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....“If we were a petrol state and our only economic activity dropped in value by 75%, we would have had an enormous recession, and we have not. The Scottish economy is not dependent on oil and gas,” says the member for Aberdeen South. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Aberdeen wrestles with hard choices as independence looms again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:59:43 PM
....“If we were a petrol state and our only economic activity dropped in value by 75%, we would have had an enormous recession, and we have not. The Scottish economy is not dependent on oil and gas,” says the member for Aberdeen South. ...
Growth potential image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 11:00:27 PM
Data to show health of Scottish economy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 11:21:15 PM
.... . On Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, published an analysis of possible Brexit consequences, saying the Scottish economy could lose between £1. ...

Former SNP Cabinet minister warns Nicola Sturgeon against second independence referendum based on Brexit
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....She criticised the UK Government for failing to take “any meaningful action to alleviate uncertainty or to boost confidence” but Mr Mundell said she had merely spent money that she had failed to use last year. Speaking after meeting youth organisations in Glasgow about Brexit, the Scottish Secretary said: “The number one thing Nicola Sturgeon could do right now to boost the Scottish economy is to remove the uncertainty of a second independence referendum, she could take that off the table right now. ...

RBS warns Scottish independence would make Brexit upheaval worse
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 06:31:01 AM
.... A large proportion of RBS customers are based south of the Border. Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tories’ Shadow Finance Secretary, said last night: “This is a stark warning from one of Scotland’s largest companies of the dangers of the SNP pursuing their second independence referendum and the negative impact that would have on the Scottish economy. ...

SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independence opposition 
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....Barrhead Travel declined to comment on the Shettleston MSP's boycott but said it is "delighted" to do business in Scotland and it is continuing to expand, with a new training academy for young Scots  based in Glasgow. A spokesman said: "The company contributes enormously to the Scottish economy and provides employment for over 800 staff based in Scotland. ...
Scottish economy grows far more slowly than UK as a whole image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of May 2016 05:56:15 PM
. The Scottish economy is growing at a far slower rate than the UK as a whole, with the North Sea oil slump leading to a fall in GDP last year, the latest data shows. ...
Downturn in Scots economy 'intensifying' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 10th of April 2016 11:15:53 PM
. Two separate business surveys have suggested the recent downturn in the Scottish economy may be intensifying. ...
Scotland's economy grows by 0.2% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of April 2016 09:07:25 AM
.... . Scotland's services sector - which accounted for three-quarters of the Scottish economy in 2012 - expanded slightly in the final quarter of 2015. ...
Independent Scotland would be facing £10bn black hole, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 06:00:18 PM
....6% of GDP in 2016-17. The IFS study said independence would probably have had a detrimental short-term impact on the Scottish economy, leading to a higher deficit, adding: “But if, as the Scottish government has previously claimed, independence would allow policies to grow the Scottish economy more quickly, such faster growth would tend to push up revenues and reduce Scotland’s deficit. ...
Aberdeen to get £500m investment to counter impact of oil price slump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 28th of January 2016 03:05:25 PM
....Anxious to shore up her government’s role, Sturgeon last week called on the Treasury to increase its tax breaks and incentives for the North Sea industry – cuts that have already seen tax receipts slump to the lowest levels in the sector’s history. But the collapse in oil prices, job losses and loss of tax revenues has exposed how vulnerable the Scottish economy has become to oil prices, weakening the economic case for Scottish independence. ...
Scots shouldn’t be fooled by the oil-price naysayers | Kevin McKenna image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of January 2016 05:30:01 PM
.... There are two ways of looking at this: the UK economy as a whole enjoyed a modest increase and Scotland enjoyed a slightly more modest increase, thus exhibiting a welcome resilience in difficult conditions. Or the Scottish economy was four times worse off than the rest of the UK’s. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of December 2015 10:31:18 AM
....SNP MP and MSP Mr Salmond, who led the Scottish government until a year ago, said: "As first minister, I was cited in Trump's legal action. Now that it is concluded, I am free to speak my mind on the damaging impact of his interventions on the Scottish economy. ...
Weak growth in UK manufacturing poses Bank of England dilemma image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of December 2015 12:01:02 AM
....The fall in oil prices from more than $110 a barrel to below $45 a barrel over the last 18 months triggered a collapse in output in the North Sea oil industry. Layoffs in Aberdeen and oil rig maintenance firms have hurt the Scottish economy and the exchequers’ expected tax receipts. ...
