Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise

With Scotland on the verge of its own massive cuts, Scottish Enterprise chief Lena Wilson knows her development agency faces a bonfire too

THE Conservative Party has long had it in for England's nine regional development agencies (RDAs), established in 1999 to drive economic development in the regions. In the north in particular, the RDAs - the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Yorkshire Forward, One North East - acted as lifelines for communities still blighted by industrial decline, and were partners in land deals that fuelled local property booms.

Call to harness Scots abroad for investment funds for tech firms

SCOTTISH Enterprise should harness its GlobalScot network to pump more cash into up and coming technology companies, according to an investment expert.

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Top jobs go at Scottish Enterprise

SCOTTISH Enterprise will this week announce that it is to axe one quarter of its senior managers as the under-fire quango attempts to cut costs during the financial crisis.

Life sciences chief hits out at Scottish Enterprise spending on Bioquarter

SCOTTISH Enterprise is wasting money on the Edinburgh Bioquarter that could be better spent supporting individual companies, according to the chief executive of a fast-growing life sciences firm.

SFE raises concerns over funds directive

SCOTTISH Financial Enterprise (SFE) yesterday threw its weight behind calls for the European Commission to tear up controversial new regulations.

24 firms benefit from £7m regional grants

SCOTTISH Enterprise has handed out £7 million in regional selective assistance (RSA) grants in the past three months, according to a report published yesterday.

SE warns of £35m funding gap

INVESTMENT in new technology, infrastructure and industry support programmes will be hit this year as economic development agency Scottish Enterprise faces a £35 million funding gap in its budget.

Firms turn to Scottish Enterprise as orders rise

MANUFACTURERS are turning to Scottish Enterprise for help to meet growing order books, according to the head of the agency's Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).

HIE plan to cut costs by shedding up to 45 jobs angers MSP

UP TO 45 jobs are to be lost at the development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise as part of a reorganisation.

Scottish Enterprise chief Rhona Allison urges life science companies to claim share of £43bn EU funding

LIFE science companies should look to Europe to help fill funding gaps, according to the Scottish Enterprise director in charge of growing the sector.

Scottish Enterprise supports 800 jobs

ALMOST 800 jobs were safeguarded or created in the final quarter of 2009 after Scottish Enterprise paid out more than £7 million in regional selective assistance (RSA).

Scottish Enterprise chief aims to be 'worth every penny'

ONE of the highest-paid public servants in Scotland has admitted that she understands people's right to comment on her salary and said she aims to be "worth every penny".

Quango accused of feather-bedding as laid-off staff get six times base rate

SCOTLAND's main jobs agency was accused of "feather-bedding" last night, after terms of a multi-million-pound severance deal for staff were published.

Scottish Enterprise hopeful of securing European funds

SCOTTISH Enterprise is "cautiously optimistic" of securing up to £150 million of European funds for Scots businesses next year.

EEF split follows London's demand for control

PETER Hughes, chief executive of Scottish Engineering, has for the first time revealed details of an acrimonious split with its London-based counterpart.

'Inappropriate' bonus for Scottish Enterprise chief comes under fire

CALLS for the chief executive of Scottish Enterprise to be denied an "inappropriate" bonus were made last night as the quango unveiled details of increased pay for its board in its annual accounts.

SFE makes 'excellent' choice as Tennant takes the helm

FINANCE industry stalwart Mark Tennant was yesterday named as the new chairman of industry body Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE).

Diageo must listen to the 'voice of Scotland' over job cuts, says Swinney

WHISKY giant Diageo's plans to axe 900 jobs are "wrong" and "very damaging to the Scottish economy", finance secretary John Swinney said last night.

Scottish Enterprise needs outside help to try to save Johnnie Walker jobs

SCOTTISH Enterprise is poised to take on outside help as part of efforts to save hundreds of whisky industry jobs.

Interview: Crawford Gillies - Relishing the tough task that lies ahead

THE walls and shelves in Crawford Gillies' office are dotted with photographs of him surrounded by former and recent colleagues and associates, worldwide partner meetings, golf days, that sort of thing, suggesting someone who likes to be at the heart of the action and foster a team spirit.

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