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Agency investigates BBC salmon farming claims

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said on Monday it will “fully investigate suggestions of alleged industry wrongdoing” by BBC programme Panorama about Scotland’s salmon…






Menzies hoping to appoint new CEO in June

Edinburgh-based John Menzies plc, the global airport services firm, said on Friday the process to appoint a new chief executive officer of the firm “is progressing…









Salmon exports up 27% to £152m in first quarter

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) said figures released by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) show that Scotland’s salmon producers achieved a significant boost in…




Scots business activity rebounds in April

The latest Royal Bank of Scotland PMI survey shows private sector business activity in Scotland rebounded in April, growing slightly. The expansion was driven by…


Maven leads investment in Symphonic Software

Glasgow-based private equity firm Maven Capital Partners said on Monday it has led an investment round alongside existing shareholders Par Equity and the Scottish Investment…







CBI boss: Scotland needs Brexit immigration plan

CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn stressed the importance of building a post-Brexit immigration system that works for Scotland at the business organisation’s annual lunch in Edinburgh…


Glasgow trader Beeks buys US algorithmic firm

Glasgow-based financial trading firm Beeks Financial Cloud Group said on Thursday it acquired Commercial Network Services (CNS), a US-based online service provider, for up to $1.4…









Scotch whisky secures South Korea trademark

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said Scotland’s national drink has secured enhanced legal protection in South Korea after the SWA’s application to register “Scotch Whisky”…



Dundee spinout Exscientia mulls huge IPO

University of Dundee spinout firm Exscientia, which specializes in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven drug discovery, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) that would make its founders millions…






Weir shares slide as orders fall in oil and gas

Shares of Glasgow-based engineering giant Weir Group fell 4% on Tuesday after it said its first-quarter orders — excluding recent acquisition ESCO –fell 7% “reflecting reduced…


Scots salmon farming turnover tops £1bn

Scotland’s salmon farming industry has reached a turnover of more than £1 billion, according to an economic impact report carried out for the Scottish Salmon…





Stagecoach to buy back up to £60m of shares

Shares of Perth-based transport giant Stagecoach Group rose 5% on Thursday after it announced a share buyback programme worth up to £60 million. “The Stagecoach board believes…