Fergus Ewing MSP

Fergus Ewing MSP

Written 24 posts

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity

Supporting woodlands

1st February 2017

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing discusses forestry and the need for our woodlands to be a share national endeavour.

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Forestry summit

23rd September 2016

Today’s forestry event in Annandale – one of several rural summits I am holding across Scotland– is about listening to industry as part of my focus on building growth in our rural economy. In the case of forestry, this is an ideal moment as we have recently launched a consultation on plans to complete its…

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Fracking moratorium welcomed

30th January 2015

I totally understand that those with different perspectives in the debate on unconventional oil and gas have strongly held views, but I very much welcome the positive and constructive welcome from both industry interests and from environmental organisations to the Scottish Government’s announcement of a full public consultation and a moratorium on unconventional oil and…

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World leader in offshore renewables

12th June 2014

Scotland has the potential to be a world leader in all stages of offshore renewable energy – from technological development to manufacturing, to the generation of electricity. That potential will only be fully realised across the country – and making sure that the benefits are spread across Scotland is an important aim of ours. Progress…

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Help for Remploy staff in Scotland

19th December 2012

On Tuesday afternoon in Parliament I outlined details of a new recruitment incentive scheme which I hope will help employers looking to take on ex-Remploy staff in Scotland.

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World Tourism Day

27th September 2012

Today is World Tourism Day and I am delighted to lend my support. Organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). 2012 is a year in which we are likely to see 1 billion global tourist arrivals and this is expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030.

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Small Business Communication

16th July 2012

As Enterprise Minister, I’m privileged to be able to meet with small businesses across Scotland on a regular basis. The chance to engage directly with business is invaluable in learning more about the contributory factors to the many successes of our SMEs, as well as hearing about the issues that are affecting their companies.

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Whisky Galore

6th June 2012

It’s been an extremely positive day for one of our most successful exports – whisky! The news that Diageo is to invest £1 billion over the next five years in the Scotch Whisky industry is very welcome and a strong indication of the company’s belief in the bright future of the sector.

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Scotland Week – New York

14th April 2012

I had a very productive meeting today in New York with Renewable Resources Ltd, a Scottish company specialising in solar technology, which has announced that is expanding into US markets. The welcome news comes as part of Scotland Week events and I was only too pleased to hear about the plans from their Chief Exceutive Paul Gribben.

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Scotland Week – Calgary

13th April 2012

My Scotland Week engagements have now taken me onto Calgary where I am meeting a range of companies with a focus on energy, especially oil and gas. The connections with the North Sea are strong and we can build on these to bring similarly impressive results for more of our key industry sectors such as tourism and food and drink.

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