Scotland's Economy

  • Collaborate And Celebrate All Scotland Has To Offer

    7th July 2017 by

    Helen Goulden from Nesta, and Chair of the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy, gives an update on progress made on bringing together “new economy” service providers to look at how they can improve the experience of Scotland’s tourists. On 21 June, the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy met in Glasgow to...

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  • DFM opens Scotch Whisky Association’s new HQ

    27th January 2016 by

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  • Why Cocoa Ooze is sweet on Small Business Saturday

    3rd December 2015 by

    Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. It takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses like my own – bespoke chocolate company Cocoa...

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  • Business tourism industry gathers in Edinburgh

    1st December 2015 by

    As a growing and vital contributor to the Scottish economy, hundreds of members of Scotland’s business tourism community will today gather in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms for a major industry event. Featuring workshops, networking opportunities and talks from industry experts, the Business Tourism Scotland Conference 2015 will provide motivation, inspiration and practical tips for delegates. Business...

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  • HM, Mr Clooney and the Scottish Business Pledge

    24th November 2015 by

    I doubt that I’ll ever again have cause to mention Harper Macleod and George Clooney in the same sentence. The reason I can is that my firm was fortunate enough to win the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award at last week’s Scottish Business Awards – whose guest speaker brought a dash of Clooney-mania to the...

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  • Veterans mean business

    18th November 2015 by

    To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has met and heard the stories of ex-service personnel who have set up in business since re-entering civilian life. Supported by X Forces – a social enterprise that nurtures entrepreneurial ambition in the UK military community – the businesses produce innovative products and provide new...

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  • Queen re-opens Borders Railway

    10th September 2015 by

    This new Borders Railway line is the result of £300m of investment and the expert work of more than 1,000 peopleFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon and 150 other guests joined Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on an iconic steam train journey from Edinburgh to mark the official route opening, before a special plaque was...

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  • FM Nicola Sturgeon makes major economic speech

    1st December 2014 by

    Today, I am making clear that a strong, growing economy with a thriving business base is essential to the overall success of our country. I am also announcing that I will strengthen the role of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers, to ensure that my government has access to the best possible advice as...

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  • International oil and gas company set up new home in Scotland

    31st March 2014 by

    I was delighted to meet the bosses of Clough this week to announce a £1.5 million Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) investment and to hear more about the creation of 110 jobs in Glasgow. The Australian engineering and project service contractor’s move to Glasgow will allow them to provide their services to Europe, the Middle East...

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  • Scottish EDGE helps aspiring businesses

    18th February 2013 by

    Anyone troubled by Scotland’s business start-up rates would have had a huge boost last week had they been at the EDGE judging panel. The EDGE – Encouraging Dynamic Growth Entrepreneurs – Fund has been led by John Swinney who deserves a watch for not only listening to the challenges start-ups face, but then doing his...

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