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Centre for Local Economic Strategies publishes Post Brexit Procurement Policy Framework

Centre for Local Economic Strategies publishes Post Brexit Procurement Policy FrameworkOctober 16, 2017The Centre for Local Economic Strategies has published a study that recommends progressive procurement policy for a post brexit environment. CLES has been working for 10 years on a study that...


£6 Million pound fund announced for rural tourism infrastructure.

A six million pound investment in rural infrastructure has been announced by the Scottish government. The boost comes as record tourist numbers have been seen in the UK over the last year. The money will go towards improving parking, recycling points, campsite facilities and footpath access. Th...


“Brexit: What’s at Stake for Businesses”

A new report published by the Scottish government details how uncertainty is impacting companies. The report is published just as Theresa May failed to assure EU citizen's rights in the case of a no deal Brexit. Businesses believe that Brexit may impact recruitment, and hinder future growth. Th...


Job creation for inclusive growth in cities

Joseph Rowntree has published a report that identifies 'more and better jobs' in UK cities. The report shows:There is a significant shortfall in labour demand in 12 major UK cities.Local industrial strategies can raise labour demand in cities and can complement supply-side policies.Policy inter...


Joseph Roundtree Foundation find freeze on benefits 'single biggest policy driver' behind expected rise in poverty

The Joseph Roundtree Foundation has released research that shows that almost half a million more people would be forced into poverty over the next three years if the proposed freeze on benefits goes ahead. A new briefing by JRF published yesterday highlights how the freeze makes famil...


Nicola Sturgeon Announces that the Scottish government will pay 'settled status' fees for EU migrants

The first minister announced yesterday that the Scottish government will pay the settled status fee for any EU citizen working in the public sector. This follows Theresa May's assurance that 'settled status' will be offered to EU citizens who have been in the UK for 5 years or more. This statem...


Mixed reactions to Scottish Government's Fair Start Scotland Scheme

Anger as Fair Start contracts have been predominantly awarded to the private sector.The Scottish Government has given most of the £96 million pounds worth of contracts for the new Fair Start Scotland scheme to private companies. The scheme which will begin in April 2018  will partner...


New Census Reveals Big Growth of Social Enterprises in Scotland

The latest Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2017 report has been launched in Glasgow today (Wednesday 6 September). The new report shows clear growth in the number of social enterprises and their economic impact. The research cements Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation...


Scottish Government Unveils Priorities for 2017 - 2018

Scottish Government - Seizing the opportunities of the low carbon revolution, investing in future economic growth and improving the lives of all our young people will be central to the Scottish Government’s Programme for the coming year.Outlining the Government’s priorities First Minister Nicola...


Poverty and Inequality Commissioners Announced

01/09/2017 - Ahead of the first meeting of Scotland’s new Poverty and Inequality Commission,  Chair, Douglas Hamilton today announced the Commissioners will be:David EiserHugh FoyCaroline KennedyKatie SchmueckerSally WitcherTwo deputy chairs, Kaliani Lyle and Naomi Ei...


Additional £45 Million to Support Growth and Innovation Announced

31/08/2017 - The First Minister has set out key actions the Scottish Government will take to boost growth, create jobs and seize the economic opportunities of the future.Outlining her vision to see Scotland design and produce the products of the future, the First Minister highlighted the twin import...


Nora Senior Appointed as Chair to the Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills

31/08/2017 - The First Minister confirmed that Nora Senior, chair of UK regions for global PR firm Weber Shandwick, will chair the Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills.The new board will coordinate the work of the public sector to deliver growth in the economy. Nora recently served as president...


£2.5 million for Employability Support in Scotland Announced

Scottish Government - Projects that are improving employment support by linking with health and social care, justice and housing services will receive a share of a £2.5 million fund.Thirteen projects operating across 15 local authorities will receive funding through the Employability Innovation and...


Scottish EDGE Launches New £100K Award For Creative Companies

Digit - Scotland’s leading business funding competition has partnered with the Cultural Enterprise Office and Creative Scotland to encourage more creative industries companies to enter.The Scottish Edge competition has created a new special award for companies working in Scotland’s cre...


FAI Blog: Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2016-17

Fraser of Allander Institute - Today sees the publication of the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue (GERS) report.This blog summarises some of the key headline results.What is the headline figure?The GERS report shows a net fiscal balance (including a geographical share of North Sea oil)...


EDAS Events and CPD Courses Autumn 2017 - Book Today to Avoid Disappointment!

EDAS is offering its members and the wider economic development community a diverse series of events and CPD courses this Autumn. See below for full information about our upcoming programme, and book your place today to avoid disappointment! If you want to receive information about EDAS ev...


The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017 - Shortlist Announced

Social Enterprise Scotland have announced the shortlisted applicants for the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017:Social Enterprise of the YearButh Bharraigh LtdGrassmarket Community ProjectSt Andrews First Aid & Training Supplies LtdOne to Watch AwardCommunity Resources Network Scotland...


Inclusive and Sustainable Growth: Making our Economy Work for Everyone

Lively debate and a multitude of themes were discussed at this joint CRSN and RSA event, including quality of jobs, diversity, productivity and devolution.If there was ever an indication of the breadth of the Inclusive Growth agenda, the SBI’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Network (C...


Applications Now Open for the 2017 IED Annual Awards

The Institute for Economic Development is now accepting applications for the 2017 awards for best practice.It is a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of your organisation, raise your profile and standing in the economic development community and gain publicity through the Institute’s o...


Digital Society 2017 Conference: Digital solutions to reducing poverty and tackling inequality in Scotland

Digital Society 2017 is a half day event focusing on reducing poverty & inequality in Scotland through digital innovation.The Scottish Government's digital strategy, Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: A Digital Strategy for Scotland has highlighted the importa...


Scotland’s Alliance for Action Regeneration Programme Expanded

SURF - Further investment by the Scottish Government and other key partners, means that SURF will be expanding its highly successful Alliance for Action programme over the course of 17/18.Work is already underway towards the introduction of three new sites of cross...


Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Deal Investment Announced

BBC News - Edinburgh and south-east Scotland are to receive a multi-million pound boost after the latest City Deal was agreed.The UK and Scottish governments are each investing £300m in the project.The money will be used to support innovation, infrastructure, housing, tourism and culture including...


Consultation Launched on Proposals for Public Sector Socio-Economic Duty

In a UK first, public bodies in Scotland will be required to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of their decision making. The introduction of a socio-economic duty was included in the UK Government’s Equality Act 2010 – however, it was never implemented. The Scottish Governmen...


Business Development Initiative for Scotland's Screen Sector Launched

Initiative co-funded up to £750k by Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, and participating businessesDelivered by Film City Futures in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute20 screen companies in Scotland to benefit over 2-year pilotFOCUS is a two-year pilot project that will provid...


Scottish Enterprise Announces £11.7m for Aberdeen Harbour Expansion

The First Minister has welcomed news that Scottish Enterprise will contribute £11.7 million towards Aberdeen Harbour’s £350 million expansion, supporting the creation of 2,300 jobs by 2026.The project, due to be completed in 2020, will provide enhanced facilities and capacity to the oil industry...


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