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Owner-managed businesses in Scotland are struggling to handle VAT, a problem that is costing the economy millions of pounds in lost revenue, it has been claimed. The warning from expert Veronica Donnelly, head of VAT at Campbell Dallas , comes on the 45th anniversary of the introduction of ...
In a letter to the Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish life sciences Association argued: "We have strong concerns about the potential effect increased taxation will have on access to talent from outside Scotland, and the consequences for the highly skilled (and highly paid) people who are the lifeblood of companies ... businesses

NEW rates changes coming into force in April will help stimulate the economy and improve transparency, the Scottish Government has said. ... He said: "These changes - many of which are unique to Scotland - will help our businesses to continue to thrive while also ensuring they make an ...
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“Delivering your message, concert, performance, talk or event through Virtual Reality to a large audience is audacious and game-changing for businesses in Scotland and across the globe.” Bonnington says her 'brain popped' with the limitless possibilities of VR after seeing its wide-ranging applications at ... England businesses

She says: “Women's Enterprise Scotland research shows that, if we could increase the number of female-led businesses to the same level of those run by men, we'd see a 5 per cent boost to our economy, equivalent to a rise of £7.6bn.” Her involvement in looking at the value of women-founded companies ... England businesses
At First Minister's Questions last week, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said using "umbrella companies", which could include employment agencies, ... "The fact that model is still getting used is a disgrace, not just to the workers but for the taxpayers of Scotland who front these projects," he said. England businesses
The partnership includes Skills Development Scotland, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses, ICAS, Scottish Chambers of Commerce and CIPD. ... Calum MacLean, Employer Services Manager at Skills Development Scotland, said: “By law, companies that are making more than 20 redundancies over a ... England businesses
BRITAIN is set to ban Scotland's secret tax haven firms in a crackdown on Russian dirty money sparked by the Salisbury poisonings. UK ministers have signalled they will kill off controversial Scottish limited partnerships used by Vladimir Putin's cronies to launder billions of pounds. Their move comes after ... England businesses
Labour has called on the government to stage a crackdown on potential Russian money laundering through opaque shell companies based in Scotland, after finding that nearly 17,000 are flouting the law. More than half of all Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs) - structures originally established in the ... money
Mr MacLure said: “Alan Grant Grampian and ACG Contracts are long-established businesses which, like many building contractors, have in recent years suffered from reduced margins and cashflow difficulties. “Our immediate focus is on the employees of both companies and we will be liaising with ... money
Designed to tackle 'plate waste' – customer leftovers at the end of a meal in restaurants – Scotland's 'Good to Go' doggy bag scheme is proving to be a restaurant's best friend. Since April 2017, the number of Scottish hospitality businesses taking part in the scheme has surged by over 100%; resulting in ... money
However, you only need to look at the Scottish scene to see that two of the UK's most successful start-ups – Skyscanner and FanDuel – launched and then grew their businesses into billion-dollar valued companies from a Scottish base. Craneware, a provider of healthcare software, provides yet more local ... money
THIS week Glasgow, is hosting the Scottish Export Awards – an event which brings together businesses from across Scotland to recognise and celebrate their achievements in selling their goods and services overseas. The awards ceremony comes on the back of excellent news for Scotland's exports. money
The 13th annual Scottish Technology Industry Survey reports that 80% of respondents expect a positive 2018, with nearly a third forecasting more than ... International markets remain a key focus for Scotland's digital companies with 64% of businesses already exporting and a further 17% planning to do so. money
Designed to tackle 'plate waste' – customer leftovers at the end of a meal in restaurants – Scotland's 'Good to Go' doggy bag scheme is proving to be a restaurant's best friend. Since April 2017, the number of Scottish hospitality businesses taking part in the scheme has surged by over 100%; resulting in ... money

