Resources

May 2024

Review of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Review of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

We gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Europe Committee on EU trade and improving the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). The UK TCA Domestic Advisory Group (including Prosper) met Labour Party Shadow Minister Nick Thomas-Symonds MP in Edinburgh and published its Priorities.

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April 2024

Prosper Annual Report 2022/23

Prosper Annual Report 2022/23

Prosper Annual Report 2022/23

Our Annual Report 2022/23 highlights howe we continued to work towards our aim of being the home of purposeful organisations and amplifying the voice of our members.

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April 2024

Scottish Government consultation on Heat in Buildings Bill

Scottish Government consultation on Heat in Buildings Bill

Prosper submitted a response to Scottish Government’s ‘Delivering net zero for Scotland’s buildings – Heat in Buildings Bill’ consultation.

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April 2024

General Election Manifesto

General Election Manifesto

Our 6 key tests to grow Scotland's economy

Our question is a simple one. Does your party have a policy programme that will support a prosperous future? Based on our analysis of what needs to change, we have devised six tests to address key weaknesses and increase Scotland’s success in the global economy. Our General Election manifesto urges all parties to implement a programme for government that will:

  • Increase investment (including a stable economic strategy)
  • Drive up productivity
  • Support a skilled workforce and a growing working age population across Scotland
  • Contain specific measures to nurture business purpose
  • Include a credible plan to transition to a net-zero economy
  • Include measures to build place-based growth

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February 2024

Business Purpose Update Briefing

Business Purpose Update Briefing

Following Prosper’s meeting on Business Purpose in the Scottish Parliament on 31 January, hosted by Ivan McKee MSP, please find an update briefing prepared for the event.

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January 2024

Independent Review of Scottish Business Engagement with Government

Independent Review of Scottish Business Engagement with Government

Our reputation for constructive and actionable insights led to an approach by former Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins to inform his review for Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Jonathan Reynolds. A member roundtable informed our response.

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December 2023

Prosper Rural Housing Evidence Paper

Prosper Rural Housing Evidence Paper

Prosper have been gathering evidence from members in rural Scotland concerned about the lack of housing constraining economic growth and efforts to re-populate in some areas. It highlights constraints that a lack of housing in some rural areas has on economic opportunities, on visitors, and on efforts by local businesses to diversify as well as the lack of new housing in areas looking to attract people back.

We will share our paper with the Minister for Housing, Paul McLennan, and look forward to further dialogue with him and our members in rural areas about how some of the immediate and longer-term challenges could be overcome.

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December 2023

Green Heat Finance Taskforce: Interim Report – November 2023

Green Heat Finance Taskforce: Interim Report – November 2023

Prosper Chief Executive Sara Thiam is co-chair of the Green Heat Finance Taskforce. The initial report led by the Scottish Government focuses on solutions which will allow individual property owners to access finance to cover the upfront costs for replacing polluting heating with clean heat solutions.

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November 2023

Expanding DBT export support in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Expanding DBT export support in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Prosper responded to the Department for Business and Trade’s consultation of ‘Expanding DBT Support in Scotland’. DBT is extending one-to-one export support to Scotland in the form of International Trade Advisors. This has previously been available in the English regions. The consultation asked how this new resource should be deployed. In our submission to DBT, Prosper recommended that:

  • Support should be extended in a way that complements Scottish Development International’s export support and avoids duplication
  • DBT ITAs can add value by helping to grow the base of exporting businesses ready for more intensive support
  • Deployment of the ITAs in Scotland should be mapped to the SE, HIE and SOSE enterprise network areas
  • Prosper and its Productivity Clubs Scotland network, Chambers of Commerce and trade associations can support peer-to-peer learning
  • ITAs should deployed in a way that provides a combination of a sectoral and regional approach depending on the strengths of the region
  • There should be flexibility in the support offer and duration which takes into account a business’s experience and sectoral and market challenges
  • ITAs can effectively support businesses through increasing their capability, knowledge and contacts
  • ITAs can feedback priorities for Free Trade Agreements to DBT and information on barriers in the UK to growth by UK exporters

Prosper’s International Business Committee recently discussed the consultation with UK Export Minister Lord Offord of Garvel and DBT officials.

