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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 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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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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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 | 2 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 | 1 Comment

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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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 | 2 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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