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  1. Farm payment dates to be brought forward

    Rural Affairs Secretary confirms change to payment strategy.

  2. Economic recovery should be national endeavour

    First Minister urges businesses to support new ways of working.

  3. Marine Fund Scotland 2022-23: general guidance notes

    General guidance notes for prospective applicants to the Marine Fund Scotland 2022-23, including information on who can apply and how to apply.

  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support measures: evaluation

    This evaluation assesses the outputs and indicative outcomes of the COVID-19 business support measures available in Scotland up to summer 2021.

  5. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  6. New measures to support smaller businesses

    Business assets can be used more easily to raise funds.

  7. Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill: fairer Scotland duty summary

    Assessment of the consideration carried out under the Fairer Scotland Duty in relation to the Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill.

  8. Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment - stage 1 screening

    This report evidences the consideration that has been given to the impact the Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill will have on children and young people.

  9. Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    The business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the impact of the Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill.

  10. Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    Details of the equality assessment (EQIA) carried out in relation to the Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill.

  11. Urgent action needed on cost of living

    Calls for £30 billion support package.

  12. Encouraging manufacturing innovation

    Fund will support ideas to reduce emissions and cut waste.

  13. Support for fishing and coastal communities

    Investing in the Blue Economy.

  14. Support for fishing businesses and coastal communities

    Next round of funding announced.

  15. Supporting and celebrating local produce

    Developing regional food and drink projects across Scotland.

  16. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - March 2022

    Our first annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  17. Supporting the retail sector

    Encouraging fair work and improving skills.

  18. Getting the Right Change – retail strategy for Scotland

    This strategy contains current initiatives and future actions to help fulfil our vision for the retail sector in a fair, sustainable way. By delivering on its actions we aim for successful, profitable retail businesses, creation of new, better jobs and to become an exemplar for inclusive growth.

  19. Spring Statement fails to properly tackle soaring living costs

    Finance Secretary responds to UK Government plans.

  20. Urgent action needed to tackle cost of living

    Finance Secretary writes to Treasury ahead of Spring Statement.

  21. Report highlights scale and speed of Covid business support

    Over £4.5 billion of funding given to businesses, helping safeguard jobs, since the start of the pandemic.

  22. A Culture Strategy for Scotland

    A Culture Strategy for Scotland shows how important culture is to Scotland’s prosperity and sets the future direction for supporting culture in Scotland.

  23. Stop trading with Russia

    Businesses urged to show solidarity to Ukraine.

  24. Further support for culture recovery

    Culture and events sectors to benefit from £16 million

  25. Scottish Budget Bill passed

    Funding announced to help tackle the cost of living crisis.

  26. Changes to working from home advice

    Hybrid working to resume from 31 January.

  27. Professional sport allocated £2.55 million of COVID support

    Football, rugby, ice hockey, basketball and horse racing benefit.

  28. Supporting the tourism sector

    £9 million to mitigate impacts of Omicron.

  29. Sharing knowledge and innovation to tackle climate change

    Projects awarded funding in most recent round of Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund.

  30. Targeted funds for culture and events

    £65 million to help ease impact of pandemic.

  31. Businesses allocated £107 million support

    Targeted funding to help mitigate the impact of Omicron.

  32. Omicron restrictions take effect

    Measures to limit the spread of new variant.

  33. Nightclubs to close

    Closure to be reviewed in three weeks and follows consultation with sector.

  34. £21 million to support culture and events

    Additional funds for organisations and freelancers. 

  35. £100 million support for businesses

    Breakdown of support to compensate for festive cancellations.

  36. Limiting the spread of Omicron

    Guidance for business published.

  37. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  38. Support for fishing businesses and coastal communities

    More than £3 million awarded

  39. Businesses and Scottish Government: joint principles agreement

    Joint document between the Scottish Government and businesses setting out our shared commitment to co-development, collaborative delivery and collective assessment of policies impacting business. Based on trust and mutual respect it provides a framework for our engagement with business.

  40. Supporting sustainable local businesses

    Scotland Loves Local Fund delivering grants.

  41. Business Ventilation Fund

    Applications for £25 million fund to open.

  42. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation

    This draft heat network delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in Scotland.

  43. Tied pubs - Scottish Pubs Code - part 1: consultation

    The Tied Pubs (Scotland) Act 2021 provides for the introduction of a Scottish Pubs Code. This consultation paper seeks views on the Market Rent Only lease and guest beer agreement provisions in the Code.

  44. New funding to boost innovative seaweed business

    Funding of £600,000 further supports the sustainable development of Scotland’s Blue Economy.

