Scotland's Economy

This week: 08/02/19

February 8, 2019 by No Comments | Category Economy

Ayrshire Growth Deal

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson visited Ayrshire to discuss the latest developments around the Ayrshire Growth Deal with local council leaders.

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Innovation Minister Ivan McKee welcomed the news that the firm behind Sutherland spaceport is to open a new base in Forres, creating up to 130 new jobs.

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Subsea Expo

Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse addressed the Subsea expo in Aberdeen to talk about Scotland’s global leadership in subsea engineering and our committment to working with this innovative and dynamic sector in the years ahead.

CivTech Scotland

Cabinet Secretary Derek Mackay addressed the CivTech Scotland Demo Day outlining the Scottish Government’s commitment to expanding CivTech to support entrepreneurs to build businesses that support the delivery of public services in Scotland.


Good news for Inverclyde : the Scottish Government has worked closely with Diodes, Texas Instruments and partners to bring this project to a successful resolution. Securing these jobs in Greenock is a terrific outcome for all involved.

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Pepper the Robot

Business, Fair Work and SKills Minister Jamie Hepburn saw innovation in action at the University of West Scotland’s Lanarkshire campus while meeting Pepper the Robot – a humanoid companion created to communicate with humans through his voice, touch and expression.

Can Do Places

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay attended a Can Do Places event today in Glasgow to speak about the Scottish Government’s commitment, through Can Do Scotland, to support local groups bring redundant spaces back to life and help build local economic resilience.

IoT Scotland

Boston Networks, the Glasgow-headquartered smart integrated solutions business launched the UK’s most advanced Internet of Things network – fittingly at Glasgow Science Centre.

IoT Scotland will provide a wide area wireless sensor network for applications and services to collect data from devices and send that data without the need for cellular or Wi-Fi, supporting businesses to develop new and innovative applications, changing the way they work.

Innovation Minister Ivan McKee, who spoke at the event, said: “I’m delighted to see the progress being made by the IoT Scotland programme. Today’s launch underlines the breadth of creativity and innovation in this exciting sector.”

“To ensure we reap the rewards of these important technological advances, Scotland must be at the forefront and help drive innovation. This is why the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have collectively invested £2.84 million in IoT Scotland to ensure that as a nation we are able to benefit from the numerous economic and social benefits that they can bring.” 

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