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Tuesday’s business and political headlines

Today we have exclusive news of a campaign to rally business leaders behind the union...and there is good news for film fans…a new studio and a possible return for Begbie... a worrying report for Labour ahead of the local elections…while the corporate world is busy with oil deals and a big takeover bid ..

There is a lot of media focus on the sale of a pipeline but DB readers were mostly interested in Leslie Benzies’ sale of a Stockbridge church (best read item – see below)…

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+ Union call – exclusive: A Scottish entrepreneur today launches a campaign to rally business leaders behind the union

+ Film: Ministers have approved plans for a £250m film studio in Scotland

+ Enterprise: Bank funding is supporting an Edinburgh fitness provider’s expansion plans

+ Labour woes: A new report has a dire warning for Labour ahead of the local elections

+ Bid talk: Engineering consultancy Atkins is likely to fall to a takeover bid…while Imagination Technologies saw its shares plunge

Latest appointments: Law at Work + Shepherd & Wedderburn + Graham + Sibbald + Havelock Europa + Business Stream + other latest hires and promotions

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

In the pipeline: Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe has tightened his grip on Britain’s energy supplies with a deal to buy a pipeline PLUS BP boss Bob Dudley faces pay cut PLUS Parkmead acquires more North Sea assets PLUS a £16m centre of excellence for the subsea sector is being launched today

Arts: Daily Business caught up with Irvine Welsh at a book-signing and he hinted at his next project

Technology: Four US tech firms are investing in Scotland

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

Law: A top law firm has hired a big hitter in the rural market

+ Law: Five appointments aim to strengthen Scots practice

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

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

+ Banking: Lloyds and Bank of Scotland to axe hundreds of branch counters

Property: A key location on Dundee’s waterfront is on the market (editorial promotion)

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