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Letter to the Scotsman, Wed 27 Sep 2014

Letter to the Scotsman, Wed 27 Sep 2014



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Published by Ray Philp
A letter addressed to the Scotsman newspaper, dated Wednesday 27 September, 2014
A letter addressed to the Scotsman newspaper, dated Wednesday 27 September, 2014

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Published by: Ray Philp on Aug 26, 2014
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The outcome of the referendum on 18 September will affect our generation and the generations to come. Much is at stake. Our economic ties inside the United Kingdom are very close and support almost one million Scottish jobs. The rest of the UK is Scotland's biggest market by far. As job creators, we have looked carefully at the arguments made by both sides of the debate. Our conclusion is that the business case for independence has not been made. Uncertainty surrounds a number of vital issues including currency, regulation, tax, pensions, EU membership and support for our exports around the world; and uncertainty is bad for business. Today Scotland’s economy is growing. We are attracting record investment and the employment rate is high. We should be proud that Scotland is a great place to build businesses and create jobs – success that has been achieved as an integral part of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom gives business the strong platform we must have to invest in jobs and industry. By all continuing to work together, we can keep Scotland flourishing.
Signed in a personal capacity by the following:
 Pauline Alexander, founder, Star Equestrian and Farm Camp Limited
 John Allan, chairman, WorldPay
 Martin Allan, director, Bon Accord Glass Ltd.
 William M. Allan, executive chairman, ASCO Group Limited
 Lord Allen CBE, chairman of ISS, Global Group and 2 Sisters Food Group
 Robert Anderson, chief executive, Tomatin Distillery Ltd.
 Hugh Andrew, managing director, Birlinn Limited
 Ian P. Bankier, executive chairman, Glenkeir Whiskies Limited
 Audrey Baxter, executive chairman, Baxters Food Group
 Graeme Belch, managing director, JBD Tritec Limited
 Archie Bethel CBE, divisional chief executive, Babcock International Group Plc
 Niall Booker, chief executive officer, The Co-operative Bank
 Ronnie Bowie, senior partner, Hymans Robertson LLP
 Gilpin Bradley, managing director, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd.
 Jimmy Buchan, skipper and owner, Amity Fish Company Ltd.
 Esther Cameron, director, Hair Kapers Ltd.
 John Campbell, managing director, James Walker (Leith) Ltd.
 Austin Carey, managing director, Blue Machinery (Scotland) Ltd.
 Alexander Catto, director, Scotlog Sales Ltd.
 Victor Chavez, chief executive, Thales UK
 Angus Cockburn, interim chief executive, Aggreko plc
 Keith Cochrane, chief executive, The Weir Group PLC
 Sandy Cooper ARB RIBA FRIAS
 Ian Curle, chief executive, Edrington
 Nicholas G. Cunningham, chairman, Malcolm, Ogilvie & Co. Ltd.
 A. Stuart Dalziel, managing director, Dalziel Ltd.
 John Denholm, chairman, J&J Denholm Ltd.
 Robert J. S. Doig, director, Caithness Potatoes Ltd.
 Daniel Dunko, managing director, Thomas Hancock & Co.
 Gerard Eadie, chairman, CR Smith
 Keith Elgin, proprietor, Keith Elgin Motor Engineers
 James England, managing director, BlueSky Experiences
 James Espey, owner and managing director, The Last Drop Distillers Ltd.
 Keith Falconer, chairman, Adelphi Distillery
 Douglas Ferrans, former chief executive, Scottish Amicable Investment Management Ltd.
 Frank Ferris, chief executive, TFC Cable Assemblies Ltd.
 Douglas Flint, group chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
 Vincent Fusaro, director and co-owner, Luvians
 John Gillespie, proprietor, John Gillespie Hairdressing
 Peter Gordon, director, William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd.
 Sir John Grant, executive vice-president, policy and corporate affairs, BG Group plc
 Hamish Grossart, chairman, Artemis Investment Management
 Eric Hagman CBE, chairman, Matthew Algie Ltd.
 Kevin Hague, managing director, M8 Group Ltd.
 Ronald S. Hamilton, executive chairman and founder, Daysoft Limited
 Dr. Tessa Hartmann, managing director, Hartmann Media Ltd.
 Amanda Harvie, managing director, The Harvie Consultancy Ltd. and former CEO, Scottish Financial Enterprise
 Lord William Haughey, chairman, City Refrigeration Holdings (UK) Ltd.
 Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive, The Scotch Whisky Association
 Alan Hill, financial director, Browns Food Group
 Dr. Peter T. Hughes, former chairman, Glencast Ltd.
 Marcus Kneen, chief executive, IndigoVision
 Alastair Lamond, managing director, Lamond and Murray Ltd.
 Dr. Brian Lang, former principal, University of St Andrews
 John Langlands, chief executive, British Polythene Industries PLC
 Brian H. Lemond, managing director, Oakenash Group Limited
 Ken Lemond, gallery owner
 James F. Lithgow, chairman, Lithgows Ltd.
 Alasdair Locke, entrepreneur
 Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive, BHP Billiton Plc
 Ian Angus MacKenzie, chief executive, Harris Tweed Hebrides
 Martin MacLeod, managing director, Hebridean Seaweed Company
 Alastair MacMillan, managing director, White House Products Ltd.
 Shonaig Macpherson, non-executive director
 Angus MacSween, chief executive, Iomart Group plc
 Bill McFarlan, broadcaster and managing director, The Broadcasting Business
 Alan McFarlane, senior partner, Dundas Partners LLP
 Jim McFarlane, managing director, Endura Ltd.
 Robert McFarlane, group chairman and chief operating officer, NPL Group
 Brian McGhee, chairman, G1 Group
 Dougie McGilvray, chief executive, Weldex (International) Offshore Ltd.
 John McGuire, chairman and chief executive, Phoenix Car Company
 Cameron McLatchie, chairman, British Polythene Industries PLC
 Robert McNaughton, managing director, Hillhouse Quarry Group Limited
 Neil McNicol, chairman, McCurrach Investments
 Malcolm McPherson, senior partner, HBJ Gateley
 Neil Manchester, managing director, Landcatch Natural Selection Ltd.
 Ian Marchant, energy businessman
 John Michie, managing director, Charles Michies Pharmacy

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It should be dated today which is 27/Aug/2014 No 27/Sep/2014 .
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Michael Calwell added this note
How would it benefit us to turn 90% of our domestic market into a foreign market? How would it benefit us to shrink our domestic market by 90%?
8ballDown added this note
There is no header or date to this letter. The date for this production is clearly wrong but in no way reflects the date of these views. Paragraph six which in essence is the crux of the letter contains issues that are no longer an uncertainty. Therefore the signatories could be open to change their viewpoint. If the terrain changes so does business views.
ScotlandDig added this note
How valid is this? The petition is dated 27th August but this post was created on 26th August (the day before). Ignoring the fact that you've made a typo in the title how can you publish a petition in advance? I'm only pointing this out as the YESmongerers will be all over that like a rash
AmirManesh added this note
It should be dated today which is 27/Aug/2014 No 27/Sep/2014 .
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