Scottish Government

Finance figures appointed to The Data Lab board

The Data Lab, Scotland’s innovation centre for data science and artificial intelligence (AI), has appointed two financial figures to its governance board.

Published 11 December 2019

Firstport launches £500k for environmental social enterprises

Firstport has launched its £500,000 Boost It fund which offers innovative finance to environmental social enterprises.

Published 6 December 2019

FSB: Scotland has more register businesses per head of population

Scotland has more registered businesses per head of population now than at any point over the last ten years, according to figures released by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 5 December 2019

Scottish Government's nature fund opens for new applications

A total of £2 million in additional funding is now available for ambitious ideas to improve habitats, safeguard species and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss as the Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF) opens its latest round.

Published 4 December 2019

Inverness Chamber of Commerce: Visitor Levy could harm cruise traffic

The introduction of a tourist tax could lead to lucrative cruise liner traffic by-passing the Highlands, and even the whole of Scotland, the Chambers of Commerce for Inverness, Caithness and Lochaber and the Cairngorms Business Partnership have warned.

Published 4 December 2019

Council tax reduction for nearly half a million Scots

Scotland’s chief statistician has released the latest Council Tax Reduction (CTR) statistics which reveal that in September, Scotland’s CTR scheme supported 471,790 households.

Published 3 December 2019

Ferguson Marine officially taken into public ownership

The Scottish Government has taken the Ferguson Marine shipyard into public ownership.

Published 3 December 2019

UKHospitality: Tourist tax threatens regional jobs

UKHospitality has today published an analysis that reveals that if a tourist tax was introduced across the country it will lead to a hit to the Scottish economy of over £200 million and the loss of nearly 6,000 jobs.

Published 2 December 2019

Planning application submitted for National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

A planning application has been submitted for the development of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) situated at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.

Published 22 November 2019

Scottish Budget to be published after Christmas

Finance secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed that due to the UK General Election and the cancellation of the UK Government budget, it will not be possible to publish the Scottish Budget 2020-21 until after Christmas.

Published 19 November 2019

Allia C&C issues £3m Scottish charitable bond to Ayrshire Housing

Ayrshire Housing has received a £3 million Scottish charitable bond from Allia C&C.

Published 15 November 2019

Scotland’s canals generate £1.53bn of economic value

Scottish Canals today announced the results of an economic study showing £1.53 billion of investment in the canal corridors across Scotland since the re-opening of the Lowland inland waterways in 2002.

Published 15 November 2019

Holyrood’s finance committee warns of potential issues within the Fiscal Framework

Holyrood’s finance and constitution committee has set out potential structural issues and the risk of ‘unintended consequences’ within the Fiscal Framework – the mechanism method by which partly determines Scotland’s budget.

Published 13 November 2019

£3m tourism fund opens for applications

Tourist sites in Scotland’s rural areas can now apply for a share of £3 million funding aimed at helping them meet the demand of growing visitor numbers.

Published 12 November 2019

DSL Business Finance: Scottish start-ups remain resilient

DSL Business Finance has said that there is no evidence of a decline in the number of new companies being set up in Scotland, despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Published 12 November 2019