Scotland's Economy

  • 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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  • Project Transmit

    7th January 2012 by

    I have been working with Ofgem, the National Grid, the energy sector, Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney Island councils and other interested parties to find a solution for electricity transmission charging which works for Scotland.

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  • Youth Employment

    6th December 2011 by

    It's been confirmed that Angela Constance is taking up the post of Minister for Youth Employment and in the next few weeks she'll be meeting some of our key partners to discuss the additional £30 million that the Scottish Government is investing to create opportunities for our young people.

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  • Tourism in Dumfries and Galloway

    5th December 2011 by

    There are some very exciting times ahead for tourism in Scotland. We're starting off in 2012 with Year of Creative Scotland, Brave and the Olympics, going into 2013 and Year of Natural Scotland, and finishing in 2014 with the Year of Homecoming, Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

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  • Friday in Fife

    2nd December 2011 by

    One of the most interesting aspects of my role as a Minister is having the opportunity to meet ambitious folk who are taking forward new ideas and achieving real success in what they do. A good example of this was my visit to Fife on Friday to KDM Shopfitting Ltd at Dalgety Bay, who have an impressive portfolio of clients including some of Scotland's biggest retailers.

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  • EWEA Conference, Amsterdam

    28th November 2011 by

    Scotland's huge ambitions for the generation of green energy is understood by audiences internationally, as I discovered when I attended two major european events last month. The range of Scottish companies showcasing at these events - many with support of Scottish Development International - is remarkable and a real testament to our burgeoning energy sector.

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  • FiSAB

    22nd November 2011 by

    FiSAB really is a unique partnership between the industry, the government, wider public sector, and the unions. Over the year its work has been invaluable in strengthen Scotland's position as a centre for financial services in the face of a global economic downturn.

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  • Brave

    18th November 2011 by

    The full length trailer for Brave has been released, giving us a flavour of what I expect will be the biggest cinematic opportunity to showcase Scotland since Braveheart.

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  • Whisky Galore

    18th November 2011 by

    Our whisky industry is a national success story and makes a huge contribution to Scotland's economy. Today I visited the distillery and bottling plant of BenRiach – one of Scotland's leading brands of whisky. The company must be commended for its part in Scotland's whisky success story.

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  • Collaboration in the Cairngorms

    17th November 2011 by

    I attended the Cairngorms Business Partnership Conference this morning, an annual in the National Park bringing together local business people and organisations. I spoke in the morning session about the Government's work to retain Scotland's position as the most supportive environment for business in the UK, and received feedback from delegates on the GES in the Q&A session, with views on public sector secondments and the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

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