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Commenting on the news that Scotland’s unemployment has fallen by 16,000 in the three months to January, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“The latest set of unemployment figures for Scotland is very encouraging and show that our unemployment rate has fallen back towards parity with the UK rate. However, despite a rise in employment levels, our employment rate remains below the overall UK rate and below the Scottish rate for the same period last year.
- Certainty, stability and confidence are the “watch-words” for the business community and must be for Scottish & UK Governments too
- Scottish Chambers of Commerce network will continue our process of engagement with businesses across Scotland to understand how the prospect of a second independence referendum could affect them and how their voices can be most effectively articulated during this process
With fierce competition in Scotland’s SME Businesses, top finalists for the inaugural Scottish SME Business Awards presented by Suj Legha Action Coach are announced.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow will play host to the inaugural Scottish SME Business Awards presented by Suj Legha Action Coach which endeavours to show appreciation for those within the Scottish SME industry.
RHA are now hosting half day courses on 2 subjects, Managing Drivers Hours and Managing digital tachographs. These courses are aimed towards office staff, supervisors, transport managers, operational staff or staff who want to improve their own understanding of the regulations / Tachograph.
- Scottish Government must use some of the £350 million additional funds to invest in social care skills and to bridge skills gaps
- Rise in self-employed NI and reduction in dividend allowance will make life more difficult for those who set themselves up in business
- North Sea long life asset tax review is a good start
Commenting on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
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- full-year results show 39% jump in turnover for recruitment and executive search firm in 2016
- turnover anticipated to jump significantly in 2017
“Chambers of Commerce take a practical approach towards the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Scotland’s businesses will continue to trade with businesses in Europe and elsewhere in the world, no matter what agreement is ultimately reached. However, it is in our economic and business interests that there is clarity around the process, an opportunity for the business voice to be heard, and that the eventual deal is one which champions the interests of free trade.