Business Scotland [Radio Scotland]

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland.

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This week on Business Scotland....The extraordinary events in Egypt have made headlines around the world. But closer to home, the uncertainty and disruption they've created are having an impact on Scottish businesses.

We speak to companies who rely on trade links with Egypt. An importer waits anxiously for a tanker laden with Egyptian salt. And a building management company in Stirlingshire wonders if it will ever do business in the country again.

Also on the programme, a new loan fund was set up for Scottish businesses this week -- 55 million pounds up for grabs...who qualifies and how do you get your hands on the money.

Taking part in the programme are Angus Craig of Peacock Salt and Stan Mitchell from Key Facilities Management. Mr Taher el-Sherif of the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce talks about his hopes for the country.

Economist Tony Mackay and oil analyst Nick McGregor debate the merits and disadvantages of the high oil price.

And Andrew Craig from Maven Capital Partners talks about the Scottish Loan Fund and explains how companies apply.

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In this week's programme, Douglas Fraser travels to Leith, and speaks to the man in charge of Britain's only listed ports company. Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports talks about its wide range of activities, including the role of gateway to the London Olympics.

And Douglas visits a cutting edge research centre in Renfrewshire, which holds big hopes for small businesses as well as some of the world's aerospace giants.

In this week's programme, Douglas Fraser travels to Leith, and speaks to the man in charge of Britain's only listed ports company.

Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports talks about its wide range of activities, including the role of gateway to the London Olympics.

Douglas Fraser speaks to the man in charge of Britain's only listed ports company.

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This week's programme is target-driven, and asks what bonuses can do for business. Are they related to performance, and how best can they work - not just for investment bankers, but for any executive and any employee? The programme hears how people are better motivated by financial penalties than incentives, and even that bonuses can be bad for your health.

Taking part on this week's programme are -: John McGuire from the Phoenix Car Company; Professor Brian Main from Edinburgh University; Tim Gilbert from the Ambition recruitment companyand Charles Cotton of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

The programme also hears from Stephen Paterson of the Edinburgh jewellery company Hamilton and Inches and Stuart McCluskey of Bon Vivant wine bar.

This week's programme is target-driven, and asks what bonuses can do for business.

Are they related to performance, and how best can they work - not just for investment bankers, but for any executive and any employee? The programme hears how people are better motivated by financial penalties than incentives, and even that bonuses can be bad for your health.

Douglas Fraser examines the issue of bonuses and asks what are they good for?

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This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser talks to the energy giant Centrica's upstream managing director, Jonathan Roger, and discusses the future potential of North Sea oil and gas.

Also, in the week that Lord Davies publishes his report on whether top companies should be forced to hire women directors, Douglas gets reaction from Professor Susan Vinnicombe - Director of the International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield School of Management and Debbie Atkins director of clients relations management at Tods Murray.

The programme also explores the opportunities for Scottish businesses in Russia. We talk to those that are already there and keen to expand, as well as an expert who says for those with a little bit of patience, the prospects are good.

The programme also explores the opportunities for Scottish businesses in Russia.

We talk to those that are already there and keen to expand, as well as an expert who says for those with a little bit of patience, the prospects are good.

Douglas Fraser talks to energy giant Centrica's upstream managing director Jonathan Roger.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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This week the programme examines the issues surrounding data and finds out how it's collected, how it's used and where it's stored.

Douglas Fraser examines the issues surrounding data.

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This week on Business Scotland, the programme looks at the cost of going green.

The transport group Stagecoach is investing £11m in environmentally friendly measures.

Gillian Marles speaks to the company's Steven Stewart and asks if it makes good business sense.

Also on the programme, Gillian Sharpe reports on the business of recycling and hears from a food recycler and a company which breathes new life into old mobile phones and finds there is brass in some muck.

And after a request from a 13-year-old girl for the Business Scotland team to explain bankers bonuses in simple terms, the programme looks at whether financial education is adequate in Scotland.

Gillian Marles investigates the costs of going green.

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This week Business Scotland takes a look at family businesses and Co-operatives.

Gillian Marles samples the iconic Tunnock's caramel wafer as she takes a walk around their factory in Uddingston with Boyd Tunnock - to be found at his desk every day aged 78.

Reporter, Gillian Sharpe investigates the challenges faced when running a family business.

And we visit co-operative, Clansman Dynamics, in East Kilbride.

Business Scotland takes a look at family businesses and co-operatives.

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This week on the programme Douglas Fraser presents from the Royal Highland Show and finds out how rural businesses are faring.

With the price of wool at a 25 year high, the programme talks to a Scottish carpet maker to find out how it has been affected.

Douglas Fraser presents from the Royal Highland Show.

How are rural businesses faring?

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In this week's programme Douglas Fraser finds out if there is much to laugh about when it comes to the business of comedy.

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe continues, he speaks to Karen Koren, the managing director and creative force behind the Guilded Balloon to find out just how to make comedy pay.

Tommy Sheppard, director of the Stand Comedy Club, who is - for the first time this year - running shows at the revamped Assembly Rooms, tells Douglas about the challenge.

And Hayley Jarvis reports on the cost of a good gag.

Douglas Fraser finds out about to the business of comedy.

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On the weekend of the Edinburgh International Television Festival Gillian Marles takes a look at the TV business in Scotland and speaks to some of the main industry players.

And Gillian Sharpe uncovers some interesting examples of business jargon...

Gillian Marles takes a look at the TV business in Scotland.

20110904

As the Off-Shore Europe Conference kicks off in Aberdeen Douglas Fraser travels to the North East to talk to leading figures in the petroleum industry about safety, tax and future prospects.

And Carol Anderson looks at how the oil industry has shaped the Shetland economy and how it has ridden the peaks and troughs.

