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Commenting on the draft Scottish budget for 2015-16 published today by the Scottish Government, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said on the following areas:
 
On Tax:
“It is disappointing that the Government remains committed to continuing increases in business rates in Scotland, when a rates freeze until the next revaluation would deliver much needed stability in costs for many businesses.  Instead the Government is seeking an additional £...

13/10/2014 - 10:28

Last week, at the annual Scottish Training Federation awards, Scotia Wealth Management Ltd, a small Leith Independent Financial Advisers (IFA) firm, won the 2014 Small Employer of the Year award. The award was presented to them at the STF awards at Crieff Hydro.

Scotia Wealth Management, who were recognised as one of the New Model Adviser Top 100 IFAs for 2013, inspire to use this accolade to continue to grow the business and enhance staff training.

This award was presented to...

09/10/2014 - 13:16

Commenting on the decision to award the next ScotRail franchise to Dutch bidder Abellio, Liz Cameron, Director/Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
 
"Scotland's rail services are a vital part of the connectivity that helps Scotland's economy to thrive. Throughout the past ten years, First Group, based in Aberdeen, have done a tremendous job in improving Scotland's rail services during a time of great change for the industry. They have shown vision and...

08/10/2014 - 11:17

My focus over of the last few months has been to grow the Chamber in every way through our membership, events and recognition.

We are delighted to welcome West Lothian College have our newest Premier Partner and plan to work in partnership with them on employability projects in the local area.

In the spring we welcomed Sharon Ritchie to the team as our new Business Development Manager. Since joining us Sharon has done a fantastic job in helping us welcome over 40 new business...

08/10/2014 - 09:45

ScottishPower Renewables is preparing to begin construction of a 23 turbine extension to its Black Law Windfarm and is hosting an event to inform local companies about arising potential opportunities such as; plant hire, accommodation, site operatives and ground works.
 
Businesses based in West Lothian and North Lanarkshire are invited to attend the drop-in sessions, where they will meet the appointed infrastructure contractor and representatives from the ScottishPower...

01/10/2014 - 10:46

The Voluntary Sector Gateway annual West Lothian Volunteer of the Year Awards is fast approaching and they would like you like to get involved!

The Award Ceremony, now in its 16th year, is designed to provide a platform where those selected by an independent panel of judges, can attend a glittering gala night in their honour with close family and friends to receive the public recognition they so richly deserve and an award to take away with them as a lifetime reminder of...

01/10/2014 - 10:40

tland’s leading business, industry and employer organisations have today issued a joint statement urging the Scottish and UK governments to focus any new devolution settlement on driving economic growth.

The statement – issued by the Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors, CBI, Scottish Financial Enterprise, SCDI, ScotlandIS, Chemical Sciences Scotland, Scotch Whisky Association, Scottish Retail Consortium, Scottish Engineering, Scottish...

25/09/2014 - 13:39

Scottish Chambers of Commerce today (Thursday 11th September 2014) launched its inaugural Scottish Business Honours 2014 ceremony at the Prestonfield House, Edinburgh. Sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, the Scottish Business Honours are truly unique - it takes winning businesses from local Chambers of Commerce from all over Scotland and showcases the best of Scottish businesses at this nationwide ceremony.
The evening was hosted by Kaye Adams and included Jim McColl OBE, Founder, Chairman...

25/09/2014 - 11:05

Commenting on the ‘No’ vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

 “Scotland has decided that the way forward is to remain as part of the United Kingdom. This decision must be respected by all. 

“We are now on a path which will provide additional devolved powers to the Scottish Parliament.   We need clarity and detail on what specific powers will be transferred, and ensure these are delivered within the...

19/09/2014 - 07:29

Commenting on the release of official data which shows that Scottish unemployment fell by 15,000 in the three months to July, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The news that Scotland’s unemployment level has fallen to just 6% is very welcome indeed.  Not only is this below the UK rate of 6.2% but in addition to unemployment falling by 15,000, employment is up by 45,000 over the same period.  This is proof of the confidence that Scottish businesses...

17/09/2014 - 16:34

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