Independent Scottish fiscal studies body faces closure as funds dry up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of October 2015 04:06:06 PM
....Fiscal Affairs Scotland (FAS), which has parallels to the work of the Institute of Fiscal Affairs in London, disclosed on Thursday it was suspending operations while it made final efforts to secure lifeline funding: failure would see it fold at the end of the year. FAS, set up by economists John McLaren and Jo Armstrong as the successor to the Centre for Public Policy for Regions based at Glasgow university, specialises in detailed assessments of Scottish government spending, its budgets and the wider Scottish economy such as North Sea oil revenues. ...
ScotRail to hire 100 new train drivers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 10:32:43 AM
.... . "We are proud to be supporting local communities and the Scottish economy by creating quality jobs that will make a real impact for customers. ...
Scottish growth 'longest since 2001' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of August 2015 11:06:28 PM
....". Mr Gillespie also said low oil prices would have both "positive and negative implications" for the Scottish economy. ...
Independence would leave Scotland £7bn worse off, oil forecasts show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of August 2015 04:43:39 PM
.... He repeatedly claimed before last year’s independence referendum that North Sea oil and gas reserves were worth up to £1. 5tn to the Scottish economy by 2040. ...
Power station to close in March image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of August 2015 12:08:11 PM
.... . Murdo Fraser, Scottish Conservative energy spokesman, said: "While this news has come as no surprise it nevertheless represents a serious blow to the Fife and wider Scottish economy. ...
Scottish economy 'thriving' - report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of August 2015 12:08:29 AM
...."New orders rose in all sectors while the pace of decline in new export orders slowed. Although employment fell the Scottish economy continued the recovery from the slowdown in the first quarter of the year. ...
Where the smart money bought: The 5 best cities for rental growth image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of August 2015 05:56:48 PM
.... . Edinburgh holds the world's largest arts festival and the longest running film festival, both contributing £261m to the Scottish economy every year. ...
Scottish government accused of trying to bury report on falling oil revenues image
....As the Lib Dems accused ministers of contempt for parliament, Kelly said: “This bulletin has been asked for for months across this chamber, and has now released it in the last day of the session. It has profound implications for the Scottish economy with projected North Sea oil and gas tax receipts at £40bn less than the white paper. ...
A spirited defence of Scotch whisky image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 9th of May 2015 11:03:00 PM
.... . "If the geographic description Scotch whisky came to mean simply that it was just a type of whisky which could be distilled anywhere, that would be a disaster for the Scottish economy and for the British economy. ...
Scottish drink-drive laws hit sales at Greene King image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of May 2015 08:09:24 AM
.... . Recent surveys of the Scottish economy suggest the reduction in the legal alcohol limit from to 50mg from 80mg in every 100ml of blood has had a significant impact. ...
BA chief's fears over Scotland's air tax cuts image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 1st of May 2015 08:14:00 AM
....Walsh wants APD scrapped and said it would be "an interesting exercise" to see how its abolition would improve business links and investment there. "The Scottish economy would benefit but it would be at the expense of the north of England", he said. ...
Post-election indecision will halt airport expansion in south-east, says BA boss image
....He said devolving decisions on air passenger duty to Scotland and potentially seeing the tax cut should the SNP hold power would benefit BA but would damage airports in the north of England. “If you devolved APD the Scottish economy would benefit but at the expense of the north of England. ...
The UK's latest 'wonder material' is made from sugar beet image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of March 2015 05:30:21 AM
.... “The Scottish government has just come out with a national plan for bio-industry, which is set to make up a significant proportion of its economy, and we’re right at the centre of this sector,” he said. Biorefining is estimated to be worth nearly £200m to the Scottish economy and the government has said it aims to reach £900m per year by 2025. ...
Public finance figures reignite debate on Scotland's future image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of March 2015 10:56:54 AM
....). Mr Carmichael says he wants to enforce the retirement of "myths" about the Scottish economy, emphasising in the process the case for the Union. ...
Former PM Gordon Brown says UK government could part own oil fields image
....The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, who is stepping down from Westminster at May's election, also wants to see young people encouraged to work in hi-tech medical, environmental and engineering jobs as traditional manufacturing work continues to decline. Mr Brown said: "In 10 years' time, manufacturing - once 40% of the Scottish economy - will harbour just 7% of Scottish jobs. ...
