The most read Scottish Financial News And Finally’s of 2020



As 2020 comes to an end, Scottish Financial News runs through the top twelve most-read stories in our ‘And Finally…’ feature: 

  • Bringing up the rear at number twelve, is Howard Brown’s switch to Royal Bank of Scotland. 

Howard Brown, famous for being the face of the Halifax, switched to RBS as part of a £175 switcher offer.

  • In eleventh place, is Swiss Bank Lombard Odier’s multi-million-pound on Irn Bru maker AG Barr’s failure during COVID-19.

In April, the private bank increased its bet on the drink’s giant failing during the crisis.

  • At number ten, is the sale of a £1.37 million tuna.

At the start of 2020, self-proclaimed “sushi-king” Mr Kiyoshi Kimura paid £1.37m for a giant bluefin tuna at the main fish market in Tokyo.

  • Coming in ninth place, is a French worker’s successful ‘bore-out’.

In June, a French worker was awarded €50,000 after Paris’ appeals court ruled he had suffered a “bore-out” from a lack of stimulation in the workplace.

  • At number eight in the running, is the changing of a Ryan Air passenger’s name

A teenager travelling to Ibiza with budget airline Ryanair avoided a £220 administrative fee by changing his name by deed poll.

  • In seventh place, Wylie & Bissett proclaimed COVID-19 as the death of the suit.

Scottish accountancy firm Wylie & Bisset has pronounced “the death of the business suit” following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Coming in at number six, is a gardening court case, which backfired.

A multi-millionaire couple who lost a court battle with their architect friend over her free landscaping advice on their £5m property, were forced to pay £2m in costs.

  • In fifth place, is football’s huge contribution to the UK economy.

The Premier League and its clubs supported close to 100,000 jobs as well as contributing £7.6 billion to UK Gross Domestic Product in 2019, according to data from EY.

  • At number four, is the £72m payout for a student inventor.

Matt McGrath, the young student who won a competition with his ground-breaking reinvention of a medical device used in every major surgical operation has finally sold the business he founded 14 years ago for a staggering £72m.

  • In third place, is a Scottish butcher’s £20m personal fortune.

A Scottish butcher who started working as a teenager behind the counter in the small chain of Glasgow butcher shops, and died having built the business into a multi-million-pound empire with more than 700 staff, left a personal fortune of £20m.

  • Coming in second place, is Edinburgh’s status as UK’s second most cash rich city.

Edinburgh was ranked as the second cash richest city in the UK, with £16.9bn in business bank accounts across the Scottish capita.

  • Reigning supreme in first place, is Royal Bank of Scotland’s ending of auto issue cheque books.

RBS and its subsidiary NatWest stopped automatically replacing their customers’ cheque books when they run out, becoming the first major banks in the UK to do so.