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Research investment for Scottish SMEs

A new scheme designed to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to invest in research and development has been launched by Scottish Enterprise.

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Scottish government urged to support business

The Scottish government should do more to keep the cost of doing business down, the Scottish Retail Consortium has said.

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Fall in Scottish retail sales

Consumer spending in Scotland fell slightly in May 2014 as total sales figures dropped 0.2% compared to April 2014, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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Public sector contract boost for Scottish SMEs

A training scheme to help Scottish SMEs and voluntary sector businesses bid for public sector contracts has been given a £360,000 funding boost, the Scottish Government has announced.

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Scottish retail sales rise 1.9%

Scottish retail sales rose 1.9% in the year to April 2014, according to research from the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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Scottish oil and gas looks to international market

Scottish oil and gas firms are predicted to win contracts worth £100 million over the next 3 years after attending the world’s largest oil and gas conference in Houston, USA, according to Scottish Enterprise.

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Mixed success for Scottish manufactured exports

Scottish manufactured export volumes in 2013 rose 1.9% on 2012, the fastest annual increase since 2008, according to official figures.

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Scotch whisky exports stable

Scotch whisky exports remained strong in 2013 despite a slowdown in demand in emerging markets, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

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Optimism grows for Scottish economy

The Scottish economy continued to strengthen in the first two months of 2014, according to the latest Business Monitor from the Bank of Scotland.

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Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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