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Veterans mean business

18th November 2015

To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has met and heard the stories of ex-service personnel who have set up in business since re-entering civilian life. Supported by X Forces – a social enterprise that nurtures entrepreneurial ambition in the UK military community – the businesses produce innovative products and provide new…

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is Go

16th November 2015

Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a chance to celebrate innovation and job creation. Our ambition is to make Scotland a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation, bringing new ideas to life and growing the economy in a way that benefits everyone in society. Our approach to unlock Scotland’s huge entrepreneurial potential is Scotland…

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Queen re-opens Borders Railway

10th September 2015

This new Borders Railway line is the result of £300m of investment and the expert work of more than 1,000 peopleFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon and 150 other guests joined Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on an iconic steam train journey from Edinburgh to mark the official route opening, before a special plaque was…

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Scottish Business Pledge launches

26th May 2015

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Planning system helping Scotland’s wildlife

4th June 2013

Planning Minister Derek Mackay has been visiting a wildlife area at the shores of the Firth of Forth which could be enhanced as part of RSPB’s Futurescape project. Mr Mackay visited the Futurescape project area which includes the Kinneil Lagoons, near Grangemouth recently to discuss on going work to enhance internationally important habitats through strategic…

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Reaching new frontiers

8th February 2013

Science contributes billions to the Scottish economy and supports 170,000 jobs. Yesterday I met representatives of a Scottish partnership, announcing the award of a £100 million life science deal for Lanarkshire company BioCity Scotland and Dundee University – the biggest ever investment of its kind in Scotland, by the European Innovative Medicines Initiative. We’re reaching…

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Purchase to Pay

24th January 2013

[A seminar for the public sector with the aim of sharing  experiences of good practice with regard to the Purchase To Pay process took place in Edinburgh today. Attendees included representatives from: Cosla; FSB Scotland; local authorities; NHS boards; NDPBs; agencies.] In these challenging economic conditions, it’s vital that the public sector maximises every possible opportunity…

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