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November 2023

Scottish Budget 2024 Letter

Scottish Budget 2024 Letter

Our recent letter to the Scottish Government, on behalf of our members, sets out the case for improving Scotland’s long-term economic performance.

As ever with such complex challenges there is no silver bullet, however our letter sets out clear areas of action, which can boost Scotland’s economic recovery. These range from the immediate unlocking of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, which supports businesses of all sizes but most importantly hard-pressed small businesses, to invest in training, and halting the erosion of investment in our colleges and universities which is putting at risk the significant contribution they make to our increased prosperity and competitiveness. The recent Innovation Strategy outlines programmes which, if funded and taken forward, can make a difference. Finally, creating the right environment for investors encourages businesses to invest as well as attracting foreign investors. Getting this right now will set us on the right path to prosperity for the long term.

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November 2023

Just Transition North East and Moray

Just Transition North East and Moray

Prosper’s response to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy and Fair Work Committee Inquiry into a Just Transition for the North East and Moray.

Our submission was shaped by our members and highlighted:

  • The Just Transition Fund should be fully aligned with the regional economic strategy and local stakeholders should be more closely consulted in decision-making
  • Investors should be involved in developing the strategy in order to unlock private capital
  • Worker and community engagement should also be a priority
  • There should be a managed rather than a disruptive transition from oil and gas to protect the supply chain and jobs and support the energy transition
  • Investment and clarity about reforms in skills and lifelong learning to meet industries’ and workers’ changing needs is essential
  • Visibility about post-ScotWind projects and tackling key barriers to projects (e.g. planning and grid) will increase supply chain confidence

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Rural Commission – update on challenges and opportunities

Rural Commission – update on challenges and opportunities

In 2018, SCDI worked with our members to publish our Rural Commission to make recommendations about how the economic and social potential of rural parts of Scotland could be harnessed to the wider benefit of Scotland.

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October 2023

Investing in Scotland’s Natural Capital

Investing in Scotland’s Natural Capital

A feasibility study into a community-oriented investment vehicle

This feasibility study makes the case for a new SCDI-led not-for-profit organisation that would deliver credible and distinct benefits thanks to an innovative business model with a broader focus on building sustainable economic prosperity.

It would attract responsible investors in high- integrity nature-based solutions and deliver financial returns. Critically, it would also increase community land and asset ownership and local economic and social development as a core element of its business strategy.

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May 2023

SCDI Annual Report 2021-22

May 2023

Scotland’s skills delivery landscape

Scotland’s skills delivery landscape

Independent review - Call for Evidence

Prosper’s Policy Team submitted a response to the Wither’s Review of the Skills Landscape, with insights from Prosper membership.

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April 2023

SCDI Policy Mission to Brussels

SCDI Policy Mission to Brussels

Following the publication of SCDI’s International Trade Committee’s report on the future of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“Trade and Cooperation with the EU: Actions to Support Scotland’s Economy”), SCDI committed to hosting a delegation of members to Brussels.

Among its recommendations the TCA report had suggested greater engagement with EU actors on policy development and impact, increasing cooperation with Scotland House Brussels, and facilitating a programme of regular policy missions to key international partners.

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March 2023

Government Consultation on Alcohol Advertising & Promotion

Government Consultation on Alcohol Advertising & Promotion

Prosper submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on restricting alcohol adverting and promotion.

December 2022

Scotland’s skills delivery landscape

Scotland’s skills delivery landscape

Independent review - Call for Evidence

The Prosper Policy Team submitted a response to the Wither’s Review of the Skills Landscape.

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September 2022

Scotland’s Public Finances in 2023-24

Scotland’s Public Finances in 2023-24

Prosper provided evidence on the Scottish Budget and the cost of living crisis to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee. Read Prosper’s recommendations for the Emergency Budget Review and Scottish Budget.

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June 2022

Now is the time for purpose

Now is the time for purpose

Business Purpose Commission for Scotland Report

The Business Purpose Commission for Scotland has launched its report Now is the time for purpose: Putting purpose at the heart of Scottish business presenting the business case for purpose and setting out practical actions that businesses, supported by the Scottish and UK Governments, can take. We believe the business-led, government-commissioned plan to equip businesses to become purpose-led is a world first.

