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Commenting on the news that Scottish employment rose by 30,000 (1.1%) and unemployment fell by 12,000 (0.5%) in the three months to June, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

"The overall employment figures remain strong, with a new record high employment rate of 75.2% and an unemployment rate of 3.9%. At a time of heightened political and economic...

16/08/2017 - 11:50

West Lothian Chamber of Commerce are excited to be visiting Southern Ireland next month to begin building valued international partnerships for their new Export Club, launching on 27th September. Chief Executive, Linda Scott, will be visiting the country to agree a new trade partnership and sign their first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chief Executive of South Dublin Chamber...

15/08/2017 - 12:56

The Ministry of Defence has announced Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce as a Gold Award recipient in its Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for 2017, making it the only Chamber of Commerce in the UK to receive this status. Announced by Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, the Award recognises Forth Valley Chamber's practical support in connecting the Armed Forces Family with business and employment opportunities. The Chamber created and led the Veterans into New Enterprise (ViNE) project...

09/08/2017 - 14:39

Scottish Chambers of Commerce believe that June’s fall in CPI inflation from 2.9% to 2.6% will ease pressure for an early increase in interest rates.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“June’s fall in inflation is significant, although much of the downward pressure came from a fall in fuel prices this year compared to an increase at the same time last year.  Staples such as food and household goods continue to increase and expectation remain that...

19/07/2017 - 06:55

Scottish Chambers of Commerce have welcomed the news that Scotland’s unemployment level has fallen by 19,000 in the three months to May 2017, resulting in an unemployment rate of just 3.8%.  However, there are fewer people in employment and more people economically inactive in Scotland than there were a year ago, highlighting the continuing challenges facing the Scottish economy.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“It is extremely welcome that...

12/07/2017 - 12:28

A new survey conducted across the UK by the British Chambers of Commerce has highlighted business’s need for stability in terms of our trading relationship with the EU, regardless of the state of negotiations at the time of the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019.

Key survey findings include:

  • 68% of Scottish and UK respondents believed that there should be a transition period of at least 3 years following the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019
  • ...
10/07/2017 - 07:19

Commenting on the publication of data which shows that Scotland’s economy grew by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2017, Scottish Chambers of Commerce have welcomed the return to strong growth.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The threat of a technical recession for the Scottish economy has been lifted and the level of growth recorded in the first quarter is ahead of expectations and significantly ahead of the overall UK figure.  This is a huge sigh...

05/07/2017 - 12:56

 

- Growth and entrepreneurship veteran John Anderson becomes Chair as part of 3-year growth plan

- New financial director Mark Probert to help execute strategy across the Central Belt

 

iMultiply has appointed growth and entrepreneurship expert John Anderson as Chairman as the company enters a new phase of expansion.

The company, which last month acquired the public practice accounting recruiter Allen Accountancy Recruitment Ltd, also...

05/07/2017 - 10:37

Michael Harkins’ company TURTLE PACK, based at the University of Stirling Innovation Park has won £110,000 in prizes from the Scottish Edge Fund to develop his business.   

Michael received the 2nd highest cash prize at the Scottish Edge awards ceremony as he won £100,000 in the Scottish Edge and £10,000 in the Wildcard Edge. Turtle Pack will be using the funding to build the team, manufacture the product, expand the IP and grow the brand.

“I am...

04/07/2017 - 10:10

Commenting on the First Minister’s statement in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Liz Cameron OBE, Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

"The business community is looking for stability and certainty from the Scottish and UK Governments, and a commitment to focus on the priorities for business and our economy.  The First Minister’s new plan will enable an opportunity for Scotland’s politicians of all parties to focus on two clear objectives – to...

27/06/2017 - 16:52

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