Inverness to host workshop on Commonwealth exports

Port with containers The workshop on exporting will focus on Australia, Singapore and India

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A free workshop is to be held in Inverness for Scottish businesses that want to start or increase overseas sales in Commonwealth countries.

Exporting specialists based in Asia will attend the event on 30 July.

It is being hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Development International (SDI).

The workshop will focus on three of the Commonwealth's most significant economies - Australia, Singapore and India.

Staff from SDI and the Asia Scotland Institute will be on hand to cover topics such as market opportunities, political and economic considerations and routes to market.

Local businesses, including the Loch Ness Brewery and Moray-based ecological technology company Biomatrix Water, will also share their exporting successes and challenges.

According to figures from SDI, Australia is in the top 20 of Scottish export destinations.

Singapore is worth £500m in Scottish exports every year, while India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

'Substantial opportunities'

Laura Robertson, development manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: "This event is being organised by HIE to bring some of the Commonwealth talent visiting Scotland this summer to the Highlands, to share their expertise.

"The combined gross domestic product of the Commonwealth is expected to grow significantly faster than the eurozone over the next five years and Australia, Singapore and India are key to this growth.

"This event will highlight to businesses the substantial opportunities for doing business with our Commonwealth neighbours while providing practical, expert advice for entering these markets or exporting for the first time."

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    07:24: East Coast back in private hands

    After six years of public ownership, East Coast Mainline rail services have been re-privatised.

    East coast

    Virgin, which already operates West Coast rail services, has taken over the East Coast franchise, in partnership with Stagecoach.

    The line links London with Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

    The companies are promising to improve the service for passengers, following two failed private franchise ventures.

     
  65.  
    07:19: Rangers 'avoided going under during my tenure' - Somers

    David Somers, who has resigned as Rangers chairman, says he tried to bring "harmony" to the club after enjoying "considerable success" in the City.

    "When I was approached about the chairmanship of Rangers, friends warned me that the world of football has different rules and codes of behaviour," he said.

    Former Rangers chairman David Somers

    "I now know that is a gross understatement. I am a non-confrontational man and have always tried to bring harmony to boardrooms and with stakeholders.

    "At the risk of antagonising my army of critics I would point out that Rangers managed to pay its bills and avoid going under during my tenure.

    "These critics might not agree with how we achieved this. I look forward to alternative solutions from whoever is running the club in the future.

    "Despite the personal attacks on me from various sources I genuinely wish the club the very best in the future and I am confident that, with such a passionate and vociferous fanbase, they will be restored to their former glories."

     
  66.  
    07:15: 'Families to lose out'

    Single parents with young children could lose more than £1,800 a year under the UK government's welfare reforms, according to research.

    Couples with young children will be only £400 better off than single parents, the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee said.

    Coins

    Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University claimed families with children will lose an estimated £960m a year under the reforms.

    The Department of Work and Pensions said the report did not take into account increases in employment and the personal allowance and the introduction of the new Universal Credit.

     
  67.  
    07:10: Breaking News

    Rangers confirm David Somers has resigned as chairman with immediate effect. The move is confirmed in a statement to the Stock Exchange.

     
  68.  
    07:09: Capital growth

    Scotland's hotel sector will continue to grow over the next year with Edinburgh expected to be among the most popular cities in Europe, a report says.

    Along with London and Paris, Scotland's capital is one of only three cities in Europe forecast to have occupancy rates more than 80% in the next year.

    Edinburgh Castle

    A series of events elsewhere in the country over the next 12 months, including the World Gymnastics Championship, the Turner Prize and the Year of Food and Drink, will boost the sector in Glasgow and elsewhere, PwC's latest European hotel forecast says.

     
  69.  
    07:06: Murder inquiry into Hamilton death

    Detectives have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a man in South Lanarkshire.

    Stephen Coutts, 35, died following an incident in Mayfield Road, Hamilton, on Saturday evening.

    Stephen Coutts died and another man was taken to hospital

    Another man, also 35, was injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.

    Det Insp David Moran, of Police Scotland, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

    "Officers are conducting inquiries in the surrounding area to establish what happened," he said.

     
  70.  
    @BBCScotWeather 'Risk of ice BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning, Gillian here. There's a risk of ice and frequent snow showers today, especially in western Scotland. Accumulations, mainly over high ground. Becoming windy. 4C.

     
  71.  
    07:02: Somers to leave Ibrox? Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Rangers chairman David Somers is to step down just days before his future in the position is due to be voted on by shareholders.

    Rangers chairman David Somers

    An extraordinary general meeting is being held at Ibrox on Friday, 6 March, at which the future of the current board will be decided.

    It is unclear if chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach will also go before Friday.

    An announcement is expected this morning regarding Somers' position.

     
  72.  
    07:00: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live, bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country until 19:00.

    Stay in touch via Twitter @bbcscotlandnews, by email on newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or by text on 80295.

     

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