Douglas Fraser talks to figures in the petroleum industry about safety, tax and the future

20110911

In this week's programme, Douglas Fraser, reports from Offshore Europe one of the premier events in the international oil industry calendar and learns just how much life is left in the North Sea yet.

And ahead of the crucial Independent Banking Commission report which could lead to the biggest shake-up in the industry for more than 100 years, Douglas hears the view of one veteran, former chief executive of RBS, Sir George Mathewson.

Douglas Fraser reports from Offshore Europe, one of the oil industry's premier events.

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This week Douglas Fraser finds out how to raise finance for that winning business idea.

He hears from different types of investors - angels, dragons and vultures - about the tricky relationship between young companies and finance.

He speaks to Trevor Bayliss, a veteran and serial entrepreneur about his experiences.

And Gillian Sharpe reports on the thorny issue of product placement.

After the rules for TV were relaxed this year she finds out whether brands have embraced the new opportunity.

Douglas Fraser finds out how to raise finance for that winning business idea.

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This week on the programme, Gillian Marles, hears the painful stories of what happens when businesses go bust.

She finds out how the process of administration works and just how hard it is to tell a workforce they no longer have jobs.

She also hears from one company which thrives on companies going under.

And Gillian Sharpe delves into the business of funerals.

Gillian Marles hears the painfull stories of what happens when businesses go bust.

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This week, Douglas Fraser, speaks to the CMD of Tennents Lager, Steve Annand, about the company's latest product and how things have changed since it was bought over by C&C group. Gillian Sharpe takes a look at design with a young start-up company and Douglas speaks to one of Scotland's leading designers, Andy Harrold.

Douglas Fraser speaks to Steve Annand, CMD of Tennent's Lager.

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On Business Scotland this week....we indulge ourselves in a little luxury.

Gillian Marles finds out that even in the midst of an economic crisis -- luxury brands are booming.

Although partly driven by the voracious appetite of consumers in Asia and Latin America -- she discovers that even Scottish shoppers are making sacrifices to afford the best.

Gillian Marles finds out that even in an economic crisis, luxury brands are booming.

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In this week's programme Tim Reid gets into the Latin spirit and reports from Brazil.

Tim accompanies some Scottish companies on one the largest trade missions of its kind and finds what opportunities are open to them in a land which has one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Tim Reid gets into the Latin spirit and reports from Brazil.

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This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser checks out the Business of Christmas.

He dons his santa suit and white beard and makes his merry old way around a number of businesses cashing in on the festive season.

He has a last supper with some turkeys down on the farm, chops down a tree or two and samples some Christmas hospitality.

Douglas Fraser checks out the business of Christmas.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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In this week's Business Scotland, work is well underway to transform the former oil rig construction yard at Nigg on the Cromarty Forth to a service hub for the energy industry. Douglas talks to Douglas Yule, a director at the Global Energy Group, the firm behind the transformation. He also hears from the chairman of the company Roy MacGregor, who tells Douglas of his other passion - football.

Douglas Fraser talks to the firm transforming an oil rig into a service hub.

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This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser, takes an in depth look at unemployment and the future of work. He hears from Scots who feel degraded by being out of work. And he speaks to businessmen and a former politician about what has gone wrong and the way forward.

Douglas Fraser takes an in depth look at unemployment and the future of work.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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This week, as tourism businesses gear up for their busiest time of the year, the programme finds out whether they're greeting the new season in rude or rough health. With many businesses reporting that it's difficult to get good trained staff on the ground, the programme reports on what's being done to fill that skills gap and Douglas Fraser finds out about a new scheme to train the next leaders for the tourism industry.

And on the brink of changes to employment tribunals, the programme has advice for businesses - what to be aware of and what to beware of.

Business Scotland finds out how tourism businesses are greeting the new season.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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Gillian Marles with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Gillian Marles with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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This week on Business Scotland, we're seeking out charity, and finding how big second hand retail has become. And as Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire shows signs of crumbling, we're asking what it means for the Scottish press.

Business Scotland seeks out charity, finding out how big secondhand retail has become.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week on Business Scotland, David Henderson travels to the shores of Loch Fyne - to see how messing about on the water is benefitting the economy of not just the west coast but Scotland. He visits Tarbert to see how it's managing to diversify from fishing into the leisure industry. And he also takes the ferry to Portavadie to check out a custom-built marina.

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This week Business Scotland takes a look at the Euro crisis and speaks to some Europeans who've made Scotland their home. Amongst them Elen - a Spanish waitress working in Glasgow because, she says, there's no future for her in Spain. We take a look at the risk to Scotland's economy and prospects should the euro crisis deepen.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

20120610

This week on Business Scotland, we're putting our best foot forward and looking at Scotland's fashion industry. We speak to one of the country's most successful shoe chains whose staff last year netted windfalls of thousands of pounds each. We speak to some of the up and coming "Mac Pack" - young designers slogging away on their own on their next creation. And we hear from the talent in the making at Glasgow Art School.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser rocks along to T in the Park - one of the biggest outdoor, temporary events in Britain. He finds out which firms take part and how the business is organised? And he also asks how music festivals are faring in comparison with other big-venue tours?

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In this week's programme, Douglas Fraser is checking out the supermarkets. With the power of Britain's giant retailers a hot topic, not least for the nation's farmers, he finds out about suppliers' blatant bribery to get on to the shelves.

He's also been finding out about the logistics of making sure the shelves remain stacked and visits a huge deep freeze and a vast room in Lanarkshire dedicated entirely to bananas.

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With just days before the Olympics start, in this week's programme Douglas Fraser limbers up and finds out about the economic benefits of the Games.

Amid criticism that businesses outwith the UK capital are not benefiting from Olympic contracts, the programme hears from some of the winners, including a swimming pool manufacturer and a firm which makes horse blankets.

And Douglas finds out that competition among some of the event's main sponsors is as fierce as any action on the track and they're going to great lengths to protect their brand.

