Wellbeing Economy Secretary Neil Gray made the comments as he addressed the Scottish Chambers of Commerce annual dinner.
The company will use the funding to increase operations for its global client base.
The business said pre-tax profit was down by around a third to just under £71 million.
The Citizens Advice Scotland study also found more than 1.4 million are worried about not being able to heat their homes effectively over the winter.
The fund will support businesses from all sectors and aims to target start-ups that may have struggled to access finance elsewhere.
The Scottish Retail Consortium found that sales of wellies and cold and flu remedies were up during wet weather.
Some locations highlighted in the research released by Halifax have rural surroundings and incorporate areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Moray is one of 10 Scottish local authorities where property prices increased over the last year.
The 1.7% fall in average asking prices is the biggest percentage drop recorded for the month of November in five years, Rightmove said.
Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead will be promoting the Scottish space sector.
Thirty-five business organisations united in a letter to the Deputy First Minister as she draws up the Scottish Budget for 2024-25.
ScottishPower Energy Networks described its Predict4Resilience project as ‘revolutionary’.
The number of people needing ‘breathing space’ from their debts also jumped, according to Insolvency Service figures for England and Wales.
The RMT union has said operators of the Caledonian Sleeper service have failed to staff it adequately.
Earlier this year a review panel raised serious concerns about ‘damaged’ relationships at the senior leadership level of the organisation.
The multi-million pound five-year investment plan will aim to increase the airport’s operational efficiency.
Halifax based its analysis on house prices, as well as factors that first-time buyers indicated are desirable, such as links to cities and schools.
The majority of job growth occurred in younger firms established from 2007 to 2021, a study from Ulster University shows.
The Taoiseach said Ireland’s economy had bounced back from the banking crisis, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic faster than expected.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe claimed windfall taxes and ‘negative signals’ from politicians are hampering investment in the North Sea.