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Scottish Business Buzz (25.05.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (25.05.16)

| 25/05/2016 | 0 Comments

Glasgow now attracting more international conference delegates than New York or Beijing Glasgow now sits at 28th place out of 400 in the world of delegates attending international conferences according to research by the International Congress and Convention Association. Vienna sits at the top spot, with London second. The report also covers regular international conferences attended […]

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Late payment culture is holding Scotland’s SMEs and economy back

Late payment culture is holding Scotland’s SMEs and economy back

If I were to choose one single policy that would stimulate economic growth, employment and business profits it is dealing with late payments to small to medium sized businesses (SMEs). SMEs constitute 99.4 per cent of Scotland’s businesses, employing 1.2 million or 55.6 per cent of all private sector employment and generate 39.4 per cent of […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (18.05.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (18.05.16)

| 18/05/2016 | 0 Comments

World’s largest pioneering floating wind farm to begin construction in Scotland The floating wind farm, to be located at the Buchan Deep, 15 miles offshore from Peterhead, is one step closer to becoming reality following the Crown Estate granting a lease to Statoil that will enable construction to begin. The Hywind Scotland project consists of five […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (11.05.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (11.05.16)

| 11/05/2016 | 0 Comments

Scotland could be serious global player in rapidly growing fintech sector Estimated to be worth £20 billion in annual revenues to the UK and employing 135,000 people, financial technology (fintech) encompasses innovation in financial services including e-banking, payment technologies, crowdfunding, digital currencies like bitcoin, and ‘robo’ advice – automated investment advice delivered using algorithms. More than […]

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Business for Scotland calls on SNP government to boost SME growth and appoint a Minister for SMEs

Business for Scotland calls on SNP government to boost SME growth and appoint a Minister for SMEs

| 09/05/2016 | 1 Comment

The SNP should focus on SME based business growth, tackle late payment and demand control over all business taxation, according to Business for Scotland. A few more powers and a creative approach to harnessing SME growth would rebalance the business playing field away from big PLC dominance and demonstrate significant competence on economic policy. Gordon […]

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Tories need to respect the referendum and Holyrood results

Tories need to respect the referendum and Holyrood results

I see the Tories are in trouble for overspending to try and win elections in England – they should learn a lesson from the Scottish Tories – who don’t need to cheat so much, they just lose the election by a country mile (winning only 31 seats, less than half of the SNPs 63 seats) […]

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7 ways the Scottish election result is good for the independence movement

7 ways the Scottish election result is good for the independence movement

Well what was said to be a boring campaign became very exciting with some surprising results in the early hours.  Despite the SNP not maintaining its majority it was a very good night for the the party that won a record third term, more seats than the next three parties combined and a record number […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (04.05.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (04.05.16)

| 04/05/2016 | 0 Comments

Aberdein Considine expands with merger in Glasgow Scottish Law Firm Aberdein Considine has announced that it is to merge with Glasgow solicitor estate agent A&S Ireland. The combined businesses – which will trade under the Aberdein Considine brand from next month – will together employ 360 staff and have a total turnover of more than […]

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Holyrood 2016 – The Race for Second Place

Holyrood 2016 – The Race for Second Place

There is only a few days to go until the Scottish elections, but it just doesn’t seem like it. Campaigning has been fairly low-profile and there is little to excite the interest other than a few ill advised photo opportunities, mainly as no one thinks there will be anything other than an SNP win. If […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (27.04.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (27.04.16)

| 27/04/2016 | 0 Comments

Scottish Universities take on the Converge Challenge  For the first time since the Converge Challenge was established all 17 higher education universities in Scotland have submitted applications for the country’s leading company creation competition and start up development programme. Converge Challenge is open to students, graduates and staff from universities and research institutes in Scotland aimed […]

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Time to abandon the old constructs of left and right

Time to abandon the old constructs of left and right

Following 1789, The French National Assembly was laid out with supporters of the King sitting on one side and those for the revolution on the other, thus the habit of dividing politics into opposing left and right silos was born. Initially referring to royalists versus revolutionaries (some would argue that still applies to a certain […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (20.04.16)

Scottish Business Buzz (20.04.16)

| 20/04/2016 | 0 Comments

Disruption day for Scots entrepreneurs  Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Annual Conference will take place tomorrow (21 April) at Gleneagles Hotel and is set to be an inspiring occasion. The country’s leading business membership network has assembled a world class line up of speakers including Bill Aulet, the international entrepreneur and academic to share his knowledge, experience and insights with […]

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New research: EU worth £2bn per year to Scotland

New research: EU worth £2bn per year to Scotland

There is a really interesting and important vote for Scotland coming up, it may spark a constitutional crisis in the UK and it’s not the Scottish parliamentary elections. The EU referendum’s economic and social impact could be significant and far-reaching, but because Cameron has called it at a time that overlaps with the Scottish elections […]

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