CBI to help ex­pand Scot­land’s mar­kets in­ter­na­tion­ally

The Oban Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

The Scot­tish Govern­ment is team­ing up with the lead­ing busi­ness group the CBI, to boost Scot­land’s ex­ports, the First Min­is­ter has an­nounced.

CBI Scot­land will mo­bilise its mem­ber­ship to help de­liver 300 busi­ness peer-to-peer men­tor­ships over the next three years to in­crease aware­ness of the ben­e­fit of ex­port­ing and help ramp-up over­seas ac­tiv­ity.

These mea­sures are part of a pack­age backed by £20 mil­lion in­vest­ment an­nounced as part of the Pro­gramme for Govern­ment, un­veiled by the First Min­is­ter, and come as the lat­est statis­tics show Scot­tish ex­ports in­creased seven per cent to £28.8 bil­lion over the past year to June 2018 – the fastest rate of growth of any coun­try in the UK.

CBI Scot­land and the Scot­tish Govern­ment will also host a ma­jor busi­ness con­fer­ence on ex­port­ing at the end of Novem­ber to en­cour­age com­pa­nies to en­ter in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Speak­ing at the CBI Scot­land an­nual din­ner, the First Min­is­ter made clear the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s am­bi­tion for ex­ports, and wider eco­nomic suc­cess for Scot­land, would not be de­fined by Brexit, de­spite the clear threat posed by the UK Govern­ment’s plans to leave the EU, sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union.

Tracy Black, CBI Scot­land di­rec­tor, said: ‘We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled to part­ner with the Scot­tish Govern­ment to sup­port the next wave of Scot­land’s pi­o­neer­ing ex­porters.’

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