Ruth and Kezia sob as they hear Scotland is ranked as the best place in the UK to start a business. Will this good news never end?


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Good news about the Scottish economy seems endless these days. We’ve recently heard:

Unemployment at record low, employment up, economy growing, youth unemployment amongst lowest in Europe, business confidence increasing, oil jobs returning, health indicators improving to world’s best: That’ll be Norway? No? Scotland!? SNP baaaad!

Now Swedish payments firm iZettle’s survey ranks Scotland as: the best place in the UK to start a business, thanks to five key factors.’

The five factors are:






 According to the survey, reported in the Scotsman, respondents said parents and partners are their biggest champions, believed that having a “warrior spirit” is a key trait to thrive as a small business and if they had the choice they would do it all over again.


17 thoughts on “Ruth and Kezia sob as they hear Scotland is ranked as the best place in the UK to start a business. Will this good news never end?

  1. Ludo Thierry July 19, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Hi Prof – Goodness Me! – you describe The Scotsman actually choosing to report some positive news regarding Scotland – Heavens Above – what can have gone wrong with all their carefully developed news’filters’? – Could it be some kind of Multiple Personality psychosis breaking out at The Scotsman or has someone just made a mistake! – Time will surely tell, Thanks, ludo

    Liked by 1 person

    • johnrobertson834 July 19, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      I think they’re understaffed so this got through as did the crap about ant-Jewish behaviour


  2. johnrobertson834 July 20, 2017 / 9:45 am

    There are some words that just seem to increase my readership – Ruth and Kezia are two of them.


  3. Contrary July 20, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    People like the gossip…?

    You might as well always use one of the key words in the heading whether or not it is relevant to the article, everyone else does it 🙂


  4. Contrary July 20, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Gosh. That’s a lot of people, I’d better watch my grammar from now on. It must come up in google searches if you include ,,, key? ,,, words like Kezia, maybe? Does it work with a Willie Rennie headline? That would be a nice wee experiment. Hmmm, have you ever tried a Nicola Sturgeon headline? I seem to remember a while back you did say Theresa May got you a bigger readership. Maybe you should start a gossip column on big stars, so you can throw in lots of big names.

    But, you should remember, it isn’t the size that matters – it is the quality!

    I will leave it up to you on how to determine quality in readership…


    • johnrobertson834 July 21, 2017 / 7:50 am

      9707 by midnight; it’s a record! So few comments? Big stars? Like Justin Bieber supports Yes campaign?


  5. John July 21, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Too bad they are on holiday or they would be on Good Morning Scotland telling us all the downsides of the Scottish economy doing well !

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  6. Contrary July 21, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    9707, gosh, that is a rather big increase from a normal 500… better growth than exponential there! Big starts, Yeah, or just that … I don’t know! I’m not interested in gossip! And I don’t even know who Justin Bieber is.

    So few comments because… din-din-DA .. what CAN you say to good news? You get that little satisfied glow at the bottom of your stomach, and you just do not feel enraged or infuriated enough to actually make a comment. Most comments will when you write something controversial? Or criticise a newspaper? Everyone wants to leap on the wrongs of the world, it is FAR harder commenting on good news. What do you say? I try and expand when I can, but really I talk about my own findings, and I just like the fact I get SO MUCH attention (not many other comments) and you let me ramble on for ages.

    I am awaiting my last comment being moderated,,, I need to pay more attention to the links I post, I’m just creating more work for you! – and you seem to be very busy these days putting the successes of scotland out there in the public domain.


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