BfS survey highlights significant market failures in the provision of local banking in Scotland

Source:: Business for Scotland BfS survey highlights significant market failures in the provision of local banking in Scotland Businesses and local economies are being hammered by persistent bank closures across Scotland. According to a survey by Business for Scotland, 47% of business owners predicted that bank closures would have a negative impact on their business. This survey has highlighted significant market failures in the provision of local banking in Scotland. We anticipated that […] The post BfS survey highlights significant market failures in the provision of local banking in Scotland appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the […]

The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities

Source:: Business for Scotland The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities The basic rule on state intervention in business is that there has to be a market failure. This is when commercial concerns have no interest in the investment needed to supply a service which the Government deems vital. It’s the defining line between state ownership of industry that competes with commercial concerns – the old failed […] The post The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The […]

Scottish Business Buzz (18.04.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (18.04.18) A major new international marketing initiative has been launched,  hailed as the “biggest invitation ever to come work, live, study, invest, visit and do business with Scotland”. For the first time, the Scottish Government, Visit Scotland, the Scottish Development International (SDI) and Universities Scotland have all agreed to pool their budgets for international marketing, launching […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (18.04.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (18.04.18)

Could Citizens Income be this century’s defining economic idea?

Source:: Business for Scotland Could Citizens Income be this century’s defining economic idea? Discuss with any Labour supporter the demise of the Scottish party from its generational dominance over the nation’s politics to today’s lack of influence and they all say the same thing: that Labour gave us the NHS, and it was indeed a great achievement. Liberals point out that the Beveridge Report (written by a Liberal […] The post Could Citizens Income be this century’s defining economic idea? appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Could Citizens Income be this […]

Scottish Business Buzz (11.04.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (11.04.18) Scottish financial firms are amongst the worst in the UK for the gender pay gap, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Research has revealed Standard Life, Aberdeen Asset Management and Royal Bank of Scotland, all headquartered in Edinburgh, pay men 37% more per hour on average than female staff, meaning an average woman at […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (11.04.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (11.04.18)

A straight choice between Scottish Nationhood and British Nationalism

Source:: Business for Scotland A straight choice between Scottish Nationhood and British Nationalism British nationalism is on the rise and that there is a certain policy direction that goes hand in hand with it. Brexit is not the cause but a symptom of a generational change in attitudes towards what it means to be British.  Soon after the 2014 Independence referendum I wrote in my  newspaper column for […] The post A straight choice between Scottish Nationhood and British Nationalism appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland A straight choice between Scottish […]

Scottish Business Buzz (04.04.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (04.04.18) Ricky Nicol’s Commsworld has announced record revenues of more than £15 million for the last year – a rise of 15 per cent – and is predicting further growth in 2018. Commsworld, the country’s biggest independent telecoms company, said 2017 was its best financial year to date and followed several large pubic sector contract wins, […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (04.04.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (04.04.18)

When will the Brexit bounce boost independence support?

Source:: Business for Scotland When will the Brexit bounce boost independence support? Speaking with one of Scotland’s leading EU experts recently, she asked “Where is the Brexit bounce for independence?” It’s a good question and she is not the only one asking. If Brexit is the trigger/justification for another Scottish independence referendum then why is it not significantly increasing independence support? Several journalists and political commentators suggest that people […] The post When will the Brexit bounce boost independence support? appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland When will the Brexit bounce boost independence […]

Scottish Business Buzz (28.03.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (28.03.18) A remote Scottish community in a remote Scottish glen has topped UK broadband with 1Gbps speeds. In what is believed to be a unique project in Scotland – delivering such high speeds through a community owned network, to such a small population – the project has involved local volunteers digging trenches and laying fibre cable […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (28.03.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (28.03.18)

We are hiring! Policy and Economics Researcher

Source:: Business for Scotland We are hiring! Policy and Economics Researcher Details Location: Glasgow Salary: £16,000-21,000 dependent on experience Hours: Full-time one year post with potential for extension Start date: Immediate start Closing date: 30 March 2018, noon Interviews will be held w/c 2 April 2018 Click the following link to apply: Adopt an Intern   About the company Business for Scotland is a campaigning business network […] The post We are hiring! Policy and Economics Researcher appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland We are hiring! Policy and Economics Researcher

How Scottish are you? And does it matter to independence support?

Source:: Business for Scotland How Scottish are you? And does it matter to independence support? “How Scottish are you?” It’s an important question and relates to the issue of Scottish branding on food that I wrote about last week. Post Brexit we have seen a significant increase of the Union Jack flag (yes I know that’s not it’s official name) on food products in particular.  Often this union branding is […] The post How Scottish are you? And does it matter to independence support? appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland How […]

BBC Scotland: a question of perspective (Oil and Gas Fact Check)

Source:: Business for Scotland BBC Scotland: a question of perspective (Oil and Gas Fact Check) Take a look at the two images above. Both headlines of articles on the exact same piece of news, published on the same day. On first glance at the BBC Scotland headline and introduction we thought it was unexpected bad news for the oil sector, but it turns out to be a glass half empty […] The post BBC Scotland: a question of perspective (Oil and Gas Fact Check) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland BBC […]

The Ferret Scotland fact check – a flip flopping farcical failure

Source:: Business for Scotland The Ferret Scotland fact check – a flip flopping farcical failure Summary: Scottish fact check site The Ferret has (probably unintentionally) duped Scottish independence supporters into sharing an article that falsely suggests Business for Scotland and HMRC have gotten their facts wrong. At BfS we debunk the ridiculous scare stories of those who don’t believe in Scotland and want to put us down. We do our […] The post The Ferret Scotland fact check – a flip flopping farcical failure appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The […]

Scottish Business Buzz (21.03.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (21.03.18) Between 12 and 16 oil and gas developments could get the go-ahead this year, unlocking investment of around £5 billion, according to a key Oil & Gas UK report launched this week. That’s more than the new oil and gas field approvals sanctioned over the last three years combined and promises a much-needed business boost […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (21.03.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (21.03.18)

Scottish branding and buying local boosts Scottish jobs

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish branding and buying local boosts Scottish jobs There is a bit of a stushie going on at the moment over national branding, which is actually an issue that is very important to me. Back in the 90s working at Scottish Enterprise (SE) I spent a few years promoting Scottish food and I sat on the boards (really committees) of Scotland the Brand […] The post Scottish branding and buying local boosts Scottish jobs appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish branding and buying local boosts Scottish […]