The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has today (Monday 20 April 2020) reinforced its commitment to work closely with the UK Government through the COVID-19 crisis to save lives and livelihoods after a positive and productive meeting with UK Ministers.

Forty senior leaders from business, industry, education, local authorities and trade unions met with Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry, and Douglas Ross MP, Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, to discuss the UK Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and economic recovery.

Sara Thiam, SCDI CEO, said: “A robust testing regime and reliable data about infection are key parameters which need to be in place to enable a phased lifting of ‘lockdown’. SCDI members welcome the unprecedented support received from the UK government to save lives and livelihoods and look forward to restarting the Scottish economy as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.”

Ian Wall, SCDI Chair, commented: “Our members greatly valued the opportunity to voice the key issues facing Scotland – from securing business liquidity to disrupted supply chains to the falling oil price – and to inform the UK Government’s ongoing response.

“We will continue to work closely with Ministers and officials in both London and Edinburgh to make sure Scotland’s businesses, workers and communities have the support they need to survive and thrive, and to build a plan to ensure a fairer, greener and safer economy.”

Further information

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