26 July 2017

  |  CBI Scotland

Update

View from Holyrood.

With the Scottish Parliament heading into summer recess on the 1st of July, much of our policy engagement this month has focussed on meetings with key Scottish and UK Government officials.

View from Holyrood.

CBI Scotland met with representatives from the Scottish Government to discuss an Industrial Strategy for Scotland, the future of the Horizon 2020 programme post-Brexit and the Scottish Growth Scheme.

In what was a very productive discussion there was recognition that sector deals and a Challenge Fund represented critical elements of any forthcoming Industrial Strategy for Scotland.

Ahead of the publication of new data from our Scotland-wide Education and Skills survey, CBI Scotland attended the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board Employer Engagement Group meeting to discuss issues relating to the implementation and operation of the Apprenticeship Levy Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

CBI Scotland stressed that companies across the country are keen to know more about the Fund, particularly how it will operate and who can access it. If the fund proves successful, firms would like to see a greater share of levy money allocated to it in the future.

The CBI Scotland policy team further met with representatives from the Department for International Trade and the Scotland Office to discuss issues around Scottish trade, particularly priority areas and how to advance better coordination across all levels of government.

Officials noted that positive engagement was ongoing with the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.

Also this month, CBI Scotland Director Hugh Aitken convened a digital roundtable for CBI members with Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity.

Additionally, Hugh agreed to join the Enterprise and Skills Implementation Review Board, where he will join other key stakeholders will provide strategic guidance to and oversight of the Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Review led by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.     

If you have views on the above, please contact katie.dash@cbi.org.uk.