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Turbine manufacturer agreement could create 750 Scottish jobs

Turbine manufacturer agreement could create 750 Scottish jobs | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
French firm Areva signed a strategic agreement with Scottish Enterprise on Monday.
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Sign The Business Declaration

Sign The Business Declaration | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

What is the vision for business and the economy
in an independent Scotland?


Business for Scotland is a co-operatively owned business network for business people and professionals who believe that Scotland will prosper as an independent country.


We have created an aspirational business declaration, crowd-sourced through a process involving more than 200 of our members.


Sign the declaration to show your support and become
a free subscriber member of Business for Scotland.


The Business for Scotland Declaration

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Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, September 12, 2013 8:34 AM
Glad to see more movements towards independence.Good blogging as well and as usual from Peter.
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Majority of Scotland’s biggest employers are failing to pay all their staff the living wage

Majority of Scotland’s biggest employers are failing to pay all their staff the living wage | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
NEW research has shown that only 10 of Scotland’s 50 biggest employers pay their workers the living wage.

Some defended their decision, insisting they had other benefits for staff such as discount cards and share schemes and made clear that they paid at least the national minimum wage.
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Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Visualising how the economy really works

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Visualising how the economy really works | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
RONALD Reagan helped shape modern political campaigning, as his Hollywood star looks and faked sincerity set the scene for decades. His campaigning mantra was simple: “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.”
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House sales surge past target with Scottish Government's Help to Buy

House sales surge past target with Scottish Government's Help to Buy | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Scottish Government’s Help to Buy scheme has helped to notch up 5,000 house sales totalling £1 billion, it was revealed yesterday.

A further 2,500 sales are expected to be completed this year through the main Help to Buy scheme and the companion Help to Buy (Scotland) Small Developers scheme.
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Scotland's small business community 'has gone from strength to strength' in past six years

Scotland's small business community 'has gone from strength to strength' in past six years | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
THE head of Scotland’s most successful social enterprise start-up agency has insisted that the country’s small business community has blossomed and gone from strength to strength over the past six years.
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£150m plan for major film studio in Midlothian

£150m plan for major film studio in Midlothian | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
A BID to create a major film studio complex on the outskirts of Edinburgh has taken a huge step forward as full details of the project were revealed for the first time.
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UK factory data debunks Tory claims of economic recovery

UK factory data debunks Tory claims of economic recovery | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Shockingly weak. That’s the only way to describe news highlighting the continuing struggles of Britain’s manufacturers last month.

It’s easy to see why the health check of industry from Markit/CIPS raised eyebrows. The snapshots of the three most important sectors of the economy – manufacturing, construction and services – are closely watched because they are the first evidence of the state of the economy in the month and they look forward rather than backward.
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Westminster’s austerity consensus is full financial irresponsibility

Westminster’s austerity consensus is full financial irresponsibility | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The Westminster parties’ attacks on full fiscal responsibility (FFR) for Scotland and the IFS figures being presented unchallenged in the metropolitan media are so fundamentally flawed it is difficult to know where to start. Going back to fundamentals its worth remembering the whole point of a national economy is to create prosperity and security for the population and definitely not to grow the economy for the sole benefit of the financial markets.
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Construction boom boosts the Scottish economy

Construction boom boosts the Scottish economy | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
A CONSTRUCTION boom helped Scotland’s economy grow faster than expected last year.

Fuelled by major transport projects such as the new Forth road bridge, the Borders railway and a property building upturn concentrating in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the sector saw a 13 per cent expansion during 2014.
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Edinburgh left out of Heathrow tourism drive

Edinburgh left out of Heathrow tourism drive | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
EDINBURGH has been left out of a £3 million advertising campaign to boost business in Britain’s cities – including Glasgow.
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The Folly of Austerity

The Folly of Austerity | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
By John S Warren In his Budget speech the Chancellor described Britain as “the comeback country”; a quite remarkable assertion of triumphalism following a much longer, far slower economic recovery ...
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Osborne must include west coast oil survey in budget promise  

Osborne must include west coast oil survey in budget promise   | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Pre-election budgets are always more political theatre than economics and Wednesday’s was more punch and judy than Theatre Royal.  The first half hour was essentially a free party political broadcast, a line by line rebuttal on Labour’s election message’s.  To be fair to the Chancellor, this budget was a political success but economically its a mess. The joke about Miliband’s two kitchens was quite funny given the Labour leader’s call to take their election message to every kitchen table in the land.
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Trio of top tourism awards for Perthshire

Trio of top tourism awards for Perthshire | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Three proved to be the magic number for Perthshire after the region won a trio of top tourism awards.
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Marks and Spencer reports its first rise in annual profits for four years

Marks and Spencer reports its first rise in annual profits for four years | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
MARKS and Spencer has reported its first rise in annual profits for four years, saying it has made “good progress”.