  45. Fossil fuel energy sector overseas - trade promotion support: policy

    Information about the Scottish Government policy on trade promotion support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas.

  46. Fair Work First: guidance

    Outlines our Fair Work First approach and exemplifies the Fair Work First criteria in practice. It should be used by those involved in awarding public sector grants, sponsorship and other funding, and contracts, and those seeking to access/accessing such funding and/or contracts.

  47. Building Scotland’s prosperity

    Programme for Government focuses on economic transformation.

  48. Funding support for fishing and marine businesses

    Announcement comes during Holyrood food and drink debate.

  49. Pig Producers’ Fund

    Applications now open for hardship support scheme.

  50. Supporting workers beyond the pandemic

    Working with trades unions to ensure fair recovery and just transition.

  51. Digital Economy Business Survey 2021: findings

    Summary of findings from the Digital Economy Business Survey (DEBS) 2021. This publication includes the high level DEBS report, accompanying data tables and the Digital Economy Maturity Index 2021.

  52. Investing in food and drink sector innovation

    Applications now open for a fund to support producers and suppliers

  53. £6.7 million support for legal aid firms

    Vital backing to help with COVID recovery.

  54. Cash retention under construction contracts: short life working group final report and recommendations

    Final report and recommendations from short life working group on cash retention under construction contracts.

  55. Self-isolation rules

    Application of exemption for critical staff.

  56. Funding to help food and drink sector recover from Covid impact

    Scheme looks to showcase local produce

  57. National Islands Plan Survey: final report

    This report presents the findings from the National Islands Plan Survey. The research explores perceptions of island life in relation to the strategic objectives set out in the National Islands Plan.

  58. Investment to support legal aid traineeships

    Cash will strengthen vital sector during COVID recovery.

  59. Promoting tourism

    New £3 million fund to help industry rebuild.  

  60. Supporting businesses through the pandemic

    Latest business support information published.

  61. Accelerating Scotland’s tech-led recovery

    Programme backed by £7 million funding in first year.

  62. National Islands Plan through a COVID Lens: survey results

    Summary of key findings after the six main local authorities with islands were invited to consider the impact of the (COVID-19) pandemic on the delivery of National Island Plan commitments and how these should be prioritised going forward.

  63. £533 million paid to businesses since November

    New figures show scale of ongoing financial support.

  64. Innovation data baseline: final report

    Independent consultant EKOS were commissioned to undertake a review of the methods for measuring the impacts of investments in innovation. The study is part of a wider programme of work - which primarily focuses on the innovation activities of the Enterprise and Skills agencies in Scotland.

  65. More business support now live

    £60 million for newly self-employed, close contact businesses and driving instructors.

  66. Priorities for seafood taskforce

    Urgent work required to support sector.

  67. £244 million paid to businesses in January

    Finance Secretary doubles funding for councils to respond to local needs.

  68. Legal Aid Resilience Fund

    Supporting practitioners impacted by COVID-19.

  69. £2.5 million emergency funding for zoos and aquariums

    Support to protect animal welfare and conservation work.

  70. Supporting the wedding sector

    Increased fund to go live this week.

  71. Update to taxi grant criteria

    More drivers to receive fixed costs grant.

  72. Support for taxi and private hire drivers

    Significant additional funding confirmed.

  73. More support needed for seafood sector

    Rural Economy Secretary urges UK Government to act quickly.

  74. More than £55 million paid in business support

    Payments made to firms from October to December 2020.  

  75. Extending support for hospitality, retail and leisure

    January grants top-up announced.

  76. Businesses urged to check Brexit advice

    Support available over the holiday period.

  77. Investing in women

    Support for training and business creation.

  78. Accelerating support

    Additional £48 million for level 4 changes.

  79. £104 million tourism and hospitality lifeline

    Targeted support package for key sectors.

  80. New £185 million package for business

    COVID-19 assistance targets sectors in need.

  81. Latest COVID-19 funding allocations

    Money for business support and vaccine programme.

  82. Help for food and drink wholesalers

    New £5 million fund to help businesses.

  83. Harnessing digital for economic recovery

    Accelerating digital adoption by small and medium-sized firms.

  84. New ways of working

    Upskilling and reskilling opportunities for employees.

  85. Supporting the Langoustine sector

    £1 million assistance for new group.

  86. Young Person's Guarantee – Phase 1: activity plan

    This Young Person's Guarantee activity plan will be updated at regular points to account for progress made and future activity to be prioritised as part of the Guarantee.

