Scotland's Economy

  • Scottish Government calls for more support for businesses

    21st September 2022 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney

    Energy policy is reserved to the UK Government and we have been calling for it to introduce a business energy cap for some time. I welcome that it has now done so, but without substantial reform to the energy market there is a real risk that this temporary measure will prove to be inadequate. Given...

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  • New group to enhance tourism and Hospitality sector

    22nd August 2022 by

    Tourism Minister Ivan McKee

    Blog piece from Tourism Minister Ivan McKee on new Tourism and Hospitality Industry Leadership Group.

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  • Scotland’s growing green economy

    19th August 2022 by

    Scotland’s transition to a green economy is gathering pace as workers are getting the training they need to take on the green jobs of the future - giving employers the skilled workforce to take advantage of new opportunities.

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  • Employability Day: Making sure no one is left behind

    17th June 2022 by

    This week I was fortunate to visit a No One Left Behind information event, for people seeking employment and training opportunities, held by Working 4U in West Dunbartonshire. I spoke to staff and those who use this valuable service about their employability journeys. On Employability Day there is no better time to raise awareness of...

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  • Encouraging fair work and improving skills.

    16th June 2022 by

    “Retailers have played and continue to play a vital role in creatively supporting our communities and the Scottish Government is committed to working with them to deliver a strong, prosperous and vibrant retail sector. I am delighted to announce that Andrew Murphy, Chief Operating Officer for the John Lewis Partnership, will join me to co-chair...

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  • Foundations laid for delivery of economic strategy

    8th June 2022 by

    Economy Secretary Kate Forbes has co-chaired the first meeting of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation Delivery Board and reflected on the foundations laid for the new board from its predecessor – the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board (ESSB). “The National Strategy for Economic Transformation included an action to restructure the Enterprise and Skills Strategic...

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  • Transforming local and regional economies

    26th May 2022 by

    “The Scottish Government wants to create a fairer society by enabling more people to benefit directly from the wealth generated by local communities. That is why we will introduce legislation, meeting a 2021 Programme for Government commitment, in this Parliamentary term aiming to advance strategic economic development and the creation of a wellbeing-focused economy across...

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  • Delivering on Scotland’s economic transformation

    3rd May 2022 by

    Economy Secretary Kate Forbes visited Finland and Denmark on a fact finding mission to support the delivery of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

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  • Open letter to businesses across Scotland

    3rd December 2021 by

    Firstly, I want to thank all businesses for the agility and resilience you have shown over the past 20 months and ask you to help us harness that spirit to drive sustainable future growth Today I am delighted to mark the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the Scottish Government and business leadership...

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  • UK Budget reaction

    27th October 2021 by

    “This morning I urged the Chancellor to provide real support for households and businesses facing a perfect storm of rising prices, reduced support and increasing shortages. “This afternoon, while the Budget contains some welcome announcements, the Chancellor’s talk of ‘a new age of optimism’ will sound pretty hollow to those on low incomes, who face...

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