Scotland's Economy

  • 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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  • An enduring friendship between Scotland & Canada

    16th October 2017 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown writes ahead of his visit this week to Canada and the US: Nearly 250 years ago, a group of Scots stood nervously on the shores of Loch Broom looking up at the ship that would carry them to their new lives across the Atlantic, in...

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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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  • Scotland’s cutting edge laser industry

    9th April 2014 by

    While in San Francisco this week for Scotland Week 2014 I was fascinated to visit the Photonics Research Centre at Stanford University in California’s Silicon Valley. There I met participants in the SU2P programme, a Scottish-US project which aims to maximise the commercial potential of our world-class academic success in this field. I was proud...

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  • Forging business links with India

    15th October 2013 by

    It’s hard to believe it is just a few days since I left the carnival atmosphere at Glasgow Airport to join the Queen’s Baton as we both made our way to New Delhi. While the baton left India within just a couple of days to continue on its historic journey around the Commonwealth, I remained...

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  • Glasgow economy

    9th September 2013 by

    Manish Chande, Senior Partner of Mountgrange Glasgow is and always has been one of Britain’s great cities. It makes a huge contribution to the Scottish economy with annual output around the £16 Billion mark providing jobs for almost 600,000 people. Many of those jobs are in the service sector in the areas of finance, tourism,...

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  • Big in Japan – the 200 year old Mack

    10th May 2013 by

    Almost 200 years on since Scotsman Charles Macintosh invented the process of rubberising cotton, his namesake coat is still one of Scotland’s best known products. In fact, it’s not only the Scots who have continued their love affair with the ‘mack’. Around the world the Mackintosh raincoat has become a major player in the luxury...

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  • Stronger Scottish and Japanese life sciences links

    8th May 2013 by

    Geographically the cities of Kyoto and Edinburgh are far removed. Intellectually, culturally and economically our two cities are becoming ever closer. That proximity was further reinforced this week when Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney met with key Japanese businesses working in the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine here in Kyoto. The links...

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  • Double celebration at Nigg

    21st December 2012 by

    Bought by Global Energy Group in October 2011, the yard now employs 800 people, is home to the award winning Nigg Skills Academy, which has trained over a hundred new welders and fabricators since being opened by the FM in April.

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