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Poll shows only a third think Scotland good place to do business

Business leaders have demanded Scotland’s reputation as an “uncompetitive” place to do business must change, as a new poll found only a third of people think the nation is good for business.

The poll, carried out by Survation for consultancy firm True North, showed almost half of people think Scotland has a bad policy environment for business, with only 35 per cent agreeing that it is good.

 

Dr Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Over many years, Scotland has garnered a reputation as an uncompetitive and high-regulation place to do business. This narrative has to change.

“The business community is entrepreneurial, innovative and adaptable. However, it is in the gift of the Scottish Government to either enable us to invest more and create more jobs or, on the other hand, force us to take difficult choices on investment and hiring as a result of increased regulation and higher taxation.

“Given the shared uncertainty being experienced by the public and by the business community, now is the time for government to act by reversing anti-business policies and work with us to stimulate investment, create jobs and widen the tax base to support public services.”

The poll also revealed 30 per cent of Scots are not confident about finding or retaining their job over the next 12 months, and only 46 per cent are confident of their long-term job prospects.

A total of 1,029 Scots were interviewed online from January 23-25 for the survey

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