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THOUSANDS of Scottish firms hit by hikes in business rates are facing years of delay as assessors struggle to cope with the vast backlog of appeals.
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.
SMALLER firms in Scotland have been hit hardest by banks turning down applications for finance, a report revealed today.
CLIENTS making late payments has topped a list of worries besetting Scotland's small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), a new survey reveals today. New research by Lloyds TSB Commercial finds that 48 per cent of Scottish respondents to a survey of SMEs said late payment was their biggest concern. This was followed by worries about slackening consumer demand as the recession hits buying capability.
A SCOTTISH company is raising funds to develop a satellite that could help track and prevent the spread of forest fires such as those that recently devastated parts of south-eastern Australia.
BUSINESS and personal insolvencies are set to soar next year as the credit market tightens, a trade body warned yesterday.
SMALL businesses in Scotland are missing out on the benefits of a weak pound, a study yesterday warned.
SMALL and medium-sized businesses in Scotland should take advantage of new moves by the European Commission to protect industrial property rights, a leading patent attorney has urged.
SMALL businesses must not switch off to employment legislation even in the face of ever more complex regulations, a senior legal figure has warned.
MANAGEMENT buyouts at family-owned Scottish businesses have soared on a double-barrelled boost from recent changes in capital gains tax and the credit crunch, leading financial organisations have revealed.
JUST 2 per cent of Scotland's small businesses believe this week's Budget will bring good news for Britain's entrepreneurs, a new report has revealed.
FAMILY businesses generate 30 per cent of GDP in the UK, the first major study into the area has claimed.
SCOTLAND's public sector must adopt a "Scotland first" approach in improving procurement opportunities for small business, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said yesterday.
The Federation of Small Businesses is on the lookout for entrepreneurs to enter its annual award scheme.
SOME £4.2 million has been dispensed to Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the first six months of the new "Smart Scotland" research and development grant scheme, the Scottish Government announced yesterday.
ASK pretty much any economic commentator and they will tell you that one of the biggest factors holding back the Scottish economy is our historically low business birth rate, combined with the high number of businesses struggling to survive the first three difficult years of trading.
THE Federation of Small Businesses has raised fresh concerns about the speed of the Scottish planning system, citing figures that paint an uneven picture across the UK.
SCOTTISH business last night gave a tempered response to the SNP's long-promised "small business bonus" package, which will reduce or remove an annual £150 million in business rates from 150,000 small firms.