Scottish Government

Scottish Government establishes £30m third sector growth fund

A new £30 million fund is being established by the Scottish Government to support small businesses within the third sector, helping them to grow as Scotland recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.

Published 22 March 2021

Scottish economy grew 2.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020

Scotland's Chief Statistician has released statistics showing that the economy grew by 2.0% during the fourth quarter of 2020, covering the period October to December.

Published 19 March 2021

Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop announces £70m funding for jobs

Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced that a further £70 million will be made available by the Scottish Government to provide more jobs, internships, apprenticeships, training and volunteering opportunities for young people in Scotland. 

Published 19 March 2021

Scottish Government announces £40m additional funding for councils

Local authorities in Scotland will receive an additional £40 million to support local communities, public finance minister Ivan McKee has confirmed.

Published 19 March 2021

Trade minister Ivan McKee calls for clarity over future of Scottish green ports

Trade minister Ivan McKee has urged the UK Government to provide clarity over the future of green ports in Scotland.

Published 19 March 2021

Scotrail to be nationalised from March next year

Scotrail is to come under direct state control from March 2022, transport secretary Michael Matheson has confirmed.

Published 18 March 2021

Scottish Forestry loan to help small scale woodland projects

A new loan scheme aimed at supporting small scale woodland creation projects has been launched today by rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing.

Published 18 March 2021

Scottish Government publishes Global Capital Investment Plan

The Scottish Government has published plans to increase the value of private investment flowing into Scotland and make the country a global centre of ethical finance.

Published 17 March 2021

Scottish hospitality trade bodies offer government route out of lockdown

A united set of recommendations from organisations representing Scotland’s hospitality sector have been submitted to the Scottish Government, urging Ministers to mirror the reopening plans for England as closely as possible, with the stripping away of additional restrictions such as a curfew and serving alcohol only with a meal.

Published 15 March 2021

Scottish Government paid £533m to Scottish businesses since November

The Scottish Government has paid out more than half a billion pounds in lifeline support to Scottish businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic since November 2020.

Published 10 March 2021

£600k boost for Scotland’s Business Improvement Districts welcomed by STP

Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) chief officer Phil Prentice has welcomed a Scottish Government cash boost to support the nation’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Published 9 March 2021

Rental sector loan schemes extended by Scottish Government

Tenants and private sector landlords facing financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after two loan schemes were extended by the Scottish Government.

Published 9 March 2021

Finance secretary Kate Forbes agrees deal to guarantee Budget Bill

Finance secretary Kate Forbes has struck a deal with the Scottish Green Party which guarantees the Scottish Government's Budget Bill can clear its final stages.

Published 8 March 2021

Additional Scottish Government funding increases training support for women in agriculture

Women living or working in Scottish agriculture will benefit from £115,000 of extra funding from the Scottish Government for a wide range of practical training courses including tractor and trailer driving.

Published 8 March 2021

Finance secretary Kate Forbes confirms stamp duty cut extension not applicable to Scotland

Finance secretary Kate Forbes has confirmed an extended cut to stamp duty for housebuyers in England will not be matched by the Scottish Government.

Published 5 March 2021