11 October 2018


CBI Scotland attend SNP conference

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, calls for pragmatism and patience from independence supporters.

CBI Scotland attend SNP conference

This week, the CBI Scotland team attended the SNP Conference in Glasgow and held a range of engagements with politicians, members and stakeholders. Further to this, CBI Scotland held a joint fringe event with Chartered Institute of Taxation.  

During a meeting with the Scottish Government’s Special Adviser for Business, the Economy, Skills and Fair Work, Stewart Maxwell the discussion focused on the forthcoming Economic Action Plan, business rates and future infrastructure investment.

Elsewhere, CBI’s Assistant Director, Mari Tunby, joined the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Kate Forbes MSP, at a packed fringe event with the Chartered Institute of Taxation. The event accessed taxing Scottish businesses in a digital world and a lively debate centred on how the tax system should adapt to the changing nature of retail, what action is needed to protect high street stores and how the Scottish government should halt plans for an out-of-town levy

Back in the main conference hall, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon delivered a keynote speech which called for pragmatism and patience from independence supporters. Ms Sturgeon, also commented on the UK government’s handling of the Brexit negotiations – having already made clear that the party's thirty-five MPs would vote in favour of a new referendum on Brexit, were such a question to be tabled in the Westminster Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon also announced a “Fair Work First” drive, that will see an extension to the range of Scottish government and public-sector contracts that fair work criteria apply to – such as paying the Living Wage and taking action to address the gender pay gap.

Following on from the First minister’s speech, CBI Scotland will continue to push for a focus on collaborative approaches that encourage and support good practice, rather than top-down diktats. Fairness and flexibility must go hand-in hand and this requires a real partnership between business and government.

For more information please contact Gregor.Scotland@cbi.org.uk