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Monday’s business and political headlines

Breaking news on the Daily Business website today includes more change for bank customers…a senior legal hire...and a significant deal for a medical research company…

We have a revealing interview with a senior property figure and the latest appointments

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+ Spain gain: Nicola Sturgeon has been handed an independence boost from an unlikely source

+ Oil: BP is selling its 40-year pipeline to the entrepreneur Jim Ratcliffe

+ Micro banking: Hundreds of Lloyds and Bank of Scotland branches are about to shrink + Treasury sells more shares

+ Technology: A US tech firm is investing in Scotland

+ Healing market: A Scottish stem cell company has signed an important deal with a hospital spin-out to develop its healing technology 

+ Property hire: A senior property consultant has switched employer

+ Law hire: A senior lawyer has made the move to Shepherd & Wedderburn

Banking: Two Scottish banks are eyeing a possible bid for the troubled Co-operative Bank

Wrong policy: Shopping app CEO Cally Russell says retailers are making some wrong decisions on tackling the high street slowdown + SRC on rates change + new minimum pay levels 

Housing: A Scottish house builder has been hit by the oil downturn

Green motoring: A Scots accountant has taken the plunge after changes to taxes on company cars

Agency’s new focus: A new estate agency has launched with a focus on helping charity

Interview: Paul Curran. The managing director of Quartermile updates on the biggest homes and business project in Scotland and reveals his frustrations with government through his role as chairman of the Scottish Property Federation

+ Sport: Brendan Rodgers was celebrating his first title as Celtic remain on course for more success

Sport: A big win for Britain’s top women’s tennis player + the Brodies Invitational gets an uplift

+ Arts: One of the UK’s top jazz singers made an appearance in Edinburgh last night to mark a milestone for a city club…Daily Business went along

On the Money – Alan Steel offers his advice on how to avoid being misled by market moaners

Latest appointments: Graham + Sibbald + Havelock Europa + Business Stream + other latest hires and promotions

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