Scottish business confidence stays high…Ah but!..Oh shut up Revoking Scotland!

 This was announced on BBC Scotland News this morning but then quickly buried under a foul-smelling heap of reservations. In contrast, balanced and better written, from Insider today:

Business confidence among firms in Scotland has remained steady for a second month in a row, a survey suggests. Economic optimism stood at 9% in August, an increase of seven points on the previous month, according to the Bank of Scotland’s Business Barometer.

Bank of Scotland’s regional director also said:

‘To see overall confidence holding firm demonstrates the continued resilience of Scottish businesses during uncertain times.’

Reporting Scotland prefers you to think of these as free-standing events unlinked to any wider trends of positivity about the Scottish economy, so, for your own contentment, see these:

63% fall in large business insolvencies as Scottish economy reveals strength

See this Douglas? Business investment in Scotland up 250%!

Scottish Business Strength No.77: Small Scottish construction firms’ growth up 17%

Scottish small businesses still more confident than those in non-Scottish parts

Business activity soars to four-year high across manufacturing and service

Business confidence in Scotland soars by 24% while it sinks 29% in non-Scottish parts of UK

Scottish businesses more likely to be stable than those in rest of UK: News from a parallel universe unknown to our mainstream media

Scottish Government supports economy with new business rates unique in UK

Scottish business confidence higher than in any other region of UK

Nuff said?



13 thoughts on “Scottish business confidence stays high…Ah but!..Oh shut up Revoking Scotland!

  1. Robert Graham August 31, 2018 / 11:39 am

    l laughed when someone pointed out the most frequently used word the BBC used when describing anything about progress in Scotland and they were quite right its of course ” BUT” its used in almost every item , its second nature to them it probably goes unnoticed .Good old trusted Auntie eh .

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  2. John August 31, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Surely there has never ever been a radio station anywhere else in the world that only ever sees a glass half empty for it’s own country . If we were still a Presbyterian country I could understand it a bit, all doom and gloom , but I thought Scotland was supposed to be a pretty secular society now so where do they dig up all the BBC doomsayers from , great grannies cupboard ? .

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      • John August 31, 2018 / 4:19 pm

        I think they go out of their way to make sure they get cubs of their own ilk !

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  3. Ludo Thierry August 31, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    A wee bit of interesting news (quarterly crime stats) that the various britnat news outlets gave precious little coverage to was released yesterday. Very good news on Housebreaking and Violent Crime figures. Edit from yesterday’s Herald below:

    According to Police Scotland’s management information report, in the first quarter of 2017-18 (quarter-on-quarter comparison):

    Assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham reported: “As for violent crimes, domestic housebreakings are at their lowest for five years while violent crime overall has dropped 2.4 per cent, with common assaults down by 2.7 per cent and serious assaults by 5.7 per cent.

    Mr Graham said: “The reduction in both common and serious assaults is to be welcomed and the success in this area is not only because of police effort and focus.”

    “We have established a National Violence Prevention Board to better understand violent crime and what we can do to tackle it.

    “We recognise it is a complex issue and we engage with partners across health, education, government and the licensed trade on a number of initiatives to address alcohol-related violence.”

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    • Robert Graham August 31, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks for posting this as probably all here would have been none the wiser , nothing like a good news story to get our media to instantly lose interest .

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  4. Robert Graham August 31, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    On a totally different matter , someone posted a link on wings about the special award received in 2014 by the civil service and with special thanks to the Scottish involvement ,the gushing artical about the exuberance and genuine feeling of joy the team felt being involved with what they openly admit was a political campaign and most of them jumped for joy when a NO result was announced ,
    The replies to the artical were choice it’s amazing how temperate the comments were , Which leads me to my real point ,this Scottish part of the Civil Service are these the same people who are still involved in the Civil Service in Scotland with close links to the ones that might be involved with the Alex Salmond case , Aye makes you wonder exactly how impartial these people are , and how deep the infiltration goes , who do they answer too ? .

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  5. Alasdair Macdonald August 31, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    You make a cogent point about the presentation of ‘good news’ articles as ‘stand-alone’, whereas, with topics like NHS or Police Scotland, there is a continuous drip-drip of negativity.

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