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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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The Scottish Economy

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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Independence and the Economy – The Facts

Independence and the Economy – The Facts

Share the video that proves Scotland will be a wealthy independent country. Scotland can more than afford to be independent. Independence will make Scotland’s economy stronger and its people better off financially. That is the clear evidence from Business for Scotland in this short animated video for you to share with your undecided friends and business […]

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On Debt and Destiny.  Scotland is a rich country

On Debt and Destiny. Scotland is a rich country

| 20/08/2014 | 0 Comments

Debt and Destiny is the title of a new report produced by the pro-union Scotland Institute and it contains an explicit admission that the Scottish economy is much stronger than the residual UK would be. Scotland can afford to take more than a population share of UK debt after a yes vote because we can […]

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Vote Yes to protect Scotland’s National Health Service

Vote Yes to protect Scotland’s National Health Service

| 19/08/2014 | 0 Comments

Independence protects Scotland’s National Health Service from Westminster cuts and privitisation. Scotland’s NHS remains dependent upon a reducing funding settlement from London. George Osborne has steadily cut Scotland’s funding – which is calculated via the Barnett Formula. A No vote would leave this funding line to Scotland’s NHS under Westminster’s control. A Yes vote would mean Scotland’s […]

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Leading economist Sir Donald Mackay backs independence: Scotland will be better off

Leading economist Sir Donald Mackay backs independence: Scotland will be better off

| 14/08/2014 | 2 Comments

In a major boost to the campaign for a Yes vote for independence, former Chair of Scottish Enterprise Professor Sir Donald Mackay has set-out the economic benefits of an independent Scotland. In an extensive article, published this morning, Professor Mackay analyses the substantial benefits of Scotland controlling its own resources, especially offshore revenue. He builds […]

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Leading surgeon says Yes vote will save Scotland’s NHS from Westminster privatisation

Leading surgeon says Yes vote will save Scotland’s NHS from Westminster privatisation

Dr Philippa Whitford, one of Scotland most respected surgeons, delivered an insightful and hard hitting guest speech at the 2014 Vision for Scotland conference. Her key messages are: That Scotland’s NHS needs independence to protect it from Westminster cuts and privatisation. The end destination of England’s privatisation journey is an American style private insurance funded […]

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Support for independence or maximum devolution grows to 70%

Support for independence or maximum devolution grows to 70%

| 12/08/2014 | 2 Comments

Today’s Scottish Social Attitude Survey for 2014 has found a substantial shift in favour of independence. Business for Scotland has previously highlighted that the majority of people in Scotland already support an independent tax system and independent social security system for Scotland. The most recent SSA poll identified a 10% rise in one year for […]

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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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A Vision for Scotland: a plan for Scotland to thrive

A Vision for Scotland: a plan for Scotland to thrive

| 07/08/2014 | 2 Comments

Business for Scotland’s conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh set out the economic case for an independent Scotland to thrive. The event – attended by leading business people and academics – presented a broad program for economic progress and social justice beyond a Yes vote. Business for Scotland also published its ‘Vision for Scotland’, a 50 […]

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Top businessman says independence is ‘the jobs opportunity of a lifetime’

Top businessman says independence is ‘the jobs opportunity of a lifetime’

The outgoing boss of one of the UK’s most prominent companies has explained for the first time his decision to back independence for Scotland. Ralph Topping, retiring as Chief Executive of betting giant William Hill plc and is one of Britain’s foremost business leaders with 44 years’ experience, said that a Yes vote will improve ‘life […]

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Clair Ridge and Scotland’s new oil boom

Clair Ridge and Scotland’s new oil boom

| 04/08/2014 | 27 Comments

It’s facts not fear that will win the referendum debate. This is especially important when discussing the future of Scotland’s offshore revenue. Scotland has a strong and diverse economy with many strengths, and the energy sector is an important part of this. However, across the past four decades governments in Westminster have played down or […]

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Isle of Gigha: This is what independence looks like

Isle of Gigha: This is what independence looks like

| 01/08/2014 | 0 Comments

The excellent article about the Isle of Eigg prompted me to write about my visit to the Isle of Gigha three weeks ago. It’s a short story of how the island has changed since its community took control of decision making through a ‘buy-out’. It’s a story that has lessons for Scotland’s future too. * […]

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Ridiculous No Campaign economics: when does an asset become a liability?

Ridiculous No Campaign economics: when does an asset become a liability?

| 29/07/2014 | 2 Comments

Scotland is a wealthy country with many rich and diverse resources. If Scotland was a business it would be worth investing in. It has a skilled population, a strong track record, important trading links and opportunities in new sectors. It has many assets. Yet the campaign against independence is determined to present Scotland’s assets as […]

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Scotland’s global festivals boost Scotland’s wealth

Scotland’s global festivals boost Scotland’s wealth

| 27/07/2014 | 0 Comments

For those who live in Scotland’s biggest cities, this fortnight is like no other.  Visit Scotland estimated that Glasgow welcomed 390,000 people on the ‘Super Sunday’ of the Commonwealth Games. And of course this week the fringe kicks off in the capital.  Has there ever been a more buoyant festival feeling in Scotland? It also […]

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Member Profile – Dr Arshi Ilyas

Member Profile – Dr Arshi Ilyas

| 25/07/2014 | 0 Comments

“Scottish independence will unleash years of missed opportunity and pivot opportunism to maximum advantage for Scotland.” Arshi is a medical doctor with a post graduate in bioengineering who has been an innovation and management consultant for the past 10 yrs, advising SMEs and government institutions. He arrived in Glasgow in 1999 on a scholarship from Strathclyde […]

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Independence and the Economy – The Facts

Independence and the Economy – The Facts

Share the video that proves Scotland will be a wealthy independent country. Scotland can more than afford to be independent. Independence will make Scotland’s economy stronger and its people better off financially. That is the clear evidence from Business for Scotland in this short animated video for you to share with your undecided friends and business […]

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