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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09913: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress Scottish Enterprise is making in achieving the goals set out in A Manufacturing Future for Scotland.

Answered by: Keith Brown 28 June 2017

The manufacturing action plan is based on a commitment to raising productivity through increased investment and innovation and a long-term partnership between government, industry, our Enterprise Agencies and other key stakeholders.

Key actions to date include:

Nine proposals for manufacturing have reached the final stage of evaluation to receive funding from the new £18m Circular Economy Investment Fund established by Zero Waste Scotland.

On 19 June 2017, the First Minister announced the funding of £8.9m for the new Lightweight Manufacturing Centre – a significant first step towards realising the plan’s commitment to establish a new joint Centre for Manufacturing Excellence and Skills Academy, and a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.

Over 125 business leaders have taken part in workshops to strengthen ambition and increase understanding of the latest available technology.

Scottish Enterprise has introduced a new Workplace Innovation service to provide support for firms to increase workplace innovation.

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) held a major conference in September 2016 attended by c.400 manufacturing leaders.

In summer 2016, Scottish Enterprise launched a new Capital Asset Review service delivered by SMAS. Over 100 reviews have already been carried out to support manufacturers to develop future proofing investment plans.

18 case studies on Digital World and 200 manufacturing related job profiles and case studies have been added to “My World of Work” site to improve awareness of careers in manufacturing and a major refresh of skills investment plans is underway led by Skills Development Scotland.

A number of Industry Leadership Groups have refreshed their sector strategies with an increased emphasis on investing in capabilities which will enhance manufacturing competitiveness going forward.