Scotland's Economy

  • This week: 05/4/19

    5th April 2019 by

    Fair Start Scotland Fair Start Scotland celebrated its first anniversary this week. As Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service, Fair Work Minister Jamie Hepburn explains the aims of the service & the role it plays in delivering a fairer, more prosperous economy Read more about Fair Start Scotland Newton Rooms Public Finance and Digital...

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  • The anniversary of a fairer way to find work

    3rd April 2019 by

    One year ago today we launched Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service – Fair Start Scotland (FSS). Delivering a fairer, prosperous economy – with a more inclusive workforce – is a priority for the Scottish Government. To achieve this, we aim to deliver a fairer labour market and to continue to enhance the skills...

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  • This week: 29/3/19

    29th March 2019 by

    Research and Development statistics Record amounts are being spent on research and development, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics. Gross Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) in 2017, one of the key measures of innovation, saw around £2.5 billion spent, predominately by businesses and higher education institutions. Read more about Research and Development spend...

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  • This week: 22/3/19

    22nd March 2019 by

    Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s Labour Market statistics from November 2018 to January 2019 showed: Scotland’s employment rate rose by 0.3 percentage points to 75.3% Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.4%, the lowest rate on record Unemployment rate in Scotland (3.4%) is lower than the UK (3.9%) for sixth month in a row Scotland’s youth employment...

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  • Scotland-Norway: An important trading relationship

    19th March 2019 by

    Despite the uncertainty over Brexit, Scotland remains open for business and this is something we want the world to know. One country which continues to be of significant importance is Norway so I am in Oslo this week to help build on our strong relationship and continue to develop our economic, political and cultural connections....

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  • Mobile coverage must reflect far higher level of ambition

    18th March 2019 by

    Mobile coverage in Scotland will continue to lag behind the rest of the UK unless Ofcom sets more ambitious coverage targets, the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have warned. In a joint response to Ofcom’s consultation on the forthcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, both organisations have urged the regulator to look at all options...

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  • This week: 15/03/19

    15th March 2019 by

    Scotland’s space industry Scotland’s space sector could be worth £4 billion by 2030, Innovation Minister Ivan McKee said during a space industry debate in Scottish parliament this week. Mr McKee outlined the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to introduce at least one spaceport by the early 2020s. Read more about Scotland’s space industry Borderlands Infrastructure Secretary...

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  • Scotland: an attractive place to invest

    14th March 2019 by

    With investment in Scottish commercial property topping £2.3 billion, 37% ahead of the 10-year annual average, the sector in Scotland is buoyant. Couple that with Scotland being named one of the most beautiful countries in the world – according to Rock Guide – and its little wonder businesses are keen to locate here. In fact,...

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  • Response to UK Government Spring Statement

    13th March 2019 by

    Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes has responded to the UK Government’s Spring Statement today, saying: “Amid the continuing uncertainty around the UK’s EU exit, the Spring Statement failed to provide businesses with any reassurances about their future and offered no clarity on future funding for Scotland. “Years of austerity and continued uncertainty at the hands...

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  • Energy networks to secure low carbon future

    13th March 2019 by

    The role our energy networks will need to play if we are to secure a low carbon future has been outlined. The Electricity and Gas Networks Vision Statement follows extensive engagement with stakeholders including consumer representatives, Scotland’s electricity and gas network businesses and the energy regulator Ofgem. The Statement: Underlines the need for our electricity...

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