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Scottish firm in talks to sell robots to Mongolian railway

A Scottish engineering firm is in talks with Mongolian authorities to supply robots that could be used to cut the cost of maintaining the famed Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Sign The Business Declaration

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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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Is the CBI Being Honest? New revelations in CBI crisis

Is the CBI Being Honest? New revelations in CBI crisis | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The CBI led the anti-devolution business campaign. History shows they were wrong then and it will show they are wrong now. When the Electoral Commission contacted Business for Scotland in 2013 to say that they had identified Business for Scotland as a possible campaigning body that may need to be
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CBI registers as UK campaign backer

The CBI, representing many large businesses, has registered with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the campaign against Scottish independence.
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More funding for green energy scheme

More funding for green energy scheme | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

The Scottish government has announced £4m of extra funding for a scheme which helps Scottish households generate their own green energy.

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SCOTTISH EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO OUTPERFORM UK

SCOTTISH EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO OUTPERFORM UK | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The SNP is today welcoming new figures showing employment in Scotland at its highest level since records began. 2.575m people over 16 – 13,000 more than the previous record pre-recession - are now...
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Hundreds of jobs planned for oil firm’s new Aberdeen base

Hundreds of jobs planned for oil firm’s new Aberdeen base | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Hundreds of jobs planned for oil firm’s new Aberdeen base
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Debt firm pledges 400 new jobs during First Minister's New York trip

Debt firm pledges 400 new jobs during First Minister's New York trip | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Portfolio Recovery Associates, a leading US debt-buying company, plans to hire in Kilmarnock.
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How an independent Scotland can become one of the richest energy nations in the world

How an independent Scotland can become one of the richest energy nations in the world | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland has vast amounts of oil in the North Sea and now Scotland is set to benefit from the revolution in renewable energy. The country has struck the natural lottery twice. But how can this rich combination of energy wealth benefit the people who live in Scotland? This year Scotland faces a
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Magali L. & Maud T.'s curator insight, April 7, 1:32 PM

Un article très intéressant, qui propose une analyse détaillée de la situation de l'Ecosse face au pétrole de la mer Noire : grâce à de nombreux atouts, une Ecosse indépendante pourrait devenir l'une des nations les plus riches en énergie du monde.

 

D'abord, l'Ecosse possède une situation géographique très appropriée pour la récolte du pétrôle : en position de littoral et connectée avec l'Atlantique, l'Ecosse peut donc bénéficier des atouts maritimes pour l'import/export du pétrôle.

 

Cette exploitation du pétrôle s'avère aussi être une véritable opportunité pour l'Ecosse d'imposer une politique énergétique, avec entre autre, pour arguments, des exportations vers l'Angleterre et l'Europe et l'investissement dans les infrastructures pour créer des emplois, ce qui mènerait à la construction d'un véritable empire économique.

 

En outre, l'Ecosse, en augmentant sa production d'énergie, pourrait ensuite planifier son leadership sur les systèmes de transmission, i.e les circuits, représentés notamment sur la carte ci-dessus. 

 

L'Ecosse forgerait des liens forts avec ses pays transfrontaliers (ou presque), tels que l'Irlande, la Grande-Bretagne, et avec le reste de l'Europe en général : elle pourrait donc s'imposer aux yeux du reste du monde. 

 

Enfin, la population écossaise serait également avantagée grâce à de nombreux aspects : création d'emplois, réduction du coût des factures énergétiques, fort investissement à l'étranger, sécurité énergétique, stabilité de l'environnement... Tout nous porte à croire qu'une Ecosse seule serait plus puissante, selon cet article qui expose l'argument de l'énergie écossaise. Or, cette vision reste très subjective, et se place du côté des indépendantistes. 

