Blue Sky(scanner) thinking….

If you’re depressed reading the debates around GERS over the last day and want to feel a bit more motivated and optimistic about things, read this review of the “Scottish Technology Ecosystem”.

Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

Are we making progress on child poverty?

The second progress report on Child Poverty was published last week. What does it tell us about how well the Scottish Government is doing towards meeting it’s ambitious targets on child poverty? Unfortunately it tells us less than we need to know.

Covid-19 and the hospitality sector

Mairi Spowage is joined by Rebecca Moore, VP of Operations at TravelNest, a software platform for holiday lets, and Gordon Murray, owner of Craigmaddie Muir Farm and user of TravelNest, to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality sector.

Economic outcomes for minority ethnic groups in Scotland

Scotland is a country that many people from a diverse range of backgrounds call home yet economic exclusion for minority ethnic groups is a prevalent feature of our society, manifested through poorer labour market outcomes. This article looks at the evidence on this and the implications for our society.

Glasgow Clyde crane in sunset

Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 14th August 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households. Consumer interest exceeded last year’s levels concurrently for most products and services for the first time since the start of the lockdown. Scotland has also seen a large number of businesses re-open in recent weeks and it now has the lowest share of temporarily closed businesses across the UK.

People social distancing in queue

Recession and Recovery

In the least newsy of news it became ‘official’ at 07:00 on 12 August that the UK economy had been in recession. That confirmation came with the GDP figures for the three months from April to June. During that time income fell by 20.4%, following a fall of 2.2% between January and March.