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Serious violent crime soars in broken Tory England but falls in SNP Scotland –

Serious violent crime soars in broken Tory England but falls in SNP Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In England and Wales, ‘high-harm’ violent offences involving weapons rose by 16%, in the year-ending March 2018. Homicides rose by 12% to 701 in the same period. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/19/knife-crime-up-16-per-cent-england-and-wales In the same period, in Scotland, ‘serious assaults’ fell by 1.4% and homicides fell by 12.7% to only 55. https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sexual-and-violent-crime-on-the-rise-in-scotland-1-4746192 I appreciate that ‘high-harm’ and ‘serious’ violence…
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Edinburgh’s technology sector increases by more than three times UK average –

Edinburgh’s technology sector increases by more than three times UK average – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
According to Insider today, based on Companies House and Office of national Statistics figures: ‘At the end of June, 50,143 companies were registered in the city according to research. The research, conducted by secretarial software specialists Inform Direct, shows that there were 22,931 in the city centre, 4,965 on Leith Walk and 4,323 in Leith.…
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Survation poll confirms SNP is pulling ahead –

Survation poll confirms SNP is pulling ahead – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The Kantar sub-poll, two days ago, suggested a recovery by the SNP and decline by both Tories and Labour, but the numbers were too small (less than 100) to give confidence. However, today’s Survation poll of more than 1 000 adults, for the Daily Record, gives greater confidence in the expected recovery by the SNP…
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Scottish small businesses still more confident than those in non-Scottish parts –

Scottish small businesses still more confident than those in non-Scottish parts – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From my familiar but BBC Scotland’s unfamiliar, the wholly independent, Insider, based on a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses, today: ‘A poll of more than 1,000 UK SMEs showed confidence north of the border improving from -8 to -5 in the second quarter of the year, compared to a worsening across the UK…
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Is BBC Scotland exploiting patients with mental health problems to construct an ill-founded attack on NHS Tayside? –

Is BBC Scotland exploiting patients with mental health problems to construct an ill-founded attack on NHS Tayside? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
After a quiet spell, BBC Scotland has returned to its proxy war strategy against the SNP using exaggerated and distorted tales of problems within NHS Scotland. They tend to be insensitive stories but the latest is particularly so, using anecdotal evidence from only 24 patients who approached them directly out of the ‘hundreds’ treated annually…
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Scotland second after only London in attracting foreign investment –

Scotland second after only London in attracting foreign investment – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) fDi magazine (February 2018) From the Press & Journal today: ‘Scotland has been named the second most attractive location in the UK for foreign direct investment (FDI) after London, for the fifth consecutive year. This second-place ranking is shared, for the first time since 2013, with the north-west of England with both locations securing…
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At 78% level of satisfaction with NHS Scotland is impressive 36% higher than for the NHS across UK –

At 78% level of satisfaction with NHS Scotland is impressive 36% higher than for the NHS across UK – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) nhsresearchscotland From STV today: ‘Nearly four in five Scots are satisfied with the country's health service, according to an exclusive survey for STV News. The ScotPulse study, which spoke to 1123 respondents, also found that 61% of people would be happy to pay higher taxes for their treatment on the NHS. Satisfaction levels with…
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‘The number of finance jobs in Scotland grew by nearly 7% in the past year. That’s a faster pace than any other part of the UK’ says BBC Scotland (!) –

‘The number of finance jobs in Scotland grew by nearly 7% in the past year. That’s a faster pace than any other part of the UK’ says BBC Scotland (!) – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
On BBC Scotland News this morning: ‘The number of finance jobs in Scotland grew by nearly 7% in the past year according to the trade body City UK. That’s a faster pace than any other part of the UK.’ The BBC website had this: Scottish finance jobs growth 'outstrips London' Who says they never report…
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More real economic strength revealed as demand for Glasgow office space increases dramatically –

More real economic strength revealed as demand for Glasgow office space increases dramatically – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) freeofficefinder.com From Insider (blocked by Reporting Scotland?) today: ‘Glasgow’s city centre office market has experienced its best ever half year performance and is on track for a record year, according to property advisors. In the first six months of 2018, almost 583,000 square feet of office space was let, with 51 deals completed. Take-up…
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Multi-million-pound expansion at Rosyth –

Multi-million-pound expansion at Rosyth – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) 4allports.com From Insider today: ‘Agricultural trade specialist Cefetra has agreed a multi-million pound long-term contract with Forth Ports to make the Port of Rosyth its agri-hub for Scotland. It will be deepened to provide a deep-water port capable of taking vessels carrying up to 50,000 tonnes of cargo. The existing storage space will be…
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‘Huge swing in North Sea oil revenues’ suggests tax fiddle –

‘Huge swing in North Sea oil revenues’ suggests tax fiddle – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
‘From Energy Voice today: A huge swing in North Sea oil revenues suggests the sector is “alive and well”, an industry chief said. UK Government revenues from oil production climbed to £1.18 billion in 2017-18, from the previous record low of minus £316 million the previous year, new figures from HMRC show.’ https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/175635/north-sea-alive-and-well-as-tax-receipts-back-to-black/ Now, a swing…
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Queensferry Crossing staying open more often and even in very high winds. Reporting Scotland will be all over this? –

Queensferry Crossing staying open more often and even in very high winds. Reporting Scotland will be all over this? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) netweather.tv From Insider yesterday: ‘An initial assessment for Transport Scotland shows the Queensferry Crossing has improved reliability compared to the older bridge, staying open 14 times when weather would have closed its predecessor to large vehicles Transport Scotland's Stein Connelly said: "The wind shielding on the Queensferry Crossing is delivering the benefits it was…
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Scotland’s food and drink sales increase 36% in only 10 years –

