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"We are aiming for a transformation - a re-industrialisation along the lines of a green economy"

No other country in the EU has more ambitious renewable energy plans than Scotland. One of the chief architects of the Scottish sustainable energy drive is government leader and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond, who also intends to lead the Scots into independence from the UK in 2014.

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Scottish Government reveals £2.5m of funds to build new pier

Scottish Government reveals £2.5m of funds to build new pier | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Government is to support the development of Copland's Dock in Stromness.
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Oil company to explore new lands

Oil company to explore new lands | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Edinburgh exploration company Cairn Energy is to hunt for oil and gas in new areas in Morocco and the Mediterranean.
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Saltire Prize firms to be named

Saltire Prize firms to be named | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The renewable energy companies competing for the £10m Saltire Prize will be announced by the Scottish government later.
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Scotland seeking high-end hotel investment

Scotland seeking high-end hotel investment | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

REPORT FROM SCOTLAND—Government officials in Scotland are trying to lure more high-end hotel investment into the country’s lush green landscape to attract more “green” from high-end travelers.

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Scottish Government to fund learning disability projects - Government Opportunities

Scottish Government to fund learning disability projects - Government Opportunities | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Government Opportunities (GO) is the essential intelligence hub for all involved in buying for and supplying to the public sector.
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Developing a taste for whisky and salmon

Developing a taste for whisky and salmon | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
AS ONE of the few places in the world which still has economic growth, China is increasingly important as a foreign market – as the Scottish Government is well aware.
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Public tenders 'lottery' claim

Public tenders 'lottery' claim | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland's public procurement process has become a "lottery", according to construction industry leaders.
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Funding boost for genetics centre

Funding boost for genetics centre | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Scientists at Edinburgh University get £60m of funding to research how our genes can make us susceptible to certain diseases.
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Virgin 'would run rail line free'

Virgin 'would run rail line free' | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson offers to run the West Coast Mainline "for free" so Parliament can review the franchise's award to FirstGroup.
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Airmiles Osborne urged to jettison holiday tax | Scottish National Party

Airmiles Osborne urged to jettison holiday tax | Scottish National Party | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

As George Osborne jets back from his summer holiday in California, an SNP MP has urged the Chancellor to speak to fellow passengers and rethink his budget hike in air passenger duty (APD) and devolve control of the tax to Scotland.

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Aberdeen sole bright spot on Scotland’s hotel scene

Scottish hotels are struggling to build up enough financial reserves for the winter as a pick-up in June revenues failed to make up for a poor early season.
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Scotland leads Europe in hotel occupancy rates

Scotland leads Europe in hotel occupancy rates | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
EDINBURGH, Scotland - A recently released report by hotel analyst STR Global shows that Scottish cities account for three of the top five European ...
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MP Joins Which Magazine Call for Strong Financial Watchdog

MP Joins Which Magazine Call for Strong Financial Watchdog | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie is in support of Which magazine’s UK-wide ‘Watchdog not Lapdog’ campaign and wants the new consumer regulator — the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) — to be strong, open and proactive.

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Swinney 'no' to water sell-off

Swinney 'no' to water sell-off | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney says there is "no way" Scottish Water would be privatised by the Holyrood government.
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Rail franchise deal to go ahead

Rail franchise deal to go ahead | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The transport secretary says there will not be a delay in signing a new West Coast Main Line contract, despite pressure from Virgin Rail and Labour.
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Scottish Government Provides Guidance For Wind Planning Applications

The Scottish Government has launched guidance designed to make planning applications for wind energy developments run more smoothly for developers, planning...
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Consultation now open for Living Wage (Scotland) Bill - EVOC

Responses are invited to a proposed Living Wage Bill...
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Hall’s owners accused of ‘going through motions’

Hall’s owners accused of ‘going through motions’ | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
CONCERN was growing today for the future of the Hall’s meat processing factory in Broxburn amid fears that owners Vion were only “going through the motions” in trying to avert closure.
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Labour seeks rail franchise delay

Labour seeks rail franchise delay | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Labour urges ministers to delay signing a new contract for the West Coast Mainline franchise until Parliament can review the £10bn deal next week.
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MPs make power cut payments call

MPs make power cut payments call | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
A committee of MPs says people living in the Highlands and Islands should be compensated when extreme weather causes power cuts.
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Green Investment Bank finalising move to new HQ

THE Green Investment Bank (GIB) is expected to establish its headquarters at Atria One, the office building adjacent to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
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Legal move on letting agent fees

Legal move on letting agent fees | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Rent laws are to be clarified to ensure letting agents do not charge unlawful fees to private tenants, say Scottish ministers.
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Stagecoach exec sees 'no risk' from independence | Scottish National Party

Stagecoach exec sees 'no risk' from independence | Scottish National Party | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP has welcomed comments by Stagecoach’s next chief executive Martin Griffiths that he sees "no risk" from Scottish independence.

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