UHY Hacker Young says that the low number of new businesses started in Scotland suggests that more assistance needs to be given by both Central Government and the Scottish Devolved Government to Scottish entrepreneurs. UHY Hacker Young says that a paucity of headline grabbing pro-business ... money
Most of Scotland's digital technology firms are optimistic about their prospects this year following strong sales in 2017, a survey has found. ... International markets remained a key focus for Scotland's digital companies, with 64% of businesses already exporting and a further 17% planning to do so. money
BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Scottish seafood companies were out in force at the Boston seafood show last week, with the backdrop of Brexit adding a new ... Clare MacDougall, trade marketing manager at Seafood Scotland, an industry organization, said North America offers great market opportunities for ... money
Scottish businesses could leave up to £4.3bn in untapped growth potential on the table in 2018, according to new research. ... The top five barriers to growth identified in Scotland were: technology (38 per cent); talent, skills and innovation (37 per cent); brand, marketing and sales capability (35 per cent); ... money
Businesses in Scotland are being urged to act now to embrace the economic opportunity of sustainability by the VIBES - Scottish Environment ... who have received a VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Award to date, illustrating the diversity of companies that are contributing to Scotland's ...
The report 'The Impact of High-Speed Broadband for Communities' examines the economic impact of Community Fibre Partnerships on businesses and households over 15 years and the social benefits over seven and a half years. For Scottish businesses, improvements in productivity, efficiency, flexible ...
ALTHOUGH farmers were badly impacted by last week's bad weather, transport companies also experienced waves of disruption, due to travel routes being dangerous and inaccessible. Transport ... "We also struggled to get raw materials delivered, especially from the east coast of Scotland. There was a ...
Scottish factories and services retreat ... The Bank of Scotland purchasing managers' index recorded a headline reading of 49.5 for the combined output. That is ... Another study published today suggests rural businesses in Scotland could add £2.5 billion to the economy if they used more digital tools.
The output index for Scotland fell from 50.3 in January to 49.5 last month on a seasonally adjusted basis, dropping below the level of 50 deemed to separate expansion from contraction. It was 49.4 in ... Scottish services companies as a whole recorded a marginal increase in new business last month.
Since it was formed in 2011, 17 Scottish companies have raised £19.8 million on Crowdcube's platform. Last year there were three companies from Scotland which used it, to raise a total of £1.7 million. There are more than 500,000 investors registered at Crowdcube and the 630 businesses it has funded ...
COMMERCIAL farmers in Scotland have seen their income increase by 94 per cent over the past year, according to figures from the country's chief ... It showed that incomes from 45 per cent of farm businesses polled would not have been enough to meet the legal minimum agricultural wage (£7.50 per ...
The UK government is to table its new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in the Lords within days after the three governments failed to reach ... “We are clear that the EU withdrawal bill must be amended so that the devolution settlement cannot be changed without the consent of the Scottish ...
Yesterday was another quiet day here in the crucible of Scottish democracy. Much ado about nothing at Holyrood you ... Ms Sturgeon could only offer sympathy, insisting that it was not her government's job to tell Creative Scotland which companies to fund. There will be meetings, however, to see if the ...
Out of nearly 154,000 companies exporting from the UK last year, it is estimated that only 8900 were Scottish firms. Nearly as many Northern Irish companies were selling in foreign countries. The English regions comparable to Scotland in scale include Yorkshire and Humberside, where 12,000 firms were ...
Scottish businesses who failed to pay their staff the national minimum have been 'named and shame' by the UK Government. A Glasgow dentist, a catering company ... Wagamama was said to have failed to pay £133,212 to 2,630 workers, the most of any of the companies named. TGI Friday's, meanwhile ...
Scottish seafood businesses must be prepared to innovate if they are looking to export their catch across the globe, according to Patrick Hughes, head of Seafood Scotland, which is leading a significant Scottish presence at Seafood Expo North America, in Boston next week. The 'quality sells itself' adage ...
The Scottish government's approach to delivering its promised national investment bank, revealed last week, starts with inspiration drawn from the late ... But in 1945, the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corporation (ICFC) was created by the Bank of England and a consortium of UK clearing banks to ...
