28th August 2014
Some 200 business leaders have signed a letter backing the case for an independent Scotland.
In the letter published in The Herald, the signatories include Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter, who has already donated £1m to the Nationalists and Ralph Topping, the former chief executive of William Hill.
It follows a letter from 130 pro-UK businesses which stated that the case for independence has not been made.
The letter backing an independent Scotland said that independence would give the country the powers “to give our many areas of economic strength even more of an advantage in an increasingly competitive world.”
It read: “We are involved in business and entrepreneurship at different levels in Scotland and around the world. We believe independence is in the best interests of Scotland’s economy and its people.
“An independent Scotland will recognise entrepreneurs small and large as the real wealth and job creators of the nation’s economic future.
“It will encourage a culture in which innovation, endeavour and enterprise are nurtured. It will place power in the hands of Scotland’s people to channel the huge resources of our country in the interests of those who live and work here.”
Other signatories include former Scottish Enterprise chairman Sir Donald Mackay, Jim Spowart, founder, Standard Life Bank and Intelligent Finance and former RBS chairman Sir George Mathewson.
Scotland head to the polls on 18 September, with voters being asked the “Yes/No” question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”