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Tennent’s owner laments impact of stricter Scottish drink-drive limit

C&C, the Irish owner of Tennent’s lager, has become the latest drinks maker to claim that its profits are being impaired due to Scotland’s new lower drink-drive limit.

Published 14 May 2015

Help to Buy scheme delivers 5,000 Scottish sales valued at £1bn

More than 5,000 families and first time buyers have purchased their home through the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme, Holyrood housing minister Margaret Burgess revealed yesterday.

Published 14 May 2015

Students protest as Edinburgh Uni refuses to end fossil fuel investments

A group of students occupied part of Edinburgh University yesterday after it was announced that the institution had rejected a call for a moratorium on investments in the fossil fuel industry (including its pension fund).

Published 14 May 2015

Scotland's ski slopes bring in £23.2m as season ends

New figures released on the closing of this year's Scottish ski season have shown the country’s five winter sports centres enjoyed more days open for business than the season before, generating revenue of £23.2m for the economy.

Published 14 May 2015

Alliance Trust Savings buys Brewin Dolphin stockbroker in £14m deal

Alliance Trust Savings (ATS) has announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Brewin Dolphin’s execution-only stockbroking business, Stocktrade for £14 million.

Published 14 May 2015

Aegon assets hit £4bn as inflows triple

Edinburgh-based life and pensions firm Aegon UK has delivered a jump in first quarter profits driven by an upturn in demand for its online retirement planning service.

Published 14 May 2015

Lawyers Lindsays and RSB Macdonald to merge

Scottish law firms RSB macdonald and Lindsays are set to merge with effect from 6 July 2015, both companies have announced.

Published 14 May 2015

Scottish house prices continue rise despite ‘pre-election uncertainty’

House prices in Scotland rose in April ahead of the General Election with 31 per cent more surveyors reporting house price increases, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey.

Published 14 May 2015

Blog: Time to dilute impact of drink drive limit on licensed trade by cutting tourism VAT to 5%?

Eileen Blackburn is head of business recovery and Barry Laurie is a tax partner at French Duncan Chartered Accountants

Published 13 May 2015

Business Briefs - May 13

NHS Grampian has accepted a £10 million donation from the Wood Foundation to develop a multi storey car park at the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen.

Published 13 May 2015

Sin Bin: Four plead guilty to Edinburgh building contracts corruption

Four men have pleaded guilty for corruption following an investigation into the allocation of public building work contracts at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Published 13 May 2015

Scottish unemployment rises by 19,000

Unemployment in Scotland has risen by 19,000 to reach 168,000 during the first quarter of the year.

Published 13 May 2015

Standard Life buys advice firm as it welcomes SNP’s Westminster invasion

Edinburgh-based insurance giant Standard Life has re-emerged within financial advice arena after completing the acquisition of wealth manager Pearson Jones from Skipton Building Society.

Published 13 May 2015

BrewDog blitzes City’s fat cats as crowdfunding drive hits £5m within a month

Aberdeenshire-based craft-beer group and crowdfunding pioneer BrewDog has raised £5 million in just 20 days as a result of its latest round of fundraising.

Published 13 May 2015

Clydesdale likely to be downgraded after NAB demerging -Fitch

Credit ratings agency Fitch has placed the Clydesdale Bank on its 'rating watch negative' list following last week’s news that it is to demerge from Australian parent company, National Australia Bank.

Published 13 May 2015