Bid to strengthen ties with the US and Canada
18th October 2022 by Ivan McKee MSP
Short blog from Trade Minister Ivan McKee on his trade visit to the US and Canada.
New group to enhance tourism and Hospitality sector
22nd August 2022 by Ivan McKee MSP
Blog piece from Tourism Minister Ivan McKee on new Tourism and Hospitality Industry Leadership Group.
Consultation closes on national economic transformation strategy
6th September 2021 by Kate Forbes MSP
We are absolutely committed to maximising Scotland’s economic potential and we want to work with others to build an economy for everyone. To help us deliver greater, greener and fairer prosperity we are working to deliver a new 10 year National Strategy for Economic Transformation. As part of that work extensive engagement is currently taking…
Open letter to members of the construction and manufacturing sectors
28th July 2021 by Ivan McKee MSP
As you will be aware construction materials from plasterboard to timber, steel to insulation, are in short supply because of a combination of global factors in addition to EU Exit and COVID 19. This is having a significant impact as some businesses are unable to source the construction materials they need at a stable price….
Supporting the manufacturing sector
7th July 2021 by Ivan McKee MSP
The construction industry touches every part of Scotland’s economy and, with its 143,000 jobs and turnover of around £19 billion per annum, is vital to our future prosperity. As a result of a global manufacturing slowdown some businesses are being affected and unable to source the construction materials they need. That is why we have…
Response to latest trade statistics
7th July 2021 by Ivan McKee MSP
The latest HMRC Regional Trade Statistics further demonstrate the combined impact of COVID-19 and Brexit on Scotland’s trade. However, I am pleased to see that while exports from Scotland’s onshore economy are down 5% over the past year, this compares favourably with a reduction across the rest of the UK of 14%, demonstrating the work done…
Encouraging workers to get their vaccines
2nd July 2021 by Kate Forbes MSP
We know vaccination is key to moving forward from the pandemic and I am pleased to be working with Scotland’s business organisations to encourage businesses up and down the country to support their staff to attend their vaccine appointments. See our joint statement: “The COVID-19 vaccine is a vital step in Scotland’s progress towards a…
Support for Islands
14th November 2020 by Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse discusses support for the Islands
Investment in Moray
24th August 2020 by Michael Matheson
The signing of the Heads of Terms agreement for the Moray Growth Deal is an important milestone.
Digital skills success – first graduates from £1 million scheme
21st January 2020 by Kate Forbes MSP
People out of work and those on low incomes have been helped to develop their digital skills through a new fund. Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes met with some of the first beneficiaries of the £1 million Digital Start Fund, who have graduated from CodeClan, to hear how the specialist training has helped them achieve…