Douglas Fraser limbers up and finds out about the economic benefits of the Olympics.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser hears from one of the most powerful people in Britain, Keith Skeoch.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser hears from one of the most powerful people in Britain - Keith Skeoch. He's in charge of a team that invests more than £150 billion, and is one of few individuals with the power to confront the masters of the business universe. Douglas also finds out what Chinese investors are up to with a huge commitment of remnimbi into the North Sea.

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Douglas Fraser looks at the close relationship between Scotland and London.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser looks at the close relationship between Scotland and London - at times not a happy one and one which dominates our politics. But what about Scotland's economy? Is London good or bad for it?

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Douglas Fraser asks why Scotland is not keeping up as an inventive nation.

On this week's programme Douglas asks why Scotland as an inventive nation, doesn't keep up these days. He hears from the former head of Scottish Enterprise, Robert Crawford, who calls for some radical action to help the economy grow and from Stephen Boyd from the STUC who agrees Scotland must take a more international approach.

Also on the programme, as the legal profession grapples with some of the biggest changes for decades, Douglas examines how companies are adapting.

And ahead of an announcement about which rail firm has won control of the west coast line, Douglas finds out which Scottish firm is likely to be the victor.

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Business Scotland turns its attention to the textile industry.

With the future of Dawson International in Hawick hanging in the balance - Business Scotland turns its attention to the textile industry. Despite decades of decline -- it's still important to the Scottish economy and particularly to the Borders. In this week's programme, Gillian Marles looks back at how the industry developed, its decline and what survives.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser talks high culture, and not-so-high. He finds out how to keep an orchestra financially in tune, and about radical changes in the way we watch television.

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Douglas Fraser looks at radical changes in energy.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser looks at radical changes in energy. He finds out what fracking in Texas means for us here, and for one Scottish company in particular, Weir Group. Even if fracking is not sending real shock waves through nearby land, as feared, what shock waves is the cheap gas boom sending through the market?

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Gillian Marles explores Scottish Food and Drink, the celebration of Scotland's produce.

This week, in the middle of Scottish Food and Drink fortnight, Gillian Marles takes a look at this annual celebration of Scotland's produce and finds out just how much the industry is worth to the Scottish economy. She finds out from the country's policy makers just how they plan to grow exports hears from some of the country's top producers.

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Business Scotland this week visits five new companies all hoping to succeed in the most difficult economic conditions for decades. They include a firm which has been set up to help people celebrate the most important events of their lives and a company which is making headphones to block out some of life's noise.

The programme plans to follow the five over the next year or so and this week finds out about their journeys so far.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week, Gillian Marles looks at Scotland's call centre industry. Centres have been branded the dark satanic mills of the 21st century yet they employ one in 30 of the working population across the central belt and the industry has grown by 54% since 2003.

However growth slowed after work moved to countries such as India and the Philippines. But now much of it is coming home - literally. There are growing numbers of people servicing some of the world's biggest companies from their back bedroom.

Gillian speaks to Professor Philip Taylor, a world authority on the call centre industry. She hears from the chief executive of one of the world's biggest call centre groups who warns of the urgent need to embrace social media and she talks to a home worker on Bute.

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This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser goes online shopping. Or at least he finds out about the huge growth in e-commerce, and why Scottish businesses seem to be slow to log on. He visits an Edinburgh company realising global ambitions, and hears from a Scottish firm selling tea online to India.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser reviews the stories of 2012 and selects the best bits from his interviews.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser takes a look back at 2012 - hearing again from some of the people who've appeared on the programme, in a year that took him to a maharajah's palace in India, a hall near Bellshill dedicated to bananas, a brewery on Skye, and to inspect a sort of giant gas-belching stomach in Cumbernauld.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser and a panel of guests take a look at the year ahead. They cover topics ranging from the future of the eurozone to the debate in the business community about independence.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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On Business Scotland this week Douglas Fraser gets his fingers inky in the newspaper industry. It has some of the most distinctively Scottish products, from national to local, and at a time when it's got a big story to cover about Scotland's future, it's facing unprecedented technological and financial challenges. In the programme Douglas talks to the chief executive of Johnston Press, Ashley Highfield, about his plans for The Scotsman and dozens of other titles.

Douglas Fraser talks to Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press.

On Business Scotland this week Douglas Fraser talks to Ashley Highfield - the CEO of Johnston Press about the business and his move into press.

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Douglas Fraser examines efforts to get more women into Britain's boardrooms.

This week Douglas Fraser is looking beyond the glass ceiling and examining efforts to get more women into Britain's boardrooms. Looking at the top 100 companies listed in London, only 16% of directors are female. Now

there's pressure for action on this inequality, coming from the UK Government and from the European Commission, backed by the threat of legislated quotas. The programme also considers whether changes in labour laws will encourage more women to return to work after having children.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week on Business Scotland we re-visit a group of entrepreneurs we first encountered last September. At that time they were all in the Entrepreneurial Spark's hatchery in the east end of Glasgow. We find out how they've been getting on and speak to Ian Ritchie, a long-established and leading investor and Andy Ley, a partner specialising in finance issues at law firm HBJ Gately about their progress.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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On Business Scotland this week David Henderson takes to the hills to hear from business people with a love of winter sports. He talks to the man who bought Glencoe ski centre about the ups and downs of being in charge - he hears from the retailer who kits out expeditions, large and small and hears from the company which has brought the outdoors, indoors.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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On Business Scotland this week Douglas Fraser goes walkies with his best friend, Harvey. He's a black labrador - the most common breed among eight million dogs owned in Britain. There are as many cats, seven million reptiles, 25 million fish. Douglas talks to people in the business from his local dog walker to the CEO of the Pet Industry Federation.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Gillian Marles takes a look at the business of franchising.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Marles takes a look at the business of franchising.

