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Tuesday’s business, political and lifestyle headlines

Daily Business kicks of the new month with an update on the Aberdeen/Standard Life merger … astonishing figures on the Bank of Mum and Dad… a plea to the new government from the Chambers… eye-popping growth from the data sector… …and a revealing interview with entrepreneurs’ chief Sandy Kennedy

Stay in touch with developments throughout the day with Scotland’s leading online business and political news service  www.dailybusinessgroup.co.uk

+ Star defence: Aberdeen Asset Management CEO Martin Gilbert has spoken about the multi-million pound bonus pool set aside for its merger with Standard Life…on job losses…and on current trading conditions

+ Tax call: The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has issued a list of election priorities with a tax cut for one sector high on the list.

+ Bank of mum and dad: Figures show the astonishing contribution now being made by parents to the supporting their children

+ Data demand: A growing demand for data is fuelling a boom in the Scottish data science sector. We have the latest figures

+ Comms boost: An investment communications business is opening more offices overseas

+ Interview: Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, reveals tbehind-the-scenes talks on collaboration that could bring a big change to the start-up environment…and outlines what he thinks is missing from the business community.

Banking / election: Daily Business caught up with former Chancellor Alistair Darling who offers some thoughts on RBS which he bailed out in 2008, Jeremy Corbyn’s chances, and the mood of the General Election campaign 

Whisky chaser: A Scotch whisky distiller has secured a deal in China

Summit support: Another corporate partner has been announced for this week’s Gleneagles entrepreneurial summit

Law hires: Three partner promotions for a Scottish law practice

Latest appointments: Grant Thornton + CMS + Grant Thornton + Boyd Legal + Martin Currie + other latest hires and promotions

Comment:

Investment: Alan Steel asks if market trends confirm the old recommendation to “Sell in May and don’t come back ’til St Leger Day”

Mind your language: Niels Footman says that Boris’s “mugwump” comment shows the importance of setting the right tone to suit your company or brand

Catch up

Tory boost: The latest opinion polls make better reading for the Tories than Labour + a stern message from the EU over Brexit talks

Pensions: A UK government minister has been accused of misleading women over the state pension

Whisky: Industry leaders want a change in the excise system

SCDI CEO: The policy group has hired a successor to Ross Martin 

+ PLUS the Digital Technology Awards… the latest property news… and a round-up of Sport

(There are reports elsewhere today about Fred Goodwin appearing in court…we already know about this …catch up with the story from Daily Business on 11 April here..)

Daily Business Magazine:

+ Interview: Sandy Kennedy, CEO, Entrepreneurial Scotland

+ Film: Pauline Taylor reviews the remake of Whisky Galore! which hits cinemas this weekend

Small firm perks: Big corporations use huge benefits to lure top staff. What can small firms offer in order to help staff feel valued and motivated?

Art and photography: A new exhibition has opened in Edinburgh of works by a US artist and photographer who was a contemporary of Warhol and Lichtenstein and is still working today

Food and drink: The latest reviews: Toast, Stirling, Footlights, Edinburgh, Stockbridge Market 

PLUS... street food in Stockbridge…the Film Festival goes retro…

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