Latest News

Please find below a range of stories from across the membership and the network. If you would like to submit a member story please send it to Cheryl King for inclusion on this page and our fortnightly Enewsletter.

All-female led Fife based technology firm learning and leading during lockdown and beyond

Thursday, 28 May 2020

In early march when COVID-19 started to really impact business in Scotland, eCom Scotland, a Fife based leader in online learning and assessment was quick to react with their business continuity plans, usually kept for emergency situations such as ‘The Beast from the East’. 

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launched

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

A new online service has been launched to let small and medium-sized employers recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees for coronavirus-related absences.

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Scottish Government issues guidance for manufacturers and retailers

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for manufacturers and retailers to help them plan to re-start as the country moves out of lockdown.  It follows the recent publication of a route map setting out the four phases by which the Scottish Government will ease lockdown in a series of carefully controlled steps.  Non-essential manufacturing operations are due to re-open during phase 2 of the re-start programme.   Small retail units are also scheduled to re-open in phase 2, while larger retail units should open in phase 3.  The guidance sets out all the factors that manufactur

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SCC welcome further actions outlined by Scottish Government to support businesses

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament earlier today, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP outlined further measures that the Scottish Government are taking to support more businesses adversely affected by Covid-19:

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DYW Key Workers Campaign

Monday, 25 May 2020

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 21 regional groups are preparing to launch an awareness campaign across Scotland showcasing roles within the key sectors to make young people more aware of the types of jobs involved and what skills/qualities would be required. We want to tap into the energy of key workers to push this campaign forward and inspire the next generation. The campaign which will be promoted across social media platforms and will feature a variety of sectors and job roles.

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St Andrews students with cost price face masks

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Two University of St Andrews students have set up an operation to provide the public with face masks at zero mark up to eliminate predatory price-gouging.

Cogan Wade and Frederik Filz von Reiterdank were appalled on seeing the mark up of face masks when they tried to source them for their volunteering charity, StudentsAgainstCorona.

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Clarity, consistency and continuity needed for smooth move out of lockdown

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

As the First Minister prepares to announce her plans to begin easing lockdown restrictions, the latest Covid-19 Tracker survey by the Scottish Chamber of Commerce clarified what business needs to navigate the changes smoothly.

The survey captures views from hundreds of businesses from across Fife and the rest of the country and the findings are stark:  the absolute requirement for clarity, contingency and continuity to allow a safe and successful restart of the economy:

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Clear Your Head Campaign

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

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Larger Businesses To Benefit From Loans Of Up To £200 Million

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the government announced today.

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Points-based immigration system moves a step closer

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020 is due to come into effect in January 2021.  It repeals EU freedom of movement and introduces a new points-based framework for who can come to live in the UK.

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