Scottish news

Skills and finance shortage may hamper Scottish renewable energy targets

The Scottish Government's ambitious renewable energy targets are at risk because of a skills and finance shortage in small businesses, an inquiry has found.

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Scottish angel investments increase by 26 per cent for start-ups

Early stage companies in Scotland have benefited from a 26 per cent increase in business angel investments in the first nine months of 2012, figures from Linc Scotland have revealed.

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Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

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Proposals to bring empty Scottish properties back to life

Businesses that move into long term unoccupied shops will be able to apply for discounted business rates under proposals put forward to the Scottish Government.

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Draft Scottish Budget 2013/14 for 'jobs and growth'

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has pledged £180 million over the next two years to drive construction, skills and the green economy in the country.

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New North Sea tax break announced

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new tax allowance designed to allow oil and gas companies to get the most out of mature fields, known as brown fields.

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Businesses call for a Scottish Budget to support firms and stimulate economy

Business groups are urging the Scottish Government to put the country's economic growth at the heart of its upcoming Budget.

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Scotland and Ireland receive wi-fi and broadband boost

Scotland's most rural and remote areas are to receive £5 million in investment to connect them to fast broadband access, it has been announced.

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Get Scotland Trading, says new campaign

A campaign to support small businesses and recognise the impact they have on the Scottish economy has been launched by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Local councils in the dark over spending and contracts

The Government must encourage local councils to monitor and assess their spending to maximise the benefit to local communities, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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