Businesses focus on next Holyrood government

Businesses focus on next Holyrood government

Affordable housing and retaining a skilled workforce are top of the agenda for the new Holyrood parliament, according to the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

These were revealed today in their Scottish Parliament Election Manifesto, which sets out what north east businesses want from the next Scottish government.

Specific requests in the manifesto include focusing on affordable housing for key workers, retaining a skilled workforce in a challenging business environment and supporting international growth.

The Chamber has identified six key areas for action:

  • housing
  • connectivity
  • a competitive fiscal environment
  • developing the workforce
  • internationalisation
  • devolution
    • Research & policy director at the Chamber James Bream said: “It is a challenging business environment at this time, but members of the Chamber are ambitious for the future.

      “They want to grow, they want to keep talent within the region and many want to export.

      “It is only by having a strong, confident and sustainable business base that Scotland will be able to ensure a prosperous future for the entire nation and the north east has a vital role to play in this.”

      The manifesto was launched at the first in the Meet the Leader series of events being organised by the Chamber, where the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties visit the Chamber to meet with members.

      Mr Rennie’s visit is followed in the next few weeks by visits from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.

      Mr Bream believes these engagements sessions are an essential part of what the Chamber does.

       “The series is an opportunity for our members to make their voices heard and engage with politicians directly about the investment this region needs to maximise its economic contribution,” he said.

       “We all know this region can deliver more for the Scottish economy, and we need to get that message through to politicians.”