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Trade and Investment Minister visits China – Day Five

5th July 2019

Trade and Investment Minister Ivan McKee is visiting China this week to promote the growing economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and the world’s second largest economy. On the final day of his visit on Friday 5 July, Mr McKee hosted a breakfast meeting with GlobalScot Alan Hepburn, CEO of The Hepburn Group to…

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Trade and Investment Minister visits China – Days Three and Four

5th July 2019

Trade and Investment Minister Ivan McKee is visiting China this week to promote the growing economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and the world’s second largest economy. On the third and fourth days of his visit, Mr McKee undertook a series of engagements in Beijing and Shanghai. He participated in a Social Enterprise Academy…

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Trade and Investment Minister visits China – Day Two

3rd July 2019

Trade and Investment Minister Ivan McKee is visiting China this week to promote the growing economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and the world’s second largest economy. On the second day of his visit, Mr McKee undertook a series of engagements meeting with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the China National Offshore Oil Corporation…

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Trade and Investment Minister visits China – Day One

2nd July 2019

Trade and Investment Minister Ivan McKee is visiting China this week to promote the growing economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and the world’s second largest economy. On the first day of his visit, Mr McKee undertook a series of engagements in Beijing, starting with meeting the Deputy Head of Mission at the British…

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Heads of Terms signing for Borderlands

1st July 2019

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson has signed the Heads of Terms agreement for up to £85m Scottish Government investment in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. The signing of the agreement, which took place at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland at Glentress in the Scottish Borders, is a major step towards the funding of projects and…

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Island voices to be heard

7th April 2019

National consultation to empower island residents. Island communities are being encouraged to help shape the policies that affect them. A national consultation will inform the development of the first ever National Islands Plan, asking island residents to share opinions on the specific challenges they face – such as population retention, connectivity, economic development, housing, and…

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Response to UK Government Spring Statement

13th March 2019

Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes has responded to the UK Government’s Spring Statement today, saying: “Amid the continuing uncertainty around the UK’s EU exit, the Spring Statement failed to provide businesses with any reassurances about their future and offered no clarity on future funding for Scotland. “Years of austerity and continued uncertainty at the hands…

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Growth deal confirmed as Ayrshire celebrates major investment boost

8th March 2019

A multi-million pound investment package that will change the face of Ayrshire was rubber-stamped today (Friday 8 March) by the three Ayrshire Councils and the UK and Scottish Governments. The £251.5 million Ayrshire Growth Deal was signed and sealed, kick-starting a range of projects across the region. The UK and Scottish Governments will each invest…

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Statistics highlight importance of EU market to Scotland

7th March 2019

The publication of HMRC’s latest Regional Trade Statistics this morning shows the importance of the EU market to Scotland. Commenting on the statistics, Trade Minister Ivan McKee said: “These are very encouraging figures. The value of Scotland’s annual goods exports increased by 6 per cent to £30.3 billion. This is a higher growth rate than…

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Rates reform progress

22nd February 2019

Implementation of Barclay Review moves to next stage. Businesses have given their views to help shape a bill to implement changes to the rates system. The Non Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill which supports growth, increases fairness and streamlines administration will be introduced to Parliament before Easter. An independent analysis report of consultation responses, along with…

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