The Prosper team support members in every part of Scotland.
Back at the very beginning we were known as the Scottish Development Council, an organisation set up to respond to the impact in Scotland following the 1929 stock market crash.
Since then, we’ve been through war, rapid industrial growth, massive infrastructure construction, expansion in domestic tourism plus a boom in global travel, international economic turbulence, a digital revolution, a global pandemic and the climate crisis.
As an organisation, we’ve been through mergers and restructuring, several name changes and the opening of regional, national & international offices.
Most recently known as SCDI, we’ve continued to evolve and rise to the challenges and opportunities presented by momentous events. These include post-industrial decline, the emergence of new markets and sectors, globalisation and an ever-changing political landscape.
Our heritage, and our desire for a prosperous Scotland continues to inform our direction of travel, and our values remain constant.
Nine decades on, we continue to build on that heritage and those values. Prosper is proud to consolidate our track record of seeing the bigger picture. We continue to take the long view, and prioritise co-operation, collaboration and innovation to help Scotland be fit, healthy, productive and prosperous for the future.
I have been asked to write a few words of introduction to the First Report of the Scottish National Development Council. I am very glad to do so, believing that the Council has come in to being to assist Scotland at a time of widespread and pressing difficulty.
History records that many great movements have been conceived in adversity and born of necessity. It is in the hour of trial that the hearts and minds of men are stirred to a great undertaking. Then comes the incentive to common action, the resolution to be up and doing instantly, and determination to succeed. At such a time, when we are labouring the grip of severe economic depression, the National Development Council makes its appeal for whole-hearted co-operation in a movement to restore the prosperity of Scotland. As the Council is non-political in the party sense, it gives an opportunity to every Scotsman and every Scotswoman to render service to their country, by taking an active part in its work or by simple membership.
Formed under the auspices of the Convention of Royal Burgh’s and the Association of Council Councils in Scotland, the Constitution of the Council provides for the representation of every burgh and every county council, and of both employers and employed in every trade and industry, so that there is not one district, or economic, commercial or professional activity in the whole of Scotland whose interests will be neglected. As a truly democratic machine, altruistic in its conception, thoroughly practical in its aims, I feel satisfied that it is capable of making an effective contribution towards the economic recovery of Scotland.
The Council makes contact with every worth endeavour in Scotland to promote and develop and, where necessary to bring about reorganisation. Agriculture, fisheries, mining, transport and industry generally are within its purview. Its action is not inspired by any spirit of pragmatical meddlesomeness with the business of others. Rather, it aims, by promoting co-operation to restore prosperity to our native land.
While much has been done during the year to complete the domestic and local organisation of the movement, and while a beginning has been made with the main task, a great deal yet remains to be done. It is therefore my very earnest hope that all Scotsmen will take this opportunity to come together, on this common platform, and, in a great united effort, will pull together for the good of Scotland
J. Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister