The revival of Scotland’s town centres and its industrial estates – and to some extent the wider economy – is being jeopardised by the Scottish Government’s new rates relief rule.
They circle their struggling prey and pounce when their victims are too weak to defend themselves.
If ever a city centre was in need of improvement it is Dundee.
It’s about to kick off again and this year it will give the UK’s retail industry the greatest test of nerve it has probably ever faced.
Marks & Spencer’s decision to close 60 clothing and home stores in an overhaul 100 locations is sad but inevitable.
Depressing news came this week of the continuing shrinkage of Scotland’s shop-borne retail sector.
The Fife division of international performance pigments and coatings specialist Silberline plunged into the red last year - but believed it can return to profit.
Scottish Government hopes of meeting our energy needs from renewables are now all at sea - but not in the way they would want.
Now that the Scottish Parliament is back in harness, the country’s business community is waiting anxiously to see how it will act to deliver the prosperity from which we can all benefit.