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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 founder and Lord Haughey talk at University event

Business for Scotland founder and Lord Haughey talk at University event

  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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Business for Scotland welcome new employment figures

Business for Scotland welcome new employment figures

New figures released today have shown that Scotland’s economic performance continues to outpace the wider UK and that record numbers of people are now in employment in this country. Adding to the feel good factor around the Scottish economy there are a record number of women in work and we are at the lowest figure […]

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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 | 0 Comments

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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The worst of both worlds – BfS Responds to Smith Commission command paper

The worst of both worlds – BfS Responds to Smith Commission command paper

| 22/01/2015 | 7 Comments

The UK Government hopes that today’s command paper, detailing which watered-down parts of the watered-down Smith Commission recommendations might actually make it into law, will draw a line under constitutional change – it won’t.  A devo-light solution that sits half way between what the Scottish people want and what the Scottish economy needs is nothing […]

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Business for Scotland welcome new employment figures

Business for Scotland welcome new employment figures

| 21/01/2015 | 0 Comments

New figures released today have shown that Scotland’s economic performance continues to outpace the wider UK and that record numbers of people are now in employment in this country. Adding to the feel good factor around the Scottish economy there are a record number of women in work and we are at the lowest figure […]

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Impact of Low Oil Price on Aberdeen and the North East

Impact of Low Oil Price on Aberdeen and the North East

| 20/01/2015 | 2 Comments

Opinion from Business for Scotland Member and MD of Anderson Construction, Kenny Anderson. The fall in the price of oil in recent months really hit the headlines this week when BP, one of the longest serving players in the North Sea Basin and one of the majors in the sector, announced job cuts of 300 […]

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Paying the Living Wage makes good business sense

Paying the Living Wage makes good business sense

This article first appeared as a column by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp in “The National” on Friday the 16th of January. The UK economy is recovering slowly and, as the UK General Election looms, the main Westminster parties are trying to trump one another on budget cuts promises. The Tories are claiming they will reduce the deficit through […]

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Are there any benefits to lower oil prices for the people of Scotland ?

Are there any benefits to lower oil prices for the people of Scotland ?

| 14/01/2015 | 0 Comments

The headline figures are obviously a cause of worry for Scotland’s oil industry. Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, has seen spectacular growth and economic success over the last few years fuelled primarily by prices well over $100 a barrel. While oil companies tend to exaggerate their costs to win tax breaks, it is not […]

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An open letter to IDS – don’t waste public money, delay universal credit in Scotland

An open letter to IDS – don’t waste public money, delay universal credit in Scotland

| 12/01/2015 | 2 Comments

Business for Scotland support calls to suspend roll out of Universal Credit in Scotland Business for Scotland has co-signed an open letter calling for Ian Duncan Smith to immediately suspend the roll out of Universal Credit in Scotland. This was organised by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and signed by the leaders of […]

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Cold war becomes oil price war, Scotland suffers and Westminster shrugs

Cold war becomes oil price war, Scotland suffers and Westminster shrugs

This article first appeared in the National on Friday the 9th of January. If ever there was a case study in the failure of Westminster to plan or even care for the economic future of the oil industry then it has arrived in the form of the current slump in oil prices. Norway and Russia […]

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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. Diane McWade, who spoke about the importance of equality at the meeting and called for a […]

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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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