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Companies playing into SNP hands by refusing to oppose Scottish independence - Telegraph

Companies playing into SNP hands by refusing to oppose Scottish independence - Telegraph | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Insiders at the Better Together campaign say many business leaders have privately indicated their opposition to independence but few wish to speak out publicly
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The idea that businesses are afraid to speak out against government policy is, of course, a nonsense. Companies defend what they perceive to be their interests at all times and in all circumstances. They would not survive otherwise. One can easily think of many instances where individual companies or whole business sectors have mounted vociferous public campaigns against measures which they oppose. The social responsibility levy and minimum alcohol pricing being just two recent examples.

It is easy to understand Alistair Darling's frustration, however. He thought his was going to be an easy task. He assumed that big business would back the British state en masse. That is just one of many things that the anti-independence campaign got badly wrong.

Unsurprisingly, Better Together has the CBI in its pocket. If the Church of England is the Tory party at prayer, the CBI is the Tory party in the boardroom. But Iain McMillan speaks for only a tiny section of Scotland's business community. And, according to insiders, CBI Scotland members have not been consulted on the matter of independence. So it is questionable whether he even speaks for the organisation as a whole.

Meanwhile, the vastly more representative Federation of Small Businesses has taken a neutral stance on the constitutional issue - presumably because they realise that their membership is, at the very least, divided on the issue. And the explicitly pro-independence group Business for Scotland has grown rapidly to become one of the largest representative organisations for businesses in Scotland and an important player in the campaign to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status.

The propaganda spin about business leaders being intimidated into silence by mysterious Scottish Government agents is an insult both to the dignity of the business people concerned and to the intelligence of Scotland's people. The more obvious explanation for any reticence in publicly supporting Better Together is that businesses simply don't want to be associated with either its questionable aims or its deplorable methods. Who can possibly blame them for that?

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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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Fiscal history: Swinney unveils Budget with first Scottish taxes in 300+ years

Fiscal history: Swinney unveils Budget with first Scottish taxes in 300+ years | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Government has put "fairness, equity and the ability to pay" at the heart of its first tax-raising Budget in over 300 years, Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced.
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Yes - Business for Scotland will continue

Yes - Business for Scotland will continue | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Business for Scotland has been around in one form or another since our successful devolution campaign targeting business people in 1997.  In the run up to the 2014 independence referendum we morphed from a small pressure group into a fast growing and influential business network and think tank.
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Currency: not a problem

Currency: not a problem | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
We reproduce here a letter from Eamonn Butler, director of the Adam Smith Institute, London, to the editor of The Herald. I HAVE no wish to argue for or against independence, but as an economist I would like to separate the economic realities of the currency issue from the political bluster that



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Investment in Scotland remains strong

Investment in Scotland remains strong | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Despite concerns that the looming independence referendum has raised about Scotland's future, investment in the country remains strong.



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Jobs lost as shipbuilder goes bust

Jobs lost as shipbuilder goes bust | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

Administrators have been called in to the last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde with the loss of 70 jobs.


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Austerity Damages Business - the case for social investment from a business perspective

Austerity Damages Business - the case for social investment from a business perspective | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
By Tony Banks - Chairman of Business for Scotland Austerity is damaging to business and Scotland desperately needs social investment rather than further cuts.� Our society has suffered badly from the austerity cuts of the UK Government and our business prospects have suffered from them as well. We


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Scotland in running to be the base for spaceport

Scotland in running to be the base for spaceport | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND is in the running to host the first British spaceport, with six out of eight potential locations sited north of the Border.


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Indy ref: the impact Scottish independence would have on business

Indy ref: the impact Scottish independence would have on business | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Indy ref: the impact Scottish independence would have on business
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New Scottish modern apprentices target ‘surpassed’

New Scottish modern apprentices target ‘surpassed’ | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SCOTTISH Government has surpassed its target of creating 25,000 new modern apprentices annually for the third consecutive year, according to the First Minister.
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Scots-based Whyte & Mackay whisky sold to Filipino firm for £430m

Scots-based Whyte & Mackay whisky sold to Filipino firm for £430m | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Indian owners United Spirits Ltd are to sell the Glasgow-founded brand to Emperador Inc in a deal agreed between the two Far East firms.
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Scotland's independent schools 'add £466m to economy' - Telegraph

Scotland's independent schools 'add £466m to economy' - Telegraph | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
New report reveals 'positive' impact private education has on Scotland's finances, including a £263m-a-year boost to the public purse
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Lets Network Perth - 30th October 2014

Lets Network Perth - 30th October  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 40p at the Perth College UHI car park.
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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The referendum has transformed Scotland. Labour should be afraid.

The referendum has transformed Scotland. Labour should be afraid. | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The tectonic plates of Scottish politics have shifted, and Labour are left straddling the gap - they can no longer take Scotland for granted.
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Britain holds less foreign currency reserves than Poland, says Deutsche Bank - Telegraph

UK foreign reserves rank 24th in the world at just $70bn, Deutsche Bank research shows
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Lets Network Perth - 28th August 2014

Lets Network Perth - 28th August  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
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N-56: Oil and Gas – A Pivotal Moment - YouTube

Apolitical business organisation N-56 examines the potential of Scotland's oil and gas sector and analyses the latest production and revenue forcasts from th...



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Bentley Field biggest discovery in decades - Oil and Gas News

Bentley Field biggest discovery in decades - Oil and Gas News | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Xcite Energy announced yesterday it39s Bentley field is expected to produce surplus of 700 million barrels of oil over 35 yearsThe Bentley field located East of Shetland is due to start production in the second half of 2015 with an estimated 57000 ba


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Independence and the Economy - The Facts - YouTube

Share the video that proves Scotland will be a wealthy independent country. Scotland can more than afford to be independent and independence will make Scotla...


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Leading Think Tank: Independent Scotland can become financial powerhouse

Leading Think Tank: Independent Scotland can become financial powerhouse | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Edinburgh a financial capital Scotland can be a world leading financial powerhouse to rival London and other global financial services centres. According to independent experts, an independent Scotland can become one of the top 30 financial services centres in the world. Carried out by London-based


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Test oil drill near Shetland exceeds expectations - E & T Magazine

Test oil drill near Shetland exceeds expectations - E & T Magazine | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Oil and gas explorer Hurricane Energy has successfully produced oil from its Lancaster well west of Shetland, a remote area between Scotland and the Faroe islands which holds a fifth of Britains untapped oil and gas resources.
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St Johnstone’s cup heroics net boost for Fair City

St Johnstone’s cup heroics net boost for Fair City | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
St Johnstone’s cup heroics net boost for Fair City
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Scottish employment level reaches new record high

Scottish labour market continues to outperform the UK as a whole.
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Scotland To Substantiate Tax Devolution Forecasts

Scotland To Substantiate Tax Devolution Forecasts | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Tax-News.com delivers news headlines and features on international tax, law, politics, economics and trade.
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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.
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