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Exciting Opportunity for a Senior Consultant with ekosgen – Glasgow

Application deadline: 10 May 2017Are you committed to a career in economic development? Do you want to become part of an exciting business and help us to achieve our growth plans? ekosgen is one of the UK’s leading independent economic consultancy firms providing advice to public and private secto...


£500,000 Announced to Tackle Employment Barriers in Scotland

Scottish Government - Funding of £500,000 to address long standing barriers in accessing the labour market has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The Workplace Equality Fund will reduce employment inequalities so that everyone – irrespective of gender, race or disability – has the...


New Scotland House innovation and investment hub opens in London

Scottish Government - Scotland’s latest Innovation and Investment Hub has officially opened in London with more than 450 businesses registering their interest in becoming members in the first few weeks.Aimed at helping ambitious Scottish companies take advantage of business opportunities in London...


FSB: Target £6bn Scottish council procurement spend on smaller firms

FSB - The average Scottish council spends less than a fifth of their procurement budget with local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), figures uncovered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show.Launching its manifesto ahead of the May 4 council polls, the small business campaign group...


Incubators and accelerators: An updated directory for the UK

Nesta has a long-standing interest in understanding startup support, including methods of incubation and acceleration. Today, we publish a new study, commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and produced by Nesta with support from the UK Science...


Scottish business confidence 'rises for first time in two years'

BBC (13/4/2017) – Scottish business confidence has risen for the first time in almost two years, according to a survey.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found confidence improved slightly in the first quarter of 2017, but remained in negative territory.That contrasted with the UK as a whole...


Action plan launched to boost Scotland’s social enterprise sector

Scottish Government – A scheme to encourage the launch of new companies that benefit and involve communities has seen annual funding double to £1 million for each of the next three years.The Social Entrepreneurs Fund offers grants and business support to help people make their ‘social start-up...


International lessons on green transition from Nordic regions

Nordregio - Promoting green transition and building greener economies is currently high on the policy agenda in the Nordic countries. But how can we make it happen in practice? To answer this question, Nordregio went directly to those working with green growth at the regional level. Nordregio i...


Scottish investment fund opens in the US

Scottish Enterprise (4/4/2017) – Edinburgh based venture capital firm Par Equity is to open its first US office in San Francisco, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.Par Equity facilitates investment into smaller companies with high growth potential and has launched a $125 million fund,...


IED Manchester Conference, 10th May 2017 – Early bird booking open!

The major economic development event of the year is coming to Manchester this spring.Taking place on 10th May 2017 at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester, the event will be bringing together economic development, regeneration and business leaders from across the UK to discuss how to achieve true e...


Scottish Government's Lead on Brexit Trade Issues Joins Expert Lineup for Workshop on Export Advice and Support

George Burgess, the Scottish Government's Deputy Director of Food, Drink and Trade, is to speak at a day workshop tailored for professionals who advise on and support the global aspirations of businesses and organisations in Scotland.Delivered by EDAS and SDI on Friday 31st March in Edinburgh, the w...


FAI Report: Scotland’s Economy Continues to Recover – But Uncertainty Will Act as Brake on Growth

FAI - Recovery in the Scottish economy is forecast to continue this year but will remain weak with little hope of a sharp increase in growth, according to a new report published today by Scotland’s leading independent economic research institute.  To read the full report please click her...


Employability Support for Young Scots Care Leavers

TFN - Hundreds of care leavers will be helped to move into work, training or education through a new £1 million programme announced today.The Care Experienced Employability Programme (CEEP) is a one-year pilot programme to help 270 young care leavers aged 16-29 to move into appropriate work, traini...


Scotland Posts Record Year for Food and Drink Exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. The figures also show that:Food exports alone grew by 22% to £1...


Scottish Government Launches New Digital Strategy Aimed at Digital Employment of 150,000

Scottish Government - Plans to boost the number of digital jobs to 150,000 by 2021 have been outlined in the Scottish Government’s new digital strategy.Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World sets out how the Scottish Government intends to place digital at the heart of everything...


EDAS & SDI Internationalisation Workshop on Exporting, 31.03.17

Learn from Scottish Government, SDI, FSB, SLAED, Scottish Chambers and more! This workshop is part one of two practical learning events designed for professionals with a role or interest in supporting and growing the global aspirations of businesses and organisations in Scotland. Part two,...


New Figures: Majority of Scottish Children in Poverty Live in Working Households

TFN – One million Scots are now living in poverty, new statistics show.And campaigners warn more people in paid work are being classified as poor.The figures, released by the Scottish Government, include 260,000 children, 70% of whom are in households where at least one person is in paid work.Anti...


Ekosgen Glasgow/Manchester Vacancies: Research Consultant, Consultant and Senior Consultant

We are growing our team of consultants and have vacancies at Research Consultant, Consultant and Senior Consultant level. You should have experience of economic and social research, preferably in a commercial environment, and have experience of building lasting client relationships.As a member of ou...


Fraser of Allander Institute: Perhaps not a boring budget after all?

The Fraser of Allander Institute – in association with ICAS – held a post-Spring Budget briefing today (March 10) at the University of Strathclyde.The presentations from Director, Graeme Roy and Head of Fiscal Analysis, David Eiser, outlined how the revised forecasts for both the economy an...


Fiscal issues facing Local Government in Scotland

The Fraser of Allander Institute has published a report today (March 10) – commissioned by the Scottish Local Government Partnership Group – examining the fiscal outlook for local government in Scotland.The aim of this report is to shed light on some of the key issues underpinning the debate on...


SDS - Making Skills Work for Employers: Clydebank 21st March and Forth Valley 22nd March

*Please note these events are aimed at Employers*Europe’s highest performing economies are supported by strong systems of work based learning, contributing to low unemployment and fewer skill shortages. Whether your business will be paying the Apprenticeship Levy from 2017, or not, SDS are hosting...


Women’s Enterprise Scotland Launches Programme to Improve Gender-Specific Support

Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) has launched a training programme to improve gender-specific support among business advisors.Launched to coincide with International Women’s Day, the programme offers insight into gender-appropriate techniques and best practice to help staff develop ef...


Scottish Government & COSLA Announce £25m in Regeneration Funding for Communities

SG - Local areas across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £25 million to help regenerate their communities.A total of 29 projects will be awarded funding in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involv...


Newsflash: Head of Circular Economy at Zero Waste Scotland to Highlight New Economic Development Opportunities on 17 March in Glasgow

Discover the Economic Development Opportunities and Organisational Benefits from the Circular Economy 2pm-4.30pm, Friday 17th March, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, GlasgowLouise MacGregor, Head of Circular Economy at Zero Waste Scotland, is to discuss the economic development opportun...


Centre for Local Economic Strategies: Power of Procurement – Policy and Practice from Manchester City Council

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has undertaken an array of work around procurement in recent years. A key component of this has been work undertaken collaboratively with Manchester City Council for the last ten years. CLES has now written the key activities, achie...


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