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More than 350 companies in Highlands and Islands are being supported to get online and make better use of broadband through an initiative launched by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment.

With a quarter of Scottish businesses currently not online, the ICT business engagement programme – a collaborative project between the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway – will invest £864,000 in the Highlands and Islands, to help small and medium sized companies (SMEs) exploit digital opportunities.


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The SNP has welcomed comments from Steve Felice, the Global President of computer giant Dell, that the result of a Yes vote to independence would not change their commitment to Scotland.

Speaking to the Scotland on Sunday newspaper while on a visit to Scotland, Mr Felice was asked if the company would change its plans to invest in Scotland, depending on whether Scotland chose to become independent or to remain governed by Westminster.


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By Martin Kelly
 
Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore has been ridiculed after demanding to know details of taxes in an independent Scotland.
 
SNP MP Stewart Hosie pointed out that the Lib Dem MP was calling for answers on tax for an independent Scotland when he didn’t even know what the tax policy of his own UK coalition was going to be next week.


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The SNP have backed a pre-Budget appeal by Scottish Airport bosses who have united in calling for the Chancellor to rethink a planned 10% increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) and give Scottish operators “a fighting chance” to compete against European rivals.


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The SNP has welcomed the announcement of a new £20 million competition for the development of innovations in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology by the UK Energy Secretary this evening, but said the new competition must have a prize winner – unlike two previous UK competitions.

The competition was launched on Monday by UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey, who said: “By supporting research and development, this 20 million pound competition is an important step towards making cost competitive CCS a reality by the 2020s.”


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That could be the epitaph of Scotland’s anti-Independence politicians. Particularly those who are now using the scare story that Scotland may not enjoy a AAA credit rating from all of the major rating agencies.

This – they say would put up the cost of borrowing for the Scottish Government and damage the prospect for future growth.


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By G.A.Ponsonby

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling was in the headlines yesterday after calling First Minister Alex Salmond a “complete fool”.

The senior Labour MP was referring to the SNP leader’s judgement after Mr Salmond indicated his support for the RBS takeover of Dutch bank ABN Amro back in 2007.