SCDI welcomes enterprise and skills proposals, but highlights need for greater focus
Following the release of the Scottish Government Enterprise and Skills Review final report this morning (22 June), the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has called for urgent speed to be applied to address the structural problems for Scotland’s economy.
SCDI has welcomed the report, which sets out proposals to improve business and skills support and enable Scottish businesses to grow. However, the membership body, which was on the Enterprise and Skills Ministerial Review Group, has encouraged both the Scottish and UK Governments to sharpen their focus and be bold in their ambitions for both the UK and Scotland on the world stage.
Mark Bevan, SCDI Chief Executive, commented:
“We welcome many of the measures in this latest report from the Scottish Government and the more integrated support that it will provide in bolstering Scotland’s economy. However, it is very clear that we are still lacking an ambitious strategy for Scotland which joins-up Scottish and UK economic policies and relationships, and sets out how Scotland will prosper in a rapidly changing global economy, where economic disruptions and multiple career working lives are the norm.
“We need both the Scottish and UK Governments to work together to ensure that the UK Government Industrial Strategy sharpens its focus and delivers for Scotland. It must be ambitious for the UK with specific support and reference to Scotland’s key areas of economic potential. It must recognise our ability to be leaders in life sciences, education and technology, amongst many other sectoral strengths.
“Our national priority must be to deliver an economy that delivers inclusive growth for every part of Scotland, working for business and working for society.”