What a Customs Union Brexit compromise could mean for Scottish Independence

Source:: Business for Scotland What a Customs Union Brexit compromise could mean for Scottish Independence Over the next few days, Westminster votes will hopefully tell us what sort of Brexit we are going to get and assuming the Government is defeated at 7pm tonight what the compromise deal to be voted on next week will be. Brexit supporters argue that for the UK to be able to do deals with […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland What a Customs Union Brexit compromise could mean for Scottish Independence

2019 will witness the beginning an official Scottish independence campaign

Source:: Business for Scotland 2019 will witness the beginning an official Scottish independence campaign It has been two and a half long years since the Brexit vote radically changed the political environment in the UK and put a second independence referendum back on the agenda. And the long wait for a second and decisive independence campaign to begin is almost over. There have been a few false starts along […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland 2019 will witness the beginning an official Scottish independence campaign

Modern Monetary Theory is no panacea for the problems of our broken economic system

Source:: Business for Scotland Modern Monetary Theory is no panacea for the problems of our broken economic system Last week I wrote a column for The National newspaper which was critical of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and it caused a bit of a stushie.  There was the usual internet troll nonsense but the key complaint was that I was misrepresenting what MMT really was when I stated that: “The premise of MMT is […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Modern Monetary Theory is no panacea for the problems of our broken economic system

Almost zero chance of a People’s Vote on Brexit being decisive

Source:: Business for Scotland Almost zero chance of a People’s Vote on Brexit being decisive The result of a second EU referendum would be a foregone conclusion, right? People are turning against Brexit in their droves. That’s what the media are telling us – but this is not a fact. The truth is we just don’t know the outcome and my gut tells me that another Leave vote is likely. Let’s gloss […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Almost zero chance of a People’s Vote on Brexit being decisive

Call for ‘dedicated’ women’s business centre

Source:: Business for Scotland Call for ‘dedicated’ women’s business centre Calls have been made for a dedicated national women’s business centre, to deliver the specific support women need to start and grow their own businesses. Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) has said that “concerted, meaningful” action to establish a national women’s business centre is essential. WES chief executive Carolyn Currie said much has been achieved since […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Call for ‘dedicated’ women’s business centre

Construction industry increasingly concerned over job losses

Source:: Business for Scotland Construction industry increasingly concerned over job losses Concerns are mounting over the construction industry following job losses and significant drop in output. In the third quarter of 2018 5,000 jobs were lost and output fell by £1.5 billion, year-on-year. During the year to September, a £300 million rise in output from the housing sector failed to offset big falls in output from […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Construction industry increasingly concerned over job losses

New Scottish Stock Exchange would mean more successful businesses stay Scottish owned

Source:: Business for Scotland New Scottish Stock Exchange would mean more successful businesses stay Scottish owned There are plans to open a new Scottish stock exchange and that’s great news for Scottish companies with high-growth potential in key emerging sectors such as IT, life sciences and renewable energy. I reached out to old family friend Nigel Dewar-Gibb, a broker at the Scottish Exchange who sat on the exchange’s council, to dig […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland New Scottish Stock Exchange would mean more successful businesses stay Scottish owned

Scottish budget hamstrung by Brexit aims to support public services – but no Income Tax cut for higher earners

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish budget hamstrung by Brexit aims to support public services – but no Income Tax cut for higher earners Trying to set a Scottish budget when you don’t know whats going to happen with Brexit, whether there is a General Election, or a second EU referendum about to happen and when a possible no deal scenario would be economically devastating, is an impossible job.  Derek McKay’s budget may be a bit timid but it […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish budget hamstrung by Brexit aims to support public services – but […]

Merry Earthmas everybody…anyone?

Source:: Business for Scotland Merry Earthmas everybody…anyone? Let’s take a break from Brexit and think forward to Christmas. Tis almost the season to… consume the planet, to buy environmentally damaging rubbish we don’t need and, for many people, to go into debt in order to pay for it. I can’t quite pinpoint when it happened but Christmas transformed from a celebration of […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Merry Earthmas everybody…anyone?

David Mundell has ‘no credibility’ with Scottish businesses that fear the economic fallout from Brexit

Source:: Business for Scotland David Mundell has ‘no credibility’ with Scottish businesses that fear the economic fallout from Brexit David Mundell has ‘no credibility’ with Scottish businesses that fear the economic fallout from Brexit, according to Business for Scotland. BfS CEO Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said David Mundell ‘keeps on selling a bad deal’, and urged him to listen to real businesses, not the handful of carefully selected Conservative Party supporters that have spoken out in […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland David Mundell has ‘no credibility’ with Scottish businesses that fear the economic fallout from Brexit

Digital transformation boosting business confidence

Source:: Business for Scotland Digital transformation boosting business confidence The majority of Scottish business leaders feel confident in their ability to grow their business (84%) with digital transformation playing a crucial role in boosting their confidence. Despite uncertain conditions in the UK, a report by Vodafone has revealed that digital transformation is also enabling companies to adapt to and accommodate for an evolving digital […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Digital transformation boosting business confidence

Business confidence on the rise

Source:: Business for Scotland Business confidence on the rise Business confidence in Scotland rose seven points last month, according to a new survey. The latest Business Barometer from Bank of Scotland found confidence increased to 11% in November, up from 4% the previous month. Firms’ confidence in their own business prospects also rose, increasing to 22% compared with 18% a month ago. When asked […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Business confidence on the rise

Scottish tech salary increases are highest in the UK

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish tech salary increases are highest in the UK Skills shortages have boosted salaries and demand for technology talent in Scotland. A new report has revealed that technology roles north of the Border secured the top salary rises over the last 12 months. According to recruitment company Hays, in a list of the top ten roles that received the greatest salary increases, five of […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish tech salary increases are highest in the UK

No deal Brexit will cause ‘chaos’ for food and drink sector

Source:: Business for Scotland No deal Brexit will cause ‘chaos’ for food and drink sector Scotland’s food and drink sector would face several weeks of chaos if the UK exits the European Union without a deal. James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, also warned many products would face hugely punitive tariffs in export markets if World Trade Organisation rules are adopted. Mr Withers expressed concerns over the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland No deal Brexit will cause ‘chaos’ for food and drink sector

Scottish commercial property sector outperforming UK average

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish commercial property sector outperforming UK average Returns on Scottish commercial real estate are continuing to grow above the UK average, according to a new report. Scottish commercial real estate achieved a total return of 1.7% in the third quarter of 2018, a rebound from the 1.4% recorded in the second quarter, and a return to the same rate of return in […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish commercial property sector outperforming UK average