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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

 

Business Comment: Terry Murden

Dismal building design is blighting our historic cities

Haymarket 1

They may be functional, dirty and noisy, but at their best they are works of physical art on the grand scale. Our cities, with their sprawling avenues, gracious crescents and curious back alleys evoke excitement, adventure, sometimes danger, not just in the way we inhabit them, but how we see and evaluate their visual delights. Scotland has bequeathed a fabulous built heritage equal to anything the world has to offer. Glasgow was gifted the unique style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander Greek Thomson. Aberdeen glories in the magnificence and uniqueness ofRead More


Texas Pacific Group said to be in talks to buy discount high street chain Poundworld for about £120 million


Colour of frock becomes online sensation

How a Scots folk singer found fame with “the dress”

An innocent online question from a West Highlands guitarist and singer for folk band Canach about the colour of a dress has turned into an internet sensation. Caitlin McNeill, 21, from Colonsay, posted a picture of the dress on the social network Tumblr after asking her friends whether it was white and gold or black and blue. The picture appeared with the caption: “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f*** out.”Read More


MPs say sites were hiding commissions

Price comparison sites ordered to pay compensation for unfair deals

Electricity bill

Energy price comparison sites have been ordered to compensate customers who did not get the deals they may have been expecting. Some changed to tariffs that may not have been the cheapest deals because the sites were not telling customers which paid the sites commissions. The Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee said trust in such sites was paramount and by filtering out suppliers that did not pay commission, the sites were not giving a fair choice, MPs said.. Tim Yeo, the committee’s chairman, said: “Some energy price comparison sites have been behavingRead More


Businesses to consider challenges

Oil experts to discuss impact of price slump

Malcolm Webb

Oil industry specialists will gather in Aberdeen next week to consider how they deal with the effect of the oil price on the supply chain and regional economy. Hosted by Oil & Gas UK in partnership with KPMG, Tuesday’s conference will bring together operators, service providers, funders and advisors to examine the price drop and to discuss ways all parties can work together to deliver a sustainable future for the industry. Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, will chair an expert panel discussion including Bob Keiller, chiefRead More