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Daily Business headlines: February 2

A summary of breaking news and catch up on top stories on the Daily Business website

Travel takeover: Scots agency Barrhead Travel has been acquired by a US company

Angel’s share: The Linc Scotland network of business angels has reported record figures

Sport: SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has resigned and Hibs chief is tipped as successor

Carillion / fund managers: Keith Skeoch and Martin Gilbert are facing questions over the collapse of Carillion

Pub slump: There was no festive cheer for Scotland’s hospitality sector

Enterprise: A north east businessman is setting up a venture to help firms secure business in Asia

Mobile: The FSB will deliver a message to MPs about mobile technology + Openreach hits new milestone

Branson hotel: Sir Richard Branson has unveiled plans for the first Virgin Hotel in Scotland

Asia licked: A Scots ice cream maker is winning more orders from Korea and Taiwan

Oil and gas: BP has given the North Sea a boost with two discoveries

Oil and gas:  rising price of oil lifts Shell profits

Sweet figures: AG Barr has updated the market on the effect of the sugar tax on sales of Irn-Bru

Private banking: One of Edinburgh’s private banks has exceeded its funding target

Tech investment: Sixty emerging firms have been chosen for the next EIE pitching event

Media: Revenue slips at Scotsman owner Johnston Press

Property: Architect is latest tenant at flagship Glasgow office scheme

Law: Two senior hires for Aberdein Considine

Law: promotion for Burness Paull legal counsel

Surveying: Valuer appointed to run new Fife office

Social investment: New role for ex-banker Ken Barclay

Latest appointments (updated daily):  Aberdein Considine + Social Investment Scotland + Allied Surveyors + Burness Paull + Dentus Aegis Network + Glasgow Chamber + Senshi Digital + thinkWhere + others

Databank: Daily Business has teamed up with SCDI to launch a databank providing an at-a-glance compilation of key information on the economy

Social media / crowdfunding:  A Scottish company is raising funds for what it claims is a unique platform

Comment: Is Jim McColl’s big idea likely to force a change of focus in economic policy?

Law: Anderson Strathern has unveiled its trading figures for the last year

Enterprise: Chris van der Kuyl has teamed up with former executives of a big insurance company to launch a new venture

Technology: A group of angel syndicates are backing a 5G technology firm

Procurement: A Scottish architect has joined a call for a review of procurement rules in the wake of the Carillion failure 

Holyrood economy hearing: Tough talking from tycoon Jim McColl and Jackie Brierton of Women’s Enterprise over the national investment bank and advice services to small firms – we have a full report

Bandstand dispute: The replacement for the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh has been put on hold

Sport – rugby: Paul Kiddie reports on Gregor Townsend’s Six Nations team


Interview: Peter Boyle marks ten years running an independent fund manager in Scotland 

Interview: Stephen Coleman of Codebase talks about expansion and the Edinburgh tech phenomenon 

Film review – Three Billboards: One of the big tips for this year’s Oscars is a harsh, brutal and expletive-riddled movie. Is it a worthy winner? 

Film review – Padmaavat: the controversial Bollywood epic has finally been released in the face of death threats against those involved

Film review: Pauline Taylor reviews the first night of the new Churchill film Darkest Hour

Theatre review: Hayley Murden reviews Miss Saigon at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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