Date lodged: 8 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it supports businesses in building international links.
Answered by: Keith Brown 20 December 2016
Our Trade and Investment Strategy, published in March this year, sets out a clear and comprehensive plan for helping more companies export more goods and services to more markets. Alongside this, in October the First Minister announced a four-point plan to boost Scotland's export performance. This includes doubling the number of people working for Scottish Development International (SDI) in Europe from 20 to 40 and the creation of an additional innovation and investment hub in Berlin as well as those in London, Dublin and Brussels. Most recently, we announced grant funding of up to £400,000 to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, to support new business-led trade missions and forge new trading alliances between Chambers both here and abroad. This will complement the work of SDI and contribute to our shared efforts to increase business exports and internationalisation activity.