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April 2022

Harnessing Value for Scotland’s Communities from Heat Networks

Harnessing Value for Scotland’s Communities from Heat Networks

Prosper partnered with Vattenfall to provide a forum for discussion on the opportunities arising from the installation of Heat Networks across Scotland. The event highlighted the prospect of the installation of Heat Networks using Glasgow as a case study. The resulting report “Harnessing Value for Scotland’s Communities from Heat Networks” presents the outcomes from this discussion.

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March 2022

Trade and Cooperation with the EU

Trade and Cooperation with the EU

Actions to Support Scotland's Economy

Prosper’s International Business Committee explored the impact of the first year of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operating Agreement (TCA).Presented are proposed actions to improve UK-EU trade and co-operation in support of the Scottish economy in the near and longer term.

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February 2022

Aviation Strategy for Scotland

Aviation Strategy for Scotland

Prosper calls for an integrated and sustainable Aviation Strategy to support Scotland’s recovery and low carbon future

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October 2021

SCDI 90 Years of innovation and purpose

SCDI 90 Years of innovation and purpose

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Clare looks back at 90 years of purpose and innovation at SCDI, in The Times, Business and Economy Review.

August 2021

Making A Good Living

Making A Good Living

A 2030 Blueprint for Scotland Summary

What should Scotland be known for in the global economy of 2030?

Making better decisions now will create a better future.

SCDI has always taken the longer view. Our 10-year vision describes the future we want.

Making a Good Living identifies the challenges and opportunities we have before us and makes 12 recommendations to address

·      The transition to net-zero carbon emissions

·      An aging society and slow population growth

·      Technological change

·      Slow growth and low productivity

·      Social inequalities

The Blueprint has been produced through an intensive programme of research, face-to-face interviews, online surveys, discussions and workshops.

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June 2021

Innovation Critical

Innovation Critical

Scotland's Net Zero mission & Climate Tech Opportunity

Innovation Critical identifies seven challenges for Climate Tech in Scotland and proposes ten recommendations to grow Scotland’s Climate Tech sector and deliver a transition to net zero by 2045 which creates green jobs and boosts exports, innovation, and productivity.

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What should Scotland be known for in 2030?

What should Scotland be known for in 2030?

The Scotland Times SCDI Report

We asked our members what Scotland should be known for in 2030. The ‘Making A Good Living’ report is the result.

April 2021

Strategic Transport Projects Review 2

Strategic Transport Projects Review 2

CONSULTATION RESPONSE

Transport Scotland’s nationwide review of the strategic transport network across all transport modes will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years.

Prosper responded to this consultation on behalf of our members across all sectors and all geographies of the Scottish economy.

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March 2021

UK’s New Subsidy Control Regime

UK’s New Subsidy Control Regime

Following the end of the UK’s transition period with the EU, the UK is now able to develop and implement a new domestic subsidy control regime to replace EU State Aid rules. Prosper welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s proposals on this important issue for the Scottish economy.

March 2021

Harnessing value for Scotland

Harnessing value for Scotland

Offshore wind development

Harnessing value for Scotland from offshore wind development’ highlights the potential benefits of offshore wind enery in Scotland.

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February 2021

National Planning Framework 4

National Planning Framework 4

The Scottish Government set out its current thinking on proposed reforms to the planning system in its Position Statement on the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). Prosper’s response on behalf of our members builds on our Clean Growth Manifesto and Green Recovery Plan.

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January 2021

Election Briefing

Election Briefing

This Prosper Briefing pulls together the big ideas and headline recommendations from our recent reports and research outputs ahead of 2021 May election

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January 2021

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

How data, digital and technology can help Scotland recover from Covid-19, transform health & social care and boost economy

‘Mind the Gap’ sets out how to build a healthy society and healthy economy.

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December 2020

Renewing Scotland’s full potential in a digital world

Renewing Scotland’s full potential in a digital world

Prosper very much welcome the ambition set out in the digital strategy to seize the opportunity to make Scotland a truly digital nation and the emphasis on the role that all of us – private, public and third sector can play.

