The BSA Scotland Group brings together those interested in delivering efficient, flexible and cost-effective service and infrastructure projects across the private and public sectors in Scotland.

Its work includes roundtables with local government and Scottish Government ministers and officials on topics ranging from infrastructure projects in Scotland to community benefits and social value delivered through contracts, responses to Government consultations, and discussion of business-to-business outsourcing with stakeholders.

Looking at the five categories of business services – facilities management, Business Process Outsourcing, IT and digital services, construction services and front-line public services – the sector is a major contributor to the economy, accounting for £21 billion turnover in Scotland.

275,000 jobs in Scotland are supported by the business services sector – more than one in ten.

It therefore has a crucial role to play as an engine of inclusive growth and prosperity, as well as supporting value and social value in the provision of public services.

A note summarising the contribution providers of business services make to inclusive growth across Scotland, updated in August 2018, is here.

A summary of the BSA Inclusive Growth event in Edinburgh, held in September 2017, is here.

Keith Brown, MSP, then Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, delivered the keynote speech at the BSA Inclusive Growth event. The transcript can be read here.