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Scottish Business Taskforce ASSEMBLE!

Brian Baglow


Scottish Business Taskforce

A new group of business leaders has come together to help address the issues facing Scotland’s most important sectors, including oil and gas, tourism, financial services and food & drink. 

The new Scottish business taskforce, chaired by former UK government minister Andrew Dunlop met for the first time this week.

The aim of the group is to positively influence UK government policy in a way which will advance Scotland’s business and economic interests.

The taskforce members are:

Marc Crothall  CEO – Scottish Tourism Alliance
Professor Susan Deacon – Assistant Principal External Relations, University of Edinburgh and Chair, IoD Scotland
Jayne-Anne Gadhia – Chief Executive, Virgin Money
Jo MacsweenVistage Group Chair and ex MD Macsween of Edinburgh
Professor Graeme Roy – Director, Fraser of Allander, University of Strathclyde
Louise Smith – HMT Fintech envoy Scotland and Head of Design, Personal and Business Banking RBS
Douglas Smith – Chairman – Scotland, CBRE
Neil Sims – VP, Expro – North Sea
Chris Van der Kuyl – Chairman, 4J Studios
Ellis Watson – Executive Chairman DC Thomson Media
Will Whitehorn – Chair, Scottish Exhibition Centre and Clyde Space
Brian Wilson – Chair, Harris Tweed Hebrides

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “The Scottish Business Taskforce boasts an unrivalled wealth of expert analysis and knowledge. The members represent the diversity and talent of Scottish business and will ensure that the UK Government is seeking the best advice from leaders in their fields.

“Chaired by my former colleague Andrew Dunlop who is a business expert in his own right, this taskforce will provide the insight to ensure we are delivering for Scottish businesses.”

The first meeting of the group took place in Edinburgh on the 27th October, and discussed the state of the Scottish economy, the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, innovation and the economic powers at the disposal of both governments.

Scottish Business Taskforce chairman Andrew Dunlop said: “As a UK Government Minister, I made it my priority to understand the needs of Scottish businesses and to take action to strengthen the Scottish economy.  And as someone who has also run my own company I can appreciate the importance of creating the right climate in which business can thrive. That’s why I am delighted to be chairing this group, building on both experiences to bang the drum for Scottish businesses.

“The group’s membership engages some of Scotland’s best business and economic brains and draws on experience of diverse sectors from fintech and new media to the iconic Harris Tweed and Macsween’s world famous produce.

“The UK Government Scottish Business Taskforce will focus on how the UK Government can use its policy levers to improve our productivity performance and promote strong economic growth in Scotland.  Our work will feed directly into the UK Government and provide a constructive contribution to its joint work with the Scottish Government.”

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Brian Baglow


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