Will the economy win the Tories this election? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 20th of February 2015 06:20:25 AM
.... Job performance was on some measures strongest of all in Scotland, where the unemployment rate is down to 5. 4 per cent and participation of women in the workforce is notably high — enabling John Swinney, SNP cabinet secretary for finance, to trumpet that the Scottish economy is “going from strength to strength”. ...
IMF cuts UK growth reading for 2014 - and reduces global growth forecasts image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of January 2015 10:21:44 AM
....In the UK, a new forecast by the EY ITEM Club predicts that the lower oil price will provide a "shot in the spending arm" of consumers helping the economy to a major growth spurt this year. Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said the fall in the oil price is a net positive for growth in the UK but that it will represent a "negative shock" to the Scottish economy which relies on North Sea reserves. ...
BP announces North Sea job cuts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of January 2015 12:23:26 AM
....Its intention to commit the equity capital in the North Sea is one of a series of transatlantic trade announcements marking a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron to US President Barack Obama. Bank of England governor Mark Carney told a House of Commons committee on Wednesday that plunging oil prices represented a "negative shock" to the Scottish economy, which is heavily reliant on North Sea reserves. ...
Mark Carney: Falling oil price 'negative shock' for Scotland image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of January 2015 06:28:46 PM
.... . “It is a negative shock to the Scottish economy, but it is a negative shock substantially mitigated by the fiscal arrangements in the UK,” he said, suggesting that the blow to Scotland will be cushioned by its union. ...
Mark Carney grilled by MPs on financial stability image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of January 2015 02:00:23 PM
UK oil firms warn Osborne: Without big tax cuts we are doomed image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 11th of January 2015 08:30:53 PM
.... . Industry leaders have presented the Chancellor with a bleak picture of the North Sea outlook after the big falls in the price of crude since the summer, and particularly the impact on the Scottish economy. ...
Most pundits are wrong. The oil price fall is good news at last image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Sunday 21st of December 2014 12:00:00 AM
....And for Britain? As a net importer of oil, we are a net beneficiary. This is bad news for the North Sea oil industry and for the Scottish economy, but the UK as a whole is a modest winner. ...
Miliband's attitude to big business must change image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 20th of September 2014 06:50:03 PM
.... Banks, insurance companies and energy companies helped frame the debate in Scotland in the last few weeks of the campaign, pointing out the concerns of their industries were the Union to end. Although these were not party-political overtures, they emanated from a sense of frustration that their place in the Scottish economy appeared to be taken for granted. ...
Scottish referendum results: What does 'No' vote mean for the UK economy? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 08:51:01 AM
....What’s the opposite of Armageddon? Many forecasts of the economic implications of a Scottish vote for independence were pretty over the top. We were warned of a run on the banks, a collapse of the pound, generalised financial chaos, an implosion of the Scottish economy, an exodus of businesses from north of the border, spiking inflation. ...
Scottish referendum results: Global investors, businesses and the City have their victory as Scotland says 'No' image
....createExperiences();Far from being a certain disaster, it always seemed far more likely that Westminster and Scotland could have negotiated an effective compromise to the many issues raised: primarily the currency and reach of the Bank of England. It has also seemed fairly clear that the Scottish economy, and its tax and spend plans, were unlikely to diverge massively from that of the rest of the UK, and therefore a shared currency could probably have been made to work. ...
British business was right to speak out on Scotland: We are much better off together image
.... . The Scottish economy would thus be hit by a devastating double-shock: a monetary and fiscal catastrophe that would push the economy into recession and send unemployment rocketing; and a supply-side disaster, which would destroy people’s ability and incentives to invest, work and compete. ...
Scottish independence: still undecided? Six key economic issues to consider image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of September 2014 04:29:02 PM
.... But that means having no say in how the Bank of England sets monetary policy and – even more importantly – Threadneedle Street would not act as the lender of last resort for Scotland's banks. Having a central bank to stand behind the banks matters because the liabilities of the Scottish banks are 12 times as big as the annual output of the Scottish economy. ...
The Scottish vote has changed everything image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of September 2014 04:30:37 AM
.... . Although a Yes vote will bring about significantly greater near and long-term economic uncertainty (especially for the Scottish economy) than a No, I believe that the UK has already crossed a constitutional Rubicon regardless of which way the vote goes tomorrow. ...
