Easy deal

THE man who has spearheaded the 20-plus year campaign to restore the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer on Loch Lomond recalled that the local council had not been difficult to deal with when it sold the vessel.

John Beveridge, chief executive of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company and part of the team which revived the famous Waverley in 1974, said: “I don’t think they wanted a paddle steamer on their books! They were quite happy owning the land next to it, but not an old paddle steamer. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society had to pay £1 for the Waverley – we got Maid on the Loch for free!”

Whisky Devils

IN football parlance, it would perhaps be described as a deal secured for an undisclosed fee.

Scotch whisky giant Chivas Brothers and Manchester United have signed a three-year agreement on the eve of the new Premier League season.

The value of the deal was not disclosed, but it was revealed that Chivas branding will be displayed on digital perimeter boards at Old Trafford and throughout the season.

Both parties say the deal celebrates their “collective belief that blended is better – in life, football and Scotch”.

We can certainly imagine a dram would make the brand of football practised by Jose Mourinho, pictured, a little more exciting.

Mat messaging

TRADITIONALLY, one would expect to find the name of a brewery on a pub beer mat. At JD Wetherspoon, they’re used for pro-Brexit politicking.

Boss Tim Martin has turned again to this most humble of advertising vehicles to highlight his favoured political stance, this time using some 500,000 of them in 875 pubs to outline why the UK Government should not pay Brussels a £39 billion divorce bill.

“We’re calling on the government not to pay the money,” declared the bold pub chief.

The move comes shortly after Martin ordered the firm to stock less beer and wine from countries within the EU, in favour of products sourced beyond the bloc.

Launch lifeline

IT’S not all work, work, work at Skypark in Glasgow.

The business park has become known for the extra-curricular activities its tenants get involved in, be it zip wire rides for charity or support for local artists. In recent weeks a big focus has been on backing Launch Foods, a not-for-profit enterprise which provides more than 7,500 meals over the summer holidays for primary school kids that need it most.

Founder Craig Johnston said: “Thanks to the support of the Skypark community and for our donated kitchen space and providing utilities and also to the team of 14 contractors who donated a week of their time for free to help get us set up.

“I am now appealing to all of Scotland’s businesses to dig deep and give what help they can – whether it’s sponsorship, to donating cash or holding a fund raising-event - every penny will go to sustain the project to feed Scotland’s children.”