SCDI submitted a response in April 2017 to the UK Government's 'Building Our Industrial Strategy' Green Paper.

SCDI's action plan for the Scottish economy - 'From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity' - focuses on addressing the long-term weaknesses in the areas of productivity, innovation and internationalisation. Underpinning these priorities is Competitive Places, Competitive Infrastructure - including devolution and a focus on digital and low carbon infrastructure.

SCDI welcomes the UK Government's plan to build a modern industrial strategy. The Green Paper articulates the potential drivers of a stronger economy and a fairer society across the same areas as the SCDI Blueprint.

While the Green Paper is clearly looking towards the future, it should include greater consideration of the potential impact of global megatrends, such as digital disruption or climate change, and of demographic changes, all of which are likely to fundamentally transform industry, the workforce and society.

SCDI's response covers the Ten Pillars of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy, namely:

  • Investing in Science, Research & Innovation
  • Developing Skills
  • Upgrading Infrastructure
  • Supporting Businesses to Start & Grow
  • Improving Procurement
  • Encouraging Trade & Inward Investment
  • Delivering Affordable Energy & Clean Growth
  • Cultivating World-leading Sectors
  • Driving Growth Across the Whole Country
  • Creating the Right Institutions to Bring Together Sectors & Places

Among the key recommendations made by SCDI in this submission are:

  • The 'developing skills' pillar should become 'developing skills and workplaces', to support productivity, innovation and lifelong learning
  • The circular economy should be a greater priority throughout the strategy
  • The strategy should not just be for large sectors and cities - approaches are needed to support regions, rural areas and smaller growth sectors
  • The UK Government should provide clarity on what a good bid for a sector deal would look like, to streamline the process and strengthen propositions
  • Given the range of reserved and devolved policies, the proposed Ministerial Forum on Industrial Strategy should be in a position to discuss and influence in advance all policies affecting the interface between them.

You can read SCDI's full Response via the right hand menu.