Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Scottish Government announces £100m fund for employment support and training

The Scottish Government has announced that people looking for work or those at risk of redundancy will benefit from £100 million of additional assistance to move into work or retrain.

Published 17 July 2020

LBTT threshold increase welcomed but builders call for quick implementation

The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 as the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support homebuyers and help the economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Published 10 July 2020

UK start-ups to benefit from £1.25bn support scheme, but ministers warn funding gaps still exist

The Scottish Government has welcomed a £1.25 billion COVID-19 support package from the Treasury for start-ups that are not eligible for existing coronavirus funding schemes but has urged the UK Government urged to fill even more gaps in funding schemes.

Published 21 April 2020

Chancellor extends furlough scheme as online application portal goes live

An online application portal for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been launched today as the initiative was extended by another month.

Published 20 April 2020

Scottish Government urged to show commitment to A96 and A9 upgrades

Council and business leaders have joined forces to seek an “unwavering” assurance from the Scottish Government of its continued commitment to delivering upgrades of the A96 and A9.

Published 13 January 2020

Scottish Chambers: Brexit uncertainty causing negative construction investment

The balance of construction firms increasing investment fell into negative territory in Q3 with the level of work in progress at the lowest level in six years, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said today.

Published 11 October 2019

FMB sounds alarm bells for construction over no-deal Brexit

The UK construction sector could be subject to soaring material prices and lower workloads and enquiries as a result of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 3 July 2019

Budget delivers ‘significant’ further investment in infrastructure

The Scottish Government delivered a budget yesterday which it said will add significant further investment into the core drivers of economic growth such as transport, energy, housing and digital infrastructure.

Published 16 December 2016

Commercial property and transport infrastructure on Budget Statement wish list

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has called on the Scottish Government to take positive steps to boost commercial property investment to aid economic development.

Published 14 December 2016

Business call for Apprenticeship Levy clarification or postponement

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in Scotland should be postponed until April 2018 amid growing evidence that not enough businesses are prepared for the tax, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said today.

Published 20 September 2016

Back Scottish construction sector in wake of Brexit, says Scottish Chambers of Commerce

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said that support for Scottish construction businesses must one the priorities amid “very acute fears” that the economy north of the Border could fall into recession as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Published 14 July 2016

Construction sector ‘broadly positive’ despite public sector decline

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has called on governments north and south of the border to provide more investment to assist Scottish construction firms through the public sector procurement process.

Published 2 November 2015

Scottish construction off to a ‘great start’ in 2015

The Scottish construction industry is showing strong order growth and investment trends driven by housebuilding, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said today.

Published 15 January 2015