Media & Government

Any media enquiries or requests for further information on any SCDI press release, should be directed to Fraser Grieve, Head of Communications, SCDI on T: 01463 218666.

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SCDI Comment - Programme for new Scottish Government

May 2016

The new session of the Scottish Parliament heard from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP on 25 May 2016 regarding the proposed Programme for the new Scottish Government.

SCDI Chief Executive, Ross Martin, commented on this in respect of - Productivity; Innovation; Internationalisation; key Infrastructure and a related Commission for longterm priorities; Education & Global Skills including STEM; Digital connectivity and business applications to increase productivity through digitisation; the new powers of the Scottish Parliament and their use in driving Scotland's economy.

You can access SCDI's full comment here. 

SCDI Comments on Aberdeen City Region Deal

January 2016 | North East

The announcement on 28 January 2016 of an Aberdeen City Region Deal and additional investment in infrastructure in the North East is a further positive step, after decades of under-investment, which will support the success of the city region at a time of significant challenges, notesSCDI.

SCDI also highlighted that they create a common economic platform for the UK and Scottish governments and regional public, private and social economy partners which demonstrates the shared interest in maximising the economic benefits throughout the UK and Scotland of the oil & gas industry and Aberdeen's status as a global energy hub. This should enable further stages of investment over the next 20 years to transform the city region's infrastructure and strengthen its competitiveness. 

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Alliance of business & transport interests call for Councillors to complete Tram route to Leith

November 2015

Transform Scotland and SCDI have called for Edinburgh Councillors to vote to complete the Tram route to Leith and Newhaven as a springboard for a wider light rail network for the city.

The organisations issued a joint briefing on the project to Councillors, ahead of a vote on Thursday 19 November 2015: http://transformscotland.org.uk/blog/2015/11/02/edinburgh-trams-building-on-success

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Connectivity - Runway Capacity & Scotland's Economy

February 2015

In relation to SCDI's response to the Airport Commissions Consultation on the Shortlisted Options for a New Runway on 3 February 2015 - we make the case that the Commission's recommendations should be a pillar for a national, long-term transport strategy, meeting current and future needs, and highlight that any new runway capacity must meet the long-term needs of the Scottish economy and political parties should all now commit to implement the Airport Commission's recommendations.

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2015 - A Year of Opportunity?

January 2015

2015 will be seen as the start to a new period in Scotland's political and economic life, says SCDI Chief Executive, Ross Martin.

We live by timelines, organising ourselves in periods of days, weeks, years, decades, centuries, or indeed a lifetime. The Scottish Referendum decision was carefully placed in the 'once in a generation' envelope in order to ground the debate in that comfortable reality.

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SCDI Aviation Conference With Gatwick & Heathrow CEOs

November 2014

SCDI hosted an Aviation Conference 'Scotland's Connectivity: Up in the Air' in Glasgow on 12 November 2014, at which the CEO's of both Gatwick and Heathrow presented their respective pitches to a Scottish business audience for their expansion proposals.

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Lord Smith must build on a shining example of public engagement

October 2014

The people have spoken. But what have they said? Deciphering that, and simultaneously translating it into a meaningful package of "More Powers for Scotland", as promised in the solemn Vow taken by the PM, the DPM and the Leader of the Opposition, is the task facing Lord Smith. Not easy, but is it possible to produce a coherent and deliverable package of measures which will satisfy the majority of Scots, the 85% who turned out to vote, never mind the incredible, unprecedented 97% who declared an interest and registered?

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SCDI Facilitating Meeting with Smith Commission in Inverness

October 2014 | Highlands & Islands

SCDI are facilitating a meeting for businesses with Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of the Smith Commission, when he visits Inverness on Tuesday 28 October 2014. He will hear from business figures from across the region their views on further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.

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SCDI Comment on ScotRail Franchise

October 2014

Transport Scotland has announced the award of the ScotRail franchise to Abellio from spring 2015.

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SCDI Comment On Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Little Red’ Announcement

October 2014

Impact on Scotland’s Connectivity via London Hub - SCDI commented on 7 October following Virgin Atlantic's announcement of its intention to cease its 'Little Red' operation next year - ending its flights between London Heathrow and Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports from September 2015.

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Enhanced Holyrood Powers Must Be Aimed at Economic Growth

September 2014

Scotland's leading business, industry and employer organisations issued a joint statement on 23 September 2014 urging the Scottish and UK governments to focus any new devolution settlement on driving economic growth.

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SCDI - Scottish Referendum Result Comment

September 2014

Scotland’s Future: Creating A Stronger, More Resilient Economy

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London Airports Expansion Must Meet Scotland's Connectivity Needs

July 2014

New runway capacity in the south-east England must meet the long-term needs of the Scottish economy for competitive access to a growing range of international markets, notes SCDI.

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Rail Freight Group response re NPF3 & Rail Freight

June 2014

The Rail Freight Group released comment - supported by SCDI and Transform Scotland - regarding the potential contribution of rail freight to Scotland's economic growth, following The Scottish Government's publishing of the National Planning Framework (NPF3) on 23 June 2014.

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SCDI & British Council Scotland Find 3 Out Of 4 Businesses See Scotland Behind On Global Skills

June 2014

Finances & Language Skills Found To Be Main Barriers To Studying & Working Abroad - a study undertaken by SCDI on behalf of British Council Scotland, 'Scotland's Future Workforce - Keeping Pace in the Global Skills Race?' has found that most businesses think Scotland is in danger of being left behind by EU and emerging economies in acquiring the necessary global skills to compete in international markets. Educational institutions and young people were also surveyed by SCDI.

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Scotland's Bosses Want To Work With Pupils & Students - Skills Pulse Survey 2014

June 2014

Survey reveals few Scottish employers engage with their future workers - Only 8% of Scottish employers surveyed feel they are currently doing enough to engage with the education and training system, and would welcome more support for active engagement to prepare young people entering the workplace.

The Skills Pulse Survey 2014, conducted by the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also revealed that 55% of employers believe advanced apprenticeships would help them develop their workforce.

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Air Connectivity Vital For Scottish Business To Thrive

June 2014

Sir Howard Davies, the Chairman of the Airports Commission, visited Scotland on Monday 9 June 2014 to discuss the Commission's work and hear from stakeholders regarding issues over air access. SCDI, who facilitated the visit, used the opportunity to highlight the growing economy across the north and the need to safeguard connections to and through London as part of any new capacity.

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SCDI Welcomes Recommendations of 'Education Working For All'

June 2014

SCDI welcomes the recommendations of the final report of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, chaired by Sir Ian Wood.

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SCDI Supports Business-Led Exporter Networks

June 2014

Wilson Review of Support for Scottish Exporting - SCDI has welcomed the review of Scottish exports by Brian Wilson and offered to discuss his proposals and suggestions of the role which it could play with the UK and Scottish Governments.

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Scottish Cities Alliance £6bn City Investment Approved

April 2014

£6 billion city investment approved - Scottish Cities Alliance develops economic growth strategy.

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