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This week: GERS, Denmark and equal employment opportunities

23rd August 2019

GERS Scotland’s notional deficit is falling faster than the UK’s, with onshore revenues increasing by 5.1% to reach £61.3 billion in 2018-19 as a result of continued economic growth. According to the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures published on 21 June, Scotland benefitted from a £3 billion increase in onshore revenues in the last…

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This week 05/07/19

5th July 2019

Borderlands Growth Deal Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson joined Borderlands partners to sign the Heads of Terms for the Borderlands Growth Deal, confirming the Scottish Government will invest up to £85 million to deliver inclusive growth across the region. Find out more about the Borderlands Growth Deal Research and Development Business Minister Jamie Hepburn announced a…

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This week: 7/6/19

7th June 2019

Movin’ On Summit This week, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay visited Canada where he attended the international Michelin’s Movin’ On Summit in Montreal. Meeting with new innovators and potential investors in Scotland, Mr Mackay promoted the Scottish Government’s commitment to a low carbon economy and highlighted the strong partnership between Michelin and Scottish Enterpirse to create…

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This week: 31/5/19

31st May 2019

Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund Manufacturing businesses will be able to improve their productivity and upskill their workforce with support from a £14 million fund. The Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund will support businesses develop their manufacturing capabilities by inviteing public bodies, academic organisations and charities to enhance their existing equipment and training services. To launch the…

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This week: 24/5/19

23rd May 2019

Business hubs Public Finance and Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes launched a new network of business hubs in public libraries to support entrepreneurs. The Scottish Coworking Network has been developed by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) with Scottish Government funding and is aimed at providing local entrepreneurs, freelance workers, sole traders and start-ups…

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This week: 17/5/19

17th May 2019

Labour Market Statistics This month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for January 2019 to March 2019, showed that the Scottish economy and jobs market continues to strengthen. The update showed: 2,682,000 people are now in work in Scotland Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.2%, the lowest rate on record Scotland’s female employment…

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This week: 10/05/19

10th May 2019

Labour Productivity Statistics The latest labour productivity statistics were released and show Scotland is performing well. Key figures included: In 2018 Quarter 4, labour productivity in Scotland, measured by output per hour worked, has increased by 2.3% in real terms (inflation adjusted) compared to the same quarter last year Compared to the previous quarter, labour…

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This week: 03/05/19

3rd May 2019

New export growth plan launched The Scottish Government has launched ‘A Trading Nation’, an export plan backed by £20 million investment, to help increase the value of Scotland’s overseas exports and provide support to businesses considering overseas trade. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the plan at the 22nd National Economic Forum in Edinburgh alongside Economy…

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This week: 26/04/19

26th April 2019

Cyber Scotland Week Cyber Scotland Week draws together events across Scotland to showcase the innovation taking place across the sector, raise awareness of good cyber resilience practice and promote careers within the industry. Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes attended events throughout the week, including the College Cyber Security conference and the National Cyber Security Centre,…

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This week: 19/4/19

18th April 2019

Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s Labour Market statistics from December 2018 to February 2019 showed: 2,688,000 people are now in work in Scotland Scotland’s employment rate rose by 0.3 p.p. over the quarter  to 75.6% Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.3%, the lowest rate on record Scotland’s youth employment rate is 59.5%, higher than UK rate…

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