13th April 2012 by Fergus Ewing MSP
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.
11th April 2012 by Alex Paterson
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.
11th April 2012 by Fergus Ewing MSP
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.
5th April 2012 by Lena Wilson
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.
29th March 2012 by Lena Wilson
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.
29th March 2012 by Kenny MacAskill
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.
28th March 2012 by John Swinney MSP
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...”
28th March 2012 by Derek Mackay MSP
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.
9th March 2012 by Alasdair Allan MSP
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.
9th March 2012 by Fergus Ewing MSP
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.