Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made during Phase 2 of the Enterprise and Skills Review, and when the report covering this phase will be published.
Answered by: Keith Brown 22 June 2017
Significant progress has been recorded across the nine projects within the Review, with plans now in place to establish a new Strategic Board to drive a step-change in Scotland’s economic performance, and for the creation of an enterprise agency for the South of Scotland.
This is in addition to a range of specific new actions that will enhance our support for enterprise and innovation, harness more international opportunities and further improve our learning and skills system. Details on these outcomes from the Review will be published today.
As the Review itself comes to a close, the hard work of delivery is already underway. A number of immediate steps will be taken to drive forward the necessary changes, including the establishment of an Implementation Board that will meet for the first time next week. This Board will lay the groundwork for the new Strategic Board and Strategic Plan, and for the new performance framework that will galvanise our economic ambition.