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Scottish businesses ‘would prefer UK-wide immigration system’

Businesses in Scotland have indicated a preference for a single UK-wide immigration system rather than adopting a devolved Scottish one, according to industry advisers. The Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster on Tuesday discussed the impact the...

Tuesday, 17:36 in Politics

Why the tourist tax must be ring-fenced for culture – Richard Lewis

Composer and former SNP councillor Richard Lewis, who drew up plans for a cultural levy in 2016, says the funds raised should be used to support creative industries. It was heartening to see recently that the principle of a tourist tax or cultural...

Tuesday, 16:59 in Politics

House of Bruar sees annual turnover jump by tenth as upgrade continues

Perthshire-based luxury retail destination the House of Bruar has seen annual turnover grow by almost a tenth, boosted by a jump in direct business, and with work under way to enhance its facilities. However, the business also expressed concern over...

Tuesday, 15:58 in Business

10 fascinating prison mugshots taken in 19th Century Scotland

These prison mug shots will go on show in Aberdeen this month as part of the Granite Noir crime writing festival and give a fascinating insight into the criminals - and punishments - of the day. 1. Mary Reilly Mill worker Mary Reilly fainted in the...

Tuesday, 15:11 in Lifestyle

SNP’s Ian Blackford forced to withdraw claim Theresa May was lying in Brexit debate

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford was forced to withdraw an accusation that the Prime Minister was a “liar” as she appeared before MPs to ask for more time to renegotiate her Brexit deal. Mrs May confirmed that there would be another round of...

Tuesday, 14:50 in Politics

MSPs launch probe into health facilities after deaths linked to pigeon droppings

MSPs have launched a probe into healthcare facilities across Scotland following the deaths of two patients who contracted an infection connected to pigeon droppings at a hospital. A 10-year-old boy died in December at the Queen Elizabeth University...

Tuesday, 14:04 in Health

‘I think they’re hooked now’: Shetland returns to BBC for fifth series

Shetland, the murder-mystery drama starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, is back for its fifth series. Georgina Humphreys takes a look at what makes the show such a success. Sometimes the location of a TV show can become like a...

Tuesday, 13:59 in Lifestyle

Take a look inside this Davidson’s Mains property with a difference

The house at 17 Quality Street, Davidson’s Mains in Edinburgh is a unique property which has undergone a radical change under the current owners, expanding upwards and outwards. The Georgian building would have been designed and built as two...

Tuesday, 13:45 in Lifestyle

Will of the People: Voters need power to deselect MPs and MSPs – Alastair Stewart

The power to recall and deselect MPs and MSPs for political reasons would be a good way to enable people to hold their elected representative to account, writes Alastair Stewart. Back in 1976, the former Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom, Lord...

Tuesday, 13:22 in Hot News

Edinburgh’s Commsworld rings up record year for revenues

Commsworld, the Edinburgh-headquartered telecoms and network provider, has dialled up revenues of more than £20 million, marking its most successful year to date. The firm, which was established in 1994 and also has offices in Aberdeen and Glasgow,...

Tuesday, 12:56 in Politics

Edinburgh launch for autism-focused social enterprise

A social enterprise that exclusively employs IT consultants on the autism spectrum has announced the launch of a new base in Edinburgh, its first in the UK outside London, as part of a strategy to create more jobs for autistic adults in Scotland....

Tuesday, 12:56 in Politics

The market value of the 22 teams in Scotland’s Premiership and Championship - ranked in order

Using the website Transfermarkt we break down the individual market value of the 22 teams in the top two divisions - (all values are GBP) - ranking them in order by lowest to highest. Click and scroll through the pages to discover where each clubs...

Tuesday, 12:50 in Lifestyle

Midlothian Council votes to scrap music tuition cuts as flash mob protests outside - reports

IT has been reported that Midlothian Council has voted to scrap controversial cuts to music tuition in schools as campaigners gathered in large numbers to rally against the proposal. The local authority announced at the end of January that it was set...

Tuesday, 12:21 in Politics

Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland still going strong – Alan Laidlaw

Not many modern organisations can trace their ­heritage back over two centuries. Even less can say they have remained true to their founders’ ­values and beliefs. Almost 235 years ago to the day (9 February 1784), around a table or two at a tavern on...

Tuesday, 12:10 in Hot News

Here’s to another 20 years of food industry growth

This year is our 20th birthday at Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland. While we are very young in comparison to the UK-based FDF (106 years old and thriving), we have had many successes over the past 20 years to celebrate. There have also been...

Tuesday, 12:02 in Lifestyle

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