Overview of CBI Scotland's recent engagement with political stakeholders.
More than 100 members joined the CBI Scotland team at Holyrood earlier this month for a packed Scottish Parliament reception.
The event was hosted by Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Murdo Fraser MSP, and featured a keynote address from Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of the City of London. The Lord Mayor gave a passionate speech about Scotland’s global reputation for delivering first class financial and professional services to an audience that included business leaders and MSPs from across the political spectrum.
CBI Scotland Chair Graham Hutcheon welcomed everyone to the first CBI parliamentary reception of the year and outlined CBI Scotland’s priorities for 2018. These include maintaining Scotland’s competitiveness and working with government and other partners to boost productivity
Attendees also heard from Dr Richard Tipper, Executive Chairman of leading technology company Ecometrica. Richard spoke about the company’s rationale for maintaining its base in Edinburgh and explained how Scotland’s renowned university sector has provided an excellent talent pool for companies like Econmetrica to draw on.
Earlier that same day CBI Scotland Director, Tracy Black, and Assistant Director, Mari Tunby, met with Murdo Fraser MSP to highlight CBI members’ priorities for the Scottish Budget and business priorities for the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Tracy and Mari also met with Scottish Government Special Adviser and Head of Policy Colin McAllister. The wide-ranging conversation included discussions on the Apprenticeship Levy, digital connectivity and Brexit.
Elsewhere, Hugh Aitken attended a roundtable with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Derek Mackay MSP, to discuss the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2018-19. Hugh stressed the importance of making it easier, not harder, for companies to attract and retain talent to ensure Scotland is seen as an attractive place to do business.
The wider CBI Scotland team also met with BEIS and Scotland Office officials to discuss issues around the Industrial Strategy.