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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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Scottish Government’s Business Pledge shows need for more powers to support business

Scottish Government’s Business Pledge shows need for more powers to support business

Business for Scotland welcomes today’s announcement of a business partnership pledge by the Scottish Government. Business for Scotland’s own set of Goals and Objectives are a close match with the the Scottish Government’s Business Pledge and will therefore be warmly welcomed by our membership, which is now approaching 4,000 Scottish SMEs. In particular, Business for […]

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Why austerity is failing and how maximum devolution drives growth

Why austerity is failing and how maximum devolution drives growth

Ronald Reagan helped shape modern political campaigning, his Hollywood (minor) star looks and faked sincerity set the scene for decades, his “Morning in America” broadcast made people cry and vote for him in droves.  His campaigning mantra was simple: “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” That lack of explanation has made “austerity” and “reducing the deficit” foundations […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (25.6.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (25.6.15)

| 25/06/2015 | 0 Comments

Scottish Business Buzz is a collection of business and economic news from around Scotland that will also showcase the news and achievements of the Business for Scotland membership.  If you’d like us to consider your business news to feature in a future update please email your press release to michelle.rodger@businessforscotland.co.uk   Award winning construction company […]

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How the media protects the establishment from change

How the media protects the establishment from change

Knowledge is power said Francis Bacon and several hundred years later that observation holds true. The ability of a nation’s population to access knowledge, or at least unbiased opinion on matters political, social and economic, is a true measure of the democratic progress of that nation.  Politics has become a battle to define versions of […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (18.06.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (18.06.15)

| 18/06/2015 | 0 Comments

Our first Business Buzz was warmly welcomed, with lots of emails and support – thanks in particular to Lorna Young of Indigo Words who said: “Just a quick email to say how much I enjoyed Scottish Business Buzz – it’s wonderful to be able to concisely read what other BfS members have been doing. Hope […]

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Will Cameron’s EU gamble backfire?

Will Cameron’s EU gamble backfire?

The general consensus is that David Cameron offered the UK electorate a referendum on EU membership to keep his Eurosceptic back benchers in line and to slow Ukip’s progress.  The EU is a great idea, OK there are some not insignificant flaws but the Common Market has brought economic prosperity and made international business a whole lot […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (11.06.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (11.06.15)

| 11/06/2015 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the first weekly business news update from Business for Scotland. Scottish Business Buzz is a collection of business and economic news from around Scotland that will also showcase the news and achievements of the Business for Scotland membership.  If you’d like us to consider your business news to feature in a future business […]

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Is the UK’s austerity myth about to crumble?

Is the UK’s austerity myth about to crumble?

Predicting the end of austerity after a majority General election victory for the party that campaigned on being more austere than the other austerity party may seem a little strange. You might actually think it’s wishful thinking but we may be about to see a seed change in economic thinking politically to match the anti-austerity credo already […]

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A pledge to grow Scotland’s economy and a challenge to Westminster

A pledge to grow Scotland’s economy and a challenge to Westminster

Launching the Scottish Business Pledge Earlier this week the Scottish Government did a very clever thing, they asked companies to make nine commitments in the form of a business pledge.  The Business Pledge lacked detail and the Scottish Government lacks the powers to add any teeth to the project but nonetheless it sets out an approach […]

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Business for Scotland on the BBC – The case for the Living Wage

Business for Scotland on the BBC – The case for the Living Wage

Ian McDougall, Business for Scotland finance spokesperson, was on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme making the economic case for companies to pay the Living Wage. As with all good ideas that represent change from the accepted norm, you not only have to beat your opponent, but you also get a far harder time from the interviewer. Good ideas don’t start off […]

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Scottish Government’s Business Pledge shows need for more powers to support business

Scottish Government’s Business Pledge shows need for more powers to support business

Business for Scotland welcomes today’s announcement of a business partnership pledge by the Scottish Government. Business for Scotland’s own set of Goals and Objectives are a close match with the the Scottish Government’s Business Pledge and will therefore be warmly welcomed by our membership, which is now approaching 4,000 Scottish SMEs. In particular, Business for […]

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Low pay costs Scottish taxpayers £1billion a year

Low pay costs Scottish taxpayers £1billion a year

When will people tire of subsidising big business because they are not willing to pay their workers enough to live on?  Paying the living wage is not a socialist policy or an act of charitable act it is just good business sense. Political dogmas are disintegrating, nowhere more so than in Scotland, and people are […]

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Why austerity is failing and how maximum devolution drives growth

Why austerity is failing and how maximum devolution drives growth

Ronald Reagan helped shape modern political campaigning, his Hollywood (minor) star looks and faked sincerity set the scene for decades, his “Morning in America” broadcast made people cry and vote for him in droves.  His campaigning mantra was simple: “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” That lack of explanation has made “austerity” and “reducing the deficit” foundations […]

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Why Westminster doesn’t want Scotland to have full fiscal responsibility

Why Westminster doesn’t want Scotland to have full fiscal responsibility

A lot people are confused by full fiscal responsibility (FFR), what it means, how long it would take to implement and how it would impact on Scotland’s fiscal deficit. I want FFR largely as I think that the more localised the decision making within an economy and society, the more beneficial the decisions made will […]

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56 new SNP MPs to focus on more powers & FFR

56 new SNP MPs to focus on more powers & FFR

| 11/05/2015 | 0 Comments

Business for Scotland today calls on the SNP’s 56 new MPs to make gaining more powers and Full Fiscal Responsibility their number one priority for Scotland. BfS members believe that FFR is essential to allow the Scottish government to implement precisely tailored policies to help Scottish business compete in global markets, moving our economy closer to […]

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Business for Scotland criticises CBI Scotland’s call for more austerity

Business for Scotland criticises CBI Scotland’s call for more austerity

| 08/05/2015 | 1 Comment

New CBI Scotland Director Hugh Aitken’s calls for austerity to be a priority for the new SNP MPs have been criticised by Business for Scotland. In his statement on the SNP election performance, Mr Aitken said: “Getting the deficit down must be a priority, to maintain the UK’s credibility in international markets which will keep […]

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