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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11832: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on the establishment of its (a) London, (b) Dublin, (c) Brussels and (d) Berlin trade hubs.

Answered by: Keith Brown 2 November 2017

The cost to establish the London Innovation and Investment Hub, Scotland House was £1.65 million. This includes legal, design and building management fees, rent and service costs, purchasing and fit out of furniture and fittings and the purchase and installation of security, IT, telephony and audio-visual equipment. It also includes 20% VAT on all eligible charges.

The cost of establishing and running Scotland House (London) is shared between four organisations - Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland. These costs are attributed so that 55% is funded by Scottish Government and the remaining 45% funded by the others.

The cost to establish the Dublin Hub was £32,600 which included refurbishment of the premises where the Dublin Hub is situated.

We are developing our existing presence in Brussels into a Hub. A budget has been set aside to support the necessary transition work.

The Berlin Hub is not yet established.