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Business Day: Scottish exports hailed

Small and medium enterprises that export are now 34 per cent more productive in their first year and 11 per cent more likely to survive, according to Scottish Enterprise, which runs a Smart Exporter programme. International operations director Neil …

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Amateur Football: Scottish Amateur Cup Second Round previews

And Cumming insists he'll never forget lifting the title at Hampden. “Bankhall Villa went for about 14 seasons,” he said. “We had a good team and quite a bit of success. “Obviously winning the Scottish Cup is at the top of the list and it is a special …

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How MI5 scuppered Scottish independence

How MI5 scuppered Scottish independence. Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES on conspiracy theories, young Conservatives and fashion tips in the cosmos. Conservative Party annual conference 2014. Tweet. A READER who is a Sagittarian, writes to …

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Scotland squad named for Georgia and Poland ties

Gordon Strachan has named a 27-player squad for the European Qualifier double-header against Georgia and Poland. There are first senior call-ups for Sporting Clube de Portugal's Ryan Gauld and Sheffield Wednesday's Stevie May, while Celtic captain …

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Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote – video

Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the process has affected their engagement with politics. They …

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Henry Hill: Scottish councils use referendum to hunt poll tax evaders

The referendum on Scottish independence saw voter registration levels reach 97 per cent. This outshines even the eventual turnout (which makes you wonder who was moved enough to register for their vote but not enough to cast it) and helps to underline …

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Scottish independence: Count staff behaviour probe

A NUMBER of staff involved in a Scottish independence referendum count were stood down after concerns over the behaviour, it has been revealed. A team of four people were replaced at the Highland Council count in Dingwall on September 18th following …

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Frankie Boyle gives BBC his vote with Scottish referendum 'autopsy'

Frankie Boyle is back! The second most controversial man on television (there's only one Jeremy Clarkson) returned to the BBC with a one-off programme reflecting on the Scottish referendum. The iPlayer-only affair features a variety of guests …

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Ruth Davidson: Scottish Tories 'champions of silent majority'

The Scottish Conservative leader has said the "toxic Tories" label has been exposed as a myth by the independence referendum. Ruth Davidson said the debate had proved the Tories were instead "champions of the silent majority". She said they offered …

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Big sports events help put Scottish textiles on the map

Scotland's two biggest sporting events of 2014 are expected to give a major boost to textile firms in the north. Harris Tweed Hebrides, which exports to more than 60 countries, is hoping to reap the rewards of its contribution to the recent Ryder Cup …

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Murder @ 9 on STV Glasgow: Robert Black – a Scottish Killer

Tonight's documentary examines the crimes of Robert Black, who is serving 12 life sentences for murder and kidnap. A fascinating profile of a Scottish killer, Robert Black's dark legacy is one of the most chilling in living memory. Robert Black – a …

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Scottish freelance members to vote on pay offer

The offer was made following discussions between BECTU's Scottish Freelance Branch negotiating team and BBC Scotland management on 18 September. A further 2% would be applied from 1 October 2015, and would apply to all BBC Scotland members …

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Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance to stand for SNP deputy …

The Scottish Youth Employment Minister and Almond Valley MSP said she would compete against Transport Minister Keith Brown and SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie for the job. Alex Salmond announced his decision to step down as first minister …

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Rangers repay loans

The Scottish Championship club confirmed that George Letham and club chairman Sandy Easdale had been repaid money they loaned the club in February and March to meet a cash flow shortage. The Rangers board recently ran a share issue which …

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Almost half of 27-man squad for Euro 2016 games against Georgia and Poland …

For proof one need only look at the composition of the 27-man pool which contains 10 players from the Barclays Premier League, 13 from the Football League Championship, three from the Scottish Premiership and one – the teenager Ryan Gauld – from …

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Exchange rate falls badly for farm support

"Numbers would need to be crunched to determine whether such a shift would be a positive or a negative for Scottish agriculture. The exchange rate this year also means that the 14 percent of Scottish businesses receiving their SFP in Euros will have to …

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Energy efficiency grants for 1700 Scottish homes

Work is to be carried out on 1,677 homes, thanks to the Scottish Government's £4.5 million Green Homes Cashback Scheme. Mrs Burgess said the cash would “not only improve the quality of social rented properties up and down the country but it will make a …

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Scottish government announces energy efficiency homes initiative

