National Museum topples Edinburgh Castle as busiest attraction

The National Museum of Scotland has reclaimed top spot from Edinburgh Castle as the nation’s busiest attraction, as booming visitor numbers were reported across the country.

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The area around the Omni Centre has been purchased by the developers of the St James Centre. Picture; Kenny Smith

Plans for new leisure destination in Capital revealed

Developers behind the £1 billion transformation of Edinburgh’s St James Centre have bought a neighbouring leisure complex – sparking hopes of a resurgence in the wider area.

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Artists impression of proposed BHS development.

Planning permission granted to turn Princes Street BHS into hotel

Building could begin in weeks to transform the old BHS on Princes Street into a hotel and restaurant after councillors voted unanimously for the development to go ahead.

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The Murrayfield Bar is one of the many pubs in the Capital set to benefit. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Joy for bars as business rates rises capped

PUBS, hotels, cafes and restaurants which feared they could be driven out of business by rates rises have been saved from closure after the Scottish Government announced a cap on increases.

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Edinburgh-based Bellfield is eyeing a move into cans as it develops new beer ranges. Picture: Contributed

Gluten-free brewer eyes £500,000 to fund expansion

Bellfield Brewery, the Edinburgh-based maker of gluten-free beer, has kicked off a £500,000 funding drive to boost its expansion plans.

Sports Direct. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Princes St Sports Direct benefits from ‘tax cut’

FINANCE Secretary Derek Mackay today promised new steps to support business as the rates row grew with the revelation that controversial retailer Sports Direct will have the bill for its Princes Street store reduced.

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Some have claimed that a number of bills passed have killed off businesses in the Capital. Picture; stock image

Plea to halt bills that cost Capital jobs

THE body in charge of revaluing properties for business rates is under pressure to halt the process and carry out a review amid growing concern about the threat to jobs and livelihoods from rocketing bills.

House prices in the Hillside area of Edinburgh have shot up more than 340 per cent in 20 years.

House prices soar as buyers are ‘priced out’ across the Capital

HOUSE prices in some parts of the Capital have risen by an eye-watering 340 per cent in just 20 years.

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The new stage of the 20mph zones are to launch in the Capital this month. Picture; SWNS

20mph: Final countdown as Edinburgh prepares for new limit

ThE signs are going up and the days are counting down – it’s nearly time for the next installment of 20mph.

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Portobello businesses are unhappy about the rise in Council rates - Amanda Caygill who owns the Espy and other bars / restaurants with Luke Hazelwood (chef) and AJ Qureshi (maitre'd). Picture: Greg Macvean

Jobs at risk as businesses face closure due to rates increase

JOBS will be lost and businesses forced to close thanks to soaring rates bills across the Capital, employers warned today.

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City businesses are  unhappy about the huge rise in business rates - Amanda Caygill, who owns bar restaurant Espy in Portobello, pictured here with chef Luke Hazelwood and maitre'd AJ Qureshi, is facing a bill more than five times last year's.

Leader comment: Rates change is a disaster

The Scottish economy is already lagging behind the UK economy, and things are just going to get worse.

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Racks will be installed on a number of key thoroughfares such as Princes Street, pictured. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Hundreds of new bike racks on their way to Edinburgh

HUNDREDS of cycle racks are to be installed across the Capital as part of an ongoing effort to make life easier for those getting out and about on two wheels.

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Argos staff are set for compensation. Picture; stock image

Argos staff in Edinburgh to get extra pay for minimum wage breach

Workers at 10 Argos stores in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife are to each receive part of a £2.4m payout after it emerged they were paid beneath the minimum wage.

The man was arrested yesterday at Edinburgh Waverley. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Man in court after being found with five knives at Edinburgh station

A man has appeared in court after he was discovered with five kitchen knives - including a large meat cleaver - at Edinburgh Waverley railway station.

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Liz Mcareavey: Change is neither cheap nor easy

The pace of change in this new digital era is both startling and exciting. The digital revolution is innovative and disruptive with new business models exploding onto the scene.

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Cafe Cockburn has been in contact with HMRC and resolved the issue.  Picture: Neil Hanna

Edinburgh businesses named and shamed for underpaying workers

A HAIRDRESSER and a café have been named and shamed for underpaying staff in the Capital.

The only way to find the cheapest rail ticket is to throw all logic out of the window. Picture: John Devlin

6 ways to get cheaper train tickets

There are ways to find a cheaper option when travelling by rail, says Martin Lewis

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BrewDog today announces it will be offering all staff an additional week of leave when they have a new puppy or rescue a hound
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BrewDog to give ‘paw-ternity’ leave for pet owners

One of Scotland’s leading breweries is set to give staff time off work to look after pets as part of an unprecedented new scheme.

The cost of living is to hit a three year high. Picture stock image

Cost of living to hit 3-year high

A jump in food and fuel prices is expected to push the cost of living to its highest level since June 2014 when official figures are released on Tuesday.

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