Neil Woodford: Yes or No, the Scottish vote has changed everything image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of September 2014 09:02:44 AM
.... . Although a Yes vote will bring about significantly greater near and long-term economic uncertainty (especially for the Scottish economy) than a No, I believe that the UK has already crossed a constitutional Rubicon regardless of which way the vote goes on Thursday. ...
Scottish independence: Business group urges post-vote unity image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of September 2014 03:39:42 PM
.... . The organisation said the Scottish economy performed best "when we work together with a common purpose". ...
Scotland independence: what companies want image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 15th of September 2014 12:57:53 PM
.... . Scotland's financial sector is also significant, employing 100,000 people and managing more than a trillion dollars (£615 billion) in funds and generating more than $10 billion (£6 billion) a year for the Scottish economy. ...
Scotch lovers, watch out: independence could hurt image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 15th of September 2014 04:30:51 AM
.... . What’s more, whisky’s prominent contribution to the Scottish economy makes it even more susceptible to political play, particularly in light of waning oil and gas output. ...
Scotland told to prepare for years of decline under independence image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 15th of September 2014 04:00:53 AM
.... . A majority of major fund managers expect the Scottish economy to be worse off 10 years after separation than it is now, according to research from Capital Spreads, which regularly canvasses leading investors. ...
From banking to teacakes: what happens if it's a yes in the referendum image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of September 2014 11:04:05 PM
.... However, five banks registered in Scotland – Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Clydesdale, Tesco Bank and TSB – have said they plan to move their registrations to London in the event of a yes vote. This has caused controversy about jobs and the impact on the Scottish economy, though cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood said last week it would maintain financial stability. ...
Tearing the UK apart risks an economic catastrophe image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of September 2014 03:56:34 PM
.... By accident of history and a series of banking mergers, Scotland is home to Britain’s two largest banks — Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. Just these two banks alone have a combined balance sheet that is 10 times bigger than the Scottish economy, a more extreme ratio than anywhere else in the world. ...
The Scottish economy in ten essential charts image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of September 2014 12:00:17 PM
.... Oil and gas . The future of the North Sea energy industry has emerged as one of the hot political potatoes in the independence debate, largely because the Scottish economy would be so reliant on it. ...
Alex Salmond is chasing away the private sector firms he so desperately needs image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of September 2014 08:51:29 PM
.... . This will compound one of the Scottish economy’s greatest problems, one which in the long term will have far greater consequences even than the dwindling of North Sea oil reserves: its lack of private businesses and entrepreneurs and its excessive reliance on the public sector. ...
Why will Scottish banks move south if there's a Yes vote? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of September 2014 12:42:36 PM
How safe will your bank be in an independent Scotland? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of September 2014 05:00:35 AM
.... . Keeping RBS and Lloyds in Scotland would also be potentially risky for the Scottish economy: According to a study from The Banker, an independent Scotland would be even more exposed to its banking sector than Iceland was at the height of the financial crisis. ...
Investors, be warned: Scottish independence would be highly contagious image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of September 2014 08:25:29 PM
.... A major recession in Scotland would be very bad news for the rest of the country, and hit jobs and growth elsewhere. So, whether we like it or not, the fate of the Scottish economy would continue to matter hugely to the rest of us. ...
Scottish independence has finally rattled the City of London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 06:22:12 PM
.... Firms could delay investment and consumers could shun big-ticket spending until the post-independent arrangements became clear. That could cause a serious setback for the Scottish economy and a material hit to the "rump" UK. ...
Scottish 'Yes' vote could cause eurozone-style currency crisis, Goldman Sachs warns image
.... . In some of the most bleak predictions economists have made about independence, the Wall Street bank said a "Yes" vote on September 18, while looking unlikely, "could have severe consequences" for both the Scottish economy and the UK overall. ...
Pro-independence Scottish business leaders hit back in open letter image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:40:31 AM
...." . The group said the biggest threat to the Scottish economy was not independence, but a potential British exit from the European Union. ...
Ed Balls says Scotland would have to join the euro as 'least bad' option image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of August 2014 07:30:00 PM
....He added: "Given the size of the UK relative to Scotland, given that Scotland would be leaving the UK, the size of the Scottish financial sector and given the risk, therefore, to UK taxpayers, a sterling currency area would be off the table. Attempting to use sterling as the currency of an independent nation without any say over the actual operation of that currency and Bank of England policy would put the Scottish economy in an impossible position, and it would accelerate what would happen anyway – the movement of financial services out of Scotland. ...
