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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...


FAI Blog - Today’s labour market statistics: back to 2008?

Reposted from the Fraser of Allander Institute blog. The unemployment rate among the working age population in Scotland fell to 3.9% in the three months from March to May, the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began.In headline terms, the Scottish labour market today looks broad...


Elgin Business Park Set to Go Ahead

Elgin Business Park Limited (EBPL), controlled by the owners of Springfield Properties Plc, has secured a £1.9 million investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).The HIE funding will go towards the £6.8 million cost of creating the infrastructure to enable the first phase of the develo...


Scottish Unemployment Rate Hits 25-year Low

BBC - Scotland's unemployment rate has fallen to a 25-year low, according to official figures.The jobless rate fell to 3.8% in the period March to May, having stood at 4.5% in the previous quarter.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed it was Scotland's lowest rate since comparable recor...


Annual Review of Skills Development in Scotland Published

SDS - Scotland’s national skills agency funded nearly 64,500 skills and learning opportunities during the past year.Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also supported the creation or safeguarding of more than 30,000 Scottish jobs. The national skills agency works with employers to make sur...


Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Lena Wilson to Step Down

Scottish Enterprise has confirmed that its Chief Executive Lena Wilson is to step down after nearly eight years in the job.  Ms Wilson told the organisation’s employees of her decision this morning.She said:  “It has been a real honour and privilege to work with so many talented people...


HIE Chair Professor Lorne Crerar Reappointed

Professor Lorne Crerar has been reappointed Chair of the Board of HIE until February 2020.Professor Crerar was recently appointed Chair of the Implementation Board which will lay the groundwork for the new Strategic Board to be established in the autumn to co-ordinate the work of Scotland’s enterp...


BBC: Scottish Economy Rebounds in First Quarter of 2017

Scotland's economy rebounded in the first quarter of this year, boosted by growth in production and services.Official figures showed GDP grew by 0.8%, having shrunk by 0.2% in the previous three months.Scotland outstripped the UK as a whole, which saw growth of just 0.2% in the first three months of...


Scottish Workplace Innovation Fund to Support New and Innovative Workplace Practices

The Workplace Innovation Fund is administered and funded by Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's main economic development agency. Funding will help introduce new and innovative practices in the workplace; compatible with the key themes of people, place and practice.Scottish Enterprise can contribute up...


The IED Annual Awards 2017 – Applications Open

The Institute for Economic Development is now accepting applications for the 2017 awards for best practice.This is an exciting development for the IED, helping to reward and share best practice. For applicants this is the chance for high profile validation of the work they have carried out and the a...


Social Enterprise Awards 2017: One Week Left to Apply!

The Social Enterprise Awards are Scotland’s annual awards programme that recognises excellence, innovation and success in social enterprise.This year there is a total of 6 Scotland Awards categories, with the winners in two of them – 1. Social Enterprise of the Year Scotland and 2...


Scottish Government Poverty Advisor Publishes Report on Young People’s Life Chances

Scottish Government - A report into how the Scottish Government can support the transition from adolescence into adulthood has been welcomed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.‘The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland’ is the second report from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequalit...


Scots Economy in 'Precarious' Position, Experts Warn

BBC - Scotland's economy is in a "precarious position" with a recession "in the balance", experts have warned.A reportfrom the Fraser of Allander Institute said Scotland seemed to be "stuck in a cycle of weak growth".The Strathclyde University think-tank said that while growth is forecast to pick up...


SDI Reveals 10% Increase in Jobs Secured from Inward Investors

Scottish Development International’s promotion of Scotland as a place to do business secured 7839 jobs in Scotland during 2016/17, an increase of 10% on the previous year, it was announced today.The news follows the publication last month of the 2017 EY Scotland Attractiveness survey, which ranked...


Developing the Young Workforce Launched in the Islands, and Extended Nationwide

The islands of Scotland are the latest to benefit from the creation of industry led  groups dedicated to helping young people prepare for and find work.The Scottish Government has provided more than £1 million to  establish Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Regional Groups in Orkney, S...


Latest Report on Scotland’s Economy from Chief Economist Dr Gary Gillespie

Scottish Government - The latest assessment of Scotland’s economic performance has been published in Chief Economist Dr Gary Gillespie’s State of the Economy report.This report outlines recent developments in the global, UK and Scottish economies. The report is published ahead of Wednesday’s d...


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