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Scotland: Firms need clarity on referendum

Scottish businesses need more clarity on how the referendum will affect them before voting on whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become independent, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said.

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Scottish stamp duty tax change edges closer

A bill allowing Scotland to set its own rate of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) separate to that of the UK has reached its third stage of debate in the Scottish Parliament.

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Scottish SMEs encouraged to innovate and collaborate

Businesses in Scotland are being urged to focus on innovation and work more collaboratively in order to expand and create economic growth.

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Scotland 'can afford' independence, says First Minister

Scotland can 'more than afford to be a successful independent country', Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

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Revamp for Scottish planning system

Proposals to overhaul Scotland's planning system will help to deliver more jobs and sustainable economic growth, the Scottish Government has said.

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Economic impact of Scottish independence questioned

Business groups and the UK Parliament have been voicing the main issues facing Scotland in the run up to next year's vote on Scottish independence.

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Scottish builders hit by late payments

In the last year, 80 per cent of Scottish construction firms experienced problems due to the late payment of invoices, according to the research from the Scottish Building Federation.

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Affordability of Scottish state pensions questioned

Scotland's ability to cover state pension payments has been called into question by a leaked Government report on their economic case for separation.

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More certainty needed on Scottish business rates

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to show more predictability and certainty in its approach to business rates.

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Food and drink boosts Scottish exports

Manufactured exports in Scotland grew by 0.8 per cent during the third quarter of 2012, boosted by strong growth in the food and drink sector, official data has shown.

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