Scottish news

Scottish tourism industry website was badly handled, MSPs say

VisitScotland, the Government body set up to promote the Scottish tourism and hospitality industry, made significant mistakes when setting up its dedicated website, according to the Scottish Parliament's Public Audit Committee.

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Energy efficiency 'could save Scottish business £239 million a year'

According to energy saving experts at the Carbon Trust, Scottish businesses have the potential to save over £239 million a year through implementing cost effective carbon reduction measures.

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Two buyout deals cheer Scottish corporate finance sector

The announcement of two management buyout deals, both financed by Clydesdale Bank, shows there is still life in the sector.

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Legal reforms to grant greater protection for Scottish associations

Golf clubs, charities, residents’ associations and other groups that are not set up as limited companies could enjoy greater protection if reforms in the law on “unincorporated associations” are put into effect.

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Small businesses could fail to 'qualify' for Scotland’s rate relief

From 1 April 2009, the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme will allow businesses with premises worth up to £8,000 to pay no rates at all.

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Red tape costs Scottish companies an extra £600 million

The burden of complying with regulations for Scottish companies went up by £600 million in 2008, according to estimates by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

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