10 October 2017

  |  CBI Scotland

Press release

CBI Scotland responds to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's keynote speech at SNP conference

CBI Scotland Director Hugh Aitken responded to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's keynote speech to the SNP conference in Glasgow. 

CBI Scotland responds to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's keynote speech at SNP conference

Hugh Aitken, CBI Scotland Director, said:  

“Growth figures released just last week remind us how fragile Scotland’s economy remains yet the pro-enterprise rhetoric that we’ve heard recently from government sadly hasn’t been matched in today’s speech.

“We need to ensure we have a competitive, inclusive and productive business environment. This applies as much to our tax regime as it does to energy markets and responsible public finances. It’s important that we don’t limit access to the talent and investment we need to maintain a competitive edge and deliver future growth and prosperity.”

On devolved immigration needs, Hugh said:

“Skills and labour needs vary across sectors and across the UK. That’s why we need a system that works for all businesses, not only some sectors or some parts of the country.  

"The UK single labour market is highly valued and businesses would be concerned about any system that meant someone coming to Scotland – or any of the nations – might not be allowed to work across the UK.”