“SCDI plays a crucial role in bringing together every part of the economic landscape to look at how we deliver our shared objective of greater sustainable economic growth for Scotland.”

The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland (2007-2014)

“We know that, by supporting more businesses to internationalise, Scotland will emerge stronger from recession. I welcome SCDI’s ambitions.”

The Rt Hon Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland (2010-2013)

“SCDI holds a unique place in Scottish public life. It has consistently influenced government and key decision-maker, contributing to Scotland’s development. The inclusive and independent approach of SCDI has created a much valued and trusted forum for dialogue to help deliver our ambitions for Scotland.”

The Rt Hon Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, First Minister of Scotland (2001-2007)

“[SCDI Forum] A truly inspirational event focusing on the key issues of the day - youth engagement, innovation, internationalisation, economic growth, skills and opportunities, enterprise…but ensuring that the outcomes were both constructive and productive. Very well done SCDI.”

Damien Yeates, Skills Development Scotland

“An efficient transport system is vital…. SCDI’s policy submissions and involvement in the key transport forums ensures that this message is being properly highlighted to government. 

Road Haulage Association

“[SCDI Highlands & Islands Awards] It is an extremely well organised event with a warm welcome, excellent speeches and superb entertainment. The award ceremony is slick with excellent winners, with the schools section and the chairman`s award for outstanding business achievement being particularly notable. I am always struck by the quality of businessmen and women, the scale of some of the companies and the innovation and drive of many SMEs present at the dinner. The whole evening is a great credit to the Highlands and Islands.”

Gareth Baird, The Crown Estate

“Thank you for all the wonderful experiences the Junior Saltire competition gave to my pupils. The children who came to Glasgow had a brilliant time and I am sure the experience will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Rachel Colclough, Olnafirth Primary, Shetland

“SCDI always features on our must-do corporate calendar.” 


“SCDI is making a major contribution to encouraging the next generation of engineers and scientists in Scotland. In recognition of its excellent range of STEM initiatives, and to help facilitate continuing expansion of the network, The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust is pleased to substantially increase its financial support for YESC.”

Michael Franklin, Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation

"I was at another excellent SCDI event in Aberdeen - Nick Clegg MP, UK Leader, Liberal Democrats was the key speaker. You guys do a great job!!"