Scotland's Economy

  • Shaping the Scottish National Investment Bank

    11th February 2019 by

    Today we publish the analysis of responses to the public consultation on the Scottish National Investment Bank Bill which ran from September to October last year. This is the first of many milestones for the Bank in 2019 as we make significant progress towards the Bank being operational in 2020, investing in businesses and communities...

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  • This Week: 28/12/2018

    28th December 2018 by

    Priorities for 2019 Finance and Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has set out his priorities for 2019 in an article in The Herald. Read more Improving ferry access Further accessibility improvements will be made on Scotland’s ferries following the fourth round of awards from the Ferries Accessibility Fund. Almost £80,000 is being awarded to Serco NorthLink...

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  • This week 7/11

    7th December 2018 by

    Small Business Saturday Did you know there are over 340,000 small businesses in Scotland? The Scottish Government is investing over £1.25 billion in City Region Deals, looking to benefit small businesses by invigorating local economies. Read more here   Review of employability services Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn announced how the...

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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 more Life Sciences Figures Figures released...

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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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  • This week – 21/09/18

    21st September 2018 by

    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 – 07/09/18

    6th September 2018 by

    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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  • New progressive tax system an investment in Scotland’s future

    1st April 2018 by

    Our progressive approach to changing taxation, which comes into effect next week, heralds a positive investment in our country’s future. Our new tax system means divergence from Westminster on fiscal policy, but in my opinion it will deliver devolution and the priorities of the majority of the people of Scotland. The changes will deliver an...

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  • Team Scotland – update from Scotland House

    31st July 2012 by

    Last night, I joined Finance Secretary John Swinney at Scotland House, where we welcomed 80 senior representatives from London’s financial and professional services sector.

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