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Edinburgh’s SMEs: The Silent Victims of Banking Indifference

Edinburgh’s SMEs: The Silent Victims of Banking Indifference

Edinburgh’s bustling streets and historic skyline are a testament to its vibrant economy, largely driven by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Yet, beneath this facade of prosperity, a silent financial drain is occurring. SMEs in Edinburgh are losing a staggering £38.5 million annually in potential interest income due to the low rates offered by the ‘big six’ high street banks. This revelation, brought to light by Allica Bank’s recent research, underscores a significant disparity in the financial industry that could be costing the Scottish economy dearly. The Interest Rate Disparity Edinburgh’s SMEs, the backbone of the local economy, are facing…
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Glasgow’s Night-time Taxi Tariff Shift: A Fare Change for the Future

Glasgow’s Night-time Taxi Tariff Shift: A Fare Change for the Future

In a move that reflects the changing dynamics of city life, Glasgow is set to extend night-time taxi charges by two hours, with fares poised to increase by almost 10%. This decision, aimed at enhancing the availability of taxis during evening hours, marks a significant shift in the city’s transport landscape. Navigating New Tariffs The streets of Glasgow are bracing for a change as the city council proposes an extension of night-time taxi charges from 9pm, instead of the current 11pm. This adjustment is accompanied by a fare increase, including a rise in the minimum charge and the additional night-time…
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The Tartan Army Pie: A Culinary Tribute to Scotland’s Euro 2024 Campaign

The Tartan Army Pie: A Culinary Tribute to Scotland’s Euro 2024 Campaign

As the Scottish national team embarks on their Euro 2024 journey, a new savory sensation has taken the country by storm—the Tartan Army Pie. This culinary creation is not just a pie; it’s a symbol of national pride and support, crafted to fuel the spirits of fans as they cheer on their beloved team. A Pie for the Fans The Tartan Army Pie, a brainchild of Ayrshire-based Brownings the Bakers, is a hearty tribute to Scotland’s football enthusiasts. With a filling of traditional Scottish beef mince and tatties, encased in a flaky puff pastry, this pie is a gastronomic representation…
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Stagecoach and Mikeysline: Driving Mental Health Support for Seniors

Stagecoach and Mikeysline: Driving Mental Health Support for Seniors

In an inspiring collaboration, Stagecoach has partnered with Mikeysline, a Highland mental health charity, to support the well-being of senior citizens. This initiative sees the launch of bus advertisements aimed at raising awareness and offering a lifeline to those who may feel isolated or in distress. On the Road to Well-being Stagecoach’s buses are now more than just a means of transport; they are mobile beacons of hope. With new advertisements that promote Mikeysline’s ‘Bee the Change’ campaign, the message is clear: support is always available, and it’s closer than you think. The initiative targets senior travelers, reminding them that…
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A City Mourns: Edinburgh’s Heartbreak on a Day of Celebration

A City Mourns: Edinburgh’s Heartbreak on a Day of Celebration

Edinburgh, a city known for its vibrant celebrations, faced a somber moment as Brian Ramsay, a beloved father and grandfather, tragically passed away on his 20th wedding anniversary. The incident, occurring just a stone’s throw from the jubilant crowds at a Taylor Swift concert, has left the community in shock and mourning. The Tragic Turn Brian Ramsay’s anniversary day took a heartbreaking turn when he was found unresponsive near Westfield Road in Gorgie. The emergency services’ efforts to revive him were in vain, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The juxtaposition of this tragedy with the nearby festivities…
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The Dark Side of the Hunt: A Badger Baiter’s Cruelty Exposed

The Dark Side of the Hunt: A Badger Baiter’s Cruelty Exposed

In the serene landscapes of Scotland’s countryside, a sinister practice has come to light, revealing the cruel world of badger baiting. Sean Garland, a man from Dufftown, has been convicted of subjecting his dogs to the brutal sport, resulting in “horrendous” injuries to the animals and sparking outrage among animal welfare advocates. A Harrowing Discovery The Scottish SPCA’s investigation into Garland’s activities unveiled a disturbing scene at Blackfolds farm. Three dogs, including two Patterdale terriers named Midge and Muff, were found with severe facial injuries consistent with badger and fox attacks. The evidence pointed to a pattern of animal fighting,…
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The Tartan Army’s Euro 2024 Odyssey: A Celebration Across Borders

The Tartan Army’s Euro 2024 Odyssey: A Celebration Across Borders

As the Euro 2024 tournament kicks off, the Tartan Army is ready to descend upon Munich in a display of unwavering support and national pride. With Scotland set to face the hosts Germany in their opening match, the Scottish fans are preparing for what could be the party of the century. Marching to Munich The streets of Munich are set to be painted blue and white as the Tartan Army makes its grand entrance. From the highlands to the lowlands, Scottish fans have embarked on a journey to support their team, with some traveling from as far as Wellington and…
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Scotland’s ‘Nan Zone’: A Goal Against Loneliness

Scotland’s ‘Nan Zone’: A Goal Against Loneliness

In a heartwarming response to the isolation many elderly citizens face, Scotland has introduced its first ‘Nan Zone’ at a Maryhill supermarket. This initiative, launched by Asda, aims to unite elderly Scots to enjoy the Euros with friends, tackling loneliness and fostering community spirit during the football season. Kickoff Against Solitude The ‘Nan Zone’ is more than just a place; it’s a beacon of companionship. Asda’s research revealed that over 1.9 million elderly Scots would be watching the Euros alone. To counter this, the supermarket has set up a dedicated area for the elderly to watch the games, cheer on…
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From Court to Corporate: Leon Smith’s Masterclass in Tennis and Leadership

From Court to Corporate: Leon Smith’s Masterclass in Tennis and Leadership

In an inspiring fusion of sports and business acumen, Leon Smith, Great Britain’s most successful Davis Cup captain, imparted valuable lessons in tennis and leadership to Scotland’s business elite. This unique event, blending physical agility with strategic thinking, underscores the parallels between the competitive worlds of sports and business. A Rally for Business Excellence The clinic, held at Edinburgh’s Oriam Sports Performance complex, saw Smith sharing insights from his illustrious career, including leading Team GB to a historic Davis Cup victory in 2015. His approach to coaching, emphasizing innovation and a growth mindset, resonates deeply with business leaders seeking to…
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Glasgow’s Charing Cross Junction: A Five-Month Transformation

Glasgow’s Charing Cross Junction: A Five-Month Transformation

Glasgow’s bustling Charing Cross junction is set for a significant upgrade, with a closure spanning five months to facilitate extensive improvements. This strategic move aims to enhance the longevity and functionality of the M8 underpass and surrounding infrastructure, promising a more efficient future for Glasgow’s commuters. The Genesis of the Upgrade The decision to close the junction stems from a critical need to address the aging infrastructure. Waterproofing works and road layout enhancements are slated to begin on July 8, signaling the start of a transformative period for this key transport artery. The closure will undoubtedly cause disruptions, but the…
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