  87. Hardship grants open to licensed sports and social clubs

    Economy Secretary confirms eligibility for more licensed businesses required by law to close or operate with specific restrictions.

  88. Expansion of hospitality provisions

    Changes to current restrictions.

  89. Support for nightclubs and soft play

    First phase of business grants from new fund.

  90. Supporting flagship cultural venues

    Emergency COVID-19 funding.

  91. Proposals for tourism recovery

    Taskforce recommendations published.

  92. Grants for businesses

    Support linked to strategic framework.

  93. Help for residential outdoor education centres

    £2 million package of support.

  94. More support for businesses

    Additional funding for business affected by temporary restrictions.

  95. COVID-19 restrictions to remain

    Further face covering rules announced and business support scheme to open.

  96. Protecting jobs and businesses

    Fund to provide grants and employment support.

  97. Help for childcare providers

    Transitional Support Fund opens to help protect from COVID-19.

  98. £4 million for technology sector

    Supporting next generation of start-ups.

  99. Supporting Scottish culture and heritage

    Emergency funding announced.

  100. £1 million funding for Aberdeen businesses affected by temporary measures

    Non-licensed premises to reopen next week.

  101. Investing in the food industry

    Support for local producers.

  102. Agriculture loan scheme launches

    Loans aim to maintain cash flow for farmers and crofters during COVID-19 crisis.

  103. Safe re-opening of small businesses

    Guidance published to help recovery of vital sector.

  104. Support for coastal communities

    £9.7 million of Scottish Crown Estate revenue to be distributed. 

  105. Investing in Scotland’s entrepreneurs and innovators

    £38 million for high growth companies.

  106. Support for zoos

    Package of measures available. 

  107. More support for small businesses

    Grants extended to help more companies in need.

  108. Support for seafood industry

    More than £5 million provided to processors.

  109. More than £100 million awarded to Scottish businesses

    Small B&Bs now covered by support scheme.

  110. Additional quota for inshore fishing

    Up to £2 million of potential new opportunities to help fleet. 

  111. Sector guidance for easing lockdown

    Support to work safely.

  112. Help for businesses

    Additional £40 million of support for key sectors.

  113. Extra support for charities

    Small premises now eligible for £10,000 grants.

  114. SME support doubles to £90m

    Additional £45m to support pivotal businesses.

  115. Emergency loan fund for SME housebuilders

    Supporting businesses through the pandemic.

  116. £100m funds to help business

    Applications open for lifeline support schemes.

  117. Lifeline support for business confirmed

    Support for the newly self-employed and firms suffering hardship to be paid in early May.  

  118. Social distancing regulations strengthened

    Temporary regulations confirmed and extended to protect workers.

  119. Call for accelerated business support

    UK Government urged to fill gaps in funding schemes.

  120. Thousands of businesses benefit from support grants

    Action to address economic damage of COVID-19.

  121. Support for Scottish seafood industry worth £22.5 million

    More than 1,000 businesses now eligible for help.

  122. Additional support for business

    Second phase of funding to protect against the effects of COVID-19.

  123. Support for aquaculture

    Shellfish growers and trout farmers share £3 million

  124. Support for coastal businesses

    Scottish Crown Estate revenue available for COVID-19 pressures.

  125. Social distancing guidance for business

    ‘Essential that all businesses act responsibly’ to protect public health. 

  126. Supporting agriculture

    Farm payment schemes to alleviate COVID-19 pressures.

  127. Supporting the seafood sector

    £10 million assistance for processing businesses during COVID-19 pressures.

  128. MSPs support Emergency Coronavirus Bill

    New legislation will protect people, public services and the economy.

  129. Parliament asked to back emergency Coronavirus Bill

    New powers outlined for justice, public services and the economy

  130. Tenants to be given extra protection

    Emergency Scottish legislation in response to coronavirus.

  131. £1 billion Business Support Fund opens

    Grants to help businesses with COVID-19 impact.

  132. Support for business water bills

    Relaxation of charges to help with coronavirus pressures.

  133. Flexibility on alcohol rules needed

    Supporting drinks manufacturers to respond to Covid-19.

  134. Treasury wage support welcome

    More support for sick and unemployed needed.

  135. £2.2 billion for business

    Providing support during economic emergency.

  136. COVID-19 helpline for Scottish businesses

    Action to support the economy.

  137. Joint working needed on funding for coronavirus response

    Finance Secretary responds to UK Budget.

  138. £220 million to help achieve net-zero

    Supporting inclusive growth.

