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Scottish economic recovery nearly complete

A report issued today by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revised upwards the prospects for Scottish growth over the next two years.

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Jobs potential for independent Scotland

A 'yes' vote in next year's referendum on independence will lead to greater long-term economic security, growth and job opportunities for Scotland, the First Minister Alex Salmond has claimed.

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Scottish businesses urged to claim business rates relief

Small businesses in Scotland are being urged to take advantage of tax reliefs on business rates via the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS).

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£20m EU funding boost for Scottish businesses

Scotland is to invest £60 million into businesses supporting economic growth and employment bolstered by EU funding, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

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Scottish procurement reform to help small businesses

Changes to Scottish procurement rules will make it easier for small businesses to bid for public sector contracts, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Scottish Executive sets pension promise for independence

The state pensions system in an independent Scotland will build upon the current UK system but offer 'better protection to people across the country', a report by the Scottish Executive has said.

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Economic recovery in Scotland gains pace

Scotland's economic recovery is 'quickening' with record growth in business activity and new work in August, according to figures from the Bank of Scotland.

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Scottish employers encouraged to hire young people

A new award from people management specialists, Investors in People, will provide an incentive for Scottish businesses to recruit young people.

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Plastic bag charge worth £90 million to Scottish economy

Charging shoppers for single-use bags in Scotland could generate £90 million for the economy, a report by the Scottish Government says.

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Worldwide campaign to promote 2014 Glasgow Games

Tourism organisation VisitScotland has begun a £2.5 million worldwide campaign to promote the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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