Scottish news

Affordability of Scottish state pensions questioned

Scotland's ability to cover state pension payments has been called into question by a leaked Government report on their economic case for separation.

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More certainty needed on Scottish business rates

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to show more predictability and certainty in its approach to business rates.

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Food and drink boosts Scottish exports

Manufactured exports in Scotland grew by 0.8 per cent during the third quarter of 2012, boosted by strong growth in the food and drink sector, official data has shown.

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Scottish business groups comment on rates relief scheme

Business groups have been responding to the Scottish Government's announcement to introduce a business rates relief of up to 100 per cent on empty properties from April this year.

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Scotland one of four UK regions to see shopper numbers rise

Scotland was one of just four areas in the UK to see a rise in shopper numbers in December, according to data from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

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Greater clarity on effects of Scottish independence needed, says CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland has called for 'greater clarity and certainty' from the Scottish Government's white paper on the country's steps towards independence.

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Support for Scottish farmers affected by poor weather

Scottish farmers struggling to deal with poor weather conditions and increasing costs could benefit from a range of support measures announced by the Government.

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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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