17 December 2018

  |  CBI Scotland


Holyrood update

We provide an overview of CBI Scotland engagement with politicians and policy makers across Holyrood and Westminster.

Holyrood update

A busy few weeks of engagement has seen the team meet with a range of senior politicians at both Holyrood and Westminster.

The Scottish Budget, productivity and skills were on the agenda with Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Rhoda Grant. CBI Scotland’s Budget submission – which focussed on skills productivity and competitiveness – was also the focal point of pre-Budget meetings with the Scottish Conservatives’ Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Murdo Fraser MSP, and his Scottish Labour counterpart, James Kelly MSP. Also at Holyrood, Convenor of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Gordon Lindhurst MSP was keen to hear more about CBI Scotland’s work to support businesses in Scotland to increase their international activity.

Engagement with the Scottish Government ranged from an exporting discussion with the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee MSP, to digital and transport connectivity with the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP. The team also discussed digital skills and business support services with the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Kate Forbes MSP.

Elsewhere, Brexit continued to dominate engagement at Westminster, where the team spoke with SNP Deputy Westminster Leader Kirsty Blackman MP and the Scottish Conservatives’ Luke Graham MP about the need to avoid a no deal scenario, which would be disastrous for the economy, businesses and families across the country.

Finally, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell MP, was in Glasgow for an exclusive roundtable with CBI Scotland. He joined Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard for a lively and detailed discussion around Brexit, nationalisation and in Labour’s plans for a forthcoming industrial strategy for Scotland. Key representatives from a number of Scotland’s biggest companies attended the event at Clydesdale Bank.