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24 February 2017

  |  CBI Scotland

Update

Holyrood roundup

Throughout February the CBI has been busy representing the views of members to ministers and officials on a wide range of issues. Here are some of the highlights.

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Brexit

At the beginning of February CBI Deputy Director General for Policy and Campaigns Josh Hardie visited Edinburgh to share the business view of Brexit with Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Mike Russell MSP, and attended a special evidence session of the House of Lords EU Select Committee on Brexit and its impact on the devolved nations. Read the full transcript here.

The CBI also took opportunities to brief the Scotland Office on Brexit. Assistant Director for Policy Katie Dash attended a roundtable meeting with David Mundell, while the CBI’s Sean McGuire had the chance to brief the Secretary of State in Brussels. Read more here.

Apprenticeship Levy

CBI Scotland is continuing to engage with the Scottish Government on the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Following a January roundtable with Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, the team attended a workshop hosted by Skills Development Scotland to discuss how the Scottish government’s Workforce Development Fund should operate.

We will continue working to ensure that the business voice is heard as details of the fund are established. For further information please contact Senior Policy Executive Gregor Scotland

Corporate governance

Corporate Governance was high on the agenda in February as the UK government’s consultation on corporate governance closed last week. CBI Scotland attended meetings on corporate governance with officials from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to outline CBI’s consultation response.

To find out more about this work, contact Katie Dash for details.

Digital Strategy

Following a productive meeting in December with Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to highlight business’ concerns and priorities on digital connectivity, CBI Scotland has met with Scottish Government Head of Digital Connectivity, Robbie McGhee to discuss next steps.

With an update to the government’s 2012 Digital Strategy expected in March, the government is keen to ensure that the Digital Infrastructure Action Plan Portfolio Board benefits from the insights of business going forward.

The CBI will be engaging with the Board and will hold another member roundtable with the Cabinet Secretary in the spring to help shape the government’s thinking on digital infrastructure. To find out more please email Gregor Scotland.

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