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Hard hats for bankers

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By Ian Fraser Published: Business Quarter (BQ) Date: 13 October 2014 At a dinner to mark the departure of chief executive Stephen Hester in September 2013, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s finance director Bruce van Saun gave Hester’s anointed heir, Ross McEwan, an unusual present. Hester, a keen horseman, had …

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A true rebranding … or lipstick on a pig?

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By Ian Fraser Published: Mail on Sunday (Scottish edition) Date: 17 August 2014 RBS’s decision to scrap the three-letter acronym it has used for eleven years and assert its heritage by readopting the Royal Bank of Scotland title and refurbishing branches with a “heather, tartan and tweed” theme will get …

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Bank robbery?

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 1st, 2013 In a recent Business Focus, the Sunday Herald presented a rough guide to the £1 trillion of time bombs metaphorically ticking beneath the plush carpets of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters. What we didn’t predict was that two of …

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Focus: Back in the doldrums

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By Ian Fraser and Julia Belgutay Published: The Sunday Times Date: 21 June 2009 When Louise McPhillimy was accepted by Glasgow University to study law, she believed her career path was laid out before her. She would graduate with a good degree, gain a diploma in legal practice, then begin …

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Shadow talk

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 25 April 2004 Convincing others to relocate to Scotland was the issue facing a secret meeting of the country’s top financiers, but they ended up talking about how sending jobs overseas was a good thing for the economy and for them. Ian Fraser …