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Economy Secretary addresses Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

5th March 2019

Last week, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay addressed the 2019 Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Read his full speech below.

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Strengthening economic links with Ireland

18th October 2018

Minister for the Digital Economy and Public Finances Kate Forbes will travel to Dublin this week to undertake a series of engagements to strengthen Scotland’s economic links with Ireland. The Scottish and Irish Governments have been working towards creating greater economic links for some time and the Minister’s visit highlights our ambition to collaborate with…

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This week – 28/09/18

28th September 2018

Digital Improvement Pilot Cupar will become a Digital Improvement District, a first for Scotland, fulfilling the Programme for Government commitment to fund a business improvement district dedicated to digital improvement. It will soon have town centre WiFi and act as a potential model for future small town designs. This innovative approach will trial and showcase…

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New action plan to boost Scotland’s cyber security industry

26th September 2018

A new action plan will encourage the growth of innovative Scottish cyber security research to deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will work with key partners to ensure Scotland fully exploits the economic growth opportunities of the increasing demand for cyber security goods. Scottish Enterprise will receive just…

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This week – 21/09/18

21st September 2018

Scottish growth pulls ahead of the UK The Scottish economy grew by 0.5% during the second quarter of 2018, according to statistics announced this week by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. In the first half of this year, Scottish GDP grew by 0.8% compared to 0.6% in the UK. This growth in the first six months of 2018…

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This week – 14/09/18

14th September 2018

Labour Market Statistics Published on Tuesday, the labour market statistics released by the ONS for May to July 2018, showed that Scotland’s unemployment rate fell over the quarter to 4.1%. On employment for women and young people, Scotland continue to outperform the UK with an employment rate of 71.5% for women, higher than the UK rate…

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This week – 07/09/18

6th September 2018

Recess is over, Parliament is back for a new term and this week, we outlined our Programme for Government 2018/19.  Major investment in infrastructure, exports and legislation to underpin a Scottish National Investment Bank were at the forefront as the First Minister outlined our priorities for the year ahead. Read the highlights below: Infrastructure The PFG has a strong emphasis on boosting…

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This week – 31/08/18

31st August 2018

R&D funding for Prestwick First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed £4.8 million funding for Spirit AeroSytems new open access Aerospace Innovation Centre at its manufacturing site in Prestwick. Innovation within the new centre will focus on the development of the next generation of aircraft. It will also help develop the technology for composite materials and automated assembly…

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This week – 24/08/18

24th August 2018

GERS Scotland’s public finances are continuing to improve, with total revenue reaching £60 billion, as the economy grew twice as fast as the UK at the start of 2018. According to the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures published this week, onshore tax revenue increased by £2 billion in 2017-18, while offshore revenue increasing…

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This week – 17/08/18

17th August 2018

Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s employment rate has increased over the quarter, with 2,642,000 people now in work in Scotland. Our unemployment rate fell over the quarter to 4.2%. On female and youth employment, we continue to outperform the UK with an employment rate of 71.6% for women, higher than the UK rate of 71.0%, and…

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