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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12450: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when the new Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills will be appointed; when it will first meet, and how often it will meet.

Answered by: Keith Brown 16 November 2017

The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board will meet for the first time in December and will seek to maximise the impact of the collective investment that is made in enterprise and skills development in Scotland, helping create the conditions needed to deliver inclusive growth. Once up and running, it is expected that the Board will meet every two months.

In August, the First Minister announced that Nora Senior had been appointed Chair of the Strategic Board. Ms Senior is chair of UK for global communications firm Weber Shandwick, and recently served as president of the British Chambers of Commerce and chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Full membership of the board will be announced imminently. It will feature members with a wealth of business experience encompassing a broad range of sectors, sizes and locations, with additional representation covering further and higher education, research, trade unions, local authorities and the new South of Scotland Economic Partnership.