In Insider today:
The latest manufacturing and engineering survey by Henderson Loggie found 59% felt positive but 57% – up from 22% in 2017 – of Scottish firms acknowledged uncertainty over trading tariffs could restrict growth. The survey, in conjunction with MHA and Bank of Scotland, also reported that 36% of Scottish manufacturers (49% UK) expect staff numbers to increase in the next 12 months, yet 55% (75% UK) of respondents report having difficulty recruiting employees with the relevant skills.
Earlier reports of a robust Scottish economy under the SNP:
Scottish labour market outperforms UK revealing more evidence of health in economy
Umpteenth post on underlying strength in Scottish economy: Property investment up 19.8%!
Scottish business confidence well above UK average
SNP blamed as private businesses experience too much demand and overcrowding with new staff second only to Labour-mayored London.
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
*Using Reporting Scotland editorial guidelines on rounding of numbers for headline purposes as passed to me, on tablet of stone, by Graham Stewart at RS.