Scotland's Economy

  • Scotland Week – Calgary

    13th April 2012 by

    My Scotland Week engagements have now taken me onto Calgary where I am meeting a range of companies with a focus on energy, especially oil and gas. The connections with the North Sea are strong and we can build on these to bring similarly impressive results for more of our key industry sectors such as tourism and food and drink.

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  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s new Operating Plan

    11th April 2012 by

    In the midst of some of the toughest, most challenging economic conditions most of us have seen, it would be easy to lower sights, to dim aspirations. However that’s not the reaction of businesses, social enterprises or communities across the Highlands and Islands. Nor is it ours. Ambition has and will continue to be at the heart of HIE.

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  • Scotland Week – Houston

    11th April 2012 by

    Scotland Week is a huge opportunity to promote our businesses in one of the world’s largest economies and that’s what I’ll be doing over the next week with the Chief Executive of SDI Anne MacColl – showing North America that Scotland is open for business.

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  • Scottish Enterprise Business Plan 2012-15

    5th April 2012 by

    I’ve been delighted to see such a positive response in the press about the launch of our new Business Plan for 2012-15. In the plan we’ve tried really hard to strike a balance between the focus on our long-term goals for Scotland, and the need to do something extra to respond to the conditions here and now.

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  • Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service Conference

    29th March 2012 by

    In Scotland, manufacturing has moved successfully over the past few decades from low value to high value niche markets and although the overall numbers employed have fallen, Scotland is still home to more than 8000 manufacturing companies - 93% of which are Scottish owned.

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  • Criminals’ cash creating jobs

    29th March 2012 by

    Kenny MacAskill meets teenagers at Cardonald College

    Since 2007, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme has invested over £45 million of bad money for good purposes. Funds seized from the proceeds of crime is provided to communities to put young people on a positive path in life by offering them the chance to take part in hundreds of thousands of free sporting, cultural, educational diversionary activities and development programmes.

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  • Budget debate

    28th March 2012 by

    The impact of last week’s UK Budget will be felt across Scottish business in the months and years to come. Today, the Scottish Parliament gets the chance to debate the measures, with a motion that “the Parliament is disappointed that the UK Chancellor’s budget is a missed opportunity...”

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  • Planning next steps

    28th March 2012 by

    Planning has an important role to play in sustainable economic growth, and I’m committed to streamlining and simplifying the planning system to ensure it does not act as a barrier to economic growth and sustainable development – while ensuring communities are properly consulted and involved.

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  • FilmG Awards

    9th March 2012 by

    We all know that the creative industries, in particular, music, literature and film, do much for Scotland’s reputation worldwide and for our economy. This evening I’ve had the immense pleasure of attending the FilmG awards in Glasgow.

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  • Update from Tourism Week

    9th March 2012 by

    We're now half way through Tourism Week, which winds up next Tuesday, and there has already been some very good work done to promote the industry. Most of all, I've been impressed by the ambition and drive in the sector and that is is extremely important as we look to build on the success that we have already had in attracting visitors to Scotland.

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