Reading Time: 6 minutes This blog contains up-to-date links to a selection of trusted and official external sources of information relating to support available for individuals and organisations to help with the cost crisis.
Hospitality in Scotland – impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis
Reading Time: 5 minutes This blog looks at how the hospitality sector has been affected by the pandemic and the recent increases in the cost of living.
Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill
Reading Time: 12 minutes The Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus)(Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 14 December 2021. If passed, the Bill will mean that the effect of coronavirus cannot be taken into account when setting the ‘net annual value’ and/or ‘rateable value’ for a property, which in turn determines the non-domestic rates that must be paid.
This blogpost considers the context for the Bill and its purpose. It also considers the related secondary legislation that has already been passed by the Parliament.
SPICe FAQ – Sources of funding for businesses
Reading Time: 3 minutes We regularly receive enquiries from MSPs and their staff on behalf of constituents looking for funding to either establish a new business or improve their
Retail revolution and postal delivery surcharges
Reading Time: 6 minutes This blog explores data around the shift to increased online retail, the impact of this shift on the retail business base, support from the Scottish Government to retail, and the implications for parcel delivery surcharges.
Trends in Scottish exports: 2010 to 2019
Reading Time: 4 minutes The latest Exports Statistics Scotland (ESS) publication from the Scottish Government was published on the 21 October 2021. This blog takes a looks at these
New report on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on female entrepreneurs in Scotland
Reading Time: 3 minutes This blog provides a quick read summary of the findings of a report by Professor Norin Arshed on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on female entrepreneurs in Scotland.
Economic development in Scotland
Reading Time: 3 minutes This blog and related briefing provides an overview of economic development in Scotland. It looks at the main organisations involved in delivering economic development activities, the direction of economic development strategy, and current economic development programmes in Scotland.
A good deal? Agriculture and the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Reading Time: 8 minutes The media has recently reported extensively on the negotiations to establish a free trade agreement (FTA) between the UK and Australia. Much of this attention has been paid to the impact that the agreement may have on UK agricultural sectors.
Guest blog: The impact of COVID-19 on Scottish SMEs’ liquidity and access to finance
Reading Time: 6 minutes This blog summarises the main effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Scottish SMEs, in terms of liquidity and access to finance.