Media Release: SCDI comment on the future of the HIE board


COMMENTING on the statement by Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP, on the future of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) board, SCDI’s Highlands & Islands director, Fraser Grieve, said: “SCDI welcomes the announcement that HIE’s board and its functions, along with those of the other enterprise and skills agencies, will remain unchanged.

“Following this decision, the focus should now be firmly on taking forward the work of the review on how to increase productivity, innovation and internationalisation across Scotland.

“Over the past 50 years HIE, and its predecessor HIDB, have played a key role in supporting business and industry growth, strengthening communities with the aim that none are left behind and reversing the depopulation trend of many parts of the region.

“In a fast-changing economy, building on its successful approach is the right way for this region to enable more of our businesses and communities to be grow and prosper and attract more young people to live and work in all parts of the region.

“SCDI also strongly supports the proposed introduction of this approach in the south of Scotland.

“With changing labour markets, digitalisation and low carbon driving an accelerating transformation of the global economy, we look forward to working with the new strategic board and the agencies to create an agile, responsive and joined-up strategy and services which position Scotland as a more competitive and inclusive economy.”


Notes to editors:

SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland.

SCDI’s diverse and influential membership – across the public, private and social economy sectors – forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

SCDI represents 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:

Fraser Grieve
Highlands & Islands director, SCDI
T: 07747 444261

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