  139. Refreshed plan for economic growth

    New website among range of actions.

  140. Uniform Business Rate reforms

    Supporting businesses across Scotland.

  141. Business statistics 2019

    Number of Scottish businesses at record high.

  142. Behaviour and motivation of businesses: qualitative insights

    Report on research to understand attitudes and behaviour of SME owners in Scotland in relation to business growth.

  143. Supporting businesses through Brexit

    Letter sets out help available.

  144. Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: consultation analysis

    Analysis of information provided by respondents to the consultation where we were seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.

  145. Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: response to consultation

    Our decision following consideration of the information provided by respondents to a consultation seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.

  146. Creative industries: policy statement

    Our vision and priorities for the creative industries in Scotland.

  147. Non-domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals statistics, Scotland 2019-20 Q1

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  148. Funding for marine economy

    European investment to support sector.

  149. Investing in manufacturing

    £14 million fund to help firms compete globally.

  150. Funding to Prepare for Brexit

    Grants for businesses expanded.

  151. EU exit is impacting business and investment

    Economy Secretary urges businesses to prepare now.

  152. Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: equality impact assessment

    How Scottish National Investment Bank's ethical approach will be developed.

  153. Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Potential costs on businesses in Scotland that may result from the creation of Scottish National Investment Bank.

  154. Employers encouraged to put ‘Fair Work First’

    Support to make workplaces fairer.

  155. Barclay Implementation Advisory Group: final report

    Barclay Implementation Advisory Group was established to inform advice to Scottish Ministers in respect of the implementation detail of a number of the Barclay recommendations.

  156. Non-domestic rates reform: analysis of responses to consultation on Barclay implementation

    Analysis of responses to our consultation on accepted recommendations requiring legislation that came out of the Barclay Review of non-domestic rates. The consultation ran from 25 June until 17 September 2018.

  157. Promoting Scottish business abroad

    Engagement with corporate leaders in North America.

  158. Helping businesses grow and thrive

    Additional £100m to be provided through the Scottish Growth Scheme.

  159. Scotland remains open for business

    Minister for Trade heads to Hamburg on trade visit.

  160. Business and Regulatory Impact Assessments (BRIA): template

    The Scottish Government's approved template for the completion of a Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment.

  161. The future of Michelin Dundee

    Action Group convened. 

  162. Michelin Action Group

    Membership announced.

  163. Businesses in Scotland 2018

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  164. Michelin tyres plant

    Economy Secretary meets unions and management.

  165. Non-domestic rates relief statistics for small businesses in Scotland 2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  166. Business rates cap

    Hospitality sector and Aberdeen offices to benefit.

  167. Slavery and human trafficking: guidance for businesses

    Tailored advice for all businesses in Scotland, regardless of size.

  168. 2018-19, Quarter 1 Non-domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals Statistics

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  169. Investing in Scotland’s Digital Future

    £6 million digital network launched.

  170. Glasgow Fire Recovery Fund

    £5 million to support affected businesses.

  171. Business support to third sector organisations contract review: research summary

    Summary findings of the review of the business support to third sector organisations contract, the service known as ‘Just Enterprise’.

  172. Business support to third sector organisations contract review: research report

    Research report on the review of the business support to third sector organisations contract, the service known as 'Just Enterprise'.

  173. Small Business Survey Scotland: 2017

    Sets out the findings for Scotland of the Small Business Survey 2017.

  174. Unlocking Ambition business stars announced

    Next generation of business people to build successful companies with a social conscience.  

  175. Together we can, together we will: consultation

    Consultation by National Consultation of Rural Advisers (NCRA) to help inform recommendations for Scottish Government on future policy direction for the rural economy.

  176. Making waves in subsea innovation

    £31m investment to create ‘world-leading’ centre of excellence.

  177. Non-domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals Statistics, Scotland 2017-18, Quarter 4

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  178. Backing for small business

    Almost 80% of public sector contract awards go to SMEs.

  179. Supported factories and businesses: procurement framework

    Framework agreement for supported factories and businesses providing products and services to the Scottish public sector.

  180. Young's Seafood

    New Group to explore options for retaining Annan processing jobs.

  181. Fintech investment reaches £37m

    Economy Secretary reinforces strength of Scotland’s Fintech sector.

  182. Future of energy generation

    £33m investment by Aggreko in research and development.

  183. Health staffing resilience

    Assistance to transport Edinburgh staff.

  184. A publicly-owned investment bank for Scotland

    Plans take shape as recommendations published.

