Scotland's Economy

  • Chambers welcomes spending boost

    10th August 2016 by

    The consequences of the vote for the UK to leave the European Union have undoubtedly already had an impact on Scotland’s economy. We were already experiencing signs of a slowdown. The weakness of sterling has been one of the early features that business has had to deal with and businesses from all sectors are questioning what the medium and long term implications of the Brexit vote might be.

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  • Informing Scotland’s land reform journey & better engaging communities

    29th July 2016 by

    Land Reform and community engagement are key Scottish Government priorities – where policy and the desire for change often overlap. The policy and legislative climate has changed with the 2016 Land Reform Act, and with the 2015 Community Empowerment Act that preceded it.

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  • World skills day

    15th July 2016 by

    To mark UN world skills day, Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn outlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to make Scotland the best place in Europe for Youth Employment: Today is the first ever international world skills day – which has the aim to reduce unemployment and underemployment amongst young people across the world. This is an ambition that...

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  • Business rates review

    13th July 2016 by

    Ken Barclay who is leading the Scottish Government’s review of business rates announces the remaining members of the group and calls for businesses to submit their ideas to reform the current system.

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  • Review of enterprise and skills support

    12th July 2016 by

    In May, Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed in his first speech in his new role that as one of his first actions,  he would carry out a review of enterprise and skills support to ensure that all of Scotland’s public agencies are delivering the joined-up support and impact that Scotland needs. Scotland has a clear...

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  • Boost for renewable energy

    8th July 2016 by

    Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse visited Levenmouth to announce new funding for cutting edge renewable technology and to meet interns learning about the sector. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, a leading offshore renewable research centre will receive, £215,000 to develop a digital clone of their demonstration offshore wind turbine. Watch Mr...

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  • 7th July 2016 by

    Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn spent the day yesterday with modern apprentices, who were showing off a wide variety of skills. Mr Hepburn started the day at Screwfix in Edinburgh, where he helped to launch a new guide to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice. Thank you @scotgoveconomy...

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  • Reassurance following EU referendum

    5th July 2016 by

    The First Minister and Economy Secretary Keith Brown today met leaders of key business organisations to discuss Scotland’s place in Europe. The organisations involved were: • CBI • Institute of Directors • Federation of Small Businesses • Scottish Council for Development and Industry • Scottish Financial Enterprise • Scottish Chambers of Commerce FM @NicolaSturgeon and...

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  • Protecting consumers & businesses in Scotland

    28th June 2016 by

    Consumers and businesses in Scotland have a distinct voice and this deserves to be heard. The Scottish Government recognises this and that’s why we intend to use our newly devolved powers over competition to achieve greater fairness for Scots buying and selling goods, services or digital content in the public and private sectors. The devolution...

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  • Foundations of Scottish economy strong

    9th March 2016 by

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney visit CodeBase, the largest technology incubator in the UK, to present Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2014-15 statistics.

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