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Thursday’s online business and political headlines

In today’s Daily Business…we ask why a multi-national company needs a handout from the Scottish taxpayer... we have an update on early reaction to Theresa May’s EU divorce papers…an oil company chairman has resigned …and the BBC is getting a new regulator…here’s a summary of what it wants (and it includes orders on its dealing with online news services)

We will have an update later on the future of Highlands & Islands Enterprise...and we will be attending the Scottish Legal out for our report

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+ Comment: More jobs for Glasgow – but why are Scottish taxpayers subsidising a Bermuda-based company valued at $4.8bn?
News announcement here: A financial services company is creating 300 jobs in Glasgow 

+ Media: The BBC has been ordered to spend more on programming outside London and to support other providers within the industry, including third party online providers

+ Brexit begins…badly: Theresa May found herself in hot water within hours of sending her letter to the EU Council. Here’s why. Plus, blow for Sturgeon as Scots want UK deal Plus Lloyd’s announces Europe move Plus analysts have provided Daily Business with a guide to what to expect in Brexit Britain

+ Chairman quits: An oil company has lost its chairman following sustained shareholder pressure.

+ Pensions call: Royal London boss Phil Loney is urging government to make a key change to pensions provision + another strong set of results for the group

+ Sport / football sponsorship: A big national sponsor has pulled out 

+ Asia plan: Standard Life has unveiled a deal in Hong Kong that will boost its presence in the market

Tech accelerator: Two of Scotland’s tech start-up veterans have launched an accelerator which they say will fill a gap in the market

Show time: Visitors to the Royal Highland Show have helped towards investment plans

Media: Another huge loss for The Scotsman owner 

Appointments: Anderson Strathern + Morton Fraser + Balfour & Manson + DM Hall + BT Scotland + Buccleuch + Stewart Milne + Chris Stewart Group + SFT + other latest hires and promotions

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