Scotland's Economy

  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s new Operating Plan

    11th April 2012 by

    In the midst of some of the toughest, most challenging economic conditions most of us have seen, it would be easy to lower sights, to dim aspirations. However that’s not the reaction of businesses, social enterprises or communities across the Highlands and Islands. Nor is it ours. Ambition has and will continue to be at the heart of HIE.

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  • Scotland Week – Houston

    11th April 2012 by

    Scotland Week is a huge opportunity to promote our businesses in one of the world’s largest economies and that’s what I’ll be doing over the next week with the Chief Executive of SDI Anne MacColl – showing North America that Scotland is open for business.

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  • Scottish Enterprise Business Plan 2012-15

    5th April 2012 by

    I’ve been delighted to see such a positive response in the press about the launch of our new Business Plan for 2012-15. In the plan we’ve tried really hard to strike a balance between the focus on our long-term goals for Scotland, and the need to do something extra to respond to the conditions here and now.

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  • Strengthening planning performance

    2nd March 2012 by

    Planning Minister Derek Mackay with head of Planning and Sustainable Development, Dr Margaret Bochel, and Councillor Callum McCaig

    I’ve been in listening mode since becoming Planning Minister last December, getting a fuller understanding of the links between the planning system and our broader Economic Strategy. Of course planning must support our overarching purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth.

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  • Open letter to business

    24th February 2012 by

    Last year, I wrote to Scottish businesses to assure them that the Scottish Government is doing everything possible within our current powers to ensure Scotland remains the most competitive place to do business in the UK. Today I have written to our businesses to outline how our Budget maintains that commitment with 57% of Scottish business properties currently paying zero or reduced business rates bills.

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  • Friday in Fife

    2nd December 2011 by

    One of the most interesting aspects of my role as a Minister is having the opportunity to meet ambitious folk who are taking forward new ideas and achieving real success in what they do. A good example of this was my visit to Fife on Friday to KDM Shopfitting Ltd at Dalgety Bay, who have an impressive portfolio of clients including some of Scotland's biggest retailers.

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  • Whisky Galore

    18th November 2011 by

    Our whisky industry is a national success story and makes a huge contribution to Scotland's economy. Today I visited the distillery and bottling plant of BenRiach – one of Scotland's leading brands of whisky. The company must be commended for its part in Scotland's whisky success story.

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  • Collaboration in the Cairngorms

    17th November 2011 by

    I attended the Cairngorms Business Partnership Conference this morning, an annual in the National Park bringing together local business people and organisations. I spoke in the morning session about the Government's work to retain Scotland's position as the most supportive environment for business in the UK, and received feedback from delegates on the GES in the Q&A session, with views on public sector secondments and the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

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