The SNP has hailed the rising number of small businesses since the Scottish Government introduced business rates relief more than a decade ago.
Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has launched a furious attack on the Government, demanding a change to the business rates system which he said is no longer fit for purpose.
Property consultant CBRE has beefed up its team handling business rates revaluation appeals in the north-east.
Modest pay rises and falling inflation could boost consumer confidence this year but the economy is set to be buffeted by new headwinds.
Grampian’s district valuer has been flooded with appeals from businesses feeling the pinch following a controversial rates revaluation.
Interest rates have been hiked for the first time in more than 10 years and the Bank of England signalled more “gradual” increases are on the way to cool surging inflation.
An Aberdeen businessman forced to close one of his nurseries due to a huge soar in business rates was delighted that they could soon be exempt from charges.
A Highland hotelier voiced fears that rocketing business rates could be passed onto customers, giving the north a reputation as expensive, as this year's bills started arriving.
Hospitality bosses across the north were last night celebrating after learning they were in line to share a business rates reprieve.
A Highland councillor has called for a full explanation for a disparity in the formula for business rates that sets Inverness city centre apart from the rest of Scotland.
Hoteliers in the Highlands were last night celebrating the news that their rates are to be capped at 12.5%.
Aberdeen City Council chiefs have said they are "working towards a solution" with the Scottish Government to try to avert a potentially crippling rise in business rates.
Business owners in a north-east town are preparing to launch a rebellion over the latest rates hike by Aberdeenshire Council which they claim will "strangle" the local economy.
More than half (52%) of Scottish retail sites will lose out as a result of a rates revaluation being postponed until 2017, according to commercial property company JLL.