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Commenting on the news that Scottish unemployment has fallen by 2,000 in the three months to June, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“This month’s employment figures are very encouraging, with both a fall in...

14/08/2014 - 07:18

Commenting on today’s decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5%, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Signs of a heathier economy, both in Scotland and across the UK, are more evident and consistent than they have been for some time and businesses are looking forward with optimism towards the year ahead.  However if we are to cement economic growth then the welcome strong trend in consumer...

07/08/2014 - 13:22

The next phase of Scotland’s National Food and Drink policy Becoming a Good Food Nation (GFN) discussion document, was launched last month. The GFN document pertains to many different issues and topics relating to our food system such as health and wellbeing, food access and local food. 
 
Food and drink play an important role in public services and our local economies. Food and drink policy affects us all, from the health of our country, to the education of our children, to the...

29/07/2014 - 13:55

Commenting on the news that Scottish manufactured exports rose by 3% in the first quarter of 2014, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The news that Scotland’s manufactured exports have returned to growth is to be welcomed and reflects the feedback we have been receiving from our members throughout the year so far.  Indeed our Quarterly Business Survey has also detected an increase in service sector exports in 2014.

 “This is great news for...

23/07/2014 - 13:24

Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Business Survey engages with 6 of Scotland’s key sectors: Construction, Financial & Business Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Tourism, and Wholesale.

These findings, released in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute show the position of businesses for Quarter 2 of 2014.

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“These results show that business is focused on...

17/07/2014 - 13:42

Commenting on the publication of official figures which show that Scottish unemployment rose by 13,000 to 192,000 in the three months to May 2014, moving up from 6.5% to 6.9%. This trend is in stark contrast to UK figures which indicate a fall in unemployment from 6.9% to 6.5%.

This can largely be attributed to an increase in female unemployment which accounts for approximately 11,000 of the increase in unemployment, representing a rise from 5.9% to 6.6%, compared to the UK...

16/07/2014 - 12:08

The release of official data indicates a rise in inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to 1.9%, an increase from 1.5% in May. This can partly be attributed to a rise in the price of clothing and footwear, indicating a change from normal patterns where summer sales between May and June push down prices. Moreover, the fall experienced in food & non-alcoholic drink prices in May have now risen back to levels similar to the year previous, adding pressure to consumers....

15/07/2014 - 11:57

The release of official data indicates a rise in inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to 1.9%, an increase from 1.5% in May. This can partly be attributed to a rise in the price of clothing and footwear, indicating a change from normal patterns where summer sales between May and June push down prices. Moreover, the fall experienced in food & non-alcoholic drink prices in May have now risen back to levels similar to the year previous, adding pressure to consumers....

15/07/2014 - 11:44

Scottish Government investment in a major building project between Edinburgh and Glasgow will create jobs, strengthen skills and grow the economy.

The latest phase of the Southdale, one of Scotland's largest regeneration projects has received £350,000 from the Housebuilding Infrastructure Loan Fund.

Around 380 homes will be built by Taylor Wimpey and Bellway in the next two to four years in a southern extension to the town of Armadale in West Lothian. The land will also be...

14/07/2014 - 16:03

Over 260 business people from across Scotland quizzed the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, in Glasgow this morning at a Business Leaders’ Breakfast event hosted by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.  With just 76 days to go until the referendum on Scottish independence, the views of Scotland’s businesses on constitutional issues are becoming increasingly important.

Nora Senior, Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:“Every recent opinion poll has shown that the...

04/07/2014 - 13:10

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