Dundee's battered economy has received a major boost with confirmation that more than 200 jobs are to be created during the roll-out of a new broadband network.
The managing director of a Dunfermline company has said that, despite coming away empty-handed from TV show Dragons' Den, it has restored his faith in business.
A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland found that, despite the high rate of crime, two-thirds of small to medium-sized businesses do not have any measures in place to combat internal theft.
Dundee businesses, some of which have seen their rates rise by hundreds of thousands of pounds, were urged to get their appeals in to the local assessor before the end of September.
A west Fife firm is to appear on hit BBC TV show Dragons' Den but is not revealing how it fared.
The world may have been gripped by a crippling economic downturn, but the outlook for entrepreneurs in Perth is better than ever.
Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce are urging unemployed people and those facing redundancy to consider launching their own business ventures.
A business centre in Dunfermline appears to be bucking the economic trend by encouraging new ventures.
Dundee inventor Ken MacLeod has been given over £3000 to complete his device which he claims will make vehicles' engines greener and use 25% less fuel.
The Wellgate Centre in Dundee has received a major boost with four new retailers taking up residence.