Purvis to retire from digital sector body ScotlandIS

Retiring: Polly Purvis has led the digital sector through an era of change   Polly Purvis is to retire as chief executive of ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies industry, Ms Purvis has been with ScotlandIS since its inception in 2000, and prior to that with the Scottish Software Federation from 1998. She has…

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Care homes boss demands inquiry into ‘wasteful spending’

Robert Kilgour: wasteful spending (pic: Terry Murden)   Scottish care homes entrepreneur Robert Kilgour has accused local authorities of failing to act after he revealed “evidence” of wasteful spending in the sector. Mr Kilgour, who founded Four Seasons Health Care, the UK’s biggest company in the care industry, obtained documents which he said showed an…

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Parents face £900 hike in fees at city’s private schools

The potential loss of pupils would equate to the entire roll call at George Heriot’s   Parents face paying an extra £900 to send their children to Edinburgh’s top fee-paying schools because of the partial removal of business rates relief, rising teachers’ pay and spiralling pensions contributions. Plugging a £9 million funding gap would result…

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Record growth at Martin Aitken & Co as Airlie signs off

Top team: Ewen Dyer, Gavin Curr, Duncan MacCaig, Adrienne Airlie   Accountancy practice and business adviser Martin Aitken & Co has recorded its biggest increase in turnover since the partnership converted to a limited company in 2013. The business said a 17% surge in income to £6 million for the year ended 31 December was…

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Russell ruled out of Scotland’s trip to Paris

Finn Russell has lost his race to be fit for Scotland’s meeting with France in Paris (pic: SNS Group)   Stand-off Finn Russell has added to Gregor Townsend’s selection problems after being ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations clash with France in Paris on Saturday. Concern over the 26-year-old’s fitness had grown after he suffered…

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Record low Scottish jobless figure ahead of Brexit

Jamie Hepburn: ‘jobs market continues to strengthen’ (pic: Terry Murden)   Unemployment in Scotland has fallen to a record low of 3.5%, with 10,000 fewer claimants taking figure to 96,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). UK unemployment was little-changed in the three-month period at 1.36 million, or 4%, which is the lowest rate…

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Spoonfed adds Denver office; Blu Marine sails into Greenock

Catering management software company Spoonfed is opening an office Denver, its second office in the US after receiving £575,000 of development funding from Equity Gap.   Spoonfed’s SaaS (Software as a Service) platform is aimed at contract catering firms and restaurants supplying businesses, universities, hospitals and many other institutions.  It intends to add nine staff to its…

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China slowdown hits HSBC; vegan rolls feed Greggs

HSBC Europe’s largest bank has been hit by the slowdown in China and its shares fell 2% in Hong Kong. It posted a near-16% rise in profit before tax of $19.9bn (£15.4bn) last year, compared to $17.2bn in 2017. Analysts had expected around $22bn. Chief executive John Flint said: “Despite more challenging market conditions at…

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Lack of supply sees sharp plunge in industrial lettings

The Titan warehouse letting was one of the biggest lettings last year   Take up of industrial units in Scotland plunged by more than a quarter last year as the lack of premium buildings started to take its toll on the market. Companies bought or rented around 5.8m sq ft of industrial space across Scotland…

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McColl’s AlbaCo bank poised to name new partners

Jim McColl’s new bank is expected to launch next year   Scottish tycoon Jim McColl’s new investment bank, provisionally called AlbaCo,  is due to announce a number of partners ahead of its planned launch early next year. The new bank will provide lending and savings facilities to SMEs which Mr McColl – owner of engineering…

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