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Wednesday’s business and political headlines

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Daily Business last night broke news of a new technology fund launched by a Scottish VC… see details below….a housebuilding merger has been abandoned…one of Scotland’s brewers is back in the doghouse…and there is a new president for the Scottish Chambers

Top reads yesterday: Brexit? Sturgeon in the US? No…our story on the sale of an Edinburgh church to a ballet master was once again the most popular item on the Daily Business website…with three times more readers than the day before.

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Today’s highlights…

+ 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

+ New level attack: A big four accountant has worked with cyber groups to thwart one of the biggest attacks on sensitive data

+ 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

Enterprise: A plan to help businesses scale-up is about to be launched by some of Scotland’s best-known entrepreneurs

Enterprise: The First Minister has announced new measures to support female entrepreneurs during her trip to California

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

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

+ Latest contracts: Cala, Cruden, Esk Border Construction, Enermech, Ecosse Subsea Systems

Latest appointments: JLL Scotland + Blackadders + RSM + Chambers of Commerce + Law at Work + Shepherd & Wedderburn + Graham + Sibbald + other latest hires and promotions

Catch up…

Union call – exclusive: A Scottish entrepreneur has launched a campaign to rally business leaders behind the union

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

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

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