Businesses show increase in confidence for the coming 6 months after a challenging end to 2019

The Fraser of Allander Business Monitor is one of the first major surveys of Scottish firms post-election. The figures show that the outlook for business activity, investment and employment are at their highest level since 2014. This follows a challenging end to 2019 for all these indicators. Expectations of growth …

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Economic statisticians, irony and Scotland’s latest trade statistics

Economists aren’t known for their sense of humour. Economics statisticians less so. So it was highly ironic – albeit perhaps not very funny – that just two days before the UK’s departure from the EU, analysts in the Scottish Government published their latest annual account of Scottish exports. As expected, …

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2019 Sir Alexander Stone Lecture: ‘Brexit: the unanswered questions for UK and Scottish policymakers’

Introduction Thank you Andrew and can I add my welcome to everyone for coming along this evening. I must confess to only knowing of Sir Alexander Stone as the name on the building at Glasgow where my economics lectures used to be held. For those of you who don’t know, …

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UK regional growth in a time of economic uncertainty – estimates to 2019 Q2

This blog presents research outputs from an Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence project. ESCoE provides the Office for National Statistics with research that addresses the challenges of measuring the modern economy, as recommended by Professor Sir Charles Bean in his Independent Review of UK Economics Statistics. This research was undertaken by Strathclyde …

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The final countdown: insights from Scottish businesses as the UK heads towards Brexit

With only 3 weeks to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, Scottish Businesses still don’t have any certainty over the terms of the exit, and crucially, if there will be any sort of transition to future arrangements. Ahead of a series of votes in the House …

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