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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

Yes – Business for Scotland will continue

Yes – Business for Scotland will continue

Business for Scotland has been around in one form or another since our successful devolution campaign targeting business people in 1997.  In the run up to the 2014 independence referendum we morphed from a small pressure group into a fast growing and influential business network and think tank. Many people are now asking if we […]

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A new Vision for Scotland – Vote YES and our economy will thrive

A new Vision for Scotland – Vote YES and our economy will thrive

There is a new Vision for Scotland that says that an independent Scotland can have faster, more sustainable economic growth whilst also becoming a wealthier society.  Written by leading academics and business people with the intention of opening a conversation about Scotland’s future, it aims to create a suite of policies that can significantly increase Scotland’s […]

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No Campaign Parties in General Election Meltdown

No Campaign Parties in General Election Meltdown

No Campaign parties would face annihilation in Westminster election if new poll is accurate.   The demand for more powers looks set to dominate next year’s general election and to destroy the No campaign parties.   A new Ipsos Mori survey for STV shows that support for the SNP has surged to 52%, giving them a […]

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Submission to Smith Commission from BfS Edinburgh Group

Submission to Smith Commission from BfS Edinburgh Group

| 30/10/2014 | 0 Comments

The following statement is the submission from the business networking group ‘Business for Scotland’ Edinburgh Group. It supplements and supports the other submissions from Business for Scotland, including it’s Declaration and Vision Report. This group has an overarching aim; to ensure that the best business and economic environment is developed and sustained in Scotland for […]

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Triple boost for Scottish economy

Triple boost for Scottish economy

| 24/10/2014 | 3 Comments

The Scottish economy is continuing to defy adverse headwinds from the eurozone and elsewhere and is showing robust growth in a number of key areas. Three separate reports released over the last few days have highlighted the strength of the Scottish economy and emphasised again that Scotland is a wealthy nation. With youth unemployment down, […]

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The next steps for Business for Scotland

The next steps for Business for Scotland

| 23/10/2014 | 3 Comments

BfS directors have  been taking stock since the referendum. Whilst very disappointed in the result, the board is very proud of what the organisation – staff, volunteers, group leaders and deputies – has achieved. That impressive list of achievements includes: Building a membership of more than 3,000 within 18 months Running hundreds of events across […]

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Business for Scotland’s Perth Group submission to Smith Commission

Business for Scotland’s Perth Group submission to Smith Commission

| 22/10/2014 | 4 Comments

The Smith Commission is looking for feedback from civic Scotland, including business groups, as it draws up plans for which powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament from Westminster. Business for Scotland will be handing in its official submission in the next few weeks and this will be published, in full, on our website. […]

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Ireland abandons austerity and shows Scotland the way forward

Ireland abandons austerity and shows Scotland the way forward

| 15/10/2014 | 3 Comments

The business community in the Republic of Ireland have welcomed the news that their government is ending years of economic austerity with its latest budget. The Wall Street Journal commented that: “Ireland’s government declared an end to seven years of austerity on Tuesday, announcing small cuts in income-tax rates as the first step in a three-year program to […]

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Business for Scotland Group Leader addresses Green Party Conference

Business for Scotland Group Leader addresses Green Party Conference

| 14/10/2014 | 1 Comment

Business for Scotland’s Edinburgh group leader Jil Murphy, was invited to give a speech to the Green Party Conference last weekend on the subject of SMEs and their contribution to the economy. Jil is a successful business person, the co founder of Thin Red Line Design, as well as the leader of our Edinburgh Group. She […]

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Business for Scotland raises £51,500 for charity

Business for Scotland raises £51,500 for charity

| 10/10/2014 | 2 Comments

Generous business owners at the Business for Scotland Annual Dinner raised £51,500 for charity. Acclaimed artist Gerard Burns donated his portrait of the First Minister, created as part of his ‘14 for 14’ exhibition featuring 14 Scots who inspired him. Generous business owners donated sums from £500 to £5000, with the money going to children’s […]

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Technology breakthrough boosts North Sea oil future

Technology breakthrough boosts North Sea oil future

| 25/09/2014 | 3 Comments

A team at Heriot Watt University are celebrating another break-through in North Sea extraction technology. Professor Mehran Sohrabi, at the centre for enhanced oil recovery, has announced progress in gas injection technology and ‘low salinity water injection’. When combined, these new forms of extraction can add decades onto the lives of existing and future North […]

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Scotland will force Westminster to deliver ‘Devo-Max’ promise

Scotland will force Westminster to deliver ‘Devo-Max’ promise

| 24/09/2014 | 29 Comments

The dividing lines have shifted, but not by much. The result of the referendum represents a blow to those who have campaigned tirelessly for decades. Yet the resilience and determination of those campaigning for a better Scotland has been impressive. Now the challenge is to get the best deal for Scotland. There will now be […]

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Yes – Business for Scotland will continue

Yes – Business for Scotland will continue

Business for Scotland has been around in one form or another since our successful devolution campaign targeting business people in 1997.  In the run up to the 2014 independence referendum we morphed from a small pressure group into a fast growing and influential business network and think tank. Many people are now asking if we […]

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A message from 3,000+ YES voting business people

A message from 3,000+ YES voting business people

Over 3,000 business people have now signed the Business for Scotland declaration and this website, built to explain why we support independence, has generated more than one million unique visitors. We are Business for Scotland and this is what we believe.    You can still join Business for Scotland.  After Scotland votes YES we will […]

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Six key questions undecided voters must ask about a No vote

Six key questions undecided voters must ask about a No vote

The polls say the referendum is too close to call.  The undecided, possibly as much as much as 15%, will decide if Scotland will become an independent self governing country or stay ruled from Westminster. Please pass this article on to any undecided voters you know. With only one newspaper supporting YES the undecideds are well […]

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Video: We have the talent, the resources, the drive to succeed as an independent country

Video: We have the talent, the resources, the drive to succeed as an independent country

| 17/09/2014 | 0 Comments

David Lafferty is a mechanical engineer who has lived and worked all around the world, offshore and onshore, in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen. Today his company, Aqua Energy, manufactures equipment and robots for the oil, gas, petrochemical industries and many other industries. They have moved into a new factory in Greenock and hired […]

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