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Derek Mackay spends almost £1000 on public speaking "refresher" course

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay spent almost £1000 of taxpayers cash on a "refresher course" in public speaking, it has emerged. The money went to Glasgow-based firm voicebusiness which boasts it can turn "nervous wrecks into skilled...

Tuesday, 11:54 in Politics
 

Theresa May ‘would have majority’ in snap election, says poll

A snap general election would deliver Theresa May the slenderest possible majority in the House of Commons, according to a new poll. The YouGov survey for The Times found that Conservatives would increase their 317-seat tally by four to 321, with...

Tuesday, 11:34 in Politics
 

Edinburgh Rugby star Damien Hoyland’s Iranian grandparents granted leave to remain in the UK

THE Iranian grandparents of Scottish rugby star Damien Hoyland have won their battle against deportation. Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, have been granted leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office. Their case was previously...

Tuesday, 11:34 in Politics
 

Solitary soul
on the slow train to Kyoto

Monisha Rajesh gave up her job to travel the world. Her journeys across 45,000 miles through 24 countries became a book, Around The World In 80 Trains, a celebration of rail. Here she enjoys the ingenuity and precision of a Japanese bullet train from...

Tuesday, 11:28 in Lifestyle
 

Glasgow’s Raven Controls takes off with £300k funding

Glasgow-based Raven Controls, whose systems have been used at golf’s Ryder Cup and athletics’ European Championships, has secured £300,000 in funding from business angels. The funding from business angels David Fletcher, Malcolm Jones and Clark Wilson...

Tuesday, 10:35 in Politics
 

Commercial property: Farming and fishing for new business

Some commercial properties offer buyers more than just a simple return on their investment. Lifestyle purchases, which may combine buildings, a business and a home, are a niche market and attract interest both from corporate investors and individuals...

Tuesday, 10:02 in Lifestyle
 

Clydesdale Bank enters new fintech partnership

Clydesdale Bank owner CYBG has struck a joint venture deal with fintech firm Salary Finance to boost the group’s personal lending business. Salary Finance has developed a platform that connects to the payroll of participating businesses to provide...

Tuesday, 09:44 in Business
 

UK fintech sector attracts record investment

Investment into the UK’s financial technology, or fintech, sector is booming, having surged by almost a fifth last year, a new study reveals. Venture capital and private equity investment rose to a record $3.3 billion (£2.6bn) in 2018, an increase of...

Tuesday, 09:09 in Business
 

How Brexit will affect each ingredient of the full English breakfast

The typical full English breakfast might include sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, hash browns and toast. Here’s how Brexit could effect the UK’s most important meal of the day. Eggs Let’s start with the good news. The British egg...

12 February 2019 in Lifestyle
 

US embraces openness as EU considers ‘chilling’ anti-free speech law – Catherine Stihler

Donald Trump may be fiercely protective of his own private data, but the US just passed the Open Government Data Act, while the EU is considering a new law that could have a chilling effect on free speech, writes Catherine Stihler. Data has become a...

12 February 2019 in Hot News
 

Banks still need all the good PR they can get after 2008 crash – leader comment

It seems clear the world is heading towards a future in which physical coins and notes are replaced by virtual ones in a commercial revolution potentially as profound as the switch from barter to currency. However, we are not there yet and cash is...

12 February 2019 in Hot News
 

Richard Leonard: Power must be transferred to the people after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK should create a more federal system which locks in devolution but also change the balance of power in the workplace, writes Richard Leonard. Within the last five years, the people of Scotland have voted in two referendums on...

12 February 2019 in Hot News
 

As economy falters, Theresa May faces MPs to ask them not to delay Brexit

Theresa May will go before MPs today to face down calls for a delay to Brexit, amid growing unease at the impact on the economy from continued uncertainty. The Prime Minister will ask Parliament not to try and force an extension to Article 50 when the...

12 February 2019 in Politics
 

Chris Grayling incompetence over scrapped ferries contract is ‘off the scale’

Theresa May continues to have full confidence in Chris Grayling despite the Transport Secretary being told he was “off the Richter scale of incompetence” over his handling of a cancelled £13.8m contract for post-Brexit ferry services. MPs across the...

12 February 2019 in Politics
 

Scots £2bn investment bank urged to boycott oil and gas industry

Environmentalists have “hijacked” a formal consultation into Scotland’s new £2 billion national investment bank to call for a boycott of firms involved with the flagship oil and gas industry. A total of 94 per cent of the 1,443 responses took the form...

12 February 2019 in Politics
 


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