Underlying profit before tax rose 6.1 per cent to £661.2 million for the year to the end of March, better than analysts had forecast.
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Call for Perth Business Leaders to ‘Think Scotland, Think Conference’

Call for Perth Business Leaders to ‘Think Scotland, Think Conference’ | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Business leaders are supporting an initiative to bring more prestigious and lucrative conferences and business events to Perth and Kinross.
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New Think Scotland, Think Conference initiative aims to raise country's profile for more business tourism - and kicks off in Perth

New Think Scotland, Think Conference initiative aims to raise country's profile for more business tourism - and kicks off in Perth | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
BUSINESS leaders are supporting an initiative to bring more prestigious and lucrative conferences and business events to Perth and Kinross.

Business Tourism for Scotland (BTfS) has teamed up with Invest in Perth, the investment campaign of Perth and Kinross Council, to host the city’s leg of the new Think Scotland, Think Conference (TSTC) initiative.
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Aberdeen firm Offshore Installation Services (OIS) celebrates major well deal

Aberdeen firm Offshore Installation Services (OIS) celebrates major well deal | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
AN Aberdeen company has won a major contract to decommission wells in the North Sea.

Offshore Installation Services (OIS) has been contracted by Centrica Energy to decommission multiple wells, starting with six subsea wells in the central North Sea.
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Airport chiefs on cloud nine as Glasgow enjoys busiest April on record

Airport chiefs on cloud nine as Glasgow enjoys busiest April on record | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S two biggest airports experienced their busiest-ever April last month, with many people travelling over the Easter break.
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Fiscal Autonomy could double the size of the Scottish economy according to Scottish business organisation | N56 Scotland Means Business

This new economic strategy should include measures to boost productivity and address inequality, including a new export strategy; investment in infrastructure; investment in innovation and looking to deliver a simpler taxation system.

N-56 is backing proposals for fiscal autonomy for Scotland, devolving fiscal powers from Westminster to Holyrood and highlighting that with the right political will this could be established in as little as four years. The report noted that with this and the right economic strategy in place Scottish GDP could increase by 86% from a baseline of £153bn in 2012 to £282bn over 25 years.
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Drilling on Loyal field west of Shetland starts - BBC News

Drilling on Loyal field west of Shetland starts - BBC News | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The start of drilling on the Loyal field - marking the start of a seven-year drilling campaign west of Shetland - has been announced.
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Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Five reasons FFA will bring economic growth and prosperity to Scotland

POLLS show that a significant majority of Scots support devo max, meaning all powers transferring from Westminster except shared monetary policy, defence and foreign affairs. So taxation and spending, or full fiscal autonomy (FFA), is an intrinsic and indistinguishable keystone of devo max. Without FFA in the mix you don’t have home rule, you have a constitutional fudge and the worst of both worlds with Westminster controlling the key economic levers and a Scottish Parliament with one hand tied behind its back.
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APD Devolution to Scotland: What Will it Mean?

APD Devolution to Scotland: What Will it Mean? | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
To what extent Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be reduced in Scotland is not yet clear, but the expectation is that this may be by up to 50 per cent, giving Scotland’s airports and airlines a clear advantage over other regions. In its report ‘Scottish APD and the butterfly effect’ data intelligence provider, OAG, offers an informed insight into the topic.
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Bakery wins 'six-figure' Aldi deal

Bakery wins 'six-figure' Aldi deal | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
FAMILY-RUN bakery Dean’s has secured an undisclosed six-figure deal to supply Aldi stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
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Stewart Stevenson's news updates: Stevenson Delighted at New Plastic £5 Note from Scotland

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, is delighted that the Clydesdale Bank in Scotland is issuing its first polymer banknote a year before the Bank of England.

The limited edition £5 note is the first of its kind to enter circulation in Great Britain, and Clydesdale Bank plan to issue two million of the new banknotes.

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Empower the young to empower the economy

Empower the young to empower the economy | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that when my generation is drawing their pensions that those pensions will have to be paid for by the economic activity of today’s young people. That means the best way to secure our economic future is to build a future for the young of today.
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Think tank calls for North Sea decision-making to move to Aberdeen

Think tank calls for North Sea decision-making to move to Aberdeen | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Policymakers responsible for oil and gas industry taxation and regulation should be relocated from London to Aberdeen, a think tank has said.

Business organisation N-56 has set out a five-point action plan for the North Sea oil and gas industry in a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and UK Chancellor George Osborne.
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