The UK Government has called on Scottish businesses and workers to help shape a modern industrial strategy to drive growth across the country.
Ministers published the Building Our Industrial Strategy green paper on Monday and launched a 12-week consultation paper on the proposals.
The document sets out a vision to build on the UK’s strengths, close the productivity and wealth gap between different regions and make Britain one of the most competitive places in the world to start or grow a business.
To meet these challenges, the strategy outlines 10 key pillars of focus and has called for views from industries, businesses, groups and workers from across Scotland.
The pillars cover a broad range of themes including the development of skills, upgrading infrastructure, delivering affordable energy and supporting businesses to start and grow.
UK Government ministers Jesse Norman and Andrew Dunlop visited Tennent’s Brewery and its training academy in Glasgow and the University of Glasgow’s science department on Monday to explain how the strategy will benefit the country.
Mr Norman, energy and industry minister, said: “Scotland makes a huge contribution to the UK’s economy, cementing it as the fifth largest worldwide.
“The Government’s new industrial strategy is designed to build on Scotland’s economic strengths within the UK as a whole, creating more opportunities, prosperity and jobs.
“We invite people and businesses across Scotland to have their say in shaping it, so that growth and well-being can be more widely spread in an economy that works for all.”
Mr Dunlop, minister for Scotland, added: “I look forward to working alongside the Scottish Government to develop our industrial strategy and encourage Scottish businesses to participate in the consultation.”
Scottish businesses and workers who wish to give feedback on the strategy proposal can visit GOV.UK to answer a series of questions giving their views on the strategy.
Following the consultation period, the UK Government will consider responses before publishing a white paper on the strategy later this year.