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Thursday’s business and political headlines

Scotland’s leading business news service brings you today’s breaking stories…including the fees being earned by advisers working on the Standard Life/Aberdeen merger…a milestone for pensions company Aegon…details of Labour’s election manifesto….plus Comment on Corbynomics and why there has been a slump in start-up figures

Daily Business will be reporting from the EIE event and the AGMs for Lloyds and RBS

Stay in touch with developments throughout the day here  www.dailybusinessgroup.co.uk

+ Labour leak: The party’s manifesto has been leaked and it reveals a long list of pledges…here’s what it says

+ Merger fees: Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management have revealed the fees being to advisers, including multi-million pound payments to PR agencies

+ Comment – Terry Murden: What should we make of Labour’s manifesto? Why has there been a slump in start-ups?

+ Aegon: Chief executive Adrian Grace has hailed a new milestone for the  Edinburgh pensions company

+ BT cuts: The telecoms company has confirmed big job cuts and punished its CEO

Expenses verdict: Prosecutors have ruled on the allegations of expenses fraud by Tory MPs in the 2015 election… Story here 

Food and drink: An initiative to help producers has been unveiled

Property: A letting agent has been appointed for a key part of the Dundee Waterfront development

+ Space: How an East Lothian businessman had an out of this world experience at an event in the US

Sport – rugby: The draw has been made for the rugby world cup in Japan in two years time and we have full reaction from new Scotland coach Gregor Townsend

Sport – golf: Paul Kiddie reports on a new golf academy for Scotland

Standard Life/Aberdeen: full details on the plan, including board changes

+ Comment: Life just won’t be the same as Standard Life/Aberdeen merger looms

Oil and gas: Aberdeen company increases stake in gas field

RBS: The bank continues to shrink and has unveiled more job cuts

+ Transparent energy: A new energy company promising price transparency and free shares for customers has reached another milestone

Champions needed: A business lobby group is demanding action to give business a greater say in decision making

Technology: SMEs are being invited to supply innovative solutions to public sector services and the next phase of the government-led CivTech programme is being rolled out. Here’s the detail

Food and drink: A Scottish hotel and a top chef will be showcasing suppliers’ produce next month. Find out more here

Energy deal: A Scottish energy company is hoping for huge benefits after signing a JV in the Middle East

Business tourism: The latest ranking of top city locations for conferences has been published

Enterprise: a new enterprise and innovation hub has been unveiled in partnership with a Scots university

Appointments: Gilson Gray + Henderson Loggie + Johnston Carmichael + MMS + other hires and promotions

Awards: An Edinburgh apartment is celebrating its success in the Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards

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Create Special: Catch up on our exclusive extracts from Entrepreneurial Spark co-founder Jim Duffy’s new book on start-ups

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