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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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London bleeding Scotland dry through devolution games

London bleeding Scotland dry through devolution games

This article first appeared as a personal column by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp in the National Newspaper on Friday December 5th and is reprinted with their permission.  As such the article represents the writers views as an individual and are not necessarily the views of Business for Scotland.  You can subscribe to the online version of The National here http://www.thenational.scot London bleeding Scotland dry through devolution game […]

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GMK on Scotland Tonight: “Smith Commission missed the vow by a mile”

GMK on Scotland Tonight: “Smith Commission missed the vow by a mile”

Northern Ireland is set to have corporation tax devolved but that power will be denied to Scotland.   On Scotland Tonight (Dec 2nd 2014) Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp the founder of Business for Scotland argues the case with detail and clarity whilst his opponent shouts “you lost, get over it and you are not getting it”.   […]

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Business for Scotland leads by example on gender equality

Business for Scotland leads by example on gender equality

| 13/12/2014 | 0 Comments

Business for Scotland has met the challenge on gender equality set by FM Nicola Sturgeon in her speech to business last week. At the AGM in Glasgow, stakeholder members voted five female business owners onto a board of eight. New board member Diane McWade, who spoke about the importance of equality at the meeting and […]

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Be the change you want to see in Scotland

Be the change you want to see in Scotland

A change is running through our nation. It’s hard to define but it’s a little bit cultural, social and environmental, and very definitely political.  This week we have seen reports that point to lower crime rates, and fewer murders in particular, we see alcohol sales falling and a widespread welcome for lower drink driving limits […]

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London bleeding Scotland dry through devolution games

London bleeding Scotland dry through devolution games

This article first appeared as a personal column by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp in the National Newspaper on Friday December 5th and is reprinted with their permission.  As such the article represents the writers views as an individual and are not necessarily the views of Business for Scotland.  You can subscribe to the online version of The National here http://www.thenational.scot London bleeding Scotland dry through devolution game […]

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Business for Scotland response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

Business for Scotland response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

| 03/12/2014 | 3 Comments

Response to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement from BfS director Ian McDougall Ian McDougall is a partner in McDougall Johnstone and a director of Business for Scotland. He said: “We welcome the business friendly actions announced today, such as the abolition of National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under-25, making it cheaper for small businesses […]

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GMK on Scotland Tonight: “Smith Commission missed the vow by a mile”

GMK on Scotland Tonight: “Smith Commission missed the vow by a mile”

Northern Ireland is set to have corporation tax devolved but that power will be denied to Scotland.   On Scotland Tonight (Dec 2nd 2014) Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp the founder of Business for Scotland argues the case with detail and clarity whilst his opponent shouts “you lost, get over it and you are not getting it”.   […]

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Business for Scotland welcome First Minister’s comments on business and equality

Business for Scotland welcome First Minister’s comments on business and equality

| 01/12/2014 | 1 Comment

We welcome today’s comments from FM Nicola Sturgeon, in particular her focus on gender balance across the workplace and more help for female entrepreneurs. We know that every 1% increase in women in the workforce adds tens of thousands of pounds to the economy, a vital contribution, but more than that we also believe that more women […]

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Smith – A Constitutional fudge and the worst of both worlds?

Smith – A Constitutional fudge and the worst of both worlds?

This article first appeared as a personal column by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp in the National Newspaper on Friday November 29th and is reprinted with their permission.  As such the article represents the writers views as an individual and are not necessarily the views of Business for Scotland.  You can subscribe to the online version of The National here http://www.thenational.scot  Pantomime politics Anyone passing through the Glasgow […]

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Smith Commission falls short of devolution vow

Smith Commission falls short of devolution vow

The Smith Commission report out today contains some positive measures that can be used by the Scottish Government to the betterment of Scotland.  It is also true to say that it is the largest movement of power from Westminster to Scotland since the formation of the parliament, but it falls well short of the vow […]

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The National – new newspaper is a boost to democracy

The National – new newspaper is a boost to democracy

A new newspaper for Scotland launches today, it’s called The National and it is a significant development in news and political reporting in Scotland.  The new paper’s masthead says it all; a large saltire across the top and the tag line “The Newspaper that supports an independent Scotland”. People rightly care about the freedom of […]

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Powers for a purpose versus retained for a reason

Powers for a purpose versus retained for a reason

As we all know the heads of the main Unionist parties (excluding UKIP) issued a vow on new powers The Vow contained the claim that: “The Scottish Parliament is permanent and extensive new powers for the Parliament will be delivered.” UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised on the 15th of September: “a major, unprecedented programme […]

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When losing is really winning

When losing is really winning

| 19/11/2014 | 3 Comments

By Claire Howell It is said that if you were to interview the gold, silver and bronze medalists in any competition after they stand down from the podium you would be given three very distinct views on their results. The person who won bronze would be ecstatic, after all the difference for them is a […]

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Another ‘Project Fear’ campaign lie exposed as Osborne plans a sovereign wealth fund

Another ‘Project Fear’ campaign lie exposed as Osborne plans a sovereign wealth fund

| 13/11/2014 | 4 Comments

In yesterdays Daily Mail, Mathew Hancock, the Minister for business and energy in Westminster, proposed setting up a sovereign wealth fund to channel the profits from Shale Gas extraction into long term savings and investments. “Business and energy minister Matthew Hancock revealed that the Government is preparing to announce plans for a ‘sovereign wealth fund’ […]

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Move to Devo Max / Federalism is now Unstoppable, but not just in Scotland

Move to Devo Max / Federalism is now Unstoppable, but not just in Scotland

In a spectacular failure of democracy the clear winner of the Scottish independence referendum was actually not an option on the ballot paper.  Whatever you call it and however you define terms such as Devo Max, Federalism / Home Rule or the even more sedate localism (probably soon to be called ultra-localism by the media) […]

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Submission to Smith Commission from BfS Borders Group

Submission to Smith Commission from BfS Borders Group

| 04/11/2014 | 2 Comments

It is proposed in this submission to make the connection between powers and responsibility by drawing attention to the Government and Expenditure and Revenue Scotland accounts (GERS) that have been produced since 1990. Scotland’s revenue contribution and expenditure is thus documented over a period of time. Whilst there are a number of issues that some […]

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