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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11831: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much (a) trade and (b) internal investment has been generated by its (i) London and (ii) Dublin trade hubs.

Answered by: Keith Brown 24 October 2017

Our Innovation and Investment Hubs provide a platform that brings together Scottish Government and its agencies, with partners and businesses to promote Scotland's interests, increase exports and attract investment to Scotland. We are developing a framework to assess their contribution to trade, investment and other outcomes though it will be challenging to fully separate out the specific impact of each Hub from wider trade and investment activities.

Dublin has been fully operational since October 2016 and London became operational in May 2017. Figures on the specific trade and investment, economic and employment impacts of both Hubs since they became operational are not available.

Scottish Development International's full year annual performance figures are formally published in Scottish Enterprise's Annual Report and Accounts, which were laid before the Scottish Parliament this year on 2nd October 2017. Information on SDI's achievements for 2016-17 was also published on 26 June 2017, showing strong performance in a competitive global marketplace.