Scottish business confidence well above UK average

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Though second (only) to that in the West Midlands, business confidence in Scotland at 9.9 is well above the UK average of minus 0.2.

Again, from that well-known to me, but not to the BBC, must-be Marxist-Nationalist, throbbing organ, Insider:

‘The latest ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor’s Scots score is one of the highest in the UK and is second only to that of the West Midlands. Business confidence in Scotland remains firmly positive in the third quarter of 2018, according to new research. The latest ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor shows a score of plus 9.9 which is one of the highest in the UK and is second only to that of the West Midlands.’

I wonder, is that the first good news about business we’ve had recently. Let me check my records:

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

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

That all?


5 thoughts on “Scottish business confidence well above UK average

  1. gavin September 14, 2018 / 10:26 am

    The BEEBS private Frazer says “rubbish—we’re aw’ doomed, doomed a’ say”!

    That is what happens when you look through the wrong end of the telescope!

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  2. Ludo Thierry September 14, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I suspect the beeb Scotland crew will advise us that these good figures for the Scottish economy – should they even be acknowledged by Fraz et al – are all down to the hard work and entrepreneurship of such fine, upstanding Scots as these (all culled from recent reports):

    JIM Murphy, the man who led Labour to its worst ever election result in Scotland, has since earned almost £150,000 as a political consultant.

    Murphy set up his firm Arden Strategies Limited, named after the Glasgow housing scheme where he grew up, in October 2015, months after Labour’s crushing loss of 40 of its 41 seats to the SNP at the General Election. According to its latest accounts, Murphy paid himself £56,500 in tax-efficient dividends in 2016, followed by £89,700 in 2017.

    or how about this guy – remember him? (he sure remembers us!):

    As for Baron Darling of Roulanish, he is now a member of the board of directors of the giant US investment bank Morgan Stanley. According to that bank’s accounts, non-employee board members are paid between $85,000 and $115,000 – plus $250,000 in shares.

    or this tory ‘new boy’?:

    A MILLIONAIRE Tory MSP has been accused of “ambushing” the committee he chairs over changes to a report that could affect his financial interests.

    Sources said Sir Edward Mountain sprang a list of suggestions on MSPs as they considered a draft report on salmon farming in a private session yesterday.

    Among the ideas was a ban on new or expanded salmon farms “in the vicinity of wild salmon rivers” pending the introduction of a tougher regulatory regime.

    In his register of interests, Sir Edward, who was elected in 2016, declares “a 50% share of a rod and line salmon fishing in Moray, operated by Delfur Fishings” which has a total market value of around £8.3m, and yields a gross annual income of up to £240,000.

    He is also a “partner in and owner of 50% of Delfur Fishings”, earning £10,000 in 2017.

    His brother is also on the Spey Fishery Board which wants a presumption against farms in the North East extended and a “a new regulatory system” put in place.

    Sir Edward’s list pushed for the “precautionary principle” to be applied until a new enforcement regime to improve conditions on salmon farms comes into place.

    After some MSPs baulked at the process, it is understood Sir Edward deferred a final sign-off on the report and offered to discuss the matter with each of them individually.

    An SNP source said: “This is highly unorthodox behaviour from a committee convener, especially given his huge financial interest in salmon fishing.”

    “In his role as chair, Edward Mountain shouldn’t be giving any impression he’s trying to skew a committee report after consultation with stakeholders is concluded.”

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    • johnrobertson834 September 15, 2018 / 6:05 am

      Thanks for these eye-catching contributions.

      Idea – why not tweet links to the blog report with a quote or suggestion of some kind to read down for your fuller comments?

      I worry that many readers may have passed by before your info appears.



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