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A big thank you to our members for all your help this year. Your insights and expertise continue to help us shape government and industry thinking and action. Our 2022 highlights below…

Impact

  • The Business Purpose Commission’s ground-breaking report, Now is the Time for Purpose attracted international interest. The Scottish Government’s response is due early next year
  • The International Business Committee’s Trade and Cooperation with the EU report gives practical and deliverable actions for businesses, organisations and the UK and Scottish governments to improve UK-EU trade and cooperation in support of the Scottish economy
  • A Brussels study visit to foster links between business and civil society organisations in Scotland and the EU is planned for March
  • The Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET) recognises the contribution of our Clubs to addressing Scotland’s low productivity and a commitment to expand the SCDI-led Productivity Clubs network to upskill business and public sector leaders

Events

  • Forum offered valuable insights from an inspiring line-up including the Nobel Laureate Economist, Sir Angus Deaton, Former MP Rory Stewart and UK Minister for Levelling up with sessions on purpose, clean growth, innovating our entrepreneurial ecosystem, Scotland as a purposeful global leader and people driven change. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed cited SCDI ‘as a vital partner’ to the Scottish Government
  • Our sell-out Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards returned in person for the first time since 2019
  • Louise Kingham CBE, Senior Vice President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, bp addressed our biggest ever Aberdeen Lecture in March, with over 430 guests
  • Huw Pill, Chief Economist at Bank of England, answered SCDI members’ questions in October
  • We held 30+ in-person events to over 1600 members across the country

Membership

  • Our membership continues to grow as organisations realise the benefits of networking across sectors and industries and coming together around shared challenges and opportunities
  • We welcomed Jane Grant and Gwilym Gibbons as new co-chairs of our South of Scotland Committee
  • John (North East) and Mhairi (Central and South) joined Grant (Highlands and Islands, Tayside and Fife) to keep us in touch with your ideas and innovations and address your concerns

YESC –  Inspiring the Next Generation

  • Eira joined the growing Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) to deliver the HCI funded Climate Smarter project, working with 90 schools over 3 years
  • We developed and launched a new Carbon Capture and Storage project for pupils across the North East and Fife with support from Shell UK Ltd
  • 206 kits have been delivered to schools across Scotland
  • 165 teachers across Scotland have received CPD training
  • 38 Energy Quest workshops have been delivered across Scotland
  • The Climate Smarter project has been revamped to support teachers and includes demonstration videos and pupil activity sheets!

Productivity Clubs

  • Scotland’s First Minister announced the extension of the Clubs with the launch of a further club in Tayside
  • Productivity Club membership grew to just under 1900 members across Scotland
  • We hosted over 30 events and one annual conference
  • Our members’ survey highlighted that over 60% of respondents have made improvements to their business as a result of attending a Club
  • Alison joined Productivity Club Scotland as our new Digital and Event Coordinator