Scotland's Economy

  • Budget for economic recovery

    8th February 2012 by

    I confirmed today that additional capital spending of £382 million for 2012 -2015, supporting around 5,000 jobs, has been allocated to support Scotland’s economic growth. This is a Budget that boosts public sector capital investment, takes direct action to tackle unemployment, in particular youth unemployment and enhances economic security across the Scottish economy.

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  • David Hume Institute Speech and Interview

    3rd February 2012 by

    I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the David Hume Institute last night and set out Scotland's economic opportunities under independence. The Scottish Government video team interviewed me at the event and audio clips of the speech and Q&A are available.

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  • David Hume Institute

    2nd February 2012 by

    This evening I will address the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh. In the speech I will discuss Scotland’s position in the global economy and set out the Government’s vision for capitalising on new opportunities in global markets. My opinion pieces in the Financial Times and Scotsman outline some of the areas I will discuss tonight.

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  • Samsung chooses Scotland

    2nd February 2012 by

    I welcome the news that Korean company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is to base its first European offshore wind project in Fife. The investment is worth up to £100m and is expected to create more than 500 new jobs in Scotland.

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  • Scotland Visitor Survey

    30th January 2012 by

    VisitScotland has just published their Scotland Visitor Survey, which shows 98% of visitors to Scotland are likely to recommend the country to others, and a further 84% planning to make a return trip in the next five years.

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  • Dark Sky Observatory

    27th January 2012 by

    I travelled to Dalmelington today to join Cath Seeds and Mark Gibson in celebrating the start of work on the Dark Sky Observatory – a wonderful new project which will create a visitor attraction for buzzing stargazers and astronomers in Britain’s only dark sky park. The Galloway Forest Park area enjoys some of the darkest...

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  • Solar Feed in Tariffs

    25th January 2012 by

    Today the UK Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) lost its appeal to the UK High Court on Solar Feed In Tariffs.

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  • Rautomead

    18th January 2012 by

    On the day new statistics were published showing a rise in manufacturing exports, I visited Rautomead in Dundee - a great example of a Scottish firm that is performing well in international markets.

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  • Enterprise areas

    17th January 2012 by

    John Swinney at GlaxoSmithKline

    I was delighted to visit GlaxoSmithKline inIrvinetoday to announce the locations ofScotland’s four new Enterprise Areas – fulfilling the pledge we made in the Government’s Economic Strategy. The Glaxo site will form part of the Life Sciences Enterprise Area along with locations in Moray, the Highlands, Edinburgh and Midlothian. There are two proposed Enterprise Areas...

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  • Tourism figures

    12th January 2012 by

    Great news that the number of visitors to Scotland has risen by eight per cent in the first nine months of this year according to the latest statistics which were published today as I opened Edinburgh's newest hotel.

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