Scottish news

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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Economic recovery in Scotland gains pace

Scotland's economic recovery is 'quickening' with record growth in business activity and new work in August, according to figures from the Bank of Scotland.

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Scottish employers encouraged to hire young people

A new award from people management specialists, Investors in People, will provide an incentive for Scottish businesses to recruit young people.

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Plastic bag charge worth £90 million to Scottish economy

Charging shoppers for single-use bags in Scotland could generate £90 million for the economy, a report by the Scottish Government says.

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Worldwide campaign to promote 2014 Glasgow Games

Tourism organisation VisitScotland has begun a £2.5 million worldwide campaign to promote the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Scotland: Firms need clarity on referendum

Scottish businesses need more clarity on how the referendum will affect them before voting on whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become independent, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said.

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Scottish stamp duty tax change edges closer

A bill allowing Scotland to set its own rate of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) separate to that of the UK has reached its third stage of debate in the Scottish Parliament.

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Scottish SMEs encouraged to innovate and collaborate

Businesses in Scotland are being urged to focus on innovation and work more collaboratively in order to expand and create economic growth.

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Scotland 'can afford' independence, says First Minister

Scotland can 'more than afford to be a successful independent country', Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

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