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Douglas Fraser talks to Ian Marchant, who is stepping down as chief executive of SSE.

On the programme this week, Douglas Fraser hears from Ian Marchant, as he steps down as chief executive of the energy giant SSE. He talks about his concerns over the future of energy supply and he gives his reaction to the fine his company was awarded for mis-selling.

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Graham Stewart takes a look at the past, present and future of commercial radio.

This week on Business Scotland Graham Stewart takes a look at commercial radio - from its beginnings forty years ago to today - and where it is heading in the future.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser visits the Isle of Harris to find out about the Harris Tweed industry.

Douglas Fraser visits the Isle of Harris to talk to Brian Wilson about the booming Harris Tweed industry and to find out how genealogical research has boosted the island's economy.

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Gillian Sharpe takes a look at the beauty industry, from nail bars to cosmetic surgery.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Sharpe takes a look at the beauty industry from nail bars to cosmetic surgery.

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On Business Scotland this week Douglas Fraser visits the Royal Highland Show. He hears about how farm incomes have been battered by rain and snowstorms, about Scottish technology going into precision ploughing by satellite, and about the business skills for tomorrow's farmers.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser takes a look at where Scottish people are going for their holidays.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser takes a look at where we are going for our holidays - home or away.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser takes a look at broadband provision across Scotland.

On Business Scotland this week Douglas Fraser takes a look at broadband provision across Scotland.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser answers the call of mobile technology.

This week on Business Scotland we're answering the call of mobile technology. With the shift to information and commerce on the move gathering pace, Douglas Fraser finds out how it changes the way companies reach customers, about Scots who are designing the apps that are driving this revolution, and about a leading Scottish technology firm that's selling its audio chips into mind-boggling numbers of smart phones round the world.

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This week on Business Scotland we're building for the future. Douglas Fraser asks what can be done to make our homes and our offices more efficient, to cut our energy bills and to cut our carbon emissions.

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This week on Business Scotland our focus is looking over the horizon, out to sea, in search of oil and gas. Following another helicopter tragedy and ahead of a huge industry gathering in Aberdeen next week, Douglas Fraser hears from one of the most powerful men in the industry - about how he keeps on top of more than 40,000 employees and nearly five billion pounds of turnover.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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On Business Scotland this week we're looking ahead - just over one year, to September 18, the day on which voters face the question: 'should Scotland be an independent country?'

There are lots of considerations in answering that question. Today's is: what could that mean for Scotland's financial sector; its banks, its insurers, its asset managers. Perhaps the company with most at stake is Standard Life: Douglas Fraser has been hearing from its chief executive, David Nish, among other high rollers in this debate.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser looks down the track at the future of Scotland's rail network.

This week on Business Scotland, as controversy and cost threaten to derail high speed rail plans, Douglas Fraser looks down the track at the future of our train network. He hears about the diverging fortunes of Scotland's corporate giants of transport, Stagecoach in Perth and First Group in Aberdeen. And he finds out about a business that exploits men's addiction - to model trains.

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Douglas Fraser looks to Germany to find out about doing business in the country.

This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser is looking to Germany, as voters in the country got to the polls. Germany is Scotland's fourth biggest trade partner as well as a big inward investor and a supplier of some of our most useful technology. Douglas finds out about doing business in Germany and hears from some Germans who have chosen to make their living in this country.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser looks back on the financial earthquakes of 2008.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser looks back five years to the financial earthquakes of that autumn: first, in California's central valley, where sub-prime loans had gone south, rupturing the tectonic plates of finance in New York, London, Zurich and in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser goes on a musical journey through the Scottish economy.

This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser goes on a musical journey through the Scottish economy. Twenty five years ago The Proclaimers released their hit, Letter From America which reflects on Scotland's history of forced emigration from the Highland Clearances in the 19th century to the economic depression in the 1970s and 80s. Douglas examines what happened to the fears from quarter of a century ago of industry and jobs being 'no more' in places like Bathgate, Methil and Linwood. He visits the towns seen back then as wiped out by the mass job losses of the Thatcher years.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

On Business Scotland this week Douglas Fraser visits Grangemouth. Its giant refinery and petro-chemical plant were shut down a few days ago in a bitter dispute between owners and workers. He learns more about the site which is pivotal for much of the Scottish economy, finds out about the man who controls it, about the big challenges facing the refinery sector worldwide and learns what the dispute says about the state of industrial relations.

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Douglas Fraser asks what lessons can be learned following the dispute at Grangemouth.

This week on Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser reflects on what lessons can be learned for the Scottish economy following the industrial dispute at Grangemouth. He also asks what businesses can do to harness the colossal spending power of the country's biggest customer, the government.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser explores the business of waste and recycling.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser is raking through the bins, looking at waste and recycling - some of it top end recycling, in the antiques business. He also finds out 101 uses for a dead jet and how spare parts find a ready market. And Gillian Marles discovers what businesses need to know about big changes to waste handling being brought in in the New Year.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser visits a tower block in Edinburgh known as the Tech Cube.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser visits a tower block in Edinburgh - known as the Tech Cube. It opened last December and is now home to 35 technology companies, and other individuals who can hire some space and get a business plan going. He speaks to a number of the companies - including Fan Duel, one of the best prospects in Scottish technology selling fantasy to tens of millions of sports fans.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser explores the meetings market, said to be worth 1.9 billion to Scotland.