  185. Planning application decision times published

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  186. Business Enterprise Research and Development 2016

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  187. A budget for business

    Spending on the economy to increase by 64%.

  188. Budget sets out economic growth package

    Economic expansion at centre of spending plans.

  189. Scotland’s Budget

    Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy.

  190. Decommissioning fund awards

    £1.1 million to applicants in first round of funding.

  191. Sports, arts and community centres to keep rates relief

    Charity relief upheld for community venues.

  192. Record number of small businesses accessing relief

    £226 million awarded in 2017-18.

  193. £10.5m investment in life sciences

    Biospyder and Acadian seek new opportunities in Scotland.

  194. Trade links with Canada must be protected after Brexit

    Business needs certainty over trade agreements.

  195. North east technology centre

    Aberdeen innovation facility unveiled.

  196. Barclay review of non-domestic tax rates: ministerial response

    Finance Secretary Derek Mackay addresses Scottish Parliament regarding his plans to act on the recommendations of the Barclay review.

  197. Support for Scottish businesses abroad

    First Minister outlines government backing to increase exports.

  198. Support for innovation projects

    Accelerator programme winners announced.

  199. £5.3 million for Ayrshire

    Funding for The HALO regeneration project on former Diageo site.

  200. Labour Productivity Statistics, 2017 Quarter 1

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  201. Scottish Annual Business Statistics 2015

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  202. Non-domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals Statistics, Scotland 2017-18, Quarter 1

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  203. £5m oil and gas investment

    Economy Secretary welcomes research and development boost.

  204. Business rates review

    Finance Secretary responds to report publication.

  205. Non-domestic tax rates review: Barclay report

    Report of the external Barclay review into tax rates for non-domestic properties, with recommendations for rates system reform.

  206. Barclay Report on Business Rates Published

    Issued on behalf of the Barclay Review Group

  207. Practical fire safety guidance for existing non-residential premises

    Guidance note on fire safety responsibilities for business owners of non-residential premises.

  208. £1m boost for the young workforce

    Developing the Young Workforce launched in the islands, and nationwide scheme extended until 2021

  209. Tidal park approved

    Multi turbine facility near Islay will create up to 32 jobs.

  210. Scottish Growth Scheme

    First package of new support for business growth.   

  211. Support for subsea testing centre of excellence

    FM welcomes £2.5m investment

  212. Building for the future

    £6.4 billion of infrastructure projects underway.

  213. New roles for workers

    More than two thirds of Kwik-fit Insurance Services workers in positive destinations.

  214. Strengthening business support

    Economy Secretary confirms new structure to boost productivity.

  215. Age verification guidance

    A guide for retailers creating an age verification policy for their store, including what documentation to ask for and approaching customers.

  216. Support for Scotland's food and drink industry

    £10m backing to boost growth.

  217. Boost for infrastructure

    Funding for new roads and land.

  218. £25 million for local regeneration

    Grants to support 29 community projects across country.

  219. Protecting Scottish farmers

    Rural Secretary fighting for best deal for industry.

  220. New opportunities for businesses

    London hub will help to raise Scotland’s international profile.

  221. Boost for business with rates support

    Additional backing for more than 9500 premises.

  222. Support for business

    Funding to develop the Scottish Business Network in London.

  223. Support for business and the economy: Finance Secretary's statement

    Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay MSP delivers a speech to Scottish Parliament.

  224. A million ways to support social enterprises

    Funding to promote and drive growth in the sector.

  225. Budget boost for economy and public services

    Additional funding for Enterprise, policing and local government.

  226. Green Investment Bank

    Cabinet Secretary receives confirmation on protection of Scotland interests during sale.

  227. Employment support

    £96 million contracts for 2018 services announced.

  228. Green Investment Bank

    Assurances received over strategic importance of Green Investment Bank.

  229. Support for small business

    Small Business Bonus Scheme exempts 100,000 properties from business rates this year.

  230. Support for innovation projects

    Further £1 million invested to support new pilot projects

  231. Practical fire safety guidance for existing non-residential premises: consultation

    Consultation on the revised fire safety guidance for non-residential premises.

  232. Finance Ministers' Quadrilateral

    Devolved administrations meet the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

  233. Business boost

    European funding for small and medium-sized enterprise.

  234. A plan for Scotland: the Scottish Government's programme for Scotland 2016-2017

    The Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2016 to 2017 sets out the actions we will take in the forthcoming year and beyond.

  235. Enterprise Areas: maps

    Maps showing the site boundaries of the various Enterprise Areas, each focused on a different industry.

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