That’s a BBC Scotland headline from yesterday! Have they forgotten their role in keeping our spirits down? The headline writer does seem to have but the main body of the text has lots of wee ifs and buts to keep your feet on the Union ground. They call it balance. I call it subtle propaganda. I’ve just ignored the negatives. Here IS the news:
Scotland won a record number of investments from overseas in 2016,
There were 122 foreign direct investment deals done over the course of last year, up from 119 in 2015.
The EY Scotland Attractiveness Survey showed Scotland was the second most popular part of the UK to invest in behind London.
This is the fifth year in a row that the country has been in that position.
Three Scottish cities were in the UK’s top 10 for attracting FDI in 2016, according to the research, with Glasgow fifth after a 27% increase in the number of such projects in 2016.
Scotland’s attractiveness in the eyes of investors is more in line with previous years.
Scotland has firmly secured its position as an attractive destination for FDI in the UK, with a further increase of projects from the record-breaking surge of inward investment in 2015.
For the second year in a row we have attracted more projects than ever before – with 2016 up 2.5% on 2015’s previous record – and Scotland has been the top UK region outside London in every one of the past five years.
We enjoy resources few nations can match, including one of the most highly-educated work-forces in Europe, a long-standing reputation for innovation and an internationally-regarded brand.
Today’s attractiveness survey indicates these assets continue to be recognised on the world stage, with a substantial number of projects from the US, France and Germany.
In fact, more than one in 50 of the investment projects across the whole of Europe are located in Scotland.