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Scotland Bans Tenant Fees from November

Scotland Bans Tenant Fees from November | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

In a bold move the Scottish Government has made the decision to ban all tenant fees from November 2012, a move that could put a lot of smaller letting agents and some landlords out of business. The fees in question include referencing fees, credit check fees and inventory fees, which means tenants can no longer be asked to pay anything more than their rent and a refundable deposit for a tenancy to be granted.

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First-time buyer scheme extended

First-time buyer scheme extended | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
A scheme to help people get on the housing ladder is being extended to all first-time buyers, the Scottish government says.
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Fury at call for freeze on public sector pay | Herald Scotland

Fury at call for freeze on public sector pay | Herald Scotland | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

SCOTLAND'S public sector workers should face a permanent pay freeze to bring them into line with counterparts in the private sector, a think-tank claims in a report published today.

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Direct Line to cut more jobs | Herald Scotland

DIRECT Line reiterated plans to make £100 million cost savings annually which it signalled will involve job losses as the insurer set out its stall ahead of the planned flotation of the business by Royal Bank of Scotland.

 

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Housebuilding in Scotland reaches new low

Housebuilding in Scotland reaches new low | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Building Federation has slammed the latest Housing Statistics for Scotland, released on Friday by the Scottish Government, which show that construction of new homes is at its lowest ebb since records began 16 years ago.
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Speakers bid to boost China trade

Speakers bid to boost China trade | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Leading Chinese and Scottish business figures are to deliver lectures in a bid to encourage more trade between the countries.
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North sea oil sector buoyant as firms invest in future

North sea oil sector buoyant as firms invest in future | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish oil exploration firm, Cairn Oil, has revealed plans to drill up to 15 new wells in the North Sea, following its recent acquisition of two oil businesses in deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
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Scotland’s ‘winning years’ tourism strategy to be probed

The contribution of major initiatives to boosting tourism in Scotland, including the film Brave, Homecoming 2014, the Ryder Cup and Glasgow 2014 will be probed by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee next week.
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Scottish food ambassadors target China - Business - Scotsman.com

Scottish food ambassadors target China - Business - Scotsman.com | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND is planning to establish a network of food ambassadors in China as the country switches increasingly to a western-style diet.
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IPPR report blows away myths about wind power

IPPR report blows away myths about wind power | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | News Net Scotland, uniquely Scottish...
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Graham Blair: Food and drink sector is vital to economic growth

TOM Kitchin this week urged Scots to back Scottish Food Fortnight by eating locally-sourced food and supporting the fantastic larder on our doorsteps.
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Scottish government sending shivers through the entire UK lettings industry

Scottish government sending shivers through the entire UK lettings industry | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Outright ban on all tenancy fees could set precedent, Scottish government sending shivers through the entire UK lettings industry...
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Firms pumping investment into tomorrow’s engineers - Industry - Scotsman.com

Engineering firms are ramping up investment in training as the sector continues to face an acute skills shortage, a key industry survey today reveals.
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Future of Aberdeen’s Union Gardens project still to be clarified

Future of Aberdeen’s Union Gardens project still to be clarified | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
ANY NEW business case by Aberdeen City Council under a Scottish Government-backed funding scheme must include proposals for Union Terrace Gardens.
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Business confidence in Scotland highest in the UK | Scottish National Party

Business confidence in Scotland highest in the UK | Scottish National Party | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

The SNP is today welcoming the latest independent publication which shows Scotland’s economy is staving off the worst of the recession caused by the UK Government’s austerity politics.

 

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West Coast rail contract no done deal, says Transport Minister

West Coast rail contract no done deal, says Transport Minister | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
THERESA VILLIERS said “the competition remains live” because of a legal challenge by Virgin boss Richard Branson.
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Travel firm to hire 75 new staff

Travel firm to hire 75 new staff | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
A Glasgow-based travel firm is to take on 75 new staff as it expands its operations in Scotland and the north of England.
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CBI urges testing of policies' impact on economy

BUSINESS lobby group the Confederation of British Industry Scotland has urged members of the Scottish Parliament to test new policies for their impact on the economy, as it awaits the expected unveiling of the Scottish Government's legislative programme tomorrow.

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Arnold Clark buys car dealership

Arnold Clark buys car dealership | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Arnold Clark Automobiles takes on its first Mercedes-Benz dealership with the purchase of John R Weir Group.
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Multi-million pound investment to expand Hamilton business park

Multi-million pound investment to expand Hamilton business park | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Hamilton International Park is the focus of four phases of roads improvements.
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CBI steps up fight for UK single market

CBI steps up fight for UK single market | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
A POWERFUL defence of the economic and business benefits of Scotland staying in the union will be delivered this week by the head of Britain’s biggest employers’ lobby group.
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Peter A Bell's comment, September 2, 2012 4:40 AM
We have a European Single Market of which Scotland is, and will remain, a part. Perhaps John Cridland would care to explain how he imagines Scotland's independence will destroy this. And while he's about it, maybe he'll explain why RUK would want to damage trade within the British Isles by engaging in the kind of economic warfare he seems to be hinting at.
ampocarbuile's comment, September 2, 2012 5:30 AM
Last I heard, the CBI had less than 200 members in Scotland. What right do they have to be reported? What next? Auchenshuggle Kirk Ladies Guild's views on global warming? Longformacus playgroup's principled stand against gay marriage?
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Festival of food showcasing all that’s best from Scotland

BUYING food and drink grown and produced in Scotland is more important to consumers than ever – but there is still work to be done – says the Scottish Government.
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Scots firms 'miss out on R&D tax credits' | Herald Scotland

GOVERNMENT figures show Scottish companies are claiming far less than their share of research tax credits, meaning they are missing out on millions of pounds towards items such as staff costs and computer software.

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Scots are building 30 new homes every day as hope emerges for house building sector

Scots are building 30 new homes every day as hope emerges for house building sector | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S new housing supply has decreased by two per cent in the last year, Scottish Government figures revealed today.
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SNP welcome substantial North Sea investment | Scottish National Party

SNP welcome substantial North Sea investment | Scottish National Party | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

Welcoming BP’s announcement this afternoon that they are to invest £100m in its North Sea interests in the Eastern Trough Area Project, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine MSP Maureen Watt said:

 

“This is great news and just one example of the significant investments being made in the North Sea right now – by BP and others"

 

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