SNP Government’s ‘joined-up approach’ to inward investment pays dividends

Included at least but not quite foregrounded, the SNP Government’s role, in Scotland attracting 12.3% of all inward investment to the UK with only 8% of the population can be found, down the page:

Trade Minister Ivan McKee commented: “These results indicate that our values-led approach to investment, set out in our Inward Investment Plan, is delivering and underline the important ongoing contribution of inward investment to the recently-published National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

“It is critically important that we continue to work closely with inward investors by offering our unique Team Scotland approach to support an inclusive and wellbeing economy, as we strive to meet our goal of being net zero by 2045.”

Adrian Gillespie, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Businesses have told us that this joined-up approach is a key reason why they choose Scotland – and EY’s survey is testament to this – with Scotland’s perceived attractiveness to inward investors now at record levels.

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/10000-scottish-jobs-been-created-27100520

4 thoughts on “SNP Government’s ‘joined-up approach’ to inward investment pays dividends

  1. This is a remarkable performance but only the latest in a long line of positive annual assessments of Scotland’s track record in attracting foreign direct investment (fyi).

    The source document is well worth a look: EY Attractiveness Survey Scotland 2022 (https://www.ey.com/en_uk/attractiveness/22/scotland-leads-the-way-for-fdi-investment )

    Congratulations are due to Scottish Development International (SDI), Scotland’s own trade and inward investment agency:
    (https://www.sdi.co.uk )

    Some indicative extracts from the EY report:

    ‘With a double-digit increase in terms of market share for UK projects, Scotland recorded its highest ever level of the past decade — FAR OUTPACING THE GROWTH AND RECOVERY OF THE REST OF THE UK AND EUROPE FOLLOWING COVID-19. With Scotland expanding its share from 11% in 2020 to 12.3% in 2021, UK and Europe trail behind with an increase in projects at 5.4% for Europe and only 1.8% for UK. SCOTLAND’S FDI PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE FOR SOME TIME NOW, ….’ (my emphasis)  

    ‘This performance also cements the fact that Scotland has recorded an increase in projects for four years running, which was achieved during very turbulent conditions — given the geopolitical uncertainty and COVID-19. IT IS CLEARLY TENACIOUS AND ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE EVER-CHANGING ENVIRONMENT due to being a very well-established location for FDI.’

    ‘… the number of new Scottish jobs generated by FDI projects rose from 4,500 to 10,000 in 2021. This MARKED AN INCREASE OF 125% AND is Scotland’s highest ever annual total for employment gained from inward investment.’

    ‘…. CLOSE ALIGNMENT BETWEEN INVESTORS’ EXPECTATIONS OF WHICH SECTORS WILL DRIVE UK GROWTH, AND SCOTLAND’S STRENGTHS 
IN CLEANTECH, DIGITAL AND HEALTH.’

    The EY report states: ‘WHATEVER THE CHALLENGES, THE POSITIVE NEWS IN THIS REPORT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE.’

    Maybe! We’ll see what BBC Scotland makes of it on Reporting Scotland this evening!

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  2. “Good evening from the BBC. There have been reported very good inward inves………

    Oh, look! A ferry…………………………………..”!

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    1. I presume I’d be pushing my luck explaining how the tradition of the ferry on the Christmas Tree originated involving Santa’s skelfs at the BBC in Scotland led by James “We’ve seen the emails FM” Cook and his faithfull rein-cloud Campbell ?
      Yep, thought so…

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