Scotland’s food and drink sales increase 36% in only 10 years – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Scottish Business News Network From Scotland Food & Drink, yesterday: Sector grows by £527 million (in one year?) Sector generated a £13.9 billion turnover in 2016, up 3.9% on the previous year. Turnover is estimated to have increased by up to 36% since 2007. The Scottish Government aims to double the value of food…
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89% of Scottish firms increase or maintain investment –

89% of Scottish firms increase or maintain investment – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
A survey produced by the Scottish Chambers network and the Fraser of Allander Institute, suggests further evidence of confidence in the Scottish economy. The key points were: Only 15% of firms across the sample reported declining optimism, suggesting resilient business confidence. 48% of firms reporting increased overall revenue, with only 18% reporting a decrease. 89%…
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Scotland’s ‘trends of high employment and low unemployment’ persist but our media prefer to headline only a wee bit of bad news –

Scotland’s ‘trends of high employment and low unemployment’ persist but our media prefer to headline only a wee bit of bad news – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
While the ONS figures today contain good news on employment in Scotland, our media have uniformly preferred to headline a tiny increase in unemployment. For Q2 or March-May 2018, employment remains at a near record level of 75.5% but unemployment has increased by just over 4%. Needless to say, that wee increase was more than…
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Scotland’s big cities boom –

Scotland’s big cities boom – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Yes, from Insider again, today: 'Edinburgh’s office market has enjoyed a strong second quarter after a slow start to the year, according to new figures. Office lettings between the first and second quarter rose 150 per cent to 351,916 sq ft, making just under half a million sq ft (491,885 sq ft) for the first…
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SNP pull further ahead of Tories and Labour –

SNP pull further ahead of Tories and Labour – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The Kantar poll of 18+adults’ Westminster voting intentions, collected between 5th and 9th July 2018, gives the following percentages: SNP             39% Conservatives 20% Labour 19% Lib Dems             4% Other 5% Prefer not to say 14% This gives SNP support alone equal to the combined Conservative and Labour support. The raw data actually put…
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Scotland getting 54% more than London in infrastructure output per person –

Scotland getting 54% more than London in infrastructure output per person – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
A report published today by Scape Group, a public-sector procurement specialist, found that: ‘Scotland saw 54 per cent more infrastructure output per person than London, last year.​ It also revealed that Scotland came out top in cumulative infrastructure output per person between 1997 and 2017.​’ The graph above shows that this has increased notably in…
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Business activity soars to four-year high across manufacturing and service –

Business activity soars to four-year high across manufacturing and service – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Business for Scotland From Insider today: ‘Private sector business activity in Scotland in the second quarter rose at its quickest rate since August 2014, according to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s PMI Index. The inflows of new work rising at the fastest pace in almost four years prompted firms to hike employment markedly. The…
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Scottish retail sales ‘soar’ as they fall for fifth month in the non-Scottish parts of the UK after ‘bleak and crippling’ start to year ‘there’ –

Scottish retail sales ‘soar’ as they fall for fifth month in the non-Scottish parts of the UK after ‘bleak and crippling’ start to year ‘there’ – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In the Guardian today: ‘UK high street sales fall for fifth month running. Survey says ‘bleak and crippling start to the year shows no sign of abating’. UK high street sales fell 1.7% year-on-year in June, the fifth consecutive month of falling sales, according to data released by advisory firm BDO, which bases its finding…
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Scottish GP vacancy rate now only one -third of that in non-Scottish parts of UK –

Scottish GP vacancy rate now only one -third of that in non-Scottish parts of UK – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Rex Based on a survey by the GP magazine, Pulse, the Independent reported today: ‘GP vacancies (in England) rise to record levels despite recruitment pledge, survey suggests. Long patient waits and unsafe, rushed appointments are unlikely to end any time soon as vacancies have risen from 9.1 per cent to 15.3 per cent since…
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Former UK Government source accuses the BBC of putting its interests before Scotland’s –

Former UK Government source accuses the BBC of putting its interests before Scotland’s – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Getty, Getty, Savile Still reeling from revelations of paedophilia among it stars, BBC Scotland has been accused again of shoddy journalism by an unnamed UK Government source. On Thursday at 06:26am and another five times that morning, BBC Scotland reported: ‘The SNP wants a second independence referendum over a vote on the final Brexit…
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Why are prison officers staying in post in Scotland as they flee the tide of violence and self-harm in England and Wales? –

Why are prison officers staying in post in Scotland as they flee the tide of violence and self-harm in England and Wales? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Scottish Prison Service I can’t answer that question directly because I can’t find any evidence of the rate of departures in Scotland and, as we all know, the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence….or is it? In the specific context of Scottish media coverage, if something is potentially bad news for…
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UK Government urged to follow Scotland’s praised lead on employee ownership – another 8% story? –

UK Government urged to follow Scotland’s praised lead on employee ownership – another 8% story? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From Insider, yesterday: ‘Scotland has been praised for leading the way in its approach and commitment to growing the popularity of employee ownership. The independent Ownership Effect Inquiry, led by the Employee Ownership Association, found a scheme driven by economic development agency Co-operative Development Scotland had helped deliver a "tenfold return on investment for every…
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Toward a better country? Scotland’s Veterans Commissioner –

Toward a better country? Scotland’s Veterans Commissioner – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Daily Record The treatment of veterans is one of the great under-reported failures of our supposedly enlightened society in the UK. There are around 13 000 veterans living on the streets and increasing numbers of them are suffering from mental health problems. https://evolvepolitics.com/tories-failing-soldiers-record-high-13000-veterans-now-homeless-military-charity-says/ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/26/military-wives-ptsd-mental-health-speak-out-raise-awareness However, the Scottish Government seems determined to do something more…
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