Scotland's Economy

  • Advice available for manufacturers

    25th June 2012 by

    This year, we’re working hard to engage with even more Scottish manufacturers, carry out even more projects and deliver even greater value to Scotland’s economy by helping companies generate more savings and create new jobs, new products and new markets.

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  • Plans for future tax regime

    8th June 2012 by

    From April 2015, through the Scotland Act, the Scottish Parliament will be able, to introduce and manage taxes relating to the purchase or leasing of land and buildings, and a replacement for Landfill Tax.

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  • Opportunities for Scotland’s Economy Lecture – 11 June

    6th June 2012 by

    Later this month I will be discussing my view of the challenges and opportunities to business in the context of the current economic climate and the recent developments in the global economy and Euro Area.

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  • Whisky Galore

    6th June 2012 by

    It's been an extremely positive day for one of our most successful exports - whisky! The news that Diageo is to invest £1 billion over the next five years in the Scotch Whisky industry is very welcome and a strong indication of the company's belief in the bright future of the sector.

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  • Chemicals sector has the right formula to grow our economy

    30th May 2012 by

    Growing our economy and exporting more goods to the rest of the world is the key to Scotland’s future prosperity. Leading the charge is our whisky industry, which has already helped meet a 2017 target to increase exports six years earlier than planned.

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  • Scottish Development International Annual Results

    30th May 2012 by

    Getting companies to invest in their growth is vital if we are to get Scotland's economy moving again. That's why I was delighted to announce SDI's annual results this month, which show how we've been supporting Scottish companies to take advantage of new international trade opportunities.

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  • Opening of £24m bio-incubator facility at Edinburgh BioQuarter

    29th May 2012 by

    By creating a cluster of scientists, clinicians and companies located on a single site we are confident that not only will we attract world-class life sciences companies and individual scientists to Scotland but will boost the rate of formation and growth of new science and technology ventures.

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  • Scotland’s food champions

    24th May 2012 by

    Tourism and food and drink are both key sectors when it comes to growing Scotland’s economy and the Scottish Food Champions initiative, which I have announced today, will bring the two together.

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  • Scottish Apprenticeship Week

    24th May 2012 by

    As a company, we offer young people another route into the engineering sector, enabling them to gain work experience and qualifications at the same time. We are delighted to support Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which is organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

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  • Yes to Growth

    18th May 2012 by

    This week we launched a new campaign, ‘Yes to Growth’, to stimulate Scottish companies to invest in their growth. If a company has an idea or project that will help it grow, we want to hear about it and positively help make growth a reality.

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