Stirling Distillery Make History Filling Their First Whisky Cask

This is the first time whisky has been made in Stirling for 171 years.   Stirling, Scotland – 28th November, 2023 – Stirling Distillery has announced they have filled their first whisky cask with new make spirit – the first time whisky has been made in Stirling for 171 years. The distillery have a limited […]

Forth Valley must act now to address transport and economy challenges, says report

The Forth Valley region must act immediately if it is to successfully address transport and economy challenges and lay the foundations for future growth and sustainability, according to a new report.   Three ‘Big Moves’ will drive quick wins for the region and change its path for the better, says Bridging Divides, Connecting Communities, the […]

Forth Green Freeport submits outline business case as development platform takes shape

The consortium behind the Forth Green Freeport has submitted its Outline Business Case (OBC) to the Scottish and UK Governments following its successful shortlisting earlier this year. Submission of the OBC is an important step in the process towards securing green freeport status as the team refines its visionary bid for Scotland. At the heart […]

ECITB’s £1M investment in Regional Skills Hubs to benefit Scottish clusters

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has announced it will invest one million pounds for Regional Skills Hubs over the next two years to boost training provider capacity and grow new entrant numbers in the ‘Industrial Cluster’ hot spots that are at the heart of the UK’s decarbonisation agenda.   Andrew Hockey, ECITB Chief […]

Local swimming providers championing inclusion

72% of children with disabilities in mainstream lessons    A NATIONAL diversity and inclusion initiative has reported a record number of children with disabilities enrolled in mainstream swimming lessons in Stirling.    Nearly three-quarters (72%) of children with disabilities who partake in Learn in Swim lessons with Active Stirling are now taking part in mainstream […]

SCC respond to the Autumn Statement

Commenting on the Autumn Statement delivered by the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, Dr Liz Cameron CBE, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “While today’s Autumn Statement brings some welcome measures to incentivise investment and bring people back into work, it is under the shadow of the OBR significantly cutting its long-term economic growth forecasts for […]

EY: Scotland to avoid recession despite flat economic performance

Resilient consumer spending may have helped the Scottish economy avoid a recession, but economic growth has been flat since Q2 of 2022 and will remain into 2024 when GVA is expected to rise by 0.3%, according to the EY ITEM Club Scottish Autumn forecast. The forecast adds that sentiment among businesses and households remains fragile […]

Rishi Sunak: The time has come to cut tax

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said the UK government is now able to cut taxes, after the pace of price rises eased. Mr Sunak said his target of halving inflation had been met so taxes would be reduced in “a responsible way”. He refused to comment on “speculation” about changes to individual taxes and said […]

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce host International Trade Mission to Catalonia

Why Catalonia? Catalonia, with its 7.7 million inhabitants, has the most competitive economy in Southern Europe. It accounts for 25% of the Spanish industry and has a GDP similar to that of Finland. Historically a trading nation, its strategic location in the Mediterranean and its transport infrastructures, as well as its entrepreneurial and business-friendly economy, […]