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Europe’s future: Whatever it takes

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Treasurer Date: 1 March 2016 Policymakers in Brussels and within European parliaments still face turbulence as they endeavour to encourage growth and restore unity. Treasurers are more sanguine, but likewise treading carefully. Ian Fraser reports Back in July 2012, after a turbulent period when the …

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UK regulators pronounce on HBOS

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By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Intelligencer Date: 18 November 2015 Seven years since HBOS crashed and burned, we are about to find out why, from a report to be jointly published on Thursday morning by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England). …

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Petrobras scandal’s key witness speaks out

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Financial Intelligencer Date: 13 November 2015 The former oil industry executive whose evidence kicked off the corruption probe into Brazilian energy giant Petrobras – a scandal which has tipped Brazil into recession and may yet bring down its government – has spoken out for the …

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Punch-up in a brewery as Tennent’s faces legal challenge from “Nordic” beer minnow

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 11 October 2015 London-based drinks business Kolson has accused Glasgow-based Tennent Caledonian Breweries of damaging its business after a contract-brewing deal between the two firms turned sour. Tennent’s owner C&C Group, though, counter claims that Kolson’s actions are simply a “smokescreen” designed to avoid …

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Businesses trashed by RBS ‘vampire unit’ refuse to co-operate with FCA appointed sleuths

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 4 October 2015 Businesspeople who claim to have been ruined by RBS’s Global Restructuring Group are refusing to co-operate with a firm hired by the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the scandal, potentially derailing the probe into the bank’s so-called “vampire unit”. The …

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CLEANING UP

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Treasurer Date: 1 October 2015 Corruption, scandal and bribery are commonplace in the world, but what action is being taken to eradicate these crimes? And what can treasurers do to avoid them? Ian Fraser reports In September 1977, Sir Richard Dobson made some off-the-cuff remarks …

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The Moldovan Connection

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By Ian Fraser and Richard Smith Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 June 2015 How modest homes in some of Scotland’s poorest areas became prolific ‘company factories’. The inside story by Ian Fraser and Richard Smith.  It’s a humble ground-floor flat in Royston Mains Street in Pilton – the Edinburgh housing …

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The dog that eats up debt

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 December 2014 [Note this the unedited version of a business focus article published in the Sunday Herald on 21 December 2014] Banks including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have found a new way of freshening up their balance sheets …

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Purge of ‘local toffs’ at Comcarde as the company seeks £3m to grow ahead of financial app launch

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 16 November 2014 An Inverness-based fi­nancial ­technology (fintech) company that aims to take the global smartphone payment apps market by storm has purged its board of four well-connected Highland businessmen as it seeks to raise £3 million to ­accelerate its growth. Comcarde, founded …

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Plugging the skills gap to enable SME growth

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Daily Telegraph Date: 6 November 2014 SMEs are calling on the government to take a more enlightened approach to immigration policy, warning the current approach is blocking access to talent, hobbling growth prospects and jeopardising the recovery. In a 2010 pre-election announcement, the then opposition leader David …