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10 key economic facts that prove Scotland will be a wealthy independent nation

10 key economic facts that prove Scotland will be a wealthy independent nation

All the evidence demonstrates that Scotland is a wealthy nation. Scotland would be the 14th wealthiest nation in the developed world by GDP per head of population. Scotland’s wealth is also built on solid financial foundations, a diverse economy and substantial economic potential in new industries such as biotechnology and renewables, as well as current key […]

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Where does Scotland’s wealth go?

Where does Scotland’s wealth go?

Where does Scotland’s wealth go (if it doesn’t stay here)? It’s a simple question but not one often asked, probably as most economics bloggers like myself get bogged down in numbers and over-complicate the issue. Data from the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics demonstrates in simple terms the distribution of personal wealth in the […]

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A new Vision for Scotland – Vote YES and our economy will thrive

A new Vision for Scotland – Vote YES and our economy will thrive

There is a new Vision for Scotland that says that an independent Scotland can have faster, more sustainable economic growth whilst also becoming a wealthier society.  Written by leading academics and business people with the intention of opening a conversation about Scotland’s future, it aims to create a suite of policies that can significantly increase Scotland’s […]

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Member profile – John McGlynn

Member profile – John McGlynn

“Like many in the business community I passionately believe the status quo has past its sell by date. The Scottish Government should have all of the necessary levers to help boost the economy and create jobs. “Devolution has proven better decisions are made closer to home. We need more of that and soon. We should […]

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A message from 3,000+ YES voting business people

A message from 3,000+ YES voting business people

Over 3,000 business people have now signed the Business for Scotland declaration and this website, built to explain why we support independence, has generated more than one million unique visitors. We are Business for Scotland and this is what we believe.    You can still join Business for Scotland.  After Scotland votes YES we will […]

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Six key questions undecided voters must ask about a No vote

Six key questions undecided voters must ask about a No vote

The polls say the referendum is too close to call.  The undecided, possibly as much as much as 15%, will decide if Scotland will become an independent self governing country or stay ruled from Westminster. Please pass this article on to any undecided voters you know. With only one newspaper supporting YES the undecideds are well […]

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Video: We have the talent, the resources, the drive to succeed as an independent country

Video: We have the talent, the resources, the drive to succeed as an independent country

| 17/09/2014 | 0 Comments

David Lafferty is a mechanical engineer who has lived and worked all around the world, offshore and onshore, in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen. Today his company, Aqua Energy, manufactures equipment and robots for the oil, gas, petrochemical industries and many other industries. They have moved into a new factory in Greenock and hired […]

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Business for Scotland passes membership and visitor milestones

Business for Scotland passes membership and visitor milestones

As of today more than 3000 business owners have now signed the Business for Scotland declaration, convinced that independence will deliver the business opportunity of a lifetime. That number has increased by 500 in the last month alone. Successful business owners such as John McGlynn, founder of Airlink, Doug Duguid, CEO of Enermech, and Aberdeen […]

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Yes boost to brand Scotland will increase jobs

Yes boost to brand Scotland will increase jobs

| 16/09/2014 | 0 Comments

Professor Murray Pittock argues that a clear branding of Scotland will encourage sales in export markets; that the success the Scottish Government has had so far in selling Scottish products overseas could be enhanced with “focused attention by a sovereign government.” He then points out that Scottish universities have 120% of the UK average in R&D […]

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Westminster caught illegally orchestrating business scare stories

Westminster caught illegally orchestrating business scare stories

Co-ordinated scare mongering reaches fever pitch. David Cameron, after deciding to stay out of the referendum debate ’til the last few weeks, has suddenly realised the result is running away from them.  In what was described in the media as a “panicked move” he and the other Westminster political leaders abandoned Prime Ministers Question Time […]

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Why Scotland needs a productive economy that spreads wealth

Why Scotland needs a productive economy that spreads wealth

| 15/09/2014 | 2 Comments

David Erdal wrote the following piece as part of the Vision for Scotland document. David is a member of Business for Scotland and a world leading expert in cooperatives. The British economy is dominated by the City of London, one of the two greatest financial centres (and tax havens) in the world. Given its shadowy […]

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A new Vision for Scotland – Vote YES and our economy will thrive

A new Vision for Scotland – Vote YES and our economy will thrive

There is a new Vision for Scotland that says that an independent Scotland can have faster, more sustainable economic growth whilst also becoming a wealthier society.  Written by leading academics and business people with the intention of opening a conversation about Scotland’s future, it aims to create a suite of policies that can significantly increase Scotland’s […]

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Member profile – John McGlynn

Member profile – John McGlynn

| 14/09/2014 | 0 Comments

“Like many in the business community I passionately believe the status quo has past its sell by date. The Scottish Government should have all of the necessary levers to help boost the economy and create jobs. “Devolution has proven better decisions are made closer to home. We need more of that and soon. We should […]

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On Thursday vote Yes to create more jobs for Scotland

On Thursday vote Yes to create more jobs for Scotland

| 14/09/2014 | 0 Comments

An independent Scotland will have the power over investment and industry to create tens of thousands of new jobs in manufacturing, social care, the energy sector and by moving civil service jobs from London to Scotland. For this reason a Yes vote this Thursday is a huge opportunity to improve Scotland’s economy and the lives […]

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Market pressure builds on George Osborne to confirm currency union

Market pressure builds on George Osborne to confirm currency union

| 13/09/2014 | 4 Comments

Back in January Ivan McKee of Business for Scotland stated that financial markets and currency traders would pressure Westminster towards a currency union. He was right. The last few days has witnessed speculation on the value of the pound sterling, alongside some instability on the stock exchange. This behaviour is driven by what analysts are describing […]

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Chief Executive of Wetherspoons backs independent Scotland and rejects scaremongering

Chief Executive of Wetherspoons backs independent Scotland and rejects scaremongering

| 12/09/2014 | 3 Comments

Tim Martin, Chief Executive of JD Wetherspoon, today highlighted Scotland economic potential and dismissed the “nonsense” scaremongering of Westminster politicians. Mr Martin explained “There’s no reason in theory why Scotland couldn’t be a very successful independent country. New Zealand has got the same population – does very well. Singapore – a smaller population – incredibly […]

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UK To Get VETO On Gordon Brown’s Devo Proposals

UK To Get VETO On Gordon Brown’s Devo Proposals

Gordon Brown’s Devo Timetable unconstitutional according to House Of Lords. In an act of desperation the NO campaign pushed Gordon Brown to the fore to announce a timetable for what they call “more powers” in the event of a NO vote.  This supposedly iron clad timetable does not include at any point a second referendum […]

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The powers of independence can revitalise Scottish shipbuilding

The powers of independence can revitalise Scottish shipbuilding

| 11/09/2014 | 0 Comments

Jim McColl, the new owner of Ferguson’s Shipbuilders, has announced that he aims to employ 300 people through a £8 million investment. Below Iain Macneil outlines the way forward for Scottish shipbuilding in an independent Scotland. To anyone outside the shipping industry, or to those just reading the newspaper headlines about the problems at Ferguson Shipyard, shipping […]

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