SCC President, Tim Allan, addressed senior business leaders from across Scotland and beyond, urging business and government to establish a common purpose across the nation. Tim Allan spoke at the Annual Scottish Business Address by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and was joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Chief Executive of London Stock Exchange plc, Nikhil Rathi who also addressed the flagship business event.
Tim Allan, President, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Establishing a common purpose between government, business and civic society is central to tackling the big challenges facing our economy, requiring long-term solutions and unwavering commitment. There is no doubt we are in a challenging environment, politically, economically and culturally. The solution, however, is not political point-scoring, but taking a pragmatic real-world view with our local communities and businesses in mind.”
On pledging business leadership through the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Tim continued:
“We will provide business leadership on the critical economic issues that are holding back growth in our economy, and practical business-led solutions, so that all communities and businesses can thrive. We need to move forward with pace and ambition and do what’s right, to enable the Scottish economy to grow.”
Welcoming the £2m investment announced by the First Minister to support Scottish businesses to export through the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network, Tim Allan said:
“The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network plays a central role in Scotland in driving business growth in all of our communities and this additional investment will enable more small and medium-sized businesses to grasp the trade opportunities that we know are out there.
“Through our Scottish and international network, over the last 18 months, we have galvanised the expertise and connectivity of the business community, developed strong business to business trade alliances with over 20 countries and successfully tapped into our unique network of Scottish business people located and trading all over the world. We achieved remarkable results and have proven the benefits of all of us working together, recognising the respective strengths of business and public sector.
“This truly unique Scottish model has reimagined and reshaped how we tackle the big challenges facing our economy. The Scottish business community is energised to play our part, building on what we do best, getting orders, creating wealth and jobs for all.”