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Calls for ‘more progressive’ Scottish property tax system

Finance chiefs today called for a more progressive property tax system in Scotland to improve local accountability and proposed an end to the council tax freeze.

Published 3 July 2015

Government stake in Lloyds falls below 16 per cent after latest sell-off

The UK Government has sold off another tranche of shares in bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group, taking the taxpayers’ stake in the Edinburgh-based lender below 16 per cent.

Published 3 July 2015

Scotch Whisky takes step into Africa with ‘Geographical Indication’ status

For the first time in an African country, Scotch Whisky has been recognised as a ‘geographical indication’ meaning the description can only be used on whisky produced in Scotland in accordance with UK law.

Published 3 July 2015

‘Employee ownership can unlock innovation across Scotland’

Employee ownership can be the key to unlocking innovation in companies, according to a cross-sector group of influential Scottish business leaders.

Published 3 July 2015

Swinney to open new Blairgowrie Credit Union service

A new Perth and Kinross Credit Union (PKCU) service in Blairgowrie will be officially opened today by deputy first minister and MSP for Perthshire North John Swinney.

Published 3 July 2015

Perthshire property market sees growth in second quarter

Perthshire has enjoyed positive trends in the local property market in the first half of 2015, with sales up on last year, according to the region's largest agent.

Published 2 July 2015

Sin Bin: Current accounts now top target for UK fraudsters

Latest data has revealed current accounts have this year overtaken mortgages as the number one target for Britain's financial fraudsters.

Published 2 July 2015

North east accountant announces new sporting sponsorship deal

Aberdeen-based accountants Phil Anderson Financial Services has announced that it is to sponsor the prestigious UK-wide Whitehall Invitation Pairs bowling club competition.

Published 2 July 2015

Leading Scots economist says SNP growth plan is so general it could be applied to Russia

One of Scotland’s leading economists has described as a “red herring” claims made by the SNP that “full fiscal autonomy” can deliver such growth that the process would require neither tax rises nor spending cuts.

Published 2 July 2015

Optimism in property market slows down -Clydesdale

New research from Clydesdale Bank has revealed that optimism in the property market has slowed down, with fewer homeowners anticipating an increase in the value of their home over the next 12 months.

Published 2 July 2015

Scottish AIM shares rise more than 10 per cent in second quarter

Shares in Scottish companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) rose by 10.31 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 according to analysis by accountants BDO.

Published 2 July 2015

Lloyds announces hundreds of staff to go in latest round of job cuts

Edinburgh-based Lloyds Banking Group has announced plans to shed more than 600 jobs as part of a radical restructure programme at the still partially state-owned bank.

Published 2 July 2015

Leadership ‘improving’ at Aberdeen City Council, says watchdog

Aberdeen City Council has improved how it is run in recent years and has plans for further changes but a great deal more work is needed to deliver these, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 2 July 2015

Standard Life Investments expands multi asset team

Standard Life Investments, the Edinburgh-based global fund manager, has announced the appointment of Gerry Fowler as investment director and 'idea generator' within its multi-asset investment (MAI) team.

Published 1 July 2015