Murray Estates has secured planning approval from North Lanarkshire Council for 638 homes, along with associated infrastructure, landscaping and open spaces at Torrance Park, east of Holytown.

READ MORE: Murray Estates, part of former Rangers owner Sir David Murray's business, said this second phase follows on from the initial phase of development at Torrance Park.

The new head of the Institute of Directors in Scotland has warned the uncertainty facing business will persist even if next month’s snap election yields a breakthrough in the Brexit process.

READ MORE: Malcolm Cannon said companies in Scotland have been held back by a lack of clarity and certainty since the global financial crisis erupted around a decade ago.

Stewart Travel Group is boosting the workforce of its Scotland’s Cruise Centre operation by a further 35 per cent, following a doubling of employee numbers in this business over the last three years.

READ MORE: The travel agency declared that business had “boomed” in the last few years at Scotland’s Cruise Centre as it unveiled plans to recruit another 30 staff. It flagged plans to hire new cruise experts and the expansion of its administration and customer-service teams.

Walkers Shortbread is among the Scottish companies hit by US trade tariffs.

READ MORE: The Speyside company, which said it is the largest exporter of sweet biscuits to the US, said the move imposed earlier this month as part of a wider tussle between the US and the European Union over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers means a 25% tariff for Walkers.

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Legal Focus: First round of school music fees challenge gets started

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