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FSB publishes final quarterly Voice of Small Business Confidence Index for 2014

The FSB has published the final quarterly Voice of Small Business Confidence Index for 2014.  The Scottish results are set out here and an infographic highlighting the key findings is available here.

As in Q3, the results are mixed.  While we are still in positive territory, Scottish confidence has fallen for the second quarter in a row and is now lower than at this point last year.

Other key findings include that, although revenues are down, reduced costs (e.g. fuel costs) mean than profits are up.  Also encouraging is that the balance of firms planning to increase capital investment in the twelve months ahead has risen for the first time this year.

Thus, while small firms appear to be facing a tough immediate future, the long-term picture may be brighter.

More information.


Commission for Housing and Wellbeing seeks consultation response

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Commission for Housing and Wellbeing is accepting views on the relationship between housing and wellbeing for the people of Scotland. Chaired by Robert Black, the Commission is investigating how housing policy can enhance general wellbeing, and is keen to gather evidence from organisations and experts.

Yesterday, the CSPP attended the first evidence session held by the Commission, looking at key themes including an ageing Scottish population, housing and sustainability, and housing and social inequality. The session was facilitated by Jim McCormick of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Consultation for the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing will be open until 28 November, and can be found on the Commission's website.


Claudia Beamish receives RSPB's Politician of the Year Award

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Congratulations to Claudia Beamish MSP who won the Politician of the Year Award at the RSPB's annual Nature of Scotland ceremony on Thursday night.

The award goes to 'the politician that has made an outstanding contribution to nature conservation in the last year.' Sponsored by the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, it is open to any elected representative (MSP, MP, MEP or local councillor) who has links to Scotland or Scottish nature conservation.

Claudia Beamish is Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, and sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. The award was presented to her by CSPP Chair Richard Kerley.

For a full list of the Nature of Scotland Awards, please go here. Congrautlations to everyone who won an award and who was nominated.


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