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Monday, November 16th, 2015


Sports Direct owner's latest punt

Ashley hoping to score with stake in Goals Soccer Centres

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has acquired a small stake in the Scottish five-a-side football company Goals Soccer Centres. READ MORE

Play off second leg

Irish luck as penalty hands them place at Euro 2016

Euro 2016

The Republic of Ireland booked their place at Euro 2016 with two goals from Jon Walters to beat a spirited Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-off second leg in Dublin. Ireland were helped by a controversial penalty in the 24th-minute awarded by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers after Bosnia’s Ervin Zukanovic was judged to have handled a Daryl Murphy cross. The goal put the Irish 2-1 up on aggregate and Walters volleyed in on 70 minutes to ensure his team’s passage to the tournament in France along with Northern Ireland, England and Wales. Manager MartinRead More

Douglas Park has resumed his role as a director of Rangers Football Club after stepping down in August

Programme opens

Scott Logic graduate plan on track for record

Software firm Scott Logic has recruited its first group of graduates only six weeks after applications for the 2016 programme opened. The graduate and internship programmes at the consultancy, headquartered in Newcastle with offices in Edinburgh, Bristol and London, only began inviting applicants in early October. But already, five confirmed appointments have been made for talented graduates to join the business in February next year as the firm aims to better this year’s number. In August, the company, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, welcomed a record 19 graduates into its ranks afterRead More

Victory for British number one

Murray sees off Ferrer in ATP opener

Andy Murray began his ATP World Tour Finals campaign with a closely-fought victory over Spain’s David Ferrer, 6-4, 6-4. Murray had been practising on clay ahead of next week’s Davis Cup final in Belgium, but he showed little concern about the switch back to an indoor hard court at the O2 Arena. He squandered four break points before making the first break and taking the opening set against the world number seven. BBC Sport tennis commentator Andrew Castle: “Apart from one lapse of concentration that lasted 10 or 15 minutes that wasRead More

Markets show resilience in face of Paris attacks

Mon: Markets proved resilient in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Paris with most ending the day in positive territory and even the Paris CAC index recovering most of its losses to end the day only 3.64 points or 0.08% down at 4804.31. In London, the FTSE100 was in the black for most of the day and closed up 28.1 points or 0.46% at 6,146.38. However, travel and airline companies were among the big fallers, Tui being the biggest victim, down 4.06% at 1088p. Thomas Cook and IAG alsoRead More

Marriott International is buying Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2bn, creating the world’s largest hotel company

Entrepreneurs to pitch at EIE and Edge

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Young companies looking for finance will be pitching at two events in Edinburgh and London. Four Scots firms will be looking for a share of £1.5 million from the fourth Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) London investor conference on Wednesday 18 November. It is operated by Informatics Ventures based at Edinburgh university. On 7 December Scottish Edge round seven will take place at the RBS Conference Centre in Edinburgh where 23 finalists will pitch to an audience and judges in a Dragons’ Den style presentation. Winners will also be announced from Young Edge, forRead More

Glimmer of hope for retailers

Retailers hail better shop vacancy rates

An improvement in shop vacancies provides a “glimmer of hope” for the high street, says a retail chief. The figures show fewer empty shops, although this could be a result of firms taking up units in the run-up to Christmas. David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “The improved shop vacancy rate in our town centres provides a welcome glimmer of light, more so as it comes after three successive quarters of deterioration. “We look forward to seeing whether this develops into a sustained improvement in shop vacancy ratesRead More

As I See It

HBOS report: a sorry tale of delay and failure

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After the long wait for the report into what went wrong at HBOS it is likely we will be left wanting another one that will investigate those responsible for the delay. READ MORE