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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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Business for Scotland welcomes new economic strategy

Business for Scotland welcomes new economic strategy

Business for Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government’s new economic strategy, announced today by FM Nicola Sturgeon. The idea for targeted tax allowances to stimulate growth has been championed by Business for Scotland. Rather than a blanket corporation tax cut, companies could earn allowances with behaviours that match Scotland’s key priorities such as investing in R&D, […]

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Scotland needs Glasgow Prestwick Airport to succeed

Scotland needs Glasgow Prestwick Airport to succeed

In 1992, political campaign strategist James Carville coined the phrase “it’s the economy, stupid”. He was trying to justify a vote for his struggling Presidential candidate, Bill Clinton. Prestwick Airport is in the news again and if you want to justify the Scottish Government’s purchase of the airport in 2013 for £1.00 then just tell […]

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Business for Scotland welcomes new economic strategy

Business for Scotland welcomes new economic strategy

| 03/03/2015 | 0 Comments

Business for Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government’s new economic strategy, announced today by FM Nicola Sturgeon. The idea for targeted tax allowances to stimulate growth has been championed by Business for Scotland. Rather than a blanket corporation tax cut, companies could earn allowances with behaviours that match Scotland’s key priorities such as investing in R&D, […]

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Gordon Brown’s oil fund – the ultimate contradiction

Gordon Brown’s oil fund – the ultimate contradiction

Gordon Brown is the man who once promised us an end to boom and bust and then presided over the biggest bust in living memory.  He made a promise to the Scottish people on a timetable for new powers for Scotland if there was a No vote, and then championed a petition saying that Westminster […]

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Scotland needs Glasgow Prestwick Airport to succeed

Scotland needs Glasgow Prestwick Airport to succeed

In 1992, political campaign strategist James Carville coined the phrase “it’s the economy, stupid”. He was trying to justify a vote for his struggling Presidential candidate, Bill Clinton. Prestwick Airport is in the news again and if you want to justify the Scottish Government’s purchase of the airport in 2013 for £1.00 then just tell […]

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European independence movements sense change in the air

European independence movements sense change in the air

A new wind of change is blowing across Europe, one to match the impact of the renaissance, the industrial revolution and the formation of both the Common Market and the EU. That change is an irresistible move towards self determination, not just political self determination, but people are claiming a greater personal say in the […]

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Could Scotland lead the way in Employee Ownership?

Could Scotland lead the way in Employee Ownership?

This is a guest post by Jacqui Mitchell who specialises in transforming organisations through Employee Ownership. Employee ownership is inherently about fairness. Why should it just be those who invest capital who reap the majority of rewards? Doesn’t it make sense that those who work and have helped to contribute to a company’s success should share in […]

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Mind the gender gap

Mind the gender gap

| 18/02/2015 | 3 Comments

This is a guest post by Alexandra Black, a new member of Business for Scotland. At the age of 20 I became a tax payer. I’d worked for a couple of years never earning quite enough to contribute and it was with mixed blessings that I became a contributor; pleased that my salary had risen […]

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Deutsche Bank the incomprehensible contradiction and the indefensible union

Deutsche Bank the incomprehensible contradiction and the indefensible union

Deutsche Bank on the 13th of September last year claimed that a Yes vote would go down in history as a political and economic crisis for Scotland as big as the Great Depression in the US, has just published a report that states that Scotland is one of wealthiest regions across Europe and can make the […]

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Politics is a risky business when business thinks your politics are risky

Politics is a risky business when business thinks your politics are risky

Overshadowed by what were frankly, some quite stunning opinion polls, a huge problem for the Labour party in the rest of the UK has been bubbling under; a problem that may well stop Ed Milliband from becoming Prime Minister, and it’s a problem all of his own making. During the referendum Labour again and again encouraged […]

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Ashcroft poll shockingly bad news for Labour in Scotland

Ashcroft poll shockingly bad news for Labour in Scotland

The results of the single constituency poll by independent pollster Lord Ashcroft were expected to show that Labour was holding onto some of its battleground seats in Scotland.  However, the initial findings released this morning are actually far worse for Labour and correspondingly far better for the SNP than expected. For example, Alex Salmond fighting […]

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What are we going to do about the Europeans?

What are we going to do about the Europeans?

That was a question I was asked at an economics debate last year and my answer, “We are the Europeans”, resulted in a tirade about glib answers, but I thought I had nailed it. It seems to me that that throughout the UK (less so in Scotland) there is a notion that the UK is […]

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Michael Stewart on BfS and getting the best deal for Scotland

Michael Stewart on BfS and getting the best deal for Scotland

TV sports pundit and founder of “Sport for Yes” Michael Stewart on how Business for Scotland educated and then motivated him to keep campaigning for a better Scotland.   Like many others, I was impressed by the way Business for Scotland led from the front on the business and economics message during the referendum campaign. […]

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100 days to GE: Dynamite Sky News analysis of GE voting intentions

100 days to GE: Dynamite Sky News analysis of GE voting intentions

| 27/01/2015 | 1 Comment

The latest polls will make thrilling reading for FM Nicola Sturgeon today. Sky News is predicting a hung Parliament, with Labour short by 40 seats and the SNP holding the balance of power with 53 seats. With just 100 days to go, the SNP argument is that a strong band of SNP MPs going to […]

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The keys to creating shared prosperity for Scotland

The keys to creating shared prosperity for Scotland

Scotland is at a crossroads and no matter on which side of the political fence you sit it is difficult not to be both excited and a little wary of the choices Scotland is making. There is a palpable and growing sense of nationhood, and even confidence and positivity, running through the country that is […]

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Business for Scotland founder and Lord Haughey talk at University event

Business for Scotland founder and Lord Haughey talk at University event

| 23/01/2015 | 0 Comments

  Entrepreneurship and job creation hopes for Scotland are shared by leading Scottish businessman Lord Haughey and Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, founder of Business for Scotland. The two were addressing members of the Adam Smith Economics Society in the University of Glasgow’s Sir Charles Wilson Building this week, and the conversation was very much focused on hope for […]

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