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A round-up of CBI Scotland's political engagement throughout the month of September
Following the summer months and recess in both the Scottish and UK parliaments, CBI Scotland’s political engagement has ramped-up in September.
In addition to welcoming First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie at our Annual Dinner, CBI Director General Carolyn Fairbairn joined Hugh and Tracy at separate meetings with both Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson to convey key business concerns around Brexit and other critical policy issues.
Scotland Office Minister Lord Duncan joined us at our Q3 Scotland Council meeting to discuss his thoughts around the Brexit process, how the UK and Scottish Governments can better work together and to hear more about business issues on the ground. It was a lively session and council members have told us how valuable it was to be able to discuss their views in such an open and constructive format.
We were also pleased to welcome the Finance and Constitution Secretary Derek Mackay to our Delivering Growth for Scotland financial services conference at Lloyds Banking Group, Edinburgh. Derek outlined the key economic policies being advanced in the Scottish Government’s ‘Programme for Government’, including how he and colleagues would advance the recommendations of the Barclay Review of business rates.
At a working level, the CBI Scotland team have engaged with a number of key committees and working groups including a Migration Advisory Committee roundtable on the post-Brexit immigration system, an Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee business planning day and a roundtable with Derek Mackay to feedback on the Barclay Review into business rates. Across all events, the team fed back key insights from meetings with members and ongoing CBI member consultation processes.
Hugh will also continue his engagement on better calibrating the education and skills system to the needs of business through his participation in the Enterprise and Skills Review Implementation Board.