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Scottish firms see confidence drop below UK level

The latest survey from ICAEW, which had 67 respondents in Scotland, signalled Scottish businesses had achieved 4.5 per cent growth in sales volumes over the last 12 months, with exports up 4.9 per cent and capital investment growing by 3.9 per cent.

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Scottish celebrities mock Better Together's latest campaign video on social media

A NUMBER of Scottish celebrities have poked fun at Better Together's latest video on social media. The advert features an actress playing an undecided mother who sips a cup of tea, makes her kids their breakfast and has a chat with husband “Paul …

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Shoreline Area News: Scottish Dance for All at the Farmers …

Enjoy your Sunday visit to the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market and join in some Scottish Country Dance fun near City Hall. Dancers will be ready to help you through easy steps accompanied by lively Scottish music.

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Scottish Independence: SNP Holds Debt Ransom Against UK to Keep Currency

The Scottish National Party has warned that Scotland would not pay for its share of UK debt if it was not allowed to use the pound in the event of independence. Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed the devolved government's stance live …

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Scottish confidence lags as firms hit growth problems

Scottish business confidence has dropped below the UK average, despite firms enjoying strong sales growth over the past 12 months. The latest UK business confidence monitor, which is published today by accountancy firm Grant Thornton and membership …

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Luke Sandford :Distant and Depressing: A Brit on the Scottish Independence Vote

The recent televised debate on the Scottish independence referendum reminded me of the actual date of the vote: 18 September. Soon. With less than one month to go, I feel like the date has crept up on me, despite bubbling in the national consciousness …

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The UK's exit from the EU is in the hands of Scottish voters

The referendum on Scottish independence, due on 18 September, comes at a time of growing opposition in the UK to remaining in the EU. This is significant because Scotland is the strongest base of pro-European sentiment in the UK. A poll conducted …

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Businesses take sides in Scottish independence debate

Signatories ranging from the head of the world's biggest mining group to the skipper of a single east coast trawler have put their names to an open letter which shows the breadth of business opposition to Scottish independence. The organiser of the …

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Scottish independence: David Byrne backs Better Together campaign as …

Just days after Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling clashed in a heated TV debate over the economy, currency, North Sea oil and public services, more than 130 company chiefs have signed a letter …

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Scottish independence: Business leaders claim case for independence has 'not …

But lobby group Business for Scotland ha told the BBC that economic “facts and figures” support Scottish independence, while other business leaders have backed the First Minister's push for independence over the advantages it would afford businesses.

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Over Seas Demand Remains High for Scottish Salmon – The …

This positive news comes as industry representatives attend the Japanese Seafood Show as part of a raising awareness programme to promote quality and provenance offered by Scottish salmon to new and emerging …

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Midtown blogger: Der Spiegel- International News and …

Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype.

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Rugby: Future's bright for Scottish club game

Ian Rankin, the president of the Scottish Rugby Union, was certainly enjoying the feelgood vibe as he looked at the season ahead. In a previous life he was the long-serving head coach of Dundee HSFP so understands as well as anyone the challenges the …

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Argyll News: Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy | For …

[Updated below 23.55 27th August] Without the Bank of England as lender of last resort, whatever the banks did in an independent Scotland – stay or go – would be bad news. That is the stark reality of the folly of this …

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Patriotic taxi driver banned by Scottish council because he had a Saltire on …

A PATRIOTIC Scottish taxi driver has been left feeling blue after he was forced to remove a Saltire from his taxi. Dundee City Council told Alex Chivers that he would be banned from driving until he removed the flag and the words Scotland the Brave …

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Cameron in last-ditch plea to Scottish voters as referendum temperature rises

David Cameron, shown here speaking at the Relationships Alliance Summit earlier this month. He will today argue that Scottish voters should not abandon one of the 'oldest and most successful single markets in the world'. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AP.

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Scottish independence predicted to have negative impact …

Scottish independence predicted to have negative impact on shipping and offshore maritime sector. in International Shipping News 28/08/2014. Moore_Stephens 290×242. A vote for independence from the UK would have a negative effect on …

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More than 100 Scottish business leaders 'wanted to sign pro-UK letter but …

Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Secretary, demanded Alex Salmond "call off the dogs" and make clear businessmen can discuss independence without "fear" of consequences. A spokesman for the First Minister said Mr Hewitt's claims about the SNP both at a …

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Is there a business case for Scottish independence?

