Gavin Mowat
  Gavin Mowat



12/12/2017
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Spotlight on the community role

Scottish Land & Estates has been working alongside other stakeholders to help deliver 1 million acres of land in community ownership on a willing seller basis by 2020. Last week the spotlight turned on progress to-date as Scotland’s Chief Statistician published the Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland 2017 report. The report outlines the
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30/11/2017
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Back to business

It has been a year since I last wrote about Scotland’s far too infrequently celebrated rural businesses and their successes. But Small Business Saturday is back and this year I want to highlight the importance of supporting your local small businesses this festive season. Last year I was quick to highlight the positive contribution that
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26/07/2017
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A bridge over troubled waters?

The quality of private water supplies in Scotland have often been derided as secondary to that of public supplies. Of course most of us could highlight an exception or two to such a claim, but it is with this presumption in mind that the Scottish Government is pushing ahead with its latest consultation: the draft
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14/03/2017
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Tourism’s 8-day-week in the limelight

£6 billion…. According to Scottish Government statistics, that’s how much money the tourism sector contributes to Scottish Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is a substantial amount of money which represents 5% per cent of total GDP. In 2015 the sector supported more than 217,000 jobs, accounting for around 8.5% of employment in the country. In
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07/02/2017
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Planning: power to the people?

Planning is a thorny issue which more than one elected member of Holyrood has been warned against getting involved in, and for good reason. Red tape, costly, time consuming and controversial developments. Unfortunately, these are just some of the frustrations that people too often cite whenever the subject of planning broached. But, having made it
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01/12/2016
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Business as usual?

Far from it. This weekend is Small Business Saturday and the alert readers amongst you will have also noticed that this is my first blog since joining Scottish Land & Estates. As you will no doubt be aware, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are hugely important to the rural economy – both in terms of
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