On the agenda for this week's Business Scotland, Douglas Fraser talks about meetings and conferences. The meetings markets is said to be worth £1.9 billion pounds to Scotland. Douglas asks whether we need them face-to-face? And he finds out how the new tech-savvy generation view them.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser is paddling in the business of water. He finds out about a Scottish company that uses recycled bottles to filter water, with big export and public health potential. He hears from the Irishman in charge of one of the big Scottish hopes for wave power. And he is talking liquid assets as well - he asks why it is that Scots are world class at managing money.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser takes a look back... at this Year, with a bit of nostalgia for the stories covered, and the people who've contributed. That includes his look back 25 years at the Proclaimers breakthrough hit, to see if Methil, Linwood, Bathgate and Irvine really were 'no more.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser investigates the labour market.

As the labour market shows some very positive signs of recovery, Douglas Fraser on Business Scotland this week finds out from the experts what's hot, what's happening to pay and how employers are going to have to adapt to less of a buyers' market. He finds out what the new generation of workers expect from their employers. And he hears of the special issues around recruitment and training in the hotel sector ahead of a big year for tourism.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Gillian Marles with the stories and issues making the news in business.

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David Henderson checks out the life sciences sector in Scotland.

This week on Business Scotland David Henderson checks out the Life Science sector in Scotland. He visits Edinburgh's BioQuarter and finds out how the boffins are turning their ideas into sound business propositions.

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Douglas Fraser investigates lines of work which turn business orthodoxy on its head.

This week on Business Scotland we're looking at two lines of work that turn business orthodoxy on its head. One is all about looking after the producer or farmer, because this is Fair Trade Fortnight, and we're also looking at those who put the social into enterprise. Douglas Fraser also takes a look at three big news stories in Scottish business this week - the future of oil and gas, the debate over independence and how businesses including Standard Life are responding. And he dips into the full-year results from Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Douglas Fraser marks International Women's Day on Business Scotland.

To mark International Women's Day, Douglas Fraser gets in touch with Business Scotland's feminine side. He hears about women in business - the obstacles, the opportunities, the networking and the role models.

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This week, Business Scotland marks a milestone on the road towards the referendum on Scotland's future. It will be six months from Tuesday that voters in Scotland go to the polls. Douglas Fraser speaks to business leaders from both sides of the debate. Making the case for staying in the union is Dr Tessa Hartmann, whose specialism is in the fashion industry. On the other side is Ian Blackford - a Skye-based business investor consultant. Adding some impartial analysis is the Scotland correspondent of the Financial Times, Mure Dickie.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Over the Easter break - airports across the country enjoy one of their busiest times of the year. It's estimated around 100,000 people set off from one of Scotland's airports during the past few weeks. The busiest is Edinburgh - used last year by 9.8 million people. This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Marles visits the airport to find out how it works and what's happening in the aviation industry.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week - ahead of May Day - Business Scotland is putting the workers in the bosses' oak panelled executive suite. Although the Co-op Group has recently given a bad name to mutual control, Douglas Fraser hears from one firm where all the staff met this week to decide how much to give themselves in pay and bonuses this year. And there is more on what worker control could actually mean.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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David Henderson asks if the government should be involved in Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca.

As the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer makes a multi-billion pound bid for its UK rival AstraZeneca, Business Scotland looks at the world of mergers and acquisitions. They're on the rise - and this one is proving controversial.

David Henderson asks whether the government should get involved in deciding whether the deal should go ahead.

He hears what's behind the recent spate of mergers and acquisitions and finds out that Scottish companies have not escaped the feeding frenzy.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Ian Hamilton investigates businesses serving the disabled community.

This week on Business Scotland, Ian Hamilton takes a look at one sector of the business community that is anticipating major growth over the next 30 years and it's said that Scottish companies are well placed to benefit. There are 11 million disabled people across the UK and one million of them in Scotland. Many will have heard of the grey pound and the green pound but how many have heard of the purple pound - this colour has become associated with the disabled community which is said to be worth 80 billion pounds a year in the UK.

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Gillian Sharpe looks at what effect the Commonwealth Games will have on Glasgow.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Sharpe takes a look at what effect the Commonwealth Games will have on Glasgow and its economy. Glasgow 2014 has committed to raising £100m through the sponsorship and commercial programme to support the delivery of the Games. Gillian talks to business leaders and workers about the impact and its legacy.

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Gillian Marles explores the wedding industry.

This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Marles looks at the big fat global wedding industry. It's estimated it's worth about 10 billion pounds to the UK economy. Gillian hears from some suppliers who keep boxes of tissues at hand. She finds out some of the quirks of the happy couples - from the bride who has spent weeks practising cooking her own wedding meal to the lorry driver who ordered a wedding band fashioned in the shape of a tyre.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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If Scotland votes yes in September, businesses and workers would suddenly be dealing with a border running from Carlisle to Berwick upon Tweed. That could bring advantages as well as hurdles which lots of companies are already beginning to think about, so this week on Business Scotland Colletta Smith travels to Northern Ireland to hear from people who really know how business works along a border. She hears from workers and companies about how a border impacts on their lives, their balance sheets and their pockets.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Gillian Marles reports on the Scottish space industry.

This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Marles reports on the Scottish space industry. Ahead of the launch of Scotland's first satellite into space, she speaks to the company behind this exciting development. She hears about Scotland's bid to build a spaceport in the north of the country. And she finds out how astronauts are persuading young people to study physics and engineering.

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Laura Maciver investigates the business and economic benefits of the Ryder Cup.

The Ryder Cup comes to Scotland, the Home of Golf, for only the second time in its history, this September. It's a golf tournament like no other for rivalry and excitement. This week on Business Scotland Laura Maciver heads to Gleneagles and meets a selection of the business which will make it happen and looks at the wider economic benefits of the tournament.

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This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Marles puts her nose to the grindstone and examines the jobs market. With employment continuing to rise, she finds out that many people still feel underemployed. She examines why wages aren't increasing and hears that this is contributing to lower productivity and in turn threatening to hamper the economic recovery.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Gillian Marles talks to Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines.