Questions over value of Scotland's oil highlighted by Sir Ian Wood forecast image
....On 18 September voters who are asked the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" will struggle to base their answer on the scale of the country's oil and gas wealth. It is an important factor in judging the strength of an independent Scottish economy, but there are differing figures over the scale and longevity of that wealth. ...
SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of August 2014 06:27:06 PM
....Wood, the billionaire founder of the oil services firm Wood Group, said the first minister's administration had also overestimated North Sea oil income over the next five years by up to £2bn a year or £370 per person, raising serious questions about Salmond's public spending plans. Revealing himself as an opponent of Scottish independence, Wood said North Sea oil reserves would begin to decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about the future of the Scottish economy, jobs and its balance of payments if voters backed independence. ...
Scottish independence: Banks warned on currency union image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of August 2014 09:49:04 AM
....Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the report confirmed that "borrowing the pound would be damaging for a separate Scotland's economy and a terrible choice for Scotland's financial sector". "This report shows that the Plan B Salmond now seems to be flirting with would be disastrous for the Scottish economy," he said. ...
Luxury hunting and fishing estates hit record high price image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of July 2014 11:34:00 AM
.... George Goldsmith, who runs a company that offers "the ultimate Scottish holiday, sporting week or shooting weekend," said that earlier this month he had welcomed the "largest private jet ever to land at Inverness airport" before whisking its owners off to an exclusive Highland hunting lodge. A study carried out in 2006 estimated that deer stalking was worth £105m per year to the Scottish economy, and supported the equivalent of 2,520 full time jobs, often in fragile and remote communities. ...
Scotland's economy outgrows UK amid manufacturing surge image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of July 2014 06:16:02 PM
. The Scottish economy grew faster than the UK as a whole in the first three months of 2014, recovering all the growth lost during the recession. ...
COMMENT: Burberry feels the backlash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 13th of July 2014 12:00:00 AM
.... To put it bluntly, the two main banks based north of the border, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, are too big for Scotland. Both have balance sheets several times the size of the Scottish economy and Edinburgh does not have the resources to rescue them or protect savers in times of distress. ...
Ryanair to begin flying from Glasgow image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of July 2014 02:15:00 PM
....The Scottish government took Prestwick Airport into public hands late last year when its former owner Infratil earmarked it for closure. At the time, it was said the airport supported 1,400 local jobs, was worth £60m to the Scottish economy and was considered too important to close by Scottish ministers. ...
Glasgow 2014: Queen visits Glasgow Games venues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of July 2014 11:40:43 PM
.... . "Tourism is one of the country's most important industries and worth £11bn to the Scottish economy, but there is the potential for further growth. ...
New doubt cast over Alex Salmond's claims of Scottish wealth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of May 2014 08:15:34 PM
....” The gap between GDP and GNI directly affects taxes paid to a future independent Scottish government. Ian Murray, shadow business minister at Westminster and MP for Edinburgh South, said the high level of foreign interests in the Scottish economy highlighted the risks that foreign investors would take fright over rows about its currency, its place in the EU and its economic ties to the UK after independence. ...
Institute for Fiscal Studies enters debate over Scotland's financial future image
....So, according to Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, Scots would be £1,400 a year better off as a result of staying in the UK. On the contrary, says Alex Salmond, independence would lead to a better performing Scottish economy that would make Scotland £5bn a year better off within 15 years. ...
Scottish independence: Moody's predicts Scotland would get an 'A' credit rating image
....Last year, Moody's became the first of the three major ratings agencies to cut the UK from its highest AAA rating to Aa1. In its reports, it said the small size of the Scottish economy relative to that of the remainder of the UK, along with Scotland's likely investment-grade-rating, meant any impact on the rest of the UK's credit rating was likely to be "limited". ...
Brewin Dolphin attacks confusion over Scottish 'Yes' vote image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:37:48 PM
.... . Stephen Ford, head of investment management at Brewin Dolphin, points out that the contribution of finance and related professional services to the Scottish economy is significant. ...
Growth in Scottish economy slows image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of April 2014 12:20:14 PM
. The Scottish economy grew at a slower pace than the UK as a whole in the final three months of 2013, according to official figures. ...

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