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Policy actions 4 of 4

Consulting on the economy

To grow Scotland's economy in a sustainable way requires co-operation and expertise from across all areas of business and society.

We have established a number of groups and events to help us to shape policy and determine actions to support this ambition.

Convention of the Highlands and Islands

The Convention of the Highlands and Islands (CoHI) enables Ministers and member organisations to exchange ideas on supporting economic growth in the Highlands and Islands.

National Economic Forum

The National Economic Forum is an event at which senior figures from across business, the third sector, trade unions, government and the wider public sector meet to debate how to grow Scotland's economy.

It has no set membership and attendance is through invitation only. The next National Economic Forum is scheduled to take place on the morning of Wednesday 13 December. The theme for the day is 'A Nation with Ambition: a high tech, low carbon, inclusive economy'- National Economic Forum: December 2017. The last Forum took place on Friday 12 May on the theme of Changing Scotland: Sustainable Growth in Scotland's Economy. Please see the National Economic Forum: May 2017 for more details on the event programme and content.

For details of the 2016 Forum, please see the National Economic Forum: October 2016 publication.

Anyone wishing to attend future events can contact the Forum at to register their interest.

Scottish Business Growth Group

On 10 August 2016 the First Minister announced plans to establish a post-Referendum business network to work more closely and collaboratively with the main business bodies, the Scottish Trade Union Congress and the Scotland Office to help shape future policy and support for business.

There is a broad consensus on the rationale for meetings to explore the economic and business implications of the EU Referendum vote, to represent Scotland's interests, ensure a continuing relationship with Europe, and both optimise our economic performance and support businesses as they pursue new commercial opportunities as they arise.

The Scottish Business Growth Group will ensure that the voice of business, employers and employees is present as together we work through all the implications of the EU Referendum result.