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Scottish Business Buzz (10.02.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (10.02.16)

| 10/02/2016 | 0 Comments

University plans massive West End redevelopment  The University of Glasgow has unveiled plans costing £1bn to transform the West End of Glasgow into a ‘museum quarter’ creating thousands of jobs. The plans include creating a civic square which would link up the Kelvin Hall, the Kelvingrove Museum and stretch to the Hydro arena. Glasgow University […]

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Unionist policy failures gift a hat-trick of opportunities to the SNP

Unionist policy failures gift a hat-trick of opportunities to the SNP

THIS week has seen a catalogue of unionist policy failures that have gifted a hat-trick of opportunities to the SNP – if they are brave enough to take advantage. Languishing in the polls, Scottish Labour have in desperation sought to re-establish their socialist credentials by committing to add a penny on income tax to pay […]

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Scottish Business Buzz 03.02.16

Scottish Business Buzz 03.02.16

| 03/02/2016 | 0 Comments

Glasgow-based Smarter Grid Solutions have won a key role in a deal to lower connection costs for renewable energy generation in New York. NYSEG and RG&E are collaborating with Scottish technology firm Smarter Grid Solutions to test the new interconnect approach, making it easier and more efficient for large-scale producers of renewable energy resources to connect […]

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BfS responds to Cameron’s EU deal and calls for Scotland to have a red card option

BfS responds to Cameron’s EU deal and calls for Scotland to have a red card option

| 02/02/2016 | 0 Comments

David Cameron’s draft deal on changing the UK’s relationship with the EU makes his preferred date of June 23 for an EU referendum almost certain. Business for Scotland’s AGM on January 22 voted to confirm that Business for Scotland will seek to be the lead business voice in making the case for Scotland and the UK […]

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Aberdeen failed by Westminster’s City Deal let-down

Aberdeen failed by Westminster’s City Deal let-down

ABERDEEN City needs help. The collapse in the oil price has cost the oil industry upwards of 65,000 jobs. The city and Scotland’s north east are feeling the hurt. The region, whose oil and gas industry bailed out the UK throughout the 1970s and 80s when the UK nearly had to go cap in hand to […]

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Scottish Business Buzz 27.01.16

Scottish Business Buzz 27.01.16

| 27/01/2016 | 0 Comments

The biggest entrepreneurship event ever to place in Europe, with over 200 events taking place over the continent, Start up Europe Week, is coming to Glasgow. From 1st-5th February volunteers are collaborating to provide meet-ups, conferences and workshops from Amsterdam to Zurich. Scottish entrepreneurs can get a slice of the action on Wednesday 3rd February […]

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Will Cameron’s EU Gamble End the UK?

Will Cameron’s EU Gamble End the UK?

LATE last year, Downing Street started floating the idea of an early EU referendum with the press – toe-in-the-water type stuff. Since mid-December, rumours of a June referendum came to the fore and in the past few weeks the date of Thursday, June 23, has been mooted by Cameron himself in private meetings with Tory […]

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Scottish Business Buzz 20.01.16

Scottish Business Buzz 20.01.16

| 20/01/2016 | 0 Comments

Business for Scotland called on the Chancellor George Osborne to scrap an anti-entreprenurial plan to enforce the submission of four tax returns a year. While the plan may be well intentioned it is administratively unworkable. Ian McDougall, co-founder of The Glasgow Distillery and BfS finance spokesman covered in The Herald, said: “I’m in the fortunate […]

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10 signs that point to a new UK recession in 2016/17

10 signs that point to a new UK recession in 2016/17

EVERYWHERE you look, the economic signs for the UK and global economy are extremely worrying. This contrasts with the seemingly recent abandoned stance of the UK Government, telling us that the UK is growing comparatively quickly (compared to the Eurozone) and that employment is relatively high. Look a little deeper and the economic warning signs are […]

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Business for Scotland welcomes Angus Robertson’s PMQs intervention on the Post Study Work Visa decision

Business for Scotland welcomes Angus Robertson’s PMQs intervention on the Post Study Work Visa decision

| 13/01/2016 | 0 Comments

Business for Scotland has welcomed today’s intervention from SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson on the Tories’ “short-sighted” decision to rule out the post study work visa. Speaking at PMQs today, Mr Robertson challenged the Tories on their “total disregard” for Scotland after making a decision that clearly flouts the Smith Commission agreement. Yesterday BfS CEO […]

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2016 a year for the new economics

2016 a year for the new economics

THIS will be the year when the new political and economic enlightenment that has been slowly emerging will gain traction, becoming part of the mainstream debate not just in Scotland, where we are ahead of the game, but throughout Europe initially and then the rest of the world. We tend to view the changing structure […]

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Business for Scotland calls on Westminster to rethink “short sighted” Post Study Work Visa decision

Business for Scotland calls on Westminster to rethink “short sighted” Post Study Work Visa decision

| 12/01/2016 | 3 Comments

Business for Scotland is calling on Scottish Secretary David Mundell to rethink his decision to block the return of the Post Study Work Visa. BfS CEO Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp has criticised the decision, and said the minister’s anti-entrepreneurial stance had blatantly disregarded the views of the majority of Scottish businesses and universities. The PSWV, which allows […]

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Business slams Westminster for “anti-entrepreneurial” tax return plans

Business slams Westminster for “anti-entrepreneurial” tax return plans

| 11/01/2016 | 1 Comment

Businesses claim Westminster’s plan to enforce the submission of four tax returns every year is anti-entrepreneurial, and have warned this will incur unnecessary cost and waste time. Business for Scotland is today (Monday, January 11 2016) calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reconsider and scrap this well-intentioned, but administratively unworkable policy, and is encouraging the […]

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