Scotland the Brief


To order copies of the new Scotland the Brief book click the button below or read on to find out more about the project.  

Please note that due to Christmas and New Year holidays and deliveries will commence again on January 6th 2020.  

Scotland the Brief began as a collection of illustrated Scottish economic facts published by Business for Scotland. Over two years, those graphics generated more than four million views and shares on our website and via social media. From that foundation, we’ve produced this book.

Scotland the Brief summarises an in-depth investigation into the breadth, structure and quality of Scotland’s economy. It is written in layman’s terms by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp and colourfully illustrated by Stewart Bremner to make it easy to understand and absorb, as well
as fun to read.

Scotland the Brief answers the burning question – would Scotland prosper as an independent nation?

Often surprising, always interesting and enjoyable to read, Scotland the Brief is also hard-hitting, with more than 400 sourced and referenced facts (available online) mixed with credible and informed opinion.

We also take an in-depth look into the UK Government’s economic record, which we compare to other Western and Northern European nations – with frankly shocking results. The fact is that you cannot truly understand Scotland’s economy and its finances until you have read Scotland the Brief.

Regardless of how you feel about independence, Scotland the Brief will open your eyes, engage and educate you by supplying you with the facts you need to truly inform your opinion on Scotland’s future.

Scotland the Brief comes in two versions:

  1. The Mini, an A6 sized book is the quick reference copy (a 74-page abridged version of the full-sized book) it fits easily into a jacket pocket or handbag and most of the pre-orders are for people who intend to keep one to read and one give to friends and colleagues.  The Mini retails at £3.50.
  2. The standard-sized A5 book nicknamed the Maxi contains a lot more information across 190 pages, backed up with a list of more than 400 sources for numbered facts throughout the book. The Maxi book has been delayed due to Brexit delays but will ship in November, it retails at £7.50 and can be pre-ordered now.

All profits from the book are recycled into Business for Scotland’s active campaigns.

To order copies of the new Scotland the Brief book just visit our shop here

You can test your knowledge and find out what you really know about Scotland economy and finances by taking our fun 4-minute quiz here.


In November 2019 we will launch our Scotland the Brief Mobil App and hosting launch events across the country if you would like to keep up to date with the events, be notified when the Maxi and mobile app become available and receive Scotland the Brief project updates tell us using the form below.

Scotland the Brief Form