Policy & Information

Representing, Supporting, Consulting  

The independent, broad-based and inclusive membership and non-political stance of SCDI means it is uniquely placed as an organisation to consult and debate, monitor and evaluate, represent and support its members across the private, public and social economy sectors on all matters affecting the Scottish economy. 

SCDI's annual keynote ‘Forum’ conference - held each spring - ensures that our members guide, develop and input to SCDI's policy work for the forthcoming period.

In response to requests from the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the European Commission, Parliamentary Committees, Non-Departmental Organisations and members, SCDI makes submissions on issues of public policy. SCDI also submits views and evidence to these bodies arising from our own research. 

We are focused on strengthening Scotland's economy - to make it more resilient and robust - through increased levels of Innovation, Productivity and Internationalisation, underpinned by Infrastructure and Place. 

Transport connectivity is of fundamental importance to the Scottish economy. Scotland's economic strategy, city region and regional growth deals, and islands prospectus all highlight improvements to intra-regional, inter-regional, UK and international connectivity.

There is substantial long-term investment transport infrastructure and services. However, to increase productivity, innovation and internationalisation in all parts of the country and support the transition to a low carbon future, there is a need - and an opportunity - for these improvements to become transformational. Transport, tech and energy are now coming together to fundamentally change connectivity, with the potential for digitally-integrated, low carbon, door-to-door route options. 

We have recently launched an SCDI Connectivity Commission, including key players across the Scottish transport and tech sectors and Chaired by Dr George Hazel OBE. 
Discussions include leading on one of the Breakout Sessions 'Transforming Connectivity For A Successful Scotland' at our SCDI Forum 2016



'UK Should Remain a Proactive Member of the European Union'

Having listened to our members, SCDI believe Scotland's economy is best served by the UK's continued membership of the EU. Click here for more.


Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle Report (Jan 2016)

SCDI, Scotland IS, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and BT Scotland joined forces to produce a 'Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle' Report, launched on 18.Jan.2016. 

With input from a cross-section of industry leaders, it notes that the Scottish Government and all sectors need to focus on utilising the new, world-class digital infrastructure in Scotland for higher economic growth and public service improvements over the next 5 years.

It calls for similar senior appointments across the public and private sectors to provide stronger leadership on digitalisation and action to recruit, train and continually develop more specialist Computer Science teachers. The report also makes recommendations on business transformation, data, skills and infrastructure and joint work to drive up digital adoption, usage, benefits and skills across the Scottish business base.  

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Blueprint 2015 - From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity

SCDI's Blueprint 2015 'From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity' research policy report regarding Scotland's economic future was launched on 7 December 2015.

The report highlights Productivity as the key challenge for the Scottish economy which needs to be tackled head-on if it is to make successful progress during what is shaping up to be a decade of disruptive global changes.

In 'From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity', SCDI's 2015 policy Blueprint, we make policy recommendations on how Scotland can become a high-performance, agile economy. Our research report focuses on the areas of underperformance in the Scottish economy - Productivity, Innovation and Internationalisation - which are underpinned by Infrastructure and Place, and the levers required to support stronger economic growth which is equitable and sustainable. 

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Future Scotland: Future Growth

In 2010, SCDI articulated in its Blueprint for Scotland the long-term vision and aspirations we maintain for a Scotland which is ambitious, enterprising and outward-looking; and which measures success in its ability to maximise its natural assets, its economic potential and its people. 

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Blueprint for Scotland - Action Plan for Growth

We believe in a Scotland that is ambitious, enterprising and outward-looking and measures its success in its ability to maximise its assets, its potential and its people.

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Oil & Gas - Scotland's Future

SCDI's landmark 1972 Forum "Oil and Scotland's Future", opened Scotland’s oil and gas story and was a point of reference for the emerging energy industries in Scotland.

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