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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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Scottish Business Buzz (16.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (16.07.15)

The Chancellor’s so-called new national wage is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Rob Aberdein, chairman of Business for Scotland,  has challenged the new national wage proposed by the Chancellor in his summer budget claiming it doesn’t do enough to address the impact of low pay on the […]

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Scottish Government’s Business Pledge shows need for more powers to support business

Scottish Government’s Business Pledge shows need for more powers to support business

Business for Scotland welcomes today’s announcement of a business partnership pledge by the Scottish Government. Business for Scotland’s own set of Goals and Objectives are a close match with the the Scottish Government’s Business Pledge and will therefore be warmly welcomed by our membership, which is now approaching 4,000 Scottish SMEs. In particular, Business for […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (30.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (30.07.15)

| 30/07/2015 | 2 Comments

Great news for manufacturing in Scotland with the news that Rolls Royce is to invest £60 million in its engine plant in Inchinnan. According to Mike Mosley, Rolls-Royce, supply chain chief operating officer: “Rolls-Royce is focused on transforming our global industrial base to develop our world-class, competitive supply chain, concentrating investment in high-technology and high-intellectual […]

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UK Government’s energy policy is self destructive and bad for Scotland

UK Government’s energy policy is self destructive and bad for Scotland

The UK Government’s recent betrayal of the renewable energy sector and, for that matter, Scottish voters is disgraceful.   The Conservatives are cutting vital renewable energy subsidies for onshore wind farms.  Ending the renewable Obligation Certificate subsidy a year early leaves dozens of job creating multimillion pound developments in onshore renewables hanging in the balance.  Some […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (23.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (23.07.15)

| 23/07/2015 | 0 Comments

An innovative new training programme has been launched to help business owners better engage their employees and communities using the art of participatory leadership. Andy Lippok, of Resolis Associates Ltd and Connecting Scotland, says Scotland is in the midst of significant change, and businesses need to better understand how to deal with that change. Andy […]

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Time for Quantitative Easing for the people

Time for Quantitative Easing for the people

THE history of economics is not the history of money, it is the history of society and society can be measured by the wellbeing of the poorest, not the extravagance of the richest – which seems to be today’s mantra. Take the banking crisis, the global recession, the emergence of China as a dominant global […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (16.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (16.07.15)

| 16/07/2015 | 0 Comments

The Chancellor’s so-called new national wage is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Rob Aberdein, chairman of Business for Scotland,  has challenged the new national wage proposed by the Chancellor in his summer budget claiming it doesn’t do enough to address the impact of low pay on the […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (09.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (09.07.15)

| 09/07/2015 | 0 Comments

Yesterday’s Summer (Emergency) Budget emerged to support on the one side and cries of “con tricks” on the other. Suffice to say, Business for Scotland members don’t believe it has gone far enough to support business, the economy or hard working families. Some of our members share their thoughts on the budget with us today: […]

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Whose economy is it anyway?

Whose economy is it anyway?

Some time in 2010 I was on some obscure BBC radio show talking Scottish economics and was asked if I thought we should bail out the Greek economy.  I said “no – we may as well flush any moment we give them down the toilet – in fact they would have to put it in […]

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Osborne continues Darling and Brown’s banking omni-scandal

Osborne continues Darling and Brown’s banking omni-scandal

When is a scandal not a scandal – when you put the word banking before scandal.  There have been so many banking scandals recently that failed to lead to criminal investigations and arrests that if I asked you “what you thought of the banking scandal” you would probably have to reply which one?  Mis-selling of PPI, mis-selling […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (02.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (02.07.15)

| 02/07/2015 | 1 Comment

Heartfelt congratulations to Marie Macklin, who was presented with a CBE by Her Majesty The Queen at Holyrood this week. Marie, CEO of The Klin Group, was recognised in the New Years Honours List  for services to Regeneration & to Entrepreneurship for her work transforming communities by developing brownfield sites for housing across Scotland. She […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (25.6.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (25.6.15)

| 25/06/2015 | 0 Comments

Scottish Business Buzz is a collection of business and economic news from around Scotland that will also showcase the news and achievements of the Business for Scotland membership.  If you’d like us to consider your business news to feature in a future update please email your press release to michelle.rodger@businessforscotland.co.uk   Award winning construction company […]

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How the media protects the establishment from change

How the media protects the establishment from change

Knowledge is power said Francis Bacon and several hundred years later that observation holds true. The ability of a nation’s population to access knowledge, or at least unbiased opinion on matters political, social and economic, is a true measure of the democratic progress of that nation.  Politics has become a battle to define versions of […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (18.06.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (18.06.15)

| 18/06/2015 | 0 Comments

Our first Business Buzz was warmly welcomed, with lots of emails and support – thanks in particular to Lorna Young of Indigo Words who said: “Just a quick email to say how much I enjoyed Scottish Business Buzz – it’s wonderful to be able to concisely read what other BfS members have been doing. Hope […]

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Will Cameron’s EU gamble backfire?

Will Cameron’s EU gamble backfire?

The general consensus is that David Cameron offered the UK electorate a referendum on EU membership to keep his Eurosceptic back benchers in line and to slow Ukip’s progress.  The EU is a great idea, OK there are some not insignificant flaws but the Common Market has brought economic prosperity and made international business a whole lot […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (11.06.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (11.06.15)

| 11/06/2015 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the first weekly business news update from Business for Scotland. Scottish Business Buzz is a collection of business and economic news from around Scotland that will also showcase the news and achievements of the Business for Scotland membership.  If you’d like us to consider your business news to feature in a future business […]

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