April, 2019


Call for Scottish businesses to make their voices heard in future trade negotiations


The UK government and Scottish Chamber of Commerce are calling on Scottish businesses to make their voices heard in post-’Brexit’ free trade agreements. The Department for International Trade has announced that the Scottish Chamber of Commerce will represent Scottish businesses... (Continue reading)

Council to apply for funding to take Accessing Inverness project forward

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At a special meeting of the City of Inverness Area Committee members have given the green light for officers to apply to Sustrans Scotland for 100% of funding to take forward the Accessing Inverness project. The scope of Accessing Inverness... (Continue reading)

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Reforms needed to make apprenticeship system fit for the future


Despite positive changes like halving co-investment costs, small businesses in England are still struggling to take on new apprentices after the 2017 reforms, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). FSB believes that both the upcoming... (Continue reading)

Scottish Greens’ Andrew Wightman: More radical action needed on vacant land blight

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Progress on reducing the amount of vacant and derelict land in Scotland is welcome, but more radical action is needed to stop the blight and create opportunities for local communities, according to Scottish Greens land reform spokesperson Andrew Wightman MSP.... (Continue reading)

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Investment to help businesses grow


Trade park to benefit from £2.18 million loan. A new trade park in Livingston which will help businesses grow and create jobs is to benefit from £2.18 million of public investment. The loan, financed from the £150 million Building Scotland... (Continue reading)

Government should ‘green light’ carbon capture technology, say MPs

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The Government needs to move away from vague and ambiguous targets and give a clear policy direction to ensure the UK seizes the industrial and decarbonisation benefits of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS), says the Business, Energy and Industrial... (Continue reading)

Policy must be rebalanced in favour of the young, say Lords Committee


The House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision has called on the Government to take steps to deliver a fairer society by supporting younger people in the housing and employment market, and deliver better in-work training and lifelong... (Continue reading)

Scotland’s Future – FM outlines path forward amid ‘broken status quo’

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (Wednesday 24 2019) outlined the steps the Scottish Government will take to progress the debate on Scotland’s future in light of Brexit, and the action to be taken to protect the option for an... (Continue reading)

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Byres Road public realm design changes approved by Council


Design changes for the £9million public realm project on Byres Road – funded by Glasgow City Region City Deal – were yesterday (23 April) approved by Glasgow City Council. In 2018, the council consulted on initial design proposals for the... (Continue reading)

NHS England to fund pioneering new brain surgery for children who are deaf


Pioneering brain surgery that allows children who are deaf to experience the sensation of hearing for the first time is being made routinely available, NHS England announced recently (21 April 2019). Two highly specialist teams at hospitals in Manchester and... (Continue reading)

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