Industry News | 23.06.2017
An enterprise agency will be created to meet the economic needs of communities in the South of Scotland.
The final report from the Enterprise and Skills Review contains a wide range of measures to support business, ensure young people have access to the right skills, and create growth across the Scottish economy.
These include improved access to innovation, enterprise and international support and streamlined skills provision.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown launched the report today. He said: “This review has delivered a package of reforms that will drive change across the country.
“We have recognised the importance of providing dedicated support to the South of Scotland in the same way we currently do for the Highlands and Islands. A new agency will be established to meet the distinctive economic needs of communities in the South of Scotland.
“We are putting a greater urgency behind our innovation action plan and joining up the efforts of our skills agencies to help learners and businesses get the training they need.”
Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, offered support to the new agency, adding: “What we need to see now is exactly how the private sector can have a role to provide the leadership and guidance necessary to make these new structures work.
“The new framework must deliver real change for the better in a very short timescale and this must be monitored on a regular basis to ensure that there is material progress in supporting Scotland’s businesses and growing our economy.”
The final report from the Enterprise and Skills Review confirms significant progress, including:
Source: Daily Business
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