Warning that the business case for independence has not been made, the letter claims that uncertainty over currency, regulation, tax, pensions, EU membership and support for exports could hamper the growth of the Scottish economy at a time of record …

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Gordon Brown urges traditional Labour voters to reject Scottish independence …

Gordon Brown has appealed to traditional Labour voters to reject Scottish independence by warning that the only beneficiaries would be the wealthiest companies and businessmen. The former Prime Minister said that while the Nationalists “dine out” on …

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Mebyon Kernow candidate welcomes Scottish independence debate

A PARLIAMENTARY hopeful who is campaigning for devolution to Cornwall says the Scottish debate has made people consider the issue of independence more closely. Stephen Richardson will contest next year's General Election in Truro and Falmouth for …

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Scottish business leaders call for No vote

The business leaders who signed the letter, which has been published in the Scotsman, head many signature, symbolically Scottish, industries in the country: Harris Tweed Hebrides, Glenkeir Whiskies Limited, The Scotch Whisky Association, University of …

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Scottish independence: Archie Macpherson delivers powerful defence of the Union

Mr Macpherson, who is in his 70s, commented on Scottish football on radio and TV for four decades. He looked back to the end of the Second World War in 1945, when he said British society had been transformed into "something we must never forget" with …

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Scottish independence: 'Yes' vote would damage shipping and maritime sector …

Cassie Forman, Moore Stephens director of Shipping and Offshore Maritime, said: “The shipping and offshore maritime industry is a vital part of the Scottish economy – it plays a critical role in the North Sea oil and gas industry, for example. It is an …

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Figures show Scottish NHS failing to meet key targets

Neil added: 'It has been deeply disappointing to witness Labour politicians in Scotland trying to fool Scottish voters that the Tories and NHS privatisation pose no threat to public service budgets. South of the border, Labour in England and Wales are …

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Scottish independence: no campaign's new ad convinces some to vote yes

A advert aimed at persuading undecided female voters to reject Scottish independence has drawn fire from across the political spectrum, with critics describing it as "sexist" and "patronising" and some even saying it has convinced them to vote yes. The …

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Scottish independence: Food and drink leaders oppose yes vote

Lord Allen CBE, chairman of 2 Sisters Food Group, Audrey Baxter, executive chairman of Baxters Food Group, and Iain Napier, chairman of John Menzies PLC, are among the signatories imploring the Scottish public to vote against independence. They are …

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Business leaders reject Scottish independence case

More than 120 business leaders including City heavyweights at HSBC, Aggreko and Weir Group have publicly opposed Scottish independence. The signatories of an open letter, who have signed in a personal capacity, have said the business case for …

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Scottish salmon farmers under scrutiny over seals shooting

The Scottish salmon industry is battling conservationists and animal rights campaigners over the killing of seals, seen as a threat to the industry. Hundreds of mammals were killed last year but the Scottish government has refused to publish new data …

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Scottish Independence: UK's Largest Firms Warn Case for Union Break Not Made

Bosses at 130 of Britain's largest companies have signed a letter that stipulates that the business case for Scottish independence "has not been made." According to the letter, published in The Scotsman newspaper, companies such as HSBC, BHP Billiton, …

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Ski slope to open in Scottish borders

In December 2006 an in-depth article appeared in this newspaper looking at the future prospects of the Scottish ski industry. The picture it painted was not a rosy one. Two climate scientists were quoted as saying the snow would definitely be gone from …

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Scottish independence 'would be bad for business'

Scotland will be voting on 18 September on whether to become an independent nation and split from the United Kingdom. Over 130 business leaders have now added to the debate with a letter in the Scotsman newspaper. The letter argues that the …

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Four key Labour figures fighting to defeat Scottish independence

Under Mr Brown's premiership the Labour Party actually increased its Scottish vote share in the 2010 UK general election, despite overall defeat, while he can successfully claim to have implemented left-of-centre policies such as the minimum wage while …

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New Scottish Mixed Masters climbing event – The Tiso Blog

Home» News and Events » New Scottish Mixed Masters climbing event … Climbers are being encouraged to sign up for the Scottish Mixed Masters event taking place on November 1 at the Ice factor, Kinlochleven.

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Scottish rents increase – lesson for Labour? ‹ RLA Landlord …

The latest landlord news from the RLA. Home · Latest News · Council Tax … However, Scottish experience suggests that rents will increase to cover lost costs, so says LSL Property Services. Labour proposals for the private …

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