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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

Scotland’s economy can benefit from a green renaissance

Scotland’s economy can benefit from a green renaissance

Before the credit crunch people were falling over themselves to show how green they were.  Environmental consultancies were springing up all over the place and environmentalism was impacting on business and consumer behaviors. There was mad rush to renewables and words like up-cycling and skip-diving became middle class boasts. Remember Al Gore’s documentary “The inconvenient […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (16.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (16.07.15)

The Chancellor’s so-called new national wage is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Rob Aberdein, chairman of Business for Scotland,  has challenged the new national wage proposed by the Chancellor in his summer budget claiming it doesn’t do enough to address the impact of low pay on the […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (03.09.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (03.09.15)

| 03/09/2015 | 0 Comments

Aberdeen based Anderson Construction has announced contract wins totalling more than £3 million. Managing Director Kenny Anderson said “We are very pleased to win these projects at a time when competition in the construction market is tough as a result of the well-publicised reduction in oil prices. “We see a strong  market going forward, working […]

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China scaremongering and restoring BBC neutrality

China scaremongering and restoring BBC neutrality

This last week has seen some over the top scaremongering on the Chinese stock falls and Nick Robinson’s observations on the campaign to restore BBC neutrality were frankly doolally. When China catches cold we all catch cold, such is the importance of China to world stock markets right now. The finance system, and with it […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (27.08.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (27.08.15)

| 27/08/2015 | 0 Comments

Scotland is celebrating an unprecedented 12-month period of being in the world’s spotlight, during which time more than 622,000 spectators attended golf events watched by hundreds of millions of fans around the globe. An independent study which shows the event at Gleneagles attracted more than 63,000 visitors from outwith Scotland and supported spend in excess […]

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Labour reverting to 1983 could lead to Scottish independence

Labour reverting to 1983 could lead to Scottish independence

As a younger man I used to think politics was boring. It seemed to me that politicians were drab, old, slightly overweight white men in pinstriped suits who swapped benches in Westminster every few years, with one side ruining the economy by spending too much and the other by not spending enough. Possibly a simplistic view but […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (20.08.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (20.08.15)

| 20/08/2015 | 0 Comments

Fledgling entrepreneur Katrina Mather has won her first major business award – just 9 months after launching The Body Toolkit. Katrina was awarded ‘Most Enterprising Business 2015’ from Scottish Women in Business, against stiff opposition from other competitors. The Body Toolkit offers a range of detox retreats in the Scottish Highlands, from the Signature Detox […]

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Business for Scotland Supports the Living Wage (video)

Business for Scotland Supports the Living Wage (video)

| 19/08/2015 | 4 Comments

Paying the Living Wage can bring significant business benefits, such as increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and innovation in the work place but equally importantly it can be a key tool to address inequality. A survey by Business for Scotland showed the vast majority of members supported the Living Wage: 96% of members surveyed supported paying […]

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Without oil – would Scotland already be independent?

Without oil – would Scotland already be independent?

Quietly and without fuss, one of the key claims unionist economics, that Scotland is overly dependent on oil, has lost its menace. The referendum battle lines on oil revenues were clearly drawn, oil price volatility was a vital unionist scare story.  The No campaign claimed that Scotland’s economy wasn’t viable without a steady $100 a […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (13.08.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (13.08.15)

| 13/08/2015 | 0 Comments

The explosion in the Scottish gin market is contributing to an export boom in white spirits for the UK. Exports of gin have now reached £390 million, an increase of 37% in five years, according to government figures. Scotland’s 16 distilleries account for 70% of Britain’s gin manufacturing, many of them launching in the last […]

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The roadmap to a second independence referendum

The roadmap to a second independence referendum

Politicians all over the world must look upon Nicola Sturgeon with a certain degree of jealousy. The party she leads is riding phenomenally high in the polls, despite being well past the traditional second term dip, and she herself is universally popular. 56 out of 59 Westminster MPs is unprecedented and the opposition parties are […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (06.08.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (06.08.15)

| 06/08/2015 | 0 Comments

A new whisky training course has been launched, aimed at attracting women to the industry. Whisky for Girls (&Guys!) is the brainchild of Rachel MacNeill, who has been working on the concept for three years. A total of 14 people go to Islay to learn whisky making theory from Professor Paul Huges, formerly of Heriot-Watt […]

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Scotland’s economy can benefit from a green renaissance

Scotland’s economy can benefit from a green renaissance

Before the credit crunch people were falling over themselves to show how green they were.  Environmental consultancies were springing up all over the place and environmentalism was impacting on business and consumer behaviors. There was mad rush to renewables and words like up-cycling and skip-diving became middle class boasts. Remember Al Gore’s documentary “The inconvenient […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (30.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (30.07.15)

| 30/07/2015 | 2 Comments

Great news for manufacturing in Scotland with the news that Rolls Royce is to invest £60 million in its engine plant in Inchinnan. According to Mike Mosley, Rolls-Royce, supply chain chief operating officer: “Rolls-Royce is focused on transforming our global industrial base to develop our world-class, competitive supply chain, concentrating investment in high-technology and high-intellectual […]

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UK Government’s energy policy is self destructive and bad for Scotland

UK Government’s energy policy is self destructive and bad for Scotland

The UK Government’s recent betrayal of the renewable energy sector and, for that matter, Scottish voters is disgraceful.   The Conservatives are cutting vital renewable energy subsidies for onshore wind farms.  Ending the renewable Obligation Certificate subsidy a year early leaves dozens of job creating multimillion pound developments in onshore renewables hanging in the balance.  Some […]

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Scottish Business Buzz (23.07.15)

Scottish Business Buzz (23.07.15)

| 23/07/2015 | 0 Comments

An innovative new training programme has been launched to help business owners better engage their employees and communities using the art of participatory leadership. Andy Lippok, of Resolis Associates Ltd and Connecting Scotland, says Scotland is in the midst of significant change, and businesses need to better understand how to deal with that change. Andy […]

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