Scottish news

Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Review of Scottish workplace policies

Businesses, academics and trade unions will work with the Scottish Government to improve working environments.

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Scottish economic recovery continues

The latest gross domestic product figures for Scotland show that the economy grew 0.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2013.

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Exports boost for Scottish produce

The value of Scotch whisky exports has increased by 87 per cent over the last decade, according to the latest figures from HM Revenue & Customs.

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Scottish economic recovery nearly complete

A report issued today by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revised upwards the prospects for Scottish growth over the next two years.

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Jobs potential for independent Scotland

A 'yes' vote in next year's referendum on independence will lead to greater long-term economic security, growth and job opportunities for Scotland, the First Minister Alex Salmond has claimed.

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Scottish businesses urged to claim business rates relief

Small businesses in Scotland are being urged to take advantage of tax reliefs on business rates via the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS).

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£20m EU funding boost for Scottish businesses

Scotland is to invest £60 million into businesses supporting economic growth and employment bolstered by EU funding, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

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Scottish procurement reform to help small businesses

Changes to Scottish procurement rules will make it easier for small businesses to bid for public sector contracts, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Scottish Executive sets pension promise for independence

The state pensions system in an independent Scotland will build upon the current UK system but offer 'better protection to people across the country', a report by the Scottish Executive has said.

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