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10 key economic facts that prove Scotland will be a wealthy independent nation

10 key economic facts that prove Scotland will be a wealthy independent nation

All the evidence demonstrates that Scotland is a wealthy nation. Scotland would be the 14th wealthiest nation in the developed world by GDP per head of population. Scotland’s wealth is also built on solid financial foundations, a diverse economy and substantial economic potential in new industries such as biotechnology and renewables, as well as current key […]

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Where does Scotland’s wealth go?

Where does Scotland’s wealth go?

Where does Scotland’s wealth go (if it doesn’t stay here)? It’s a simple question but not one often asked, probably as most economics bloggers like myself get bogged down in numbers and over-complicate the issue. Data from the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics demonstrates in simple terms the distribution of personal wealth in the […]

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200 Business people declare for YES with an economic vision

200 Business people declare for YES with an economic vision

Today 200 Business people from all sorts and sizes of companies from all over Scotland publicly declare what they are voting YES – they see it as “the business and jobs opportunity of a lifetime for this and future generations”. “We are involved in business and entrepreneurship at different levels in Scotland and around the […]

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First Minister: No Currency Deal, no Debt Deal

First Minister: No Currency Deal, no Debt Deal

Scotland’s First Minister speaking to the Vision for Scotland conference at Dynamic Earth on Wednesday August 6th explains why he will continue to press for and why we will get a currency union. He discusses what other currency options are and why Westminster will accept the deal on offer. This is because if there is […]

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Business for Scotland calls on BBC to leave CBI

Business for Scotland calls on BBC to leave CBI

The following is the text of a letter sent by Business for Scotland Chair Tony Banks to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, calling for the BBC to end its membership of the CBI. Dear Tony Further to our recent correspondence on the subject of the BBC’s membership of the CBI, I am bringing […]

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Scotland’s exporting body charged for promoting whisky in UK embassies

Scotland’s exporting body charged for promoting whisky in UK embassies

Earlier on Today Sandy Adam of Business for Scotland and Springfield Property Group (Scottish House-builder of the year two years running) was on BBC Radio 5 Live.  He pointed out that Scotland’s exporting body charged for promoting whisky in UK embassies.  Evan Davis (BBC) later issued an on air correction after Sandy had left.   This on air correction […]

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David Cameron must answer questions on EU exit as Tory MP quits for Ukip

David Cameron must answer questions on EU exit as Tory MP quits for Ukip

| 28/08/2014 | 0 Comments

Douglas Carswell, Conservative Member of Parliament for Clachton in Essex, has amplified the pressure on the UK to leave the European Union by defecting to Ukip (the anti-EU party). Mr Carswell’s decision follows Ukip’s victory in England in May’s European elections. In Scotland Ukip trailed the SNP, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats. As a result […]

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200 Business people declare for YES with an economic vision

200 Business people declare for YES with an economic vision

Today 200 Business people from all sorts and sizes of companies from all over Scotland publicly declare what they are voting YES – they see it as “the business and jobs opportunity of a lifetime for this and future generations”. “We are involved in business and entrepreneurship at different levels in Scotland and around the […]

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Cameron walks into a storm: CBI dinner speech may break companies law

Cameron walks into a storm: CBI dinner speech may break companies law

The CBI created the worst crises in its history when in April this year it registered as an official referendum campaigning body without consulting its members leading to dozens of organisations leaving or suspending their memberships in protest to the No campaign support.  The organisation which it is claimed lost almost half its membership in Scotland […]

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Debate victory for Yes due to strong economic evidence

Debate victory for Yes due to strong economic evidence

| 26/08/2014 | 0 Comments

The campaign for independence received a boost last night as public polls found the Yes Campaign to have stronger arguments in the latest head-to-head debate. The referendum leaders debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond was dominated by Scotland’s North Sea wealth, protecting the NHS, creating jobs, and ensuring a sensible currency arrangement. Following the […]

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Member profile – Nasim Malik

Member profile – Nasim Malik

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“Independence will prove once and for all that the Scottish people as a whole are more than capable of creating a vibrant, fair and forward thinking society without the shackles of a Westminster Government.” Nasim has more than 20 years experience in the financial advice sector and currently heads up several businesses, many with key […]

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Member Profile – Frank Taylor

Member Profile – Frank Taylor

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“I believe the people of Scotland should seize the opportunity offered by the independence referendum to create a fairer and more prosperous society using all the resources and powers at our disposal if we say yes.” Entrepreneur Frank Taylor is managing director of the UK’s largest tanning salon chain Indigo Sun. Headquartered in Stirling the […]

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Member Profile – John Clark

Member Profile – John Clark

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“We have an enviable, diverse economy with a USP in the form of Scotch Whisky.  Oil is simply the icing on an already substantial cake.” A former Harrier pilot in the Royal Navy, John has a background in sales and marketing, beginning with wholesale FMCG (dealing with retail shops and petrol stations) and ending in […]

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Member profile – Niall McLean

Member profile – Niall McLean

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“Scotland as an independent country would greatly increase the efficiencies of operating businesses in rural Scotland. Having closer links to decision makers with powers that directly affect us will be a huge advantage.” Niall is the director of Geo-Rope Ltd and he is based in Ballachulish. Born and raised in Lochaber Niall has worked and […]

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Member profile – David Lafferty

Member profile – David Lafferty

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“I am voting YES because the union has never done a single thing to help us. I have visited British Embassies in Kuwait, Iran, Yemen and I found them worse than useless, so now we don’t look for any assistance from Westminster or our overseas embassies.” David is a mechanical engineer who has lived and […]

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Member profile – Mohammed Ramzan

Member profile – Mohammed Ramzan

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“Independence will open up opportunities for everyone. When Scottish businesses go abroad to negotiate deals, they already find that coming from Scotland has given them a distinct identity. With a yes vote, that will become even stronger.” Mohammed is Chairman of United Wholesale Grocers, one of Scotland’s biggest cash-and-carry operations, and one of the most […]

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Member profile – Don Michie

Member profile – Don Michie

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“I believe that in an independent Scotland the nation’s considerable wealth can be spread around in a much fairer way, through economic growth, low taxation and high employment, so as to achieve a more equitable distribution of wealth and thus a more socially just society.” Don owned a construction business owned in the Highlands for […]

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Member profile – Jim Savage

Member profile – Jim Savage

| 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments

“I want an independent Scotland so that our young talent does not have to leave the country to satisfy their ambitions; whether that is the technologists or the creative industry’s musicians, artists and writers.” Jim’s varied background includes 50 years diverse experience in sciences, engineering, sales & marketing and the music business. Now essentially retired […]

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