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December 2020

Clean Growth Manifesto

Clean Growth Manifesto

Clean Growth opportunities for Scotland's transition to Net Zero

The Manifesto for Clean Growth unites public, private and third sector partners in a shared mission to identify the economic opportunities a Net Zero future offers the Scottish economy.

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August 2020

Green Recovery

Green Recovery

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Our response to the Committee’s call for evidence – building on our Clean Growth Leadership Group’s report ‘Building Scotland’s Green Recovery’  – sets out the key policies, actions and immediate priorities which our members believe can deliver a green recovery.

Green Recovery

Green Recovery

Prosper’s response to the Committee’s call for evidence sets out the key policies, actions and immediate priorities which our members believe can deliver a green recovery.

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July 2020

Freeports

Freeports

Prosper responded to the government’s freeports consultation. Our response details five proposed tests. Read more here.

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June 2020

Building Scotland’s Green Recovery

Building Scotland’s Green Recovery

12 big ideas for how we kick-start the Scottish economy, create new green jobs and accelerate our progress to net-zero.

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June 2020

Economic Recovery and Levelling Up the UK

Economic Recovery and Levelling Up the UK

We were delighted to be invited to join the working group on ‘levelling up’ economic performance across the UK to advise

As well as participating in the working group’s discussions, Prosper responded to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s call for written evidence.

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June 2020

Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Prosper worked with the Scottish Government and its Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, chaired by Benny Higgins, to inform its approach to supporting the Scottish economy to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

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April 2020

Impact of COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19

Our response to the Committee’s call for views was developed after intensified engagement with our members across all sectors and all geographies of the Scottish economy in the initial days and weeks of the crisis.

Our response highlights that the three key priorities for our members are short-term business survival, workforce health and wellbeing and preparing for the future beyond the crisis.

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January 2020

Upskilling Scotland

Upskilling Scotland

The Future of Skills and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Prosper’s Skills & Employability Leadership Group published their report ‘Upskilling Scotland: The Future of Skills and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which makes recommendations to ensure Scotland has the skills to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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September 2019

The Rural Commission

The Rural Commission

An economy for all of Scotland

‘An Economy for All of Scotland – Harnessing Our Potential for Everyone, Everywhere’ outlines steps Prosper’s Rural Commission believe are necessary to unlock more of Scotland’s economic potential.

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April 2019

Scottish National Investment Bank Bill

Scottish National Investment Bank Bill

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Parliament launched an inquiry to call for views on the Scottish Government’s Scottish National Investment Bank Bill.

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February 2019

AI and Data Strategy

AI and Data Strategy

‘Building a World-Leading AI and Data Strategy’ champions the opportunities Scotland’s people and businesses have to harness the potential provided by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and data.

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November 2018

Scottish National Investment Bank Bill Consultation

Scottish National Investment Bank Bill Consultation

The Scottish Government has consulted on its plans for legislation to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank to provide patient capital to businesses across Scotland to deliver increased inclusive economic growth and higher levels of productivity. After extensive engagement with our members and with the Scottish Government, SCDI submitted a formal response to the consultation which comments on the Bank’s proposed vision, purpose, governance and investment strategy.

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June 2018

Scotland’s Big Mo

Scotland’s Big Mo

Industrial Strategy, Inclusive Growth and the Future of Mobility

Prosper’s Connectivity Commission’s report  ‘Scotland’s Big Mo: Industrial Strategy, Inclusive Growth and the Future of Mobility’ made 8 recommendations for Government, industry and regulators, so that all parts of Scotland can benefit – economically, socially and environmentally – from a world-class connectivity system

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February 2018

Automatic… For the people?

Automatic… For the people?

How Scotland can harness the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

‘Automatic…For The People? Sets out recommendations on economic development, education and employment to ensure that Scotland reaps the rewards of the digital and automation revolutions.

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December 2015

Blueprint 2015

Blueprint 2015

From Fragile to Agile

In ‘From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity’, Prosper’s 2015 policy Blueprint, we make policy recommendations on how Scotland can become a high-performance, agile economy. Our research report focuses on the areas of underperformance in the Scottish economy – Productivity, Innovation and Internationalisation – which are underpinned by Infrastructure and Place, and the levers required to support stronger economic growth which is equitable and sustainable.

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June 2010

Blueprint 2010