Scottish Rugby posts 'record' commercial figures

Tommy Seymour scoring for Scotland against France at Murrayfield More than 600,000 people passed through the turnstiles for international, professional and club matches in the last year

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Scottish Rugby has reported a record year off the pitch.

The governing body for rugby union in Scotland posted its highest-ever turnover of £40m last year.

A record total of more than 600,000 people passed through the turnstiles for international, professional and club matches across the season.

Last week Scottish Rugby announced it had secured a major deal with BT, including naming rights for Murrayfield Stadium.

In the past year, it has added Famous Grouse, Unilever, Tennent Caledonian Breweries, BT Sport, Lucozade and Peter Vardy to its list of blue-chip partners.

It was also a good year for Scottish rugby club Glasgow Warriors, which reported average gates up by 29%.

'Terrific strides'

Scottish Rugby's director of commercial operations, Dominic McKay, said: "Terrific strides have been made off the pitch over the course of the past year, culminating in the transformational partnership with BT which will deliver very positively for us for years to come, especially in funding the grassroots game.

"We have also added a number of new 'big-brand' commercial partners supporting various areas of the business, which is a real score given the market in Scotland remains very challenging.

"However, success off the pitch means little without progress on it, so for Glasgow Warriors to become the first Scottish side to play in the RABO PRO12 final while club team and player registration numbers in Scotland continue to show signs of increase is every bit as pleasing."

He added: "Now, with this game-changing investment in our sport from BT, we can grow the game of rugby throughout Scotland, in particular with the establishment of a robust academy structure and to enhance the standard of club rugby."

An economic impact study led by Napier University in 2010-11 found that Scottish Rugby generates about £100m a season for the Scottish economy.

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    15:51: Petrofac shares

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    15:47: 'Fake' Caniggia The Scotsman

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    13:19: Better late than never

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    13:01: Health board criticised over C. diff deaths

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    The reactor automatically shut down last week, due to a fault with protection equipment at the power station.

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    A murder trial has heard that a victim had six or seven stab wounds to her chest and showed no sign of life when paramedics came to treat her.

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    Paul McManus denies murdering Ms Sanders at her home in Crookston in Glasgow in April this year.

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    Ten years on, the case is now the subject of a homicide review within Police Scotland.

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    Isabelle Sanders Isabelle Sanders

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    The National

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    09:21: Graphic Burns

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    09:14: Scots ice-cool under pressure

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    Scotland skip Eve Muirhead

    Eve Muirhead's rink beat Latvia 10-5, then overcame the Czech Republic 9-4, having lost to Denmark on Saturday.

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    09:11: UK fighters 'not mercenaries'

    A British man fighting with Kurdish troops against Islamic State militants in Syria says he is not a mercenary.

    Jamie Read (left) and James Hughes (right) are said to have joined American Jordan Matson in the YPG Jamie Read (left) and James Hughes (right) are said to have joined American Jordan Matson in the YPG

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    Mr Read said they were helping the Kurdish people in their efforts against the jihadists and were not being paid.

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    Alistair Watson

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    08:45: Cabinet's first meeting

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    A five-year inquiry into Scotland's worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) will be published later.

    The probe, led by Lord MacLean, looked at the treatment of 63 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire between December 2007 and June 2008.

    Of the 31 patients who died, C. diff was a contributory factor in 28 cases.

    The Vale of Leven Hospital report is due

    The independent inquiry was ordered in 2009 and completed at a cost of about £10m. Publication of the report had previously been delayed five times.

    C. diff is a bacteria which lives harmlessly in the gut of 10% to 15% of adults but causes diarrhoea when the delicate balance of gut flora is disturbed, often following a course of antibiotics.

    08:06: Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    Five-year inquiry into Scotland's worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile published at lunchtime. More #bbcgms 0815

    Good Morning Scotland

    You can listen live to BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland here.

    08:03: Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning! Gillian here. 5-7C to start for most. Largely dry, best of the sunshine in the east of the country. Cloudier in the west with rain on the west coast later. This evening: cloud and patchy rain will pass across the country, then skies will clear, winds ease, allowing a widespread frost and mist/fog.

    08:02: Book Week

    The director of the Scottish Book Trust has said every child in Scotland should be automatically enrolled in their local library.

    Scottish Book Week

    Marc Lambert made the call at the start of Book Week Scotland.

    He said the move would not only benefit children but would also secure the future of libraries.

    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

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