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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SCDI welcomes the recommendations of the final report of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, chaired by Sir Ian Wood.
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.
£6 billion city investment approved - Scottish Cities Alliance develops economic growth strategy.
Chair, Highlands & Islands Committee
Jane Cumming, Managing Directo
Chairman, London Committee
Malcolm Robertson, Managing Director, Charlotte Street Partners
Chairman, North East Committee
Colin Parker, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Harbour
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