Businesses in the south of Scotland say they are concerned that the debate about independence is causing uncertainty and could threaten jobs.
They were speaking as the Business Secretary Vince Cable set out what he says are the risks of a 'yes' vote in next year's referendum.
The First Minister has dismissed the analysis as "seriously flawed" and the SNP has called on Vince Cable to withdraw it.
However, he insists his paper is "positive and optimistic".
Matthew Taylor reports:
Business Secretary Vince Cable MP says local enterprises could provide a much needed boost to rural economies.
Business Secretary Vince Cable MP has been in Cumbria today.
Mr Cable spoke to owners of local businesses about the various problems in rural economies.
Business Secretary Vince Cable will meet with representatives of Cumbria's business community to discuss their concerns over rural issues and travel infrastructure during a visit to the county.
He will be in Brough at 11am to view a proposed cycleway before a debate and informal networking event in Kirkby Stephen's Masonic Hall between 1:30pm and 3pm.