Scotland's Economy

  • Olympian leadership

    10th September 2012 by

    There’s no doubt the London 2012 Olympics were the highlight of the summer for many. Now, with the Paralympics in full swing, we have another chance to celebrate athletes from all over the world at the top of their game.

    Read more

  • Small Business Communication

    16th July 2012 by

    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.

    Read more

  • £120 million for superfast broadband

    25th June 2012 by

    There is no doubt that digital is the way forward and we relish the challenge to put Scotland at the forefront of the digital revolution and make world-class digital infrastructure a reality.

    Read more

  • Whisky Galore

    6th June 2012 by

    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.

    Read more

  • Opening of £24m bio-incubator facility at Edinburgh BioQuarter

    29th May 2012 by

    By creating a cluster of scientists, clinicians and companies located on a single site we are confident that not only will we attract world-class life sciences companies and individual scientists to Scotland but will boost the rate of formation and growth of new science and technology ventures.

    Read more

  • Yes to Growth

    18th May 2012 by

    This week we launched a new campaign, ‘Yes to Growth’, to stimulate Scottish companies to invest in their growth. If a company has an idea or project that will help it grow, we want to hear about it and positively help make growth a reality.

    Read more

  • New life sciences centre for Moray

    8th May 2012 by

    Moray Life Science Centre

    It was a great pleasure to see the first turf being cut at the new life science centre in Elgin on Friday. The creation of the £6.5m Alexander Graham Bell Centre is an exciting step forward in providing the facilities Moray needs to be at the forefront of delivering innovative healthcare systems for the future.

    Read more

  • Say ‘yes’ to leadership for growth

    26th April 2012 by

    This morning I spoke to around a hundred Scottish companies on the topic of leadership for growth at the B2B Scotland 2012 event. I try to highlight this topic as often as possible as I firmly believe that leadership has not received the prominence it should have.

    Read more

  • Scotland Week – New York

    14th April 2012 by

    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.

    Read more

  • Scotland Week – Calgary

    13th April 2012 by

    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.

    Read more