The Scottish Governments Programme For Government sets out the actions it will take in the forthcoming year. Importantly it sets out the drivers & provides context for the upcoming legislative programme. Understanding these drivers and the new Scottish Government Energy Strategy referenced in Deja Blue blog 1 is key to successfully shaping the narrative around projects, businesses and technology developments to attract investment. It also suggests areas where those agencies , programmes and funds that the Government supports will choose, or be directed, to co invest.
The Programme is explicit on the benefits of “Transitioning to a resource efficient, low carbon and circular economy…” and the “…. massive opportunity for business and for jobs” this represents.
It presages the establishment of “….. a Scottish National Investment Bank to provide patient capital for growth and support our overall economic strategy” and of “ … a new Strategic Board…” to co ordinate the enterprise and skills agencies”.
There are hints that the National Performance Framework will be embedded with the low carbon targets trailed in the Energy Strategy.
Of the 27 Bills listed for action those covering Climate Change, Crown Estate, Planning, Transport, & Warm Homes will all be of direct relevance to the low carbon sector and of those already announced Forestry and Land Management, Housing & the Islands Bill will similarly be of great interest. It is very informative how many times the importance of the “community ” & its place in driving and anchoring economic activity is repeated.
All of this makes it an important read; a document that should be part of the suite of things you look to when seeking to do business in Scotland or when thinking about investing in, growing or setting up your business in Scotland………………
Andrew Smith delivered a Webinar on 5th September in conjunction with Johnston Carmichael and Atlantis organised with the excellent assistance of the International Tidal Energy Summit 2017 . Thanks to all who signed on – if you didn’t and would like the slide pack let me know via the contact page and I will e mail it to you.