Business leader rejects Osborne fears

One of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs has dismissed George Osborne’s claims over the impact independence will have on the Scottish economy saying business is more concerned with current taxation and employment.

Asked by BBC’s Scotland at Ten Jeanette Forbes, Managing director of Aberdeen based engineering and offshore services firm PCL Group said “I certainly don’t think independence will put people off investing in Scotland”.

In the interview Ms Forbes said business is focussed on employment now, getting the banks open for business and that the oil and gas industry is focussed on taxation issues.

Her comments support those of Jim McColl who yesterday rejected George Osborne’s claims saying he was in discussion with a number of businesses who wanted to invest in Scotland and the Director General of the Institute of Directors who recently said business was “relaxed” about the prospect of independence.

Welcoming Ms Forbes comments SNP MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine Maureen Watt said:

“Jeanette Forbes knows her industry and she knows that it is not independence that is worrying the industry but the UK Government’s treatment of the North Sea as nothing more than a cash cow.

“Instead of Tory scaremongering we have businesses in Scotland who are working hard to attract investment, create jobs and boost the economy.
They should not be talked down by a Tory government.

“In recent months we have seen international companies putting Scotland first in their investment plans, backing our skills, our technology and the opportunities Scotland presents in industries like renewables and oil and gas.

“The opening of the Amazon facilities in both Fife and Edinburgh today is just the start of that investment delivering jobs for people across Scotland.”

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