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Tuesday’s business, political and sports headlines

Good morning and welcome back to those who have been away… Daily Business kicks off the week with the usual breaking news, opinion and interviews…

RBS may have to revive its “plan B” for selling assets…

Business bosses have set out what they would like to see in the UK government’s new Industrial Strategy….

…a Scottish listed company is looking for a chairman

… a new report says fashion retailers are discounting at an increasing rate…while one shopping park is signing up new tenants…

Our story about a plan to demolish part of Leith Walk to make way for a housing and retail development was the top read item over the weekend..

..and catch up with the latest lifestyle and work-related issues in our new Daily Business Magazine…including an interview with a former Standard Life worker who has found an unusual route back to health and to helping others…

+ Bank: RBS may be forced to re-think its “plan B” for selling assets

+ Industrial strategy: The CBI has set out its response to the green paper on creating an industrial strategy: here’s what it wants

+ Chair vacancy: A Scottish listed company is seeking a new chairman after announcing its long-standing incumbent is to retire

+ Technology: A Scottish software firm has enjoyed a record first quarter

+ Discount warning: retailers are reducing the prices of goods at an increasing rate, says Edinburgh analytics firm Mallzee

+ Fortified: One retail park is shrugging off the gloom and signing up new tenants

+ Stores update: House of Fraser and Jenners have unveiled year-end figures…

+ Enterprise: A couple used £1,000 to start an unusual picture framing business…two years later they are exporting

+ Property: EY has confirmed details of its move into one of Edinburgh’s prime office developments

+ Sport: How soon will Dundee name a successor to sacked Dundee manager Paul Hartley?

+ A laughing matter – interview: Jo Bluett’s career at Standard Life came to a halt though illness…she explains to Pauline Taylor what came next 

Latest appointments: BioQuarter + thinkWhere + RSM + Grant Property + ICAS + Morton Fraser + Hall Morrice + other latest hires and promotions

Been away? Catch up on the top stories from Daily Business over the past week…

Retail IPO: A Glasgow retailer is defying the market and moving closer to a stock market flotation

Media: The Sun is under increasing pressure to take action as hostility grows to comments by its former editor 

Leith shops battle: The owner of a row of shops, cafes and other businesses wants to demolish them to build flats 

Bank battle: Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has stepped into the row over branch closures…the party’s latest declaration this week on the economy, including late payments and public sector contracts

Alan Steel – On the Money: Why low costs can mean high hurdles for those looking to invest

+ Late payment: Latest data reveals the extent of one of the biggest problems facing SMEs

Media / Comment: A new editor for The Scotsman…but the paper’s owner wants him to keep an eye on another title

+ Media: A PR agency announced a rebrand and expansion

Property hire: Ex-Scotland cricketer now batting for property firm 

Tech hire: A director of Jumpstart has taken the chair at a technology company

Accountancy: RSM adds to growing tax team

+ ICAS: Tax leader hired by accountancy body

Enterprise: Activity centre plans diversification into hospitality and conferences

Bus order: Falkirk manufacturer Alexander Dennis has received some good news

+ King in court: Rangers chairman Dave King faces another legal battle that could prove costly

Sport – Rangers: Paul Kiddie says new boss Caixinha ready to take Celtic by the horns

Sport: Hearts owner Ann Budge issued a robust statement yesterday…commenting on Craig Levein’s role and the club’s plans for the early weeks of next season

Confidence rising: A new survey on the SME sector offers some hope and a little caution..

Road ready: The M8’s missing link is close to being opened – with update and video

School alarm: Defects have been found in more buildings following an inspection of building standards

Goodwin in court: A date has been set for the former CEO of RBS to make a rare public appearance when he appears in court + a private shareholders group wants the current chairman to step down

Scots acquisition: A Scottish engineering company has acquired a business in the US

+ Events tie-up: Bruce Walker has found a partner for We Are The Future

Daily Business Magazine:

+ A laughing matter – interview: Jo Bluett’s career at Standard Life came to halt though illness…she explains to Pauline Taylor what came next 

Food and drink – Harbour master: Pauline Taylor visits one of the west coast’s oldest hostelries

+ Food and drink – Kitchen draw: Dougal Sharp marks the opening of a bar with a difference

+  Style – Colour statement: The latest must-have colour fashion is spreading from phones to jewellery and is now making its way into the bedroom

Leadership: US speaker Michael Anderson believes that creating a better relationship with ourselves can help us become better leaders 

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