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BSkyB: Scotland will play an important part in our business regardless of indyref outcome

BSkyB: Scotland will play an important part in our business regardless of indyref outcome | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
BSkyB has said that Scotland will continue to play an important part in its business regardless of the outcome of the indyref.
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MSPs welcome plan to re-brand Prestwick Airport as Robert Burns International

MSPs welcome plan to re-brand Prestwick Airport as Robert Burns International | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
THE airport was brought into public ownership last year and MSPs were told today that a rebranding could boost tourism in the area.
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International oil and gas company expanding to Scotland :: Caithness Business Index

International oil and gas company expanding to Scotland :: Caithness Business Index | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
110 new jobs to be created.   Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, today announced the investment of £1.5 million Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) and the creation of 110 new jobs by a global oil and gas contractor, Clough in Glasgow.  
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Newly Discovered North Sea Coal 'Could Power Britain for Centuries'

Newly Discovered North Sea Coal 'Could Power Britain for Centuries' | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered huge coal deposits under the North Sea that could power Britain for centuries.

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Scots small business doubts over independence

Scots small business doubts over independence | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
ALMOST half of small business owners in Scotland think independence would be bad for their company, a new survey has revealed.
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A more honest headline would have acknowledged that most small businesses either have a positive attitude to independence or are unconcerned about it.

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A more honest headline would have acknowledged that most small businesses either have a positive attitude to independence or are unconcerned about it.

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Lets Network Perth- 24th April 2014

Lets Network Perth- 24th April 2014 | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Let's network  provides a platform for businesses and business owners to network within the Perthshire, Angus, Tayside, Inverness, Stirling & Copenhagen business community.
Only £5.00 per head entry, payable at the door. 
Our events are informal and relaxed. Simply grab a tea/coffee and start networking! 
Parking is FREE at the King James V1 Business Centre.
You can check out our website for more details @ http://www.letsnetwork.org.uk
We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
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Government buyout of Prestwick Airport condemned

Government buyout of Prestwick Airport condemned | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
EDINBURGH Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar yesterday condemned the Scottish Government takeover of ailing Prestwick Airport, which he said must “stand on its own two feet”.
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Victory for Business for Scotland as CBI is forced to register as part of the No Campaign

Victory for Business for Scotland as CBI is forced to register as part of the No Campaign | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Exclusive The CBI has, under pressure from Business for Scotland, registered with the Electoral Commission Scotland (ECS) as part of the No Campaign. It has done this against the stated positions of its member companies some of which support independence and the vast majority of which have been at
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Scotland 'has worst mobile coverage'

Scotland 'has worst mobile coverage' | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
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Scottish Government Working to Boost Renewables on Islands >> Offshore Wind

Scottish Government Working to Boost Renewables on Islands >> Offshore Wind | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Offshore Wind delivers expert coverage of the industry sectors that matter most to you and your business. This includes news and updates on wind farms, markets, projects, vessels, turbines, equipment, research, contractors and the authorities dominating these markets.
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RBS to pay $2.5 billion to end UK government's dividend priority

RBS to pay $2.5 billion to end UK government's dividend priority | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to pay 1.5 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) to cancel an arrangement that gives the government priority over dividends, clearing an obstacle
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100 jobs created by US Kaiam Corporation

A US based optical components company, Kaiam Corporation, will generate 103 new jobs in Livingston, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced today (April 6, 2014) during Scotland Week.

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Business for Scotland Ayr Event

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'Economic Benefits of an Independent Scotland'


Thursday, April the 24th between 6pm and 8pm, Horizon Hotel, Ayr.

Guest Speaker - Ivan McKee


International businessman Ivan has worked in manufacturing for 30 years, mostly for large corporate organisations, until 8 years ago when he launched his own manufacturing consultancy and turnaround company.


His work has taken him across the globe, including periods working in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, and he currently has manufacturing businesses in Scotland, England and Eastern Europe.


That global experience has shaped his perspective on independence, and has shown him just how dynamic, responsive and successful smaller countries can be, when given the scope to focus on what is important for their economies and businesses.


Ivan believes the UK policy is focused far too heavily on the City of London and often ignores the prospects for manufacturing businesses as a consequence.


“Before I get involved in any new business I always have a good look at all the numbers in detail,” says Ivan. “Making a decision about whether Scotland would be better off outside of UK plc is no different. All the data shows clearly that financially Scotland contributes significantly more to the UK than it takes out. Being big isn’t always best: Turnover is Vanity, Profit is Sanity is always a good rule to follow.”

