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RBS reveals share buyback bid

Bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland says it is aiming to use spare cash to buy back shares from the state, speeding up its return to private ownership.

Published 18 January 2019

Lloyds Banking Group makes £18bn business lending commitment for 2019

Lloyds Banking Group, which includes Bank of Scotland, has pledged to support UK businesses this year with a commitment to lend £18 billion to firms in 2019.

Published 18 January 2019

Aberdeen office lettings nearly double as oil & gas sector improves

Improvement in oil price and continued stability in the oil and gas market saw office take-up in Aberdeen total 388,227 sq ft (36,070 sq m) in 2018, according to the latest research from Savills.

Published 18 January 2019

Fraser of Allander report reveals housing association's £2bn contribution to Scottish economy

Glasgow Housing Association’s transformation of social housing in Scotland’s largest city has boosted the nation’s economy by £2 billion and supported thousands of jobs, a new report has revealed.

Published 18 January 2019

More than third of small businesses ‘completely unfamiliar’ with new digital tax regime

With the April 2019 deadline for companies to digitise their VAT tax processes looming, 36 per cent of UK businesses say they are still ‘completely unfamiliar’ with the new regime, according to Scottish accountancy firm Scott-Moncrieff.

Published 18 January 2019

Blog: The only way is ethics and other investment practicalities for managing trusts

Suzy Thomson, investment manager at Brewin Dolphin in Dundee, suggests five things lawyers should consider in managing trusts.

Published 18 January 2019

Rural Scotland stealing the hearts of top end international property buyers

Midwinter in the Scottish countryside is not normally associated with a buoyant property market, yet during the past month there has been a spike in the number of international viewers to Scottish top end country properties.

Published 18 January 2019

ACCA hails latest exam pass rates

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has announced the pass rates of the last exam sitting for 2018.

Published 18 January 2019

Rise in European visitors as overall numbers continue to grow

The number of overseas visitors from Europe increased sharply by 22 per cent in the 12 months to the end of September 2018, according to official statistics released today.

Published 18 January 2019

AAB expands team as it records firth consecutive 50+ deal year

Independent chartered accountants & business advisers, Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB) has announced the successful completion of 51 transactions during 2018, covering a range of sectors including Oil & Gas, technology, food & drink, construction and support services.

Published 17 January 2019

Accounting scandal at Patisserie Valerie worse than thought, firm says

The owner of cafe chain Patisserie Valerie has disclosed this week that the accounting scandal it revealed in October, which almost destroyed the firm and is currently the subject of a Financial Reporting Council investigation, was even worse than it originally thought.

Published 17 January 2019

Scottish housing market on hold because of Brexit

The Scottish housing market ended 2018 on a weak note with Brexit uncertainty still biting, compounding a continuing lack of stock and affordability issues.

Published 17 January 2019

Turnover and profits up at Thorntons

Thorntons has recorded strong financial results, reporting a 13.1 per cent increase in turnover to £26.9 million, with profits increasing by 14.6 per cent to £5.8m

Published 17 January 2019

Prominent beach-themed North East hotel enters administration

A high-profile North East hotel well known for its beach-themed interior design and prominent location, the White Horse Inn in Balmedie north of Aberdeen, is to be marketed for sale after entering administration. Opened in 1975, the White Horse Inn is in the centre of Balmedie village, and adjacent to a coast characterised by 14 miles of sand dunes. An extensive refurbishment of the hotel, which continues to trade, was completed in 2015.

Published 17 January 2019

Tom Hunter venture secures agreement on 3,450 new homes and schools for West Lothian

One of the UK’s biggest housing-linked infrastructure projects is to be delivered in Winchburgh after a deal was struck between a new joint venture, the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council.

Published 17 January 2019