This week in Business Scotland, Gillian Marles talks to Sir Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airlines. She hears of the company's role as an official partner of the Commonwealth Games and what trends are emerging in the aviation industry. David Henderson reports from the Commonwealth Games Business Conference which aimed to forge links and to showcase the UK and Scotland as "a great place to invest and do business".

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Gillian Marles investigates efforts to extend the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Marles investigates efforts to extend the legacy of the Commonwealth Games to young social entrepreneurs - she takes a look at businesses hoping to boom 'Beyond the Finish Line'. We also find out whether there's money in muck and hear whether businesses have embraced recycling rules introduced in January.

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Jackie O'Brien visits the Black Isle Show to find out how the farming industry is faring.

This week Business Scotland is in the Highlands at the Black Isle Show. Jackie O'Brien finds out how the farming industry is faring and tracks down the ingredients for a good roast lamb dinner.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Colletta Smith talks to business-owners about how they plan to vote in the referendum.

On Business Scotland this week, with less than a month to go until the independence referendum, Colletta Smith talks to four business owners about how they will vote and why.

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Gillian Marles takes a look at what is happening in the housing market.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Marles takes a look at what is happening in the housing market. She hears from one of Scotland's housebuilders, finds out if business is improving for estate agents and visits a social housing programme which is bringing one of Glasgow's communities back together.

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This week on Business Scotland Gillian Sharpe samples one of our favourite drinks - coffee. She finds out how the beans get to Scotland and how flavours are developed. She talks to a barista and a finds out more about one possible solution for what's left - the grounds.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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This week on Business Scotland in the aftermath of referendum we discuss what business has learned from the process. After such heated disagreements, is it possible to agree on any economic priorities for Scotland now? Our economics correspondent Colletta Smith is joined by a panel of key business leaders to find a way forward.

Colletta Smith talks to business leaders about what has been learned from the referendum.

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Gillian Marles takes a tour of a data centre near Edinburgh.

On this week's programme Gillian Marles takes a tour of one data centre near Edinburgh and finds out why Scotland is well placed to win more business. She finds out about the growing skills gap in the IT industry in Scotland and the efforts to get more young people on board.

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Gillian Sharpe visits the East Neuk of Fife to meet local businesses.

This week Business Scotland comes from the East Neuk of Fife. Gillian Sharpe talks to a range of businesses in the area from the baker to the guitar maker. She also finds out about the East Neuk Community Action Plan and their proposals to safeguard the communities long term.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Scotland may be best known for its whisky industry, but this week on Business Scotland Laura Maciver investigates its growing craft gin production. Seventy per cent of the gin made in the UK is produced in Scotland and a cocktail culture has led to a growth in boutique gin. Laura talks to the master distillers and craft gin producers who are responsible for the burgeoning industry.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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David Henderson investigates how Scotland's law firms are coping with the changing economy

Scotland's law firms are facing intense change - as they strive to cope with a changing economy. Some of the best-known firms in the country have been bought up, or have merged with rivals - and one has even gone into administration. This week, Business Scotland takes a look at how an old profession is facing new challenges.

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Gillian Sharpe explores the timber industry in Scotland.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Sharpe takes a walk in the woods. Timber has more than 5,000 uses including paper, pencils, construction materials and clothing. She finds out how valuable forests are to Scotland's economy and she talks to those involved in processing the raw material.

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Gillian Marles talks to people from across the recruitment spectrum.

This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Marles goes in search of a job. She talks to people right across the recruitment spectrum from head-hunters to a company using online dating techniques to find the right employee. And she finds out just what some of her colleagues really wanted to be before they grew up.

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Gillian Marles explores food in Scotland.

Food glorious food invites you to dinner. We take a tour around the country sourcing gin for an aperitif, a roast lamb main course from the Highlands and some some soft fruit from Fife. That's followed by some Glasgow-roasted coffee or if you'd prefer - a cup of tea - grown on the Perthshire hills.

This week Business Scotland is inviting you to dinner. We take a tour around the country sourcing gin for an aperitif, a roast lamb main course from the Highlands and some some soft fruit from Fife. That's followed by some Glasgow-roasted coffee or if you'd prefer - a cup of tea - grown on the Perthshire hills.

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Gillian Sharpe investigates the entertainment industry at its busiest time of the year.

On Business Scotland this week Gillian Sharpe entertains. It's the busiest time of the year for parties and Gillian meets some of those who make their living in the industry. From crooners to clowns and magicians to managers, she finds out how they go about running their business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Ian Hamilton reports on Scotland's craft industry.

In this week's Business Scotland, Ian Hamilton reports on Scotland's craft industry. Regarded by some as twee, he finds it's anything but. It contributes more than three billions pounds to the UK economy and employs more than forty thousand people, many in micro businesses. Ian find outs why the UK is enjoying a resurgence in traditional crafts and hears how many make a living from what was once a hobby.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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In this week's programme, Gillian Marles looks behind the Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. She finds out how just how to make money from Pipers Piping and Drummers Drumming. She hears of the businesses teaching birds to call and those benefiting from Swans-a-Swimming.

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On this week's programme, Gillian Marles looks back on the business year. From the Referendum to the Commonwealth Games, she reflects on some of the stories that have impacted on businesses over the past twelve months.

And in a tour round the country, she finds out how different areas and different companies drive the economy of Scotland.

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On this week's Business Scotland, David Henderson is joined by a panel of leading business women to look ahead to 2015. He discusses what issues are likely to occupy companies in 2015. He gets the panel's predictions for the New Year.

David Henderson is joined by a panel of leading business women to look ahead to 2015.

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This week on Business Scotland Laura Maciver talks to some international entrepreneurs who've been chosen to grow their businesses here in Scotland, through an accelerator programme. Budding business start-ups from as far apart as Tanzania, Italy and India are honing their skills with Entrepreneurial Spark.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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In this week's Business Scotland, Gillian Marles, reports on two companies who have eyes at the heart of their business. She speaks to Ron Hamilton of Daysoft contact lens firm who has shaken up the market with his daily disposable lens. She hears from Roy Davies from the Dunfermline company, Optos, which has developed cutting edge technology to detect changes in the retina of the eye.

