Business and the Scottish Parliament

Business and the Scottish Parliament

Firms 'not prepared' for new CO2 laws

ACCOUNTANTS and lawyers are failing to prepare their clients for new laws forcing them to detail their carbon dioxide emissions, says the boss of an environmental software firm.

Swinney in £150m levy plea

FINANCE Secretary John Swinney last night asked that UK ministers release a cash pot worth almost £150 million to Scotland.

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Swinney warns opposition over budget

FINANCE secretary John Swinney today threw down the gauntlet to opposition MSPs as the SNP's budget negotiations went to the wire.

Mather moves to reassure on 'crucial' role of Edinburgh

ENTERPRISE Minister Jim Mather is putting Edinburgh front and centre of the Scottish National Party's growth vision, saying the capital's financial services, life sciences and tourism sectors were "key factors" to be leveraged for Scotland's "continuous improvement".

Business leaders 'are united for talks'

LEADERS of Scotland's businesses yesterday moved to deny reports that their plans to present a united front in talks between the "Group of Six" business organisations with the enterprise minister, Jim Mather, today had been hampered by disagreements.

Warnings for Salmond as business chiefs back growth aim

BUSINESS leaders yesterday backed Alex Salmond's aim of boosting Scotland's economic growth, but warned that he could only succeed if he pressed ahead with key transport projects and cut the public-sector workforce.

Economic growth imperative

THE Holyrood election indicated that many in the business community were unhappy with the outgoing Executive's commitment to economic growth.

Firms demand Barnett review

A LEADING business group is demanding an independent review of the fiscal powers of the Scottish Executive after a survey of its members showed 90 per cent believe devolved government has been ineffective in growing the economy.

Capital punishment for economic driver

EDINBURGH is driving Scotland's economy. If the capital's growth slowed to the same rate as the rest of the country, there would be 92,000 fewer jobs.

Fresh start is a chance to reward success

NEW administrations at both national and local level have given us the opportunity of a fresh start - invigorated policy, renewed energy and the option of doing things differently.

A cry comes from the capital – we need a fair deal

SOME of the biggest names in Scottish business, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life and Scottish & Newcastle, have joined forces to attack the Executive’s policy of distributing cash raised through business rates in Edinburgh to other areas of the country.

ITEM Club gives Labour a boost

LABOUR'S handling of the Scottish economy received a desperately needed boost at the weekend, as the Ernst & Young ITEM Club's chief Scottish economic adviser described the service sector under the current Scottish Executive as "very buoyant", and said the housing sector was continuing to outpace most UK regions.

Quirk takes the chair at Scottish Chambers

SCOTTISH Chambers of Commerce has announced the appointment of a new senior team which says it is aiming to turn the organisation into the only voice for Scottish business.

Booming Scots games industry 'excluded' by Executive

A LEADING figure in the £20 million Scottish digital games industry has slammed the Scottish Executive for excluding industry representatives from the board of Creative Scotland, announced last month.

Why it's 'softly softly' for Scotland's top businesses as election battle nears

WHAT is the view of Scotland's leading companies in the run-up to the Holyrood election? "Why aren't they coming out against separation and in favour of the union?" I am increasingly asked. With the SNP ahead in the opinion polls and the election result wide open, Labour and the unionists are counting on heavyweight support from Scotland's top business people to bear down on the nationalist challenge.

Call for doubling of rate relief for small firms

THE Federation of Small Business Scotland yesterday called for the small business rates relief scheme (SBRRS) to be doubled, meaning that businesses with a rateable value of less than £3,500 would be taken out of the rates system completely.

Cameron brings a can-do view to Scots business

NIRVANA for any business comes when customers have to justify to themselves not signing up to your service or consuming your products.

SNP rates attack

SNP enterprise spokesman Jim Mather yesterday claimed that new figures obtained under Freedom of Information from the Scottish Executive's finance department showed that First Minister Jack McConnell's abolition of the uniform business rate with the rest of the UK cost Scottish businesses an extra £900 million between 2001 and 2007.

Scottish CBI chief issues election plea

THE head of a leading business group has called on Scotland's politicians to fight the 2007 Holyrood elections on the basis of devolved matters and not get bogged down in constitutional reform.

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