Scottish business monitor shows sentiment improving, but outlook concerning

Major survey indicates improving Scottish business sentiment, but outlook remains challenging

The Addleshaw Goddard Scottish Business Monitor, produced in partnership with the Fraser of Allander Institute shows that as lockdown restrictions begin to ease and the economy starts to open back up, sentiment amongst the Scottish business community is showing some tentative signs of improvement. However, the overall outlook remains challenging.

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Scottish Budget update

As per usual, there was no amount of confusion about what the Chancellor’s statement yesterday meant for the Scottish Budget. Different numbers mean different things to people. But the outlook for the Scottish budget in 2020/21 has changed substantially since it was published in March. So, what do we know?

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Fiscal event or not a fiscal event…. today’s announcements in a nutshell

The Chancellor today announced a number of measures designed to stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, whilst significant, it is clear that the Chancellor is keeping some options in his back pocket for the budget in the Autumn. And whilst it is right that we …

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Fiscal stimulus? Plus a note about ‘borrowing powers’…

We set aside some time yesterday to look over the Prime Minister’s economy announcements, following the trail that it would set out a plan for recovery. At the heart of the announcement was a £5bn “new deal” to build homes and infrastructure. But has been widely pointed out, there was …

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Expected sharp fall in outlook for business – Scottish Business Monitor Q1 2020

In this podcast, Graeme Roy is joined by Mairi Spowage and James Black to discuss the latest results from the Fraser of Allander Scottish Business Monitor. The survey, done in partnership with law firm Addleshaw Goddard, has been running since 1998, and seeks to capture business activity and outlook in …

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