Over £40k to Edinburgh Organisations from CashBack for Communities

Creative projects in Edinburgh will benefit from over £40,000 as part of the Scottish Government’s aim to tackle inequalities experienced by Scotland’s young people, in the Year of Young People 2018. Six arts projects throughout Edinburgh will receive funding as part of the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund, which has awarded a total of £252,000 to 32 projects across the country. MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald, joined the Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, to hear the announcement on a visit to WHALE Arts - who, in partnership with Dance Ihayami, will be delivering one of the successful projects: Inspire Indian Dance Project, a project that will allow young people to partici

Edinburgh Set to Join Gigabit Full Fibre Premier League

Edinburgh is next in line, alongside Stirling, to be transformed as part of CityFibre and Vodafone’s partnership to roll-out ultra-fast, Gigabit-capable full fibre broadband across the UK. The announcement, which brings the total number of homes and businesses identified as part of the partnership to over half a million premises across seven cities, represents an investment by CityFibre of £110m in the cities. With the full support of The City of Edinburgh Council, a detailed planning and construction programme is underway and will build on CityFibre’s existing Gigabit City networks in the city - which are already accelerating the digital capabilities of businesses and the public sector cust

Tories Must Not Betray Edinburgh's EU Workers

SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald has called on the UK Government to protect Edinburgh's skilled EU workers following the UK's departure from the European Union. When questioned by the SNP MSP at Holyrood's Economy Committee, UK Business Secretary Greg Clark claimed that Brexit would not prevent talented people from coming to the UK, however the latest Office for National Statistics data shows that the number of EU citizens coming to the UK for work-related reasons has fallen over the last year. Mr MacDonald says the UK Government must go further than giving EU citizens 5 year temporary permits and the right to apply for settlement - and provide clarity to those workers who have already made Scotland

Scotland Hits 95% Fibre Broadband Target

Gordon Macdonald, has hailed the news that the SNP Government has already exceeded its Programme for Government pledge to deliver fibre broadband to more than 95% of premises in Scotland as a “landmark achievement.” The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme is being delivered through two projects – the first covering the Highlands and Islands and the second covering the rest of Scotland. The project covering "the Rest of Scotland" is valued at £264 million and led by the Scottish Government with funding from BT Group, local authorities, the EU via the European Regional Development Fund as well as the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Commenting SNP MSP fo

MSP Encourages Shoppers to Keep it Local

Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Independent Convenience Stores, Gordon Macdonald MSP, is encouraging Edinburgh residents to shop locally and support the 18,710 small businesses in the local economy. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget. This includes the Small Business Bonus scheme that has already saved smaller firms £1.5bn, lifting 100,000 business premises out of rates altogether. Commenting SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald, said: “Shopping locally is good for communities, good f

One Month Left for New Entrepreneurial Support Scheme

As the close date nears for applications for a new entrepreneurial support scheme, local MSP, Gordon Macdonald, is pushing the call to all ambitious talented entrepreneurs looking to start up a business in Scotland to apply to the new programme. The £4M Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme, backed by the First Minister, will invest in 20 early-stage high-potential entrepreneurs with innovative projects – providing a dedicated mentor for each Fellow as well as access to professional, financial and entrepreneurial networks. Commenting SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald, said, “Scotland is rightly proud of our reputation as a nation

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