Scotland's Economy

  • EU taking more than half of Scotland’s exports

    6th December 2018 by

    The publication of HMRC’s Regional Trade Statistics this morning shows the importance of the EU market to Scotland. Speaking from Hamburg, where he is discussing further growth in Scotland’s trade with Europe, Trade Minister Ivan McKee, said: “These are very encouraging figures. The value of Scotland’s annual goods exports increased by 6 per cent to...

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  • Small Business Saturday: small businesses and exports

    1st December 2018 by

    Small Business Saturday gives us the perfect opportunity to encourage small businesses in Scotland to think about how exporting could help them grow and for us to outline the help and support that is available if they want to embark on their export journey. Improving Scotland’s export performance is central to growing Scotland’s economy and...

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  • Small Business Saturday: Digital support for small businesses

    1st December 2018 by

    Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the many ways that digital is already helping Scotland’s small businesses to grow – and it goes without saying that innovation is at the very heart of this. The Scottish Government is committed to giving small businesses access to cutting-edge research and technology to help...

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  • This week 30/11

    30th November 2018 by

    Fairer Deliveries For All action plan Business Minister Jamie Hepburn launched the Fairer Deliveries For All action plan this week as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling unfair parcel delivery charges. Read more here      Export Challenge Trade Minister Ivan McKee launched the Scottish Government’s Export Challenge with CBI Scotland. The Scottish...

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  • This week 23/11/18

    23rd November 2018 by

    National Economic Forum  The First Minister opened the National Economic Forum in Dundee this week by stressing the Scottish Government’s commitment to exploring all options to secure a future for the Michelin Plant. Economy Secretary Derek Mackay convened the second meeting of the Michelin Dundee Action Group that afternoon.     Digital Economy debate Digital...

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  • Increasing Scotland’s trading capabilities

    20th November 2018 by

    The 2018/19 Programme for Government includes a commitment to invest an additional £20million over three years to grow Scotland’s export potential. To support this ambition, I am seeking new members to join Scotland’s Trade Board. Since 2017, the board, which is made up of a wide range of business experts, has championed the internationalisation of...

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  • This week 16/11/18

    16th November 2018 by

    Fair Work Charter The Fair Work Charter for Severe Weather has been published by the Scottish Government to encourage employers to treat workers fairly and be mindful of their safety in the event of extreme weather. It provides four guiding principles to help employers prepare for adverse weather. Read morehttp://ow.ly/PlSe30mDGCL Life Sciences Figures Figures released...

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  • Trade Board

    12th November 2018 by

    The Scottish Government has ambitious plans for Scotland’s future trading potential. Trade Minister Ivan McKee blogs on why we are looking for business experts to join our Trade Board and ensure Scotland fulfils its export potential.

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  • Living Wage Week

    11th November 2018 by

    This week we have been celebrating Living Wage Week 2018. As Minister with responsibility for Fair Work and Business, I have spent the week visiting living wage employees and meeting people who are being paid the living wage rate. I was delighted to welcome the news that rate of the real Living Wage will increase to...

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  • This week 9/11/18

    9th November 2018 by

    Living Wage Week kicks off Scotland’s new Living Wage was announced as £9 per hour.  The First Minister visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory to mark the start of Living Wage Week, 5-9 November.   Read more here.           Apprenticeship Conference Skills Development Scotland delivered Scotland’s first Apprenticeship Conference as part of...

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