The BSA Scotland Group will continue to engage with the work of the Skills & Enterprise Strategic Board.
It is important that all Scotland’s skills and enterprise agencies, along with businesses and VCSE organisations working in Scotland, have clear and unified purpose going forward.
How to promote jobs and prosperity that benefits everyone is a vital subject – in Scotland as elsewhere. It’s one the Scottish Government has made a priority.
An important part of this is public procurement. Reforms have been introduced across the public sector in Scotland to strengthen the role of community benefits and the importance of sustainable procurement when goods and services are commissioned from the private or VCSE sectors.
The aim is to use procurement to make sure local businesses are built up, the community is strengthened, local workers are helped with training and career progression and they have fair pay and conditions, and businesses behave in a sustainable way.
BSA members are integral to the development of Scotland’s transport network and of wider social and economic infrastructure. Reforms introduced by the Scottish Futures Trust and by Transport Scotland aim to deliver greater benefits to Scotland’s communities. BSA Scotland Group members look forward to the operation of the new Infrastructure Commission which will help prioritise investment going forward.
BSA members are working with Scotland’s City Region Deals and Growth Deals. The BSA Scotland Group has been privileged to visit all of the City Region Deals to understand the progress being made – especially on infrastructure and skills – and we are also meeting Growth Deal areas.
In addition we have discussed wider local government reform – and how private and VCSE organisations can fit in with the priorities of Scotland’s local authorities.
As well as engaging with central and local government throughout the UK, and responding to last year’s Migration Advisory Committee consultation, the BSA Scotland Group has run its own programme to look at the possible implications of Brexit for businesses in Scotland.