Scottish news

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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Revamp for Scottish planning system

Proposals to overhaul Scotland's planning system will help to deliver more jobs and sustainable economic growth, the Scottish Government has said.

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Economic impact of Scottish independence questioned

Business groups and the UK Parliament have been voicing the main issues facing Scotland in the run up to next year's vote on Scottish independence.

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Scottish builders hit by late payments

In the last year, 80 per cent of Scottish construction firms experienced problems due to the late payment of invoices, according to the research from the Scottish Building Federation.

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