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Thursday’s business and political headlines

Daily Business’s article on Par Equity’s new fund was top read item yesterday…(catch up below)

Today we have news of a big strategic reversal by FanDuel...we report on more problems for the Co-op…and ask if high taxes are really the cause of the economy slowing down…we have the latest property news and appointments..and we talk to a Scottish practitioner about the rise of the professional coach

Updates throughout the day here:

Today’s highlights…

+ Game off: Fantasy games company FanDuel has made a big change to its plans in Edinburgh

+ Bank woes: The Co-operative Group has unveiled annual figures showing a troubled year

+ Comment – are high taxes really a cause of Scotland’s economic woes?

+ Clyde delay: A plan for a £100m development on the Clyde has been held up by planning objections

+ Motivation a problem? We talk to one practitioner about the rise of the professional coach

New direction: Business leaders are unhappy over Scottish economic policy…here’s what they are saying

Cutting branches: Bank of Scotland is closing more branches and axeing jobs across the country. Is yours on the list?

+ Arts: A cinematic showcase heads to Scotland

Sport: A campaign has been launched to persuade more women to take up rugby. Paul Kiddie reports

Agencies merge: Two surveying firms are combining operations

+ Latest contracts: Cala, Cruden Homes, Enermech, Ecosse Subsea Systems

Latest appointments: Buccleuch + JLL Scotland + Blackadders + RSM + Chambers of Commerce + Law at Work + other latest hires and promotions

New fund: Daily Business last night broke news that Par Equity, the Edinburgh based venture capital firm, has unveiled a ground-breaking fund 

New president: The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has announced a successor to Nora Senior – and he has royal connections

+ Oil deal: Wood Group has updated on its planned acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler following analysis of the savings it can achieve

Merger off: Two housebuilders have abandoned merger talks

Punk protest: A brewer is in the doghouse over its plans to own the word ‘punk’

Bank talks: European Commissioners are to hold talks with RBS over its asset sale plan

Dress code: How should you dress in the workplace? And who should decide? Pauline Taylor investigates

+ Dancing deal: A games guru has sold one of Scotland’s best-known churches to a ballet master

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