Broadband suppliers have acknowledged that they must improve their performance in providing Scotland with access to high speed connections. Companies were questioned at Westminster yesterday by the Scottish affairs committee, which has been investigating broadband and mobile network coverage ...
In a new policy paper published to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the Federation of Small Businesses has highlighted how a smaller share of Scottish firms take on apprentices compared to England. Entitled FSB Modern Apprenticeships and Small Businesses, it highlights how the gap is wider among ...
The freezing conditions paralysed much of the travel network across central Scotland, causing the temporary shut down of many businesses from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday as people were advised not to drive in heavy snow. Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Trades Union Congress have now ...
The latest ICAEW business confidence monitor (BCM) shows a “marked improvement” in Scotland. It said confidence levels have risen to +18.4, putting the quarter one Scottish score above the UK average of -1. And it is up from the Q4 Scottish score of -2.4 and from the score of -5.1 recorded a year ago in ...
It advised businesses - particularly in Norwich - to carefully check any money before accepting payment. Posting on Twitter, Norfolk Police said: “Calling all businesses, particularly in the #Norwich area - please be aware - we have been alerted tonight of attempted use of potential fake Scottish bank notes in ...
The transport minister told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland: “Frankly I'd be extremely disappointed if employers chose to dock wages for somebody because they couldn't travel during the red weather warning. “I've had a number of emails from individuals that they were facing disciplinary action or potential ...
Huge growth in number of Scottish businesses joining barcode organisation to trade. Scotland growing faster than any other home nation last year, outstripping England – Northern Ireland lags behind. There has been a 61 per cent increase in the number of Scottish businesses joining barcode organisation ...
"The Scottish lobbying register is designed to increase transparency around Scottish government and parliamentary politics," Brown said. "It places a requirement on a broad range of organisations, including businesses, charities, trade bodies and professional associations, to record and register details of ...
Confidence among small businesses in Scotland has remained the weakest in the UK, according to new research. The Scottish Small Business Confidence Index, compiled by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and published today, showed a reading of -17.8 points for the first quarter of ...
However Barry calls out the “business as usual” model of privately owned energy companies and makes a bold argument: that Scotland needs to have a ... Orkney and the Isle of Eigg — and should these be exported, Berry argues, the cost of renewable energy could be reduced for all Scottish consumers.
A publicly-run spaceport at Prestwick Airport, which is already owned by the Scottish Government, has emerged as a serious possibility. SNP MP Carol Monaghan, who sits on the influential Commons Science and Technology Committee, said there was "no reason" why a Prestwick spaceport should not be ...
The diversity of the sector is underlined by the range of projects just announced by the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture. The Institute, based at Strathclyde University, acts like a dating agency between businesses and academics at universities across Scotland. Mackie Transmissions will be working with Strathclyde to ...
A petrochemical giant is one of two companies seeking damages from the Scottish government in a legal challenge against the ban on fracking. Ineos ... wants to set aside the decision not to support the development of unconventional oil and gas, which includes fracking, in Scotland in a judicial review and ...
An island council has become the first in Scotland to team up with an electricity supplier to help its local residents and businesses cut their annual bills. ... by a lack of competition, with many having to rely on Scottish and Southern Energy, one of the much-criticised “Big Six” that dominate the marketplace.
Such businesses rarely come out of the shadows they haunt, rarely reveal their true owners or real accounts. But, unlike, real spectres they can at least be killed. Or so we thought. Now there is a new horror: zombie SLPs. For a decade or more SLPs – Scottish limited partnerships – have been a ghost firm of ...
Of course, Mr Welch, best known for creating and selling Blackcircles.com for £50 million, has something to gain by backing new and growing companies through his Full Circle Partners vehicle. But that does not make his observation about the funding gap faced by businesses as they seek the growth ...


 

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