The growth in our capital city's infrastructure continues to deliver economic success, growing employment opportunities and is creating an even stronger ambition and desire to move even faster amongst all key stakeholders.
THE latest Scottish retail sales figures provide yet another reminder, if any were needed, that economic conditions are a great deal more buoyant in London and south-east England than north of the Border.
The recent announcement of the specific projects supported by City Deal which are to be taken forward in Glasgow has demonstrated the value of accessing a new funding approach - allowing the city to continue to raise its game in an environment where capital funding for public infrastructure remains very tight.
AT times, the Conservative Government's attitude to the UK's very substantial economic problems seems a lot like the detached bearing of the chap in the sun lounger on the cover of rock band Supertramp's mid-1970s album, 'Crisis?
And now for something completely different ... The majority of my column this week will be devoted to this issue of affordable credit - how do we find a way of making small sums available at short notice to those with limited credit histories, without ending up with the level of costs to the borrowers that was deemed unacceptable in the case of the 'Pay Day Loan' companies and the like?
THERE had always seemed to be more than a smidgeon of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' in the dire warnings of what constitutional uncertainty created by last year's independence referendum might do to foreign direct investment in Scotland.