THE reluctance of high street banks to fund small-scale residential developments has been credited with propelling the growth of Close Brothers' property finance division in Scotland in the past five years.
A global showcase for its products on this year's Tour de France has been a great "brand perception" opportunity for the Scottish cyclewear company Endura - though it will probably be months or years before this translates into increased sales, the company has said.
Lifescan Scotland, the country's biggest life-sciences company, has said that it will defend an anti-trust lawsuit filed against it by a US producer of cut-price blood-sugar testing strips for diabetes.
ALLIANCE Trust has reported a setback to progress in turning round performance, as it confirmed the establishment of two English legal entities for its subsidiary companies in case of Scottish independence.
FINANCIAL Times publisher and education group Pearson has reported a 41 per cent fall in first-half profits to £73 million after the firm was hit by higher restructuring charges and currency movements.