Media Release: Aberdeen recognises SCDI’s 50 years working for Nort-east Scotland economy

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TO mark the 50th anniversary of SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) working from and for the North-east of Scotland economy, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Cllr. George Adam, hosted an evening Civic Reception at the Town & County Hall, Aberdeen, on behalf of the City Council on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Over 100 guests drawn from across the SCDI membership of public, private and social economy sectors, and MPs, MSPs and Councillors, including Lord Provost Vernal of Aberdeenshire Council, attended the celebration.

Lord Provost Adam recognised the important work done by SCDI in Aberdeen and the North-east region over five decades, and led the ‘Toast of Bon Accord’ to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

In reflecting on the broad-ranging economic development organisation’s 50 years based in the city, SCDI’s deputy chair, Dame Sue Bruce DBE, thanked the Provost and Councils for their ongoing support and highlighted the forthcoming publication of SCDI’s emerging policy ‘Blueprint’ for Scotland’s economic future – focussing on the main economic challenges of productivity, innovation and internationalisation, underpinned by key infrastructure.

This work is a sign of SCDI’s commitment to continue to lead and shape the policy agenda, both in the North-east and wider Scottish economy, in the years ahead.

Dame Sue also noted SCDI’s focus on working with key partners, stakeholders and members throughout the country – and specifically the Aberdeen city region in relation to issues such as the current oil and gas industry challenges – on what can be done together to ensure a bright future post downturn. For example, in supporting positive economic developments and plans like the Aberdeen City Region Deal.

Earlier in this 50th anniversary year, SCDI’s North-east Committee chair, Colin Parker, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour, was awarded an SCDI Fellowship in recognition of his contribution and service to the organisation. Such awards are made to individuals in recognition of their significant service to SCDI and contribution to economic development in Scotland and internationally.

Upon presentation of the Fellowship Award, SCDI’s chief executive, Ross Martin, said: “SCDI Fellowships are awarded in recognition of those who have made a substantial contribution to the work of SCDI and, given 2015 marks such a significant milestone for SCDI in the North-east of Scotland, it is the right time for Colin Parker to be recognised in this way.

“In his role as head of Aberdeen Harbour, Colin is at the very heart of the regional economy and this gives him the broad perspective which SCDI also seeks to bring to the wider economic debate.”

2015 marks 50 years of SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) having offices in both Aberdeen and Inverness, which were opened in 1965 to help strengthen the local economies and champion the economic opportunities in the north of Scotland.

SCDI’s move to establish regional operations in the North-east and Highlands & Islands areas was in recognition of the unique circumstances faced by both areas and the benefits that could be derived from having permanent presences there. SCDI was founded in 1931.


Notes to editors:

2015 marks 50 years of SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) having offices in both Aberdeen and Inverness. Further information can be accessed here:

SCDI honorary Fellowships are awarded to Individuals in recognition of their significant service to SCDI and contribution to economic development in Scotland and internationally. There can be only 50 fellows at any time and the current list can be seen at:

SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is Scotland’s leading independent economic development organisation working across the public, private and social economy sectors, representing 1,200 organisations including global corporate companies, SMEs, public sector bodies and educational institutions, professional associations and trade unions, faith groups, charitable and social economy sector organisations.

For further information, please contact: Ian Armstrong, SCDI North-east regional director on T: 07824 619328

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