Our priorities

Developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities

The region’s natural assets, ambition, skills base and cultural background provide a range of opportunities to develop a vibrant sectoral economy. Capitalising on this asset base to create opportunities for growth and prosperity will help tackle inequalities and build more competitive, resilient economy.

We focus our sectoral efforts on the sectors identified in Scotland's Economic Strategy:

  • Energy
  • Life sciences
  • Food and drink
  • Creative industries
  • Tourism
  • Business services

We provide sectoral suppor through a range of interventions, principally: direct support to businesses and social enterprises, specialist programmes and interventions to create the conditions for strong sectoral growth, and influencing sectoral and public policy within Scotland, the UK and Europe.

An essential component of our sectoral development is the close working relationship we have with key partners including the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, VisitScotland, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, Creative Scotland, industry leadership groups, local authorities
and the NHS.

Building our future 2016-19 we will: 

  • Support the further development of a world class energy sector
  • Maximise the region’s expertise in medical diagnostics, digital healthcare and natural products
  • Support an increase in the number of export active food and drink companies and increase the overall value of exports from the region
  • Develop niche tourism opportunities and higher value opportunities, products and experiences
  • Lever the region's reputation as a business services location to attract further investment and higher value activities
  • Implement an ambitious regional strategy for the creative industries sector
  • Pursue inward investment opportunities across all sectors

Find out more about our work in growth sectors >

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