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 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 to register their interest.
Enterprise and Skills review
Following the First Minister's announcement in May 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work established a review of the enterprise and skills support provided by Scotland's economic development and skills agencies:
- Scottish Enterprise
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Skills Development Scotland
- Scottish Funding Council
The aim of the review is to ensure that our businesses, workforce, training providers, colleges and universities, and young people are all receiving the support they need. It will look at how to maximise our agencies' individual and collective impact and their effectiveness in increasing Scotland's productivity and growing the economy.
Phase 2 of the review began in November 2016 and is inteneded to take six months. Its focus is on implementing the key actions identified in Phase 1, which will be broken down into related individual projects with a lead Director, Deputy Director, team leader and project plan.
While some actions will be prioritised and delivered quickly, the final Phase 2 decisions are likely to set out a programme of work to be undertaken over the lifetime of the parliament.
- Report on Governance by Professor Lorne Crerar on the options for a new statutory board for our enterprise and skills agencies
- Report on Phase 1 of the Enterprise and Skills Review, published October 2016
- Call for Evidence, published July 2016
- Online responses to the Call for Evidence
- Emailed responses to the Call for Evidence