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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

Professor: Westminster is ignoring “a mountain of black gold”

Professor: Westminster is ignoring “a mountain of black gold”

Another leading academic has criticised the UK Government’s economic claims. Professor Sir Donald Mackay, businessperson and former Chair of Scottish Enterprise, wrote a piece for The Sunday Times about future tax revenue from North Sea oil and gas. His piece concluded “there is no hole in the Scottish government’s oil predictions, but there is a […]

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What big business has really said about independence

What big business has really said about independence

Many of Scotland’s most successful businesses operate globally. They work across many countries. For them Scotland gaining full economic powers to improve economic growth is a positive or neutral step. Where a handful have felt obliged because of a fiduciary legal duty to list even outlying risks in their annual reports – such as Alliance […]

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With independence, Scotland can improve its vital digital networks

With independence, Scotland can improve its vital digital networks

| 22/07/2014 | 0 Comments

The future of business is digital. The questions for Scotland are – how can digital infrastructure be developed and how can business benefit? These questions are especially important for an independent Scotland. A recent report by Nesta highlighted the fact that medium sized countries like Scotland can create successful structures for creating new products and […]

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Austerity Damages Business – the case for social investment from a business perspective

Austerity Damages Business – the case for social investment from a business perspective

| 20/07/2014 | 0 Comments

By Tony Banks – Chairman of Business for Scotland Austerity is damaging to business and Scotland desperately needs social investment rather than further cuts.  Our society has suffered badly from the austerity cuts of the UK Government and our business prospects have suffered from them as well. We need a change in direction, we need […]

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Leading Think Tank: Independent Scotland can become financial powerhouse

Leading Think Tank: Independent Scotland can become financial powerhouse

| 16/07/2014 | 1 Comment

Scotland can be a world leading financial powerhouse to rival London and other global financial services centres. According to independent experts, an independent Scotland can become one of the top 30 financial services centres in the world. Carried out by London-based economic research company, Capital Economics, for the business think tank N-56 and published today, […]

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7 lessons from the Isle of Eigg for an independent Scotland

7 lessons from the Isle of Eigg for an independent Scotland

| 16/07/2014 | 3 Comments

The campaign for an independent Scotland is based on creating a better country, but is it possible? Understandably strategies to improve Scotland’s economy are examined and criticised. People ask ‘Is this possible?’, ‘Can we afford it?’, ‘Will it work?’. Based on the evidence, Scotland is a wealthy nation with vast natural resources, a skilled workforce […]

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Member profile – George Wilson

Member profile – George Wilson

| 14/07/2014 | 0 Comments

George Wilson is a Director of Online HR (www.onlinehr.co.uk), a business which aims to empower leaders and teams, secure the best HR talent and deliver key HR projects. This is achieved by coaching executives, sourcing top HR professionals for organisations and providing Human Resource support. George is a keen participant in Yes East Lothian campaigning. George […]

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Independence is an opportunity for business & the common weal

Independence is an opportunity for business & the common weal

| 14/07/2014 | 10 Comments

This is a written transcript of a speech I gave to the ‘Common Weal’ Conference at the Arches in Glasgow on 6th July ’14.  The Conference itself seemed to be a dramatic success: with large crowds attending all day, and with stalls, events, activities and debates catering for a wide range of appetites; coalescing around […]

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Peston documentary proves nothing to fear with independence

Peston documentary proves nothing to fear with independence

| 10/07/2014 | 1 Comment

This week BBC News Economics Editor Robert Peston presented an investigative documentary on Scottish independence. In ‘For Richer or Poorer?‘ he examined a range of financial questions relating to September’s vote. The program presented a fair and dynamic assessment of Scotland’s wealth, opportunities and challenges of both independence and the status quo.  The programme included views from […]

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Independence offers environmental opportunities

Independence offers environmental opportunities

| 09/07/2014 | 2 Comments

There is a growing realisation across Western economies that economic progress must be compatible with environmental sustainability. The impact of unconstrained economic growth on land, water, life and climate is destructive. Yet with advances in technology and economic reforms, new opportunities arise. This is especially true of Scotland in 2014. A Yes vote for independence […]

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Oil: An independent Scotland will benefit from better exploration techniques.

Oil: An independent Scotland will benefit from better exploration techniques.

| 08/07/2014 | 1 Comment

A little-noticed announcement by a tiny oil company on 26th June could be the key to a massive uplift in an independent Scotland’s reserves and should finally put to bed the No campaign’s ceaseless warnings. Hurricane Energy released the news that its appraisal well drilled horizontally through the fractured basement granite of the Lancaster prospect […]

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Professor: Westminster is ignoring “a mountain of black gold”

Professor: Westminster is ignoring “a mountain of black gold”

| 07/07/2014 | 1 Comment

Another leading academic has criticised the UK Government’s economic claims. Professor Sir Donald Mackay, businessperson and former Chair of Scottish Enterprise, wrote a piece for The Sunday Times about future tax revenue from North Sea oil and gas. His piece concluded “there is no hole in the Scottish government’s oil predictions, but there is a […]

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An independent Scotland can boost business innovation

An independent Scotland can boost business innovation

| 07/07/2014 | 0 Comments

New research by charity Nesta explores how small countries thrive in an international economic environment.  This evidence demonstrates that an independent Scotland can innovate and improve the economy. In terms of innovation, Scotland already has world-leading strengths in research and development through its university system. However the creation of new products, services and businesses has been lower […]

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Member Profile – Rodger Brunton Dip Arch RJBA FRIAS MaPS

Member Profile – Rodger Brunton Dip Arch RJBA FRIAS MaPS

| 04/07/2014 | 0 Comments

“We are not small, we have just been brow beaten over the last 300 years to perceive ourselves as the junior nippy member of the UK family.” Qualified as an Architect in 1973, Rodger has been self employed for nearly 30 years. A prizewinning designer, he has a practice in Carnoustie serving clients all over […]

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What big business has really said about independence

What big business has really said about independence

Many of Scotland’s most successful businesses operate globally. They work across many countries. For them Scotland gaining full economic powers to improve economic growth is a positive or neutral step. Where a handful have felt obliged because of a fiduciary legal duty to list even outlying risks in their annual reports – such as Alliance […]

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Scottish economy now performing at pre-recession levels

Scottish economy now performing at pre-recession levels

| 03/07/2014 | 2 Comments

Higher employment levels and record inward investment in Scotland is now bringing growth in the Scottish economy back to levels not seen for 7 years. As the recession finally heads for the dust, confidence is growing again after one of the biggest recessions in history and one with the slowest pace of recovery. Internationally the […]

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