Scottish Government



Business welcomes further easing of Scottish lockdown restrictions

Business organisations across Scotland have welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's latest announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland.

Published 3 July 2020

Industry experts submit action plan to limit unemployment in Scotland

A group of industry experts have submitted an action plan to the Scottish Government in an attempt to limit unemployment caused by the economic impacts of coronavirus.

Published 3 July 2020

Remake secures £56,852 funding package from The National Lottery Community Fund

Environmental charity Remake, which is based in Crieff, has secured £56,852 from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund through The National Lottery Community Fund.

Published 3 July 2020

Scottish Government seeks clarification on replacement of EU Structural Funds

The Scottish Government is seeking urgent clarification from the UK government about the replacement of EU Structural funds (ESF) programmes, which will play an important role in planning for economic recovery from coronavirus.

Published 2 July 2020

Breathe Easy secures £50,000 grant from Scottish Government for lip-reading facemasks

Edinburgh start-up Breathe Easy has won a £50,000 grant from the Scottish Government to help with its development of the first lip-reading face masks in Scotland.

Published 29 June 2020

Scottish Government calls for extended financial powers in blueprint for economic recovery

The Scottish Government has called for an extension of its financial powers within a newly published blueprint for the country's economic recovery.

Published 29 June 2020

Calls for tax changes to relieve burden on lower waged Scots

Scottish Government advisors are calling for ministers to levy more tax from Scotland's higher earners to boost the country’s economic recovery and relieve the burden on lower-paid Scots. 

Published 29 June 2020

Scottish Government requests new financial powers

Finance secretary Kate Forbes has formally requested new powers to help Scotland meet “the significant economic and fiscal challenges” of coronavirus.

Published 25 June 2020

New Scottish tourism recovery taskforce assembled

A new taskforce created to drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s vital tourism sector is to meet for the first time.

Published 25 June 2020

Scottish Government advisory group asks banks to help fund struggling businesses

Banks should find new ways to finance struggling businesses to ensure their survival amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Scottish Government advisory group. 

Published 22 June 2020

CBI: Jobs and training must be a priority for economic recovery

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director-general and Tracy Black, the CBI’s Scotland director, have written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urging her to put jobs and training, especially for young people, at the heart of economic recovery plans.

Published 22 June 2020

Retail premises to reopen in Scotland as phase 2 of lockdown easing announced

Yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced further changes to lockdown restrictions with all retail premises with outdoor entrances and exits allowed to re-open from Monday 29.

Published 19 June 2020

Scottish Government announces small 2019-20 underspend

New figures released by the Scottish Government has revealed a small 2019-20 underspend is helping the country fight back against the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 18 June 2020

Scottish Government launches £230m Return to Work package

The Scottish Government has launched a £230 million return to work package which will see £51m allocated for business support.

Published 17 June 2020

Scottish economic output fell by 2.5% in first quarter of 2020

Scotland’s GDP fell by 2.5% during the first quarter of this year, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.

Published 17 June 2020