Productivity Clubs Scotland: Scottish Government partnership extended
The SCDI Productivity Clubs Scotland partnership with the Scottish Government supports peer-to-peer learning between businesses to help them share skills, technology and innovation. Here, Programme Manager, Ashleigh McCulloch shares the news that Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation has confirmed clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow will now be extended for a further 12 months.
“As leaders navigate the challenges presented by today’s environment, collaboration and support from peers has never been more important. Not only to share knowledge and information but also to participate in a much-needed community network.
Since its launch in October 2019, Productivity Club Scotland has brought together members from across all sectors, sizes and industries to share ideas and best practice techniques.
Differing from traditional training, this peer-to-peer approach draws on the knowledge and expertise in the group creating a forum to share experience, thoughts, and opinions for inspiration and reflection.
Initially targeting businesses in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Club has welcomed over 400 business leaders to its activities. It has presented almost 60 case studies across over 20 live or online meetings; hosted one site visit; delivered two live regional conferences and one online conference. Throughout these activities the Club has amplified good practice, provided inspiration and practical routes to increasing productivity as well as signposting to enterprise agencies and other support mechanisms.
It can be truly amazing to see groups engage so naturally with energy and enthusiasm around each other’s businesses. Volunteer Scotland, Mercat Tours, Snap Dragon. Victor Pizza, Connect Three, QIoT, Odro, Muckle Media, Cohesion Medical, James Ramsey and Auchrannie Resort are just some of the companies who have agreed to share insights into their business in the past 18 months.
Members tell us that they receive real value from participating, with 68% indicating that they had thought about or had made steps to adopting something new within their business; 70% of respondents had identified opportunities to implement changes to increase productivity and 94% have shared information about, or gathered, at the Club.
That is why today, I am delighted that we will be extending the project into next year to continue to develop the programme for new and existing members. We are excited to engage with more businesses to provide greater opportunities to participate in the Club’s activities and continue our drive to raise productivity in Scotland together.”
Productivity Club Scotland is a network of businesses focused on doing things better. As leaders navigate the challenges presented by today’s environment, collaboration and support from peers has never been more important. The Club offers the opportunity to engage with a range of businesses across all sectors and discuss common business areas. There is no charge to join and related activities are free.