With only a week to go before the General Election, Scotland’s businesses are focusing on the issue that is the key reason why this election is taking place at all: Brexit. Scottish Chambers of Commerce have consistently championed the key priorities for business throughout the referendum and its aftermath and will continue to do so following the election as the next UK Government gets down to the detail of complex negotiations. Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
Edinburgh Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) have today (Friday) signed a ground breaking partnership agreement that will see a new level of co-operation between the two airports.
The capital airports of Scotland and China have agreed to collaborate to develop a shared understanding of markets and shared operational and commercial opportunities.
Looking at areas where information and skills can be exchanged to achieve best practice, the airports have created a framework that allows close collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience.
The next UK Government will have a crucial task ahead in constructing an industrial strategy that will deliver for all of the UK and which will deliver the skills and talents that Scottish businesses need to succeed. Calling for an integration of the strategy at a Scottish and UK level, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
It was the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce annual Spring Keynote Address dinner this month and we would like to thank all who attended. Within the prime setting of the Macdonald Houston House Hotel, the event encouraged new connections to be made as well as showcasing businesses in West Lothian.
Here at the Chamber we are delighted to be hosting the 4th year of the Pump It Up Challenge in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric.
The Challenge we put out to the talented pupils at West Lothian Schools was to create an innovative use for a Heat Pump with the aim to help pupils develop a better understanding of the science and technology involved of alternative energy. Throughout the challenge we have been impressed by the creativity and level of dedication the pupils have shown and one group has been selected from each of West Lothian’s 11 Schools.
With three weeks to go until the UK General Election, one of the most important issues for Scottish businesses will be the next Government’s approach to taxation. This week, Scottish Chambers of Commerce has called for the new administration’s first Budget to take decisive action to reduce key taxes to ease the burden of business costs and promote investment and growth. Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
Today’s release of labour market data has shown some very good news from a Scottish perspective, with unemployment falling by 14,000 and employment growing by 5,000 in the three months to March this year. Scottish Chambers of Commerce have welcomed the figures but have warned against complacency and renewed their call for Scotland’s Governments in Edinburgh and in London to work together to put business at the top of their agendas. Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
Event Collection will deliver team building and event management solutions across the U.K. and Europe. New clients already include Dundee Heritage Trust, Newcastle Racecourse and Scottish Gas with more to be announced over the coming months.
Today’s news that inflation has jumped to 2.7% has confirmed long-held expectations and highlighted growing concerns over the capacity for businesses to contain rising costs and the potential threat to consumer demand, as disposable incomes become squeezed. Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: