Self – Determination and Independence
We make the case for maximum devolution of power and responsibility possible at any time, particularly in areas such as economic levers and business policies. In turn, this will allow the Scottish Government to boost economic growth.
Our economy has changed and standard neoclassical economics has failed to provide the equal, prosperous and growing economy that we require. Through our think tank Scotianomics, we propose ideas on new wellbeing-based economic policies that champion sustainable growth.
Scotland is blessed with natural resources that boost its tourism and food and drink sector, both major contributors to our economy. Not only is protecting Scotland’s natural environment of vital importance, but green business opportunities and sustainable business practices offer major opportunities for Scottish companies.
SME (Small-medium sized enterprises) Growth
Although open to all businesses, our core focus is on SMEs which make up 99.4% of Scotland’s businesses (55.6% of all private sector employment) – representing the biggest opportunity for economic growth. Business for Scotland promotes the continued development of this sector, looking at the success of the ‘Mittelstand’ in Germany which powers its economy through SMEs.
Too few Scottish companies export. We will seek to influence increased innovation, confidence and improved support programs for exporting. We also recognise the need for a strong international brand for Scottish businesses, seeking to increase the profile for our Scottish businesses and build international commercial links.
Fairness and Equality
Business for Scotland is the business network with a conscience. We need the prosperity we desire to be more widely and fairly shared across our society. We are committed to building an inclusive society for everyone, for example by supporting the Living Wage, creating a virtuous upwards spiral.
The key to future success lies in giving young people a great start in life. We need to ensure that our confident and ambitious young people can aim as high as possible. Young workers need the support of the Living Wage to make work more attractive and productive, and to ensure they understand that their efforts are valued by society.