The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI's diverse and influential membership forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

Following the release of The Scottish Government Enterprise & Skills Review final report by Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP (22 June 2017), 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 & 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, Chief Executive, SCDI 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." 


The Scottish Government's Report release on 22 June 2017 noted that the final report from the Enterprise & Skills Review confirms significant progress, including:

A new enterprise agency to boost growth in the South of Scotland A more coherent, collaborative and streamlined system of business support, including development of a single digital access point Piloting a £500k College Innovation Fund to support Scotland's colleges to work with businesses on innovation activity A new, five-stage skills planning model developed jointly by the skills agencies Strengthened engagement with regional partnerships, including closer work with the private sector A review of the learner journey for 15-24 year olds to ensure it provides the best path to... (Read more)