Gillian Marles reports on two eye-related businesses.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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David Henderson and Jackie O'Brien take a look at snow business in Scotland.

This week Business Scotland is catching a bit of air... doing a bit of carving... hoping for some champagne powder... and all in Scotland. Yes, there's no business like snow business. In recent seasons, on average, more than a quarter of a million people a year go skiing or snowboarding in Scotland. David Henderson and Jackie O'Brien take a look at whether the business is on the up or heading downhill.

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Ian Hamilton investigates the genealogy business and its worth to the Scottish economy.

This week Business Scotland investigates the business of who we are and where we come from. Ian Hamilton takes a look at Genealogy which is said to be worth 2.4 billion pounds over the next three years to the Scottish economy.

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Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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With signs of spring finally here, Gillian Sharpe hears about the global flower business.

This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Sharpe brings you a colourful programme. With the signs of spring finally here, she hears about the global flower business and speaks to one importer. She finds out about the Scottish daffodil market and how the crop is very sensitive to the weather. And she learns why catering is a crucial ingredient in the running of the country's garden centres.

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This week on Business Scotland Gillian Marles takes a look at the future of money. A few days ago the Clydesdale Bank became the first to produce polymer £5 notes. Gillian asks whether hard cash has a future and takes a look at how the alternatives are working out.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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Gillian Sharpe visits Perth Race Course to study the business of horse racing.

This week Business Scotland goes to the races. Scotland has five race courses and throughout 2015 more than a hundred race meetings are scheduled across the flat and jump. The most recent economic impact study carried out for Scottish Racing - which does marketing and promotion for the courses - estimated the total direct and indirect spending by racegoers was worth some £67.5m, while the total impact was valued at over £260m. Gillian Sharpe went to Perth Race Course to study the form.

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Gillian Marles revisits Bio-City.

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Marles revisits Bio-City.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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This week's Business Scotland programme comes from the Offshore Europe event in Aberdeen. Gillian Marles speaks to some of the leading players in the oil and gas industry. She finds out how companies are adapting to the low oil price and hears of efforts to find fresh markets in other parts of the world.

Gillian Marles speaks to some of the leading players in the oil and gas industry.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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Gillian Sharpe follows the nursery rhyme and talks to butchers, bakers and candle-makers.

This week on Business Scotland we're going back to the nursery, finding out how things are going for the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. Gillian Sharpe searches out some butchers, bakers and candle-makers to find out what makes their business tick, the challenges they face and the opportunities they see.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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The stories and issues making the news in business.

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This is the final programme and Business Scotland this week looks back at some of the stories it's covered and people it's interviewed over the past few years.

The stories and issues making the news in business.

Bankruptcy20150704

This week on Business Scotland we find out what happens when a business or a person goes bust. Every year, hundreds of companies and thousands of people go bankrupt in Scotland. They're usually deep in debt - with no prospect of balancing their books. So, with no way out, they fold. David Henderson speaks to an administrator who's dealt with companies teetering on the brink. He finds out how the law has changed - so debtors must do more to pay back their creditors. And he learns how financial education is helping to stop people going bust again and again.

China20160206

Ahead of the Chinese New Year, Gillian Marles, looks at the economic prospects for the world's most populous nation. She finds out whether the fears of a slowdown are well founded and what opportunities there are for Scottish companies. And with the Chinese travel market set to grow, she hears of Scottish attempts to attract high spending visitors with a campaign for direct flights.

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Gillian Sharpe runs away to the circus and finds out how to make money in such a business.

This week on Business Scotland, Gillian Sharpe runs away to the circus. She hears of the lure of the big top and finds out how you make money from a complex and constantly changing business. And she discovers how the circus is a burgeoning business in Scotland.

Gillian Sharpe finds out how to make money in such a complex business as the circus.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business.

Douglas Fraser with the stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Comics20151003

This week on Business Scotland Ken Macdonald - along with 30,000 others - goes along to the Glasgow Comic Convention. He finds out about the world of comic books, anime, manga and cosplay. He talks to young Scottish artists and writers making a living publishing their own work. And he also meets a doctor - the hologram doctor from Star Trek.

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Gillian Marles looks at the issue of intellectual property or IP. She finds out how to prevent ideas from being stolen. She hears of efforts to protect music from being copied and talks to a notorious art forger. One author shares his view that copying could benefit business.

Gillian Marles looks at the issue of intellectual property.

The stories and issues making the news in business.

The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Cybercrime2015060620150607 (RS)

Having survived the worst global economic slump since the Great Depression - companies are now grappling with a completely different menace...Cyber crime. In one survey three quarters of companies in the UK cited it as the biggest threat to their business.

Gillian Marles talks to experts about what is happening and what business can do.

Gillian Marles talks to experts about the threat posed to businesses by cybercrime.

Energy20160220

Following the announcement that the French company, EDF, is extending the life of four nuclear power stations including Torness in East Lothian, Gillian Marles hears claims that this was the only option if Scotland's lights are to remain on over the next decade. However others disagree and call for more investment in alternative forms of energy.

Ethical Finance2016040220160403 (RS)

On the programme this week, Gillian Marles, examines the issue of ethical finance.

She visits a museum dedicated to the world's first savings bank in deepest rural Dumfriesshire and finds out about the minister who started it.

She hears of a new partnership between the Islamic Finance Council and the Church of Scotland designed to create ethical financial services. And she speaks to Triodos bank which markets itself as the world's most sustainable bank - for people and the planet.

Gillian Marles explores the issue of ethical finance.

