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Enhanced Holyrood powers must be aimed at economic growth

Enhanced Holyrood powers must be aimed at economic growth

Scotland’s leading business, industry and employer organisations have today issued a joint statement urging the Scottish and UK governments to focus any new devolution settlement on driving economic growth.

The statement – issued by the Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors, the CBI, Scottish Financial Enterprise, SCDI, Scotland IS, Chemical Industries Scotland, Scotch Whisky Association, Scottish Retail Consortium and Scottish Engineering – also underlines the business community’s commitment to work constructively with both governments to deliver a more prosperous, competitive Scotland.

It reads:

“With all eyes now on the future, we need to focus on how we can come together to make Scotland the best place to live, work and, above all, do business.

“Business and entrepreneurship has a crucial role to play in delivering the fairer and more prosperous Scotland for which so many expressed a keen desire during the referendum campaign.  Not only do we create the jobs, opportunities and revenues, a life in business can open up a whole world of possibilities for those with the creativity and drive.

“With the Scottish Parliament set to become a more powerful actor in our economy, the touchstones of the new devolution settlement must be boosting business and growth. It is also really important for business that whatever settlement is now agreed is stable and sustainable, and seen to be so.   In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to playing a full, constructive part in making this happen – and that must include a debate around how any extra powers should be used.

“There are also areas which are important to business where responsibility is split between the UK and Scottish Governments, such as exporting, and which could work better.  This is now an ideal opportunity for both governments to put business and prosperity at the top of the priority list and work together to streamline and co-ordinate these services.”

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