What We Do

The 2022 BFS team at the launch for Scotland the Brief’s second edition in Glasgow

Business for Scotland – Unlocking Scotland’s economic potential

BfS campaigns for the business and economic policies that will allow our members’ businesses to thrive and bring greater prosperity to Scotland.  We publish articles that influence, provide expert opinion, evidence and advice to both the Scottish and UK Parliaments, we also organise networking events, conferences and dinners, and regularly produce impactful and unique research reports.

 Our 3 Key Projects

1) Scotland the Brief

For three years we have been helping people learn about Scotland’s economy with bite-sized infographics. Every week we publish fact-rich graphics on our website and across social media. Our Scotland the Brief facts demonstrate Scotland’s economic strengths and help people to understand and believe in the potential of Scotland’s economy. Now published in book form (and updated for 2023) the Scotland the Brief Mini book has sold more than 9,000 copies in the first few weeks and more than 61,000 people have participated in our Scotland the Brief Quiz.

You can find out more about Scotland the Brief here.


 2) Believe in Scotland

BelieveinScotland.org is a new website and initiative that aims to answer the questions people have about Scottish independence in a fair and easy to understand format. This is a site for people with genuine questions and for people whose heart may say yes to independence but their head says maybe or even no. We believe that once you engage with the evidence, people’s hearts and heads start to believe in Scotland.


3) Scotianomics – A new economics for a new Scotland  

Scotianomics was the name of the Business for Scotland research team, our work on setting the agenda for economic and business policies and creating a manifesto for a better Scotland has been a great success. As of March 2020, Scotianomics spun out of BfS to give more of a focus to our policy research and now operates as a separate Limited company.

Scotianomics also offers risk and research consultancy services and has developed expertise in the geographical mapping of policy outcomes.   We publish research reports that educate and inform on the Scottish economy, its strengths, threats and opportunities.  Scotianomics is leading an enquiry into creating a roadmap to prosperity with new economic thinking in a post COVID-19 world and the initial report will be submitted to the Scottish Government in July 2020.

4) Clarity – Rethinking economics

Clarity is a new annual conference launching in 2020, which brings together leading economists, policymakers, business people and influencers to create a new economic approach that focuses on fairness, the environment and people to deliver a fairer more prosperous society.