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Government to sell £2bn Lloyds stake to public at a discount

The UK Treasury has today announced that it plans to sell shares worth at least £2 billion in bailed-out Lloyds Bank to private investors.

Published 5 October 2015

SMEs expect to slow hiring and increase prices in response to National Living Wage - FSB

Following the recent announcement by the UK Government of a new National Living Wage for the over 25s, many small and medium-sized businesses are planning to slow job creation, raise prices or postpone or cancel planned investments to compensate for the higher statutory rate, a survey of employers by the Federation of Small Businesses has found.

Published 5 October 2015

Survey finds drop in Scottish construction industry confidence

Confidence among Scottish construction employers about the year ahead has declined during the third quarter of 2015, according to a new report.

Published 5 October 2015

Scottish cider maker launches new phase of transatlantic collaboration

Building on the recent success of their crowd-sourced apple appeal, Scottish cider company Thistly Cross is now working with a US producer to bring organic JK’s Scrumpy Cider in cans to the UK.

Published 5 October 2015

Alliance Trust Savings appoints new finance director

Dundee-based Alliance Trust Savings has announced that Arlene Cairns has joined the company as its new finance director.

Published 5 October 2015

Perthshire property market has ‘turned a corner’

The Perthshire property market has ‘turned a corner’ according to one of the area’s leading property networks.

Published 5 October 2015

Blog: Switching on to greener office policies

Paul McCluskey is head of professional practices at Bank of Scotland

Published 5 October 2015

Significant turnover growth in mid-sized law firms - Henderson Loggie

The latest annual legal practices benchmarking review conducted by Scots accountants Henderson Loggie, in conjunction with the other seven members of the MHA association of independent accountancy firms around the UK, points to encouraging signs of growth as firms feel the benefit of the improving economy, most notably through an upturn in commercial and residential property work, with confidence also returning to many practices active in corporate transactions.

Published 2 October 2015

Tesco Bank proposes traffic light labelling system for current accounts

Edinburgh-based Tesco Bank has proposed the introduction of a traffic light labelling scheme, similar to that used in food labelling, to help make it easier for customers to see at-a-glance the value of the account they currently have, as well as the other accounts available in the market.

Published 2 October 2015

Scottish AIM shares fell 8.39 per cent in third quarter

Shares in Scottish companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) fell by 8.39 per cent in the third quarter of 2015 according to analysis by accountants BDO.

Published 2 October 2015

mlm Solutions appoints Keith Anderson as director

Financial recovery, restructuring and insolvency boutique mlm Solutions has appointed Keith Anderson as a director.

Published 2 October 2015

UK oil and gas firms are missing opportunities due to a lack of collaboration -Deloitte

Deloitte’s survey of oil and gas operators and oilfield services companies has found that a lack of effective supply chain collaboration means companies are missing out on maximising the potential value from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Published 2 October 2015

Blog: delinquent directors face tougher sanctions

Directors who act inappropriately now face a tougher disqualification regime, as David Menzies, a director of insolvency at ICAS, explains.

Published 2 October 2015

Margin pressure forces asset managers to invest in IT and cyber security: CBI/PwC

Asset managers are planning to raise spending to combat future cyber attacks, according to analysis from the latest CBI/PwC financial services survey.

Published 2 October 2015