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Weir Group report: iScotland could work, but would create business costs, uncertainties

Weir Group report: iScotland could work, but would create business costs, uncertainties | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Leaving the UK would create "a number of costs and uncertainties" for business with "fewer, more uncertain benefits", a report has concluded.
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The suggestion from some quarters that the convenience of business operators should take precedence over the fundamental issue of constitutional justice is something that I find both insulting and ludicrous. We are talking about the status of a nation here. The idea that this should be conditional on satisfying the self-serving demands of profit-takers is utterly nonsensical.

Having said that, business people are obviously entitled to offer their opinion. It is a question of whose opinion we should afford most weight. In this regard, there are some notable differences between those business people who support independence and those who see their interests best served by keeping Scotland bound to the union.

While those opposing independence talk only of the supposed costs to their businesses, pro-independence business people tend to talk in terms of the benefits of independence to the country as a whole.

While the anti-independence faction in the business community obsesses about "uncertainty" in a way tat suggests they doubt their ability to cope with change, people such as Ivan McKee and the hundreds of other business people who have joined Business for Scotland convey enthusiasm and optimism and an eagerness to embrace change. One side talks of problems and pitfalls while the other talks of opportunities and potential.

I know which ones I want as Scotland's "business leaders".

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The suggestion from some quarters that the convenience of business operators should take precedence over the fundamental issue of constitutional justice is something that I find both insulting and ludicrous. We are talking about the status of a nation here. The idea that this should be conditional on satisfying the self-serving demands of profit-takers is utterly nonsensical.

Having said that, business people are obviously entitled to offer their opinion. It is a question of whose opinion we should afford most weight. In this regard, there are some notable differences between those business people who support independence and those who see their interests best served by keeping Scotland bound to the union.

While those opposing independence talk only of the supposed costs to their businesses, pro-independence business people tend to talk in terms of the benefits of independence to the country as a whole.

While the anti-independence faction in the business community obsesses about "uncertainty" in a way tat suggests they doubt their ability to cope with change, people such as Ivan McKee and the hundreds of other business people who have joined Business for Scotland convey enthusiasm and optimism and an eagerness to embrace change. One side talks of problems and pitfalls while the other talks of opportunities and potential.

I know which ones I want as Scotland's "business leaders".

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SNP welcome £1bn investment in jobs | Scottish National Party

SNP welcome £1bn investment in jobs | Scottish National Party | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

The SNP has welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment plan will see an additional £1bn of investment – delivering on new housing, schools and hospitals and creating jobs.

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Business for Scotland Kinross Event

Why is this event for you?

  • It is an opportunity to learn about the benefits an independent Scotland would bring to the business community.
  • It offers a forum to discuss the key opportunities and challenges faced by businesses post the referendum vote in 2014.
  • It provides access to the knowledge, expertise and services offered by The Business for Scotland Group in one room over the course of an evening meeting.


Who is this event for?

  • Business owners and key decision makers who wish to find out more about the economics of an Independent Scotland.
  • Anyone interested in developing their business by networking with many business people in a relaxed atmosphere.


About Business for Scotland


Business for Scotland is a self-supporting business co-operative and takes no money from any political parties. We have some members from all political parties in Scotland. Many have no political allegiance at all. However, we are strictly a business organisation, not a political organisation.


BfS was established to make sure that businesses across Scotland have access to the most relevant, accurate and up-to-date information about Independence and the effects it will have on Scotland, its people and the economy. Ultimately, BfS believes that those living in Scotland are best placed to devise policies and spend money on the priorities of the Scottish people.


Find out more about Business for Scotland

Twitter: @BizforScotland

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BusinessforScotland

Web: www.businessforscotland.co.uk

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Confidence is building for Scottish construction

Confidence is building for Scottish construction | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
CONFIDENCE in the construction industry has reached its highest level since the economic crash of 2008, a new survey has revealed.
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Scottish Parliament underlines commitment to quarrying | Agg-Net

Scottish Parliament underlines commitment to quarrying | Agg-Net | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Cabinet Secretary John Swinney MSP addresses Scottish quarrying industry at Parliamentary Reception
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