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Scot-Buzz editor BILL JAMIESON finds the silver lining behind the falling oil price cloud. $90 and falling, then $80 and still falling: the price of Brent crude has now sunk to $78.74 a barrel. A temporary blip? The 29-country International Energy Agency believes we are seeing a major step change in the price. Economic disaster? Not for motorists, says Bill, or those in fuel poverty, or businesses...
KEN HOUSTON says spending £73 billion the government does not have on HS2 is symptomatic of a wider malaise that could eventually lead to civil chaos. Opinion on HS2 is split between those for whom it's a major key to economic advancement and those who see it as another expensive vanity project. Ken's in the latter camp - HS2, he predicts, will be Edinburgh trams with bells on ...
TELL US MORE - Each week in this column Scot-Buzz tells Scotland about your businesses, events and conferences . So do you have a new product/service about to launch? An event to promote? A conference or meeting date for the diary? Send the details to bill@scot-buzz.co.uk marked ‘attention notice board’. Here's this week's round up...
This week JOHN MCGURK has been watching the Christmas TV ads. Sainsbury's has produced pure Hollywood, but not everyone approves of their First World War Christmas truce and they stand accused of cynically exploiting the 100th anniversary of the war to bring in the shoppers. How much better it could have been, says John...
BRYAN WEBSTER says the old lady sitting in the Health Centre doesn’t need Audit Scotland to tell her that the NHS in Scotland is in a mess…she suffers from it. This is the fourth time in a fortnight she has been summoned to the Centre: once to have her Warfarin checked, once to have her blood pressure taken and her urine sampled, once for her flu jab and now to see the doctor...
GEORGE KEREVAN gives Scot-Buzz readers the low-down on this year's SNP conference in Perth. Once these party gatherings were for discussing policy, now they are a mere rally of the faithful - a backdrop for televised speeches by the party leaders. George has been in the back room where overwrought advisors make last-minute changes to the draft of a leader’s speech, and it's not always a happy sight...
Senior business figures are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to encourage larger firms to unlock their balance sheets and invest in SMEs through corporate venturing. Britain’s biggest companies are sitting on a massive £488 billion cash pile. Yet at the same time many dynamic smaller businesses find it hard to get access to finance and sound knowledge to support their growth plans...
Fed up with clichés tripping over banalities? Scot-Buzz has just the thing for you. With 170 days to go until the General Election the brilliant Polifiller.com website has updated its online political jargon removal tool, adding several hundred more annoying and empty phrases from politicians’ speeches. Simplicity and clarity are a mere cut and paste away...
Two months ago we reported on plans by Waitrose to build a 22,000 sq ft. supermarket, café and multi-storey car park in Corstorphine, West Edinburgh. Town centres throughout Scotland have fought to have an upmarket Waitrose store sited in their area, so the news seemed a wholeheartedly welcome arrival for Corstorphine residents. But maybe not. Not everyone is thrilled, as we report...
Scot-Buzz editor BILL JAMIESON says Holyrood may talk the talk on Enterprise Scotland but the number of private sector businesses operating in Scotland has fallen for the first time in eight years. Just over 335,000 enterprises were running in March of this year - a fall of 2.4 % on the previous 12 month period. It’s the first annual drop in the total business stock since 2006. So what’s going wrong here, asks Bill, as he looks at the latest study of family businesses and SMEs...
Editor of the Scottish Review KENNETH ROY enjoys working from his office at Prestwick Airport - or Sturgeon International as he prefers to call it - watching the one flight a day leave and the Glasgow train departing. This hilarious article appeared in the latest edition of SR and brilliantly lances the vanity of this Scottish government airport purchase and the vacuous claptrap that now masquerades as a business plan. We reprint it here with Ken's kind permission...