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Why should companies base their headquarters in an independent Scotland?

Companies base their decisions on where to locate their headquarters on a range of factors. Many successful companies are already headquartered in Scotland, benefiting from our highly skilled workforce. We believe that the economic benefits that independence will bring will further enhance the attraction of Scotland

With independence, Scotland will be able to send a clear signal that it is one of the most competitive and attractive economies in Europe, with tax rates designed to boost economic activity and support the fast-growing industries that already have a comparative advantage here in Scotland. Corporation tax rates remain an important tool for securing that competitive advantage and for offsetting competitive advantages enjoyed by other parts of the UK, notably London. We plan to announce a timetable for a reduction in Corporation tax rate of up to three percentage points.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will businesses still be able to brand their products as ‘British made’?

Yes. “Britain” is a geographical term and, as such, businesses could choose to continue to refer to themselves as “British” if they wished. However, “Scotland” and “Scottish” already have strong international brand recognition associated with quality goods and services and innovation. This has resulted in Scotland’s brand being regarded highly in measurement tools such as the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index (NBI). Independence also provides us with opportunities to grow Scotland as a brand.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will intellectual property rights be protected?

Yes. Intellectual property will continue to be protected. As an EU member state, Scotland will meet European regulations and directives on IP rights protection, as well as international patent and trademark protections.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will independence offer improved intellectual property services?

Yes. Independence will allow Scotland to offer a simpler, cheaper and more business-friendly model than the current UK one which is seen as bureaucratic and expensive, especially for small firms. The UK is one of very few EU countries which does not offer a “second tier”, or “utility” protection scheme which covers the basics of IP protection and is cheaper and quicker to access. Scotland could follow, for example, the German utility model which is more a protection of technical innovations.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.