Council’s pension fund tobacco investment attacked

A Scottish council has been forced to defend its £2.3 million investment in a multi-national tobacco company while at the same time promoting a host of anti-smoking public health initiatives.

Published 1 April 2015

New legislation to give communities a say in public spending

A change to the Community (Scotland) Empowerment Bill agreed by the local government and regeneration committee last week encourages public bodies to promote and facilitate participation with people and communities in decision making and budget setting.

Published 1 April 2015

Young adults most likely to experience poverty in Scotland

Young adults are the most likely group to experience poverty in Scotland, with those renting privately at greatest risk, a new report has said.

Published 1 April 2015

Record number of Scots children in working households

Scotland has the highest proportion of people living in working households across the UK according to new figures.

Published 1 April 2015

Business Briefs - March 25th

The number of women on company boards has almost doubled over the past four years to just under a quarter, according to new figures.

Published 26 March 2015

Alliance Trust ‘surprised’ by ShareSoc backing to activist’s challenge

Alliance Trust has said that it is surprised by a move by investor interest group ShareSoc to support a boardroom overhaul proposed by American activist group Elliott Investors.

Published 26 March 2015

Standard Life boss: Brexit would be 'disaster' for UK

Sir Gerry Grimstone, chairman of Edinburgh-based insurance giant Standard Life, has spoken out on the prospect of a British exist from the European Union.

Published 26 March 2015

GIB gets £200m for overseas drive

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has revealed a ground-breaking £200 million international pilot programme with the UK government.

Published 26 March 2015

Scottish rent increases slow to 1.1 per cent

The average cost of renting a Scottish property has risen just 1.1 per cent in the last year.

Published 26 March 2015

Scottish football ‘in good overall health’ despite high profile wrangles –Begbies Traynor

Scottish football clubs have seen a dramatic improvement in their financial health according to Begbies Traynor’s annual financial fitness test for the sport.

Published 26 March 2015

‘New drink-drive limit killing Scottish pubs’

A third of Scottish pubs have reported a slump in business in the wake of the new drink-drive limit introduced north of the border late last year, leading to industry bosses to condemn the move that they say in costing jobs and livelihoods.

Published 26 March 2015

Total cleared to develop Shetland gas fields

Total, the French oil and gas giant, has been cleared by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to develop two gas fields north-west of Shetland.

Published 26 March 2015

Remortgage lending falls in February -LMS

The latest figures from LMS have revealed that the value of monthly gross remortgage lending saw a decrease of 16 per cent in February to £3.5bn, down from the £4.1bn in January reported by the Council for Mortgage Lenders(CML) last week.

Published 26 March 2015

Business Briefs - 24th March

Irn Bru has penned a three-year partnership with English The Football League to become its official soft drink partner.

Published 25 March 2015

Scottish economy suffers “sharp jolt” in 2015’s opening months -BoS

The Scottish economy slowed sharply in the three months to the end of February but expectations for the next six months remain elevated at levels only slightly below their pre-crisis level, and at their seventh highest quarterly level in more than seven years.

Published 24 March 2015