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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02559: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) budget and (b) investment target will be for each of the innovation and investment hubs referred to in the 2016-17 Programme for Government in each of the next three years; how many staff each hub will employ, and when the Brussels hub will open.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 23 September 2016

The Scottish Government has budgeted £3.5million in 2016-17 for the initial piloting of the three Innovation and Investment Hubs. As part of the next spending review the Scottish Government will consider budgets for future years. Outcomes for each Hub location will be determined by a careful assessment of the distinct opportunities and potential benefits in each geographical area.

On the London Hub - these will be based on developing and growing trade links, strengthening government to government relations and supporting collaborations on economic, academic and innovation projects. Detailed planning between the four partners in the London Hub - Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Visit Scotland - is on-going to ensure staffing levels will support those opportunities and reflect our ambitions for Scotland.

On the Dublin Hub - the focus is on strengthening the economic relationship between Scotland and Ireland, the development and delivery of opportunities for commercial and academic collaboration, and on strengthening our shared cultural and heritage links. There will be three staff employed in the Dublin Hub.

On the Brussels Hub - Detailed consideration is underway regarding the operation of the Brussels Hub, in line with post referendum planning. There are already two teams operating in Brussels: the Scottish Government’s EU Office and Scotland Europa, who provide services and support to Scottish organisations involved in EU engagement, projects and funding.