We're ready to play our part in recovery

Entrepreneurial Scotland welcomes Scottish Government commitment & “stands ready to help.”

Entrepreneurial Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the role entrepreneurs will play in Scotland’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

The Foundation has responded to remarks made in Parliament by newly-appointed Economy Minister Kate Forbes and says it “stands ready to help the collective drive to deliver our recovery”

In her first speech since taking on her Ministerial brief in the new Parliament, Ms Forbes set out the Scottish Government’s plans for economic recovery.

And there was a strong commitment to underpin the work of Scottish entrepreneurs saying they will be the “bedrock” of the recovery as it gathers pace.

Ms Forbes also said the Scottish Government would “create the best conditions for entrepreneurs to seize the opportunities to produce, to invent, to scale up, and in so doing, create secure and satisfying jobs which pay a fair wage.”

Sean McGrath
Sean McGrath

Entrepreneurial Scotland CEO Designate Sean McGrath said: “This is an important recognition of the vital role entrepreneurship will play in helping our economy to recover.”

“For 14 years we have been developing and unlocking the entrepreneurial potential of people in Scotland – something that can only be done in collaboration with others.

“We acknowledge the Minister’s remarks that this isn’t just about entrepreneurs establishing new businesses – there is a need to capture and unlock the potential to be entrepreneurial from people leading organisations of all kinds in what will be a collective effort.

“The Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation stands ready to play our part in this much-needed effort.”

In her speech Ms Forbes went on to say: “This government is absolutely committed to being pro-prosperity, pro-growth, and pro-business – a true champion for our job creators.

“We recognise the crucial role that industry leaders, businesses, trade unions, economists and other stakeholders will play in shaping and guiding that strategy so, as set out in our ‘100 days plan’, we will establish a new Council for Economic Transformation to draw on their experience and expertise.

“Pioneers and entrepreneurs will be the bedrock of this transformation.”

Entrepreneurial Scotland also welcomed the announcement in the same speech of a “National Challenge” competition providing funding of up to £50 million to “the project or projects with the greatest potential to transform Scotland.” Full details of this are awaited.

Support has also come from Lord Willie Haughey, Executive Chairman of Glasgow-based City Facilities Management Holdings Ltd.

Lord Haughey said: “Recovery from a pandemic, which has literally turned people’s lives upside down and been a devastating shock for businesses, won’t happen overnight. But I am in no doubt with determination and vision it can be achieved.

“So much is at stake in terms of people’s livelihoods and this call to action is both timely and represents a vital endeavour we can all play our part in. Those with an entrepreneurial mindset will play an important part achieving this goal as we strive to restore our economy and look forward to better days ahead.”

Colin Robertson CBE, Chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland, added: “This is undoubtedly the biggest challenge facing the country in terms of economic recovery in decades. It is up to all of us to work together to propel Scotland out of the lingering consequences of the pandemic. This will be a true team effort in which everyone has a part to play.”