Scotland's Economy

  • 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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  • Scotland’s Agenda For Cities

    8th March 2016 by

    Cities and their regions are central to driving economic growth and creating a fairer society. They are home to two thirds of our economy and over half our population. Their size and scale creates a dynamic environment for business, innovation and knowledge transfer. That is why I strongly believe that if our cities and regions...

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  • An Apprenticeship Week pledge

    4th March 2016 by

    One of the Scottish Business Pledge’s nine components is investing in youth. To mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016 Deputy First Minister John Swinney met with modern apprentices in the banking sector as their employer Barclays made the Scottish Business Pledge. Here they explain what investing in youth means to them. Ben Dalziel, 18 “I work...

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  • Making sure everyone benefits from growth

    11th February 2016 by

    Last week, I chaired the third meeting of the First Minister’s refreshed Council of Economic Advisers. The Council’s role is to be an independent advisory group to the First Minister.  We’re a sounding board for ideas; we act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Scottish Government, and put forward suggestions we think may make a...

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