Economics of Independence Press Releases


Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp of Business for ScotlandBusiness for Scotland welcomes new research from AXA Business Insurance that has revealed that 52% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Scotland surveyed favour independence.

We believe that the AXA survey, if anything, underestimates the support for independence within Scottish SME’s.  Business for Scotland’s own polling has consistently found SME business to be more supportive of independence than the population as a whole.

This is because people who run their own businesses are used to examining the facts, evaluating their options and making their minds up more quickly.  This survey therefore gives the best indication so far of the likely direction of travel of public opinion within Scotland as a whole, when we get closer to the real decision time in September 2014.

The role of Business for Scotland

Business for Scotland has helped generate this breakthrough, we have been educating the business community across Scotland on the economics of independence and the “Independence dividend”.  The articles on our websites have generated over 80,000 views and many of our informative articles have had thousands of Shares and Likes on Facebook and other social media platforms.  Ambassadors from Business for Scotland have also spoken at dozens of events with combined audiences of thousands – and we are just getting started!

In Scotland SME’s business make up 95% of the business population.  Support amongst the business community is growing all the time. Business for Scotland knows that there is more work to be done, and we will be listening to, and responding to the questions of business people and helping to open their eyes to the opportunities in the lead up to the referendum.


The scaremongering of “Project Fear”, (The No Campaign’s internal name for themselves), doesn’t wash with savvy businesspeople who are tuning into both the distinct business opportunities, and the opportunity that independence offers Scotland as a whole.  Ultimately “Project Fear” will not wash with the general public either.

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About the author

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp is the Founder and Chief Executive of Business for Scotland. Before becoming CEO of Business for Scotland Gordon ran a business strategy and social media, sales & marketing consultancy.

With a degree in business, marketing and economics, Gordon has worked as an economic development planning professional, and in marketing roles specialising in pricing modelling and promotional evaluation for global companies (including P&G).

Gordon benefits (not suffers) from dyslexia, and is a proponent of the emerging New Economics School. Gordon contributes articles to Business for Scotland, The National and Believe in Scotland.


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