of houses we need...

Guardian, 00:06 in Health
 
RBS to reveal £500m cost of McEwan’s restructuring

RBS to reveal £500m cost of McEwan’s restructuring

ROYAL Bank of Scotland is set to unveil the first half-billion pounds of restructuring costs this week as part of chief executive Ross McEwan's radical shake-up of the bank. But McEwan, who admitted in February his plan to slash RBS from seven...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
The Rules of Inheritance review – an unflinching account of loss

The Rules of Inheritance review – an unflinching account of loss

Claire Bidwell Smith, who lost both her parents to cancer by the age of 25. Photograph: Ron Purdy When Claire Bidwell Smith was 14, both her parents were diagnosed with cancer. Her mother died when she was 18, her father when she was 25. This direct...

Guardian, 00:06 in Health
 
Exam guinea-pig generation

Exam guinea-pig generation

THEY have been called the guinea-pig generation. All year, the first cohort of fourth-year pupils to sit the new Curriculum for Excellence exams have found themselves at the centre of a firestorm as parents, teachers and educationalists raised...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Learning
 
Bloody vest that Pope John Paul II is a saint

Bloody vest that Pope John Paul II is a saint

The garment, which has a bullet hole and the initials “JP”, hand-stitched in red cotton, is being seen as tangible testimony to the Pontiff's suffering. The Polish Pope was wearing the undershirt on May 31, 1981, when he was shot at point-blank range...

 
Personal finance: Buckle up for a rise in the base rate

Personal finance: Buckle up for a rise in the base rate

Financial experts say several “good omens” have signalled an about-change in the outlook, including significant growth in mortgage lending, wages going up faster than prices, and falling unemployment. As a result, they predict a base rate rise may...

 
Going Dutch with ease: A guide to how mobile payment scheme paym works

Going Dutch with ease: A guide to how mobile payment scheme paym works

Under Paym (pronounced “Pay-em”), which is being launched by the Payments Council, you will be able pay people securely from your current account using just your mobile number - rather than using bank account and sort code details. Here we take a...

 
Act now to fuel cuts in your energy bill

Act now to fuel cuts in your energy bill

But just when we thought energy price rises were over, the Co-op has announced it is increasing the rates on its standard tariff by up to 2.4 per cent. According to EnergyHelpline, monthly direct-debit payers are facing a 2.4 per cent rise from £1,149...

 
Osborne's intervention over RBS was cynical and ultimately nonsensical

Osborne's intervention over RBS was cynical and ultimately nonsensical

Click to enlarge. Praise for George Osborne's intervention in the Royal Bank of Scotland bonus saga lasted about an hour. The decision by the Treasury to stand in the way of a move by the 81%-taxpayer owned bank to beat the EU bonus cap was initially...

Guardian, 00:10 in Business
 


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