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Scottish Enterprise spent £100,000 on hiring celebrities

SCOTTISH Enterprise has splashed out more than £100,000 to hire celebrities such as Fred MacAulay, Jackie Bird and Sally Magnusson to attend business events.

The extravagant spending included £23,500 for former Ryder Cup golfer Sam Torrance to give golf tips to potential investors and £12,000 to comedian Fred MacAulay to act as master of ceremonies at two dinners.

The move has been branded “desperate” by David Whitton MSP, Labour’s shadow finance spokesman.

The quango receives a £276 million budget to help boost economic growth in Scotland.

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Podcast: Deadline Business Page Round-Up

Friday 5th November

Here are some of the main business stories hitting the headlines today:

Ultravox frontman backs new business mentoring initiative

By Christine Lavelle

LIVE 8 legend Midge Ure was on hand to help launch a new business initiative in Scotland, aimed at creating ‘world class’ entrepreneurs.

Footdown is a support mechanism for those looking to start their own business, which offers advice to even the most experienced in industry.

The project began in 1988 in Bath, with 15 original board members, and finally reached Edinburgh on Wednesday after spreading across several parts of England.

Launched at Murrayfield rugby stadium, the organisation allows business leaders to learn from others’ experience, preventing them from making any of the same mistakes they have seen over time. Continue reading

The Open could prove a handicap for Scots businesses

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTS firms could be about to find themselves hit by a round of golf related sickies brought on by this year’s Open golf championships.

Not because golf fans are bunk-ering off work to watch the likes of Tiger Woods and co fighting it out at the Old Course in St Andrew’s.

But because usually desk bound amateurs will be inspired to pick up their clubs and do themselves an injury.

Four out of five hobby golfers are expected to pick up some kind of niggle or serious injury in the course of their playing days, according to research by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Now experts are warning The Open makes that risk even higher as workers take to the greens without any proper preparation.
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PICTURE OF THE DAY: Cardinal Keith’s kitchen heaven

By Christine Lavelle

SIKH TREATS: Scotland’s Catholic leader rolled up his sleeves and donned a tabard today as he helped out in a Sikh cafe kitchen today. Cardinal Keith O’Brien stopped in at Edinburgh’s Punjab’n Raosi Café – which translates as the Punjabi Women’s Kitchen – in a bid to unite faiths.

Picture by Katielee Arrowsmith
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