Faith2015103120151101 (RS)

Gillian Sharpe looks at how faith sometimes provide a seed for businesses and social enterprises. She visits enterprises in Greenock, Glasgow and Edinburgh and finds out how they differ from everyday businesses.

Gillian Sharpe looks at faith-based businesses and social enterprises.

Floods2016051420160515 (RS)

Months on from the storms and floods which devastated parts of Scotland, Gillian Sharpe hears about the costs for businesses. She travels to Newton Stewart and talks to a number of business owners about what happened and where they are now.

Gillian Sharpe hears about the costs for businesses affected by flooding in 2016.

Food And Drink2015101020151011 (RS)

This week Business Scotland is inviting you to dinner. We take a tour around the country sourcing gin for an aperitif, a roast lamb main course from the Highlands and some soft fruit from Fife. That's followed by some Glasgow-roasted coffee or if you'd prefer - a cup of tea - grown on the Perthshire hills.

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How important is it that we're happy at work? And does it affect productivity? How responsible are employers for the well-being of their staff? And should Governments care about how happy people are? Answers to all these questions and more on Business Scotland this week with Laura Maciver.

Hr: Human Resources2016031220160313 (RS)

Do you enjoy your job? It's the kind of question that keeps HR professionals awake at night. Graham Stewart went along to the industry's Scottish conference last week to find out if they have discovered the answer. And he speaks to an Edinburgh entrepreneur who set-up a business in a day.

Graham Stewart looks into human resources by visiting the industry's Scottish conference.

The stories and issues making the news in business.

Music2015101720151018 (RS)

On Business Scotland this week we are studying the business of music. Paul Carlin - once a drummer in a band - went along to Glasgow university where some of the great and the good of the industry came together to discuss whether it is possible to make lifelong career in the music industry and just how to do that.

A look at the business of making music and turning it into a career.

The stories and issues making the news in business.

The stories and issues making the news in business from Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Pantomime2015120520151206 (RS)

This week Business Scotland goes to the Pantomime - oh yes it does. From an Evil Enchantress, to fairies, heroes, princesses and maybe a bit of seasonal cross dressing - what's the attraction of pantomime for audiences and stars alike? Gillian Sharpe goes behind the scenes of the pantomime big and small - oh yes she does - looking at the role pantomime plays in keeping theatres open across the country.

Gillian Sharpe looks at the role pantomime plays in keeping theatres open in Scotland.

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This week on Business Scotland we take a look at the business opportunities afforded by our furry or feathered friends.

With the whole pet industry being worth about 5 billion pounds Gillian Sharpe visits a number of businesses and finds out that even when times are hard, we always want to treat them.

Gillian Sharpe investigates the pet industry.

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Gillian Marles takes a look at four recipients of the Queen's Award for Enterprise.

As The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday - seventeen Scottish firms have been granted the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise. This week on Business Scotland we take a closer look at four of them. Gillian Marles visits the Edinburgh-based architectural design studio, Kettle Collective, Renfrewshire medical device innovator Vascutek, Lothian firm, Vegware, which specialises in eco-friendly packaging and the Perth-based company, Merlin ERD which develops oil and gas drilling techniques.

Ramadan20160611

Douglas Fraser looks at the impact of Ramadan on the Muslim community in Scotland. He asks how does Islamic business change while minds are focused on faith?

He speaks to, among others, a chef in a busy curry house, cooking hundreds of meals without tasting a single mouthful.

Scotland The Brand2016030520160306 (RS)

Gillian Sharpe takes a look at Scotland's 'brand'.

Gillian Sharpe takes a look at Scotland The Brand. She talks to companies who export goods about whether the 'Scottish label' makes a difference. And she looks at what brings visitors to Scotland and how the marketing message has changed over the years.

Scottish Highland Games2015081520150816 (RS)

Jackie O'Brien travels to the Highlands to assess the economic value of the Highland Games

This week Business Scotland tosses the caber and flings the hammer whilst looking at the economic role played by the Scottish Highland games. Jackie O'Brien travels to Tain and talks to local businesses and competitors about the continuing appeal of a highland day out.

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Graham Stewart looks at the future of the steel industry in Scotland.

Last month, Tata Steel announced it was to cut 1200 jobs in the UK - nearly 300 of them in Scotland. Clearly this is a sign that it's an industry in crisis and on the programme this week, Graham Stewart finds out if steel has a future in Scotland. He hears of the once glory days of the industry which employed more than 10,000 people at Ravenscraig alone. And he hears from some companies beating the odds and still thriving in steel.

Tax2016040920160410 (RS)

In the week that the Panama Papers revealed stories of money laundering, sanction dodging and tax avoidance, Gillian Marles finds out just how many tax havens there are around the world and what makes Panama so attractive to some. She hears what measures have been taken in this country to crack down on aggressive tax avoidance and as the new tax year begins, she learns what has changed. And a report from Norway outlines what total tax transparency can achieve.

Gillian Marles looks at tax and tax avoidance following the Panama papers revelations.

The Inner Isles2016011620160117 (RS)

A look at the economic challenges faced by the communities of the Inner Hebrides.

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Ian Hamilton visits the Inner Hebridean islands of Rum, Coll and Eigg to look at the economic challenges faced by the local communities.

A look at the economic challenges facing the communities of the Inner Hebrides.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas20151219

This week on Business Scotland Gillian Marles looks behind the Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. She finds out how just how to make money from Pipers Piping and Drummers Drumming. She hears of the businesses teaching birds to call and those benefiting from Swans-a-Swimming.

Whisky2016041620160417 (RS)

This week on Business Scotland Douglas Fraser raises a glass to the whisky industry and finds out why its once rapid growth rate seems, like the angel's share, to have evaporated. He hears what's gone wrong in key markets, from Caracas to Hong Kong, what's going right in sales to Africa, and how important Scotch is to British exports. And he investigates liquid investments.