A £4.5m energy efficiency initiative that will benefit almost 1,700 council and housing association homes has been announced by the Scottish government. The Green Homes Cashback Scheme will give grants to 24 councils and social landlords. A total of …

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Scottish Water unveils £3.5bn investment programme

Scottish Parliament deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Water and sewerage services are vital to our everyday lives. It is important that we continue to invest to ensure that these keep on meeting the needs of customers, the environment and …

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Scottish fact of the week: Scots terms for diseases

“A girl on her arrival was asked whether she had had the smallpox. 'Yes mem, I've had the sma'pox, the nirls, the blabs, the scraw, the kinkhost and the fever, the branks and the worm.'” – Dean E.B Ramsay, Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character …

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Video: Has this Scottish man spotted a UFO?

Vincent could not identify the object as anything recognisable and is heard asking on the video: "What is that?" Scots have a reputation for spotting UFO's in the sky. The small Scottish town of Bonnybridge has become the UFO capital of the world. Find …

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Tom takes chemo campaign to the Scottish Parliament

A campaigner fighting to have chemotherapy services delivered at the 'new' Stobhill Hospital is taking his plea to the Scottish Parliament. Lenzie man Tom Herbert is meeting this week with Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie and his health spokesman …

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Scottish cyclist trapped under train after apparently riding his bike along …

"Fire crews worked alongside colleagues from the British Transport Police, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service to quickly remove the casualty from under the train and provided on scene medical treatment prior to their transportation to …

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Westminster can't ignore public views on fracking

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed a response from John Swinney agreeing that the powers over unconventional oil and gas should be in Scotland's hands – after Westminster ignored the objections of the Scottish Government to their plans to …

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Gold, but no rush: Man pans for gold in Scottish mountains for 18 months to …

It was the ultimate labour of love – but John Greenwood was determined to present his sweetheart with the only wedding ring of its kind in the world. For 18 months he panned for gold in the Scottish mountains, collecting thousands of tiny specks …

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Ten to deliver on Scottish Parliament powers vow: Cross-party Scotland …

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: “The people of Scotland voted for faster, better, safer change and all the parties now agree that is what they will get. “We set out a package of proposals that we believe will strengthen the Scottish …

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Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a “trap” for Scottish voters by trying to dupe them into accepting significant cuts in voting powers for Scottish MPs at Westminster. The former prime minister opened up fresh divisions with the Tories …

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Scottish Referendum Conspiracy Theory Video Investigated By Police

Following Scotland's rejection of independence, conspiracy theories regarding the result were littered on the web, while pro-indy campaigners gathered outside the Scottish Parliament this weekend to demand a re-run of the September 18 referendum.

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Brown calls on Scots to sign petition demanding Westminster keeps devolution …

In a letter sent today to his constituency party, Mr Brown also outlined a plan to move devolution forward quickly around areas of agreement so that "the Scottish Parliament can get down to work improving job opportunities, our schools, our social care …

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Tuesday's Scottish gossip

(Scottish Daily Express). Rangers fans walked out of Ibrox in disgust after Hibs' 3-1 win in Glasgow. (Scottish Sun). Croatia legend Robert Prosinecki has warned his old team Dinamo Zagreb to expect a tough game against Europa League opponents Celtic …

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Thank you for celebrating with us this Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2014

Each year the Eat Scottish pledge gains more supporters, and with it so does Scotland's great food industry. This enthusiasm is a fantastic lead in to the Year of Food and Drink 2015: 12 months packed with promotion and support for Scotland's food and …

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Scottish construction industry expected to rebound

Around 42 per cent of employers expect to take on more workers over the next three years, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor. The quarterly survey of the membership of trade body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) showed industry …

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Scottish councils fail to meet recycling targets

The majority of local authorities across the north and north-east failed to meet a target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2013. Statistics published by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) yesterday showed that only Moray Council …

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Scottish Tory leader refuses to rule out pact with SNP in hung parliament

The leader of the Scottish Tory party has refused to rule out the possibility of a pact between Conservatives and the Scottish National party (SNP) at Westminster if David Cameron does not win enough votes to command a majority in parliament in the …

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East Grinstead youngster signs Academy bursary at London Scottish

Gleave, who has also featured for G-Force in their National League Three London campaign so far this season, signed his agreement with the club yesterday (Monday) in the company of London Scottish president Rod Lynch and academy director Corne du …

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