Here are the top business stories making the headlines in the morning newspapers.

Councillor’s concern about Westhill refugee move

A councillor has hit out after Westhill residents were not consulted on plans to place 173 male refugees at a hotel in the town.

Councillor Iris Walker said she, and the three other Westhill and district councillors, were “briefed in strict confidence” about the Home Office decision, but the wider community is largely unaware of the plan.

The men, between the ages of 18-40, will be placed in the town’s Hampton by Hilton hotel from next week .

The Home Office will then make assessments of each of the men’s claims.

Their arrival comes as part of an agreement with local government organisation Cosla to distribute refugees across all of Scotland’s local authorities.

Documents show that, once the hotel has reached capacity, security guards will be in place at the building on Gordon Park round the clock.

Mrs Walker told the Press & Journal: “My constituents are worried about the impact of the arrival of such a large number in a town with limited facilities.”

FMQs disrupted by climate activists

Protesters who disrupted Humza Yousaf's First Minister's Questions debut yesterday now face a six-month ban from parliament's public gallery.

Mr Yousaf's first FMQs session was hit by a series of disruptions by climate activists.

The public gallery in the Holyrood chamber was eventually cleared after the session had to be suspended five times in the first 15 minutes.

The presiding officer later announced tougher action against the protesters.

The BBC says such interruptions have been an almost-weekly occurrence during recent FMQs.

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone has pledged to take action to stop them, with mobile phones already having been banned in the gallery.

She later said there would be "more stringent measures" to identify those responsible, and a change to the parliament's visitor policy which would ban those individuals from the public gallery for six months.

UK economy grew at end of 2022

The British economy performed better than previously estimated at the end of last year, revised official figures this morning show.

It was previously thought the economy had not grown between October and December, but new Office for National Statistics data shows it grew by 0.1%.

The BBC says the latest figures confirm that the UK economy avoided falling into recession at the end of last year.

The ONS said telecommunications, construction and manufacturing had all fared better than initially thought.

It also said household finances had been helped by the UK Government's energy bill support scheme.

Cults bank to shut doors

The Bank of Scotland has said its Cults branch will close on August 14.

The North Deeside Road branch was selected to go after taking into account how many customers chose to use the branch over the last five years and an assessment of public-transport links.

The Press & Journal says transactions in the branch had fallen by 69% over the last five years for personal banking and by 89% for business customers. Cash-machine transactions were down 45%.

Some longer queues expected at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport has said that some passengers may face longer queues to get through security during the Easter holiday period after it was unable to strike a deal with security workers over pay.

More than 1,400 members of the Unite union, who work for Heathrow Airport, are going ahead with a 10-day strike beginning today.

The BBC says 11th-hour talks on Thursday broke down without a resolution.

The strike involves security guards at Terminal 5, which is only used by British Airways, and those who check cargo. Unite has accused the airport of a real-terms wage cut.

Heathrow said it had offered a 10% pay increase backdated to January 1, plus a lump sum payment of over £1,000.

Famous English club owes nearly £1billion

Manchester United owes £969.6million through a combination of gross debt, bank borrowings and outstanding transfer fees with associated payments, according to new figures.

The football club released its second-quarter results yesterday.

Unlike previous years, there was no investors' call afterwards as a result of the ongoing strategic review, which could lead to the sale of the Premier League club.

The BBC says the review itself is centred on how to meet the club's long-term capital investment needs, specifically for improvements to Old Trafford and the club's Carrington training ground.

Trade pact now signed

The UK has now signed a deal to join a trade pact with 11 Asia and Pacific nations, three years after it officially left the European Union.

Joining the group will boost UK exports by cutting tariffs on goods such as cheese, cars, chocolate, machinery, gin and whisky, the government said.

However, the government's own estimates show being in the bloc will only add 0.08% to the size of the UK's economy.

The BBC says the trade area covers a market of around 500million people.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership - or CPTPP - was established in 2018.

More ferry woes on west coast

Island communities have reacted with anger and dismay at fresh disruption to Scotland's west coast ferry network.

State-owned CalMac has been forced into making alterations due to delays in routine overhauls of some ferries and technical issues affecting others.

The BBC says islanders fear tourism and other businesses are being damaged.

Transport Minister Kevin Stewart said disruption was regrettable.

But he stressed islands remained open for business and CalMac was doing everything possible to ease the situation.

Trump to be charged

Former US President Donald Trump will be charged over hush-money payments made to a porn star just before the 2016 presidential election.

The details of the case against him have not yet been released.

A grand jury has voted to indict him after investigating a $130,000 pay-out to Stormy Daniels in an attempt to buy her silence over an alleged affair.

Mr Trump, 76, denies wrongdoing. He is the first serving or former US president to face a criminal charge.

The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been pursuing the investigation, confirmed that it had contacted Mr Trump's attorney to "co-ordinate his surrender" on unspecified charges.

The BBC says the ex-president, who lives in Florida, is expected to fly to New York on Monday and be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

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