Glasgow construction services entrepreneur says politicians must deliver stability after years of upheaval for businesses

Name: Scott McMillan. Age: 48. What is your business called? The Insite Group. Where is it based? Glasgow and Edinburgh. What services does it offer? The services provided by group companies include the fit-out and refurbishment of commercial, industrial and retail properties, cladding and roofing works, facilities management and waste management.

Sturgeon ‘guilty of decline in relationship with business’ – Daily Business

Chamber boss speaks out Stuart Patrick: the business community are concerned (pic: Terry Murden) First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to arrest a growing deterioration in the relationship between her government and the business community.

‘Scotland’s economy is reliant on unpaid overtime,’ research reveals

PEOPLE should not be expected to work for free, Scottish Labour said after new research revealed the economy’s reliance on billions of pounds’ worth of unpaid overtime. Analysis of the 2019 Annual Population Survey (APS) estimates that, on average, workers in Scotland do more than seven hours of unpaid overtime per week, equating to an annual total of 118 million hours.

Scottish economy may take three years to recover – Daily Business

Jobless stable Scottish employment figures have improved Scotland’s economy may take three years to return to pre-pandemic levels, according to the Fraser of Allander Institute. Its central scenario predicts a return to “normality” by August 2022, while the most optimistic prediction suggests February 2022 based on a successful vaccine programme.

SNP ministers told to improve after making more bad loans

THE Scottish Government has been told to improve the transparency of its loans to private companies after writing off another £12.5m last year. The Auditor General for Scotland said SNP ministers needed to “clearly outline” their future investment plans “to increase transparency and value for money”.

‘Industrial wasteland’: Willie Rennie slates Scottish Government over BiFab – The Courier

It seems unlikely the eight jackets scheduled for construction by Bifab will be completed in Scotland. Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday regarding Bifab’s future. The company has slipped into administration after the Scottish and UK governments announced it would no longer be able to offer any more “legal” financial support.

BiFab hits back at Scottish government’s investment claims

It claimed the Canadian parent firm, JV Driver, responded to a Scottish government invitation to become involved three years ago, on the understanding that ministers would provide most of the finance required to win new contracts.

Public spending figures show benefits of Scotland being in union, say Tories – Evening Express

The Scottish Conservatives have claimed figures showing per capita public spending in Scotland is almost £1,700 higher than the UK average show the “tremendous” benefits of the Treasury’s support. Data on public spending levels in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the nine English regions was released by the Treasury on Wednesday, covering the 2019-20 year.

Nicola Sturgeon launches new SNP Scottish Bank to help ‘rebuild’ country after COVID-19

Nicola Sturgeon will launch Scotland’s National Investment Bank which will use £2billion of Scottish Government funding over its first decade to invest in businesses and projects. The concept will allow the Government to make longer-term investments in Scottish firms, over a period of 10 to 15 years.

At least one in five Scots not working as fears grow over mass unemployment as furlough scheme ends

AT LEAST one in five Scots is currently either jobless or on furlough, leading to fears that Scotland is on the brink of mass unemployment and extreme poverty as the job retention scheme ends today. New figures reveal that the number of company insolvencies during lockdown has dramatically dropped – with firm propped up by government schemes.

Aberdeen hardest-hit city in UK as new figures show job vacancies down 75% – Evening Express

Aberdeen has seen the biggest fall in job vacancies in the whole of the UK in the past 12 months, according to a new study. Research by Centre for Cities and global job site Indeed analysed the economic impact that coronavirus restrictions have had in all cities and large towns across Scotland and England to date.

Opinion: Struan Stevenson: The SNP is bad for business

THE SNP Government is clueless when it comes to business. Their leftist ‘public sector good/private sector bad’ agenda and obsession with independence is undermining Scotland’s economy and costing jobs at a time when we desperately need to stimulate growth. The problem is easily uncovered; there is hardly a member of the SNP cabinet that has ever had any real business experience.

Hospitality crisis: Lord Haughey takes aim at government ministers over pub closure stance

EXCLUSIVE By Scott Wright LORD Willie Haughey, the high-profile Glasgow entrepreneur, has questioned why central belt pubs have been told to shut their doors while Scottish universities, which have seen major outbreaks of coronavirus, remain open. The Labour peer and owner of City Facilities Management Holdings acknowledged that dealing with Covid-19 is a “no-win situation” for Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson.

Covid rules cripple country sports businesses

COUNTRY sports tourism businesses have hit out at the Scottish Government’s decision to impose a single household restriction on self-catering accommodation, as tens of thousands of pounds worth of cancellations have hit businesses.

Business leaders at pandemic breaking point with politicians

It would be easy and not entirely inaccurate to cast attempts so far to control the Covid-19 pandemic in the terms of a zero-sum game in which any gains made by saving people from the virus have been offset by losses to other health ills, as well as the cost to the economy, civil liberties and our collective sanity.

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