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Future Scotland: Future Growth

In 2010, SCDI articulated in its Blueprint for Scotland the long-term vision and aspirations we maintain for a Scotland which is ambitious, enterprising and outward-looking; and which measures success in its ability to maximise its natural assets, its economic potential and its people.

As an independent organisation with a broad membership, SCDI takes no political view on these issues for the Scottish electorate. However, the organisation's role has always been to examine and consider impartially the industrial, commercial and economic challenges and opportunities facing Scotland.

Amidst the current debate about Scotland's future constitutional options, SCDI has undertaken an enquiry into some of the key issues across the Macroeconomic and Fiscal Sustainability, Europe and International, and Energy spheres. Through this work, we hope to inform and provide insights to our members and stakeholders, by the identification and analysis of the issues and evidence to be considered.

The work is informed by wide and in-depth consultation across SCDI's broad membership, including organsations across all sectors of the economy, in the corporate sector, SMEs, public sector agencies, trade unions, local authorities, educational institutions and the third sector. Online and face-to-face interviews have gathered substantial evidence from SCDI members and our work has also been informed by relevant statistics, statements and publications from a range of experts.

SCDI is an independent, non-aligned organisation, which maintains impartiality in matters of political debate. These reports are not intended to provide comprehensive answers, or to outline SCDI policy. They are, however, intended to provide a framework to inform SCDI members and encourage further discussion and inform members on key economic issues relating to the debate on Scotland's consitutional future. The contents of the Future Scotland reports are not intended to reflect SCDI policy.

Please click on appropriate links below to read the SCDI reports.

SCDI have also now published a Future Scotland: Discussions & Priorities report, which aims to address the economic priorities of SCDI members across business and civic Scotland. This report reflects the issues raised in a series of confidential qualitative interviews, debate at SCDI's Forum 2013, and an online survey of members. The report is not intended to reflect any specific SCDI policy position. Please click on the link below to read this report.


Additionally, the David Hume Institute released 4 research papers in May 2013 regarding Energy and constitutional change. Please click on the links below to access these research papers.

Blueprint for Scotland
Action Plan for Growth

We believe in a Scotland that is ambitious, enterprising and outward-looking and measures its success in its ability to maximise its assets, its potential and its people.

SCDI's strategic policy Blueprint outlines our policy priorities - an outward and enterprising nation; maximising Scotland's assets; and realising the potential of our people - setting out the framework for a prosperous and successful nation and continuing SCDI's role as a leader in the debate on the key economic issues facing Scotland.

To download the Executive Summary or the full document, please click on the links below.


Executive Summary

Full Document


SCDI's landmark 1972 Forum "Oil and Scotland's Future", opened Scotland’s oil and gas story and was a point of reference for the emerging energy industries in Scotland. 

40 years on, with increasing investment and technological innovation opening new frontiers at home and abroad, Scotland needs to refocus on and maximise opportunities offered by its natural, business and skills assets in oil and gas for its economy and people.

SCDI’s conference 'Oil and Gas and Scotland's Future' was held on the 21 of February 2012, bringing together leading speakers from Government and the industry to discuss how to maximise the opportunities for Scotland, at home and around the world, at present and over the next 40 years. It demonstrated the vital role which the industry plays within our economy and society all around Scotland and the UK, and that it will continue to be a key driver of investment, business growth, innovation and employment.

A full report from this conference can be found here,
and the slides from the conference here.

The report is a source of information and ideas, which SCDI intends will both shape action and measure success.

To discuss any aspect of this report please contact Ian Armstrong, Regional Director, or Gareth Williams, Head of Policy.

Policy & Information
Representing, Supporting, Consulting

The independent, broad membership and non-political stance of SCDI means it is uniquely placed to consult and debate, monitor and evaluate, represent and support its members on all matters affecting the Scottish economy. SCDI's annual conference, "The Forum", held every March, helps members guide and develop SCDI's policy work for the following year.

In response to requests from the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the European Commission, Parliamentary Committees, Non Departmental Organisations and members, SCDI makes submissions on issues of public policy. It also submits views and evidence to these bodies arising from its own research.

SCDI's key policy priorities are:
Nation: Economy
  Global Ambitions
Assets: Energy and Sustainability
People: Skills and Productivity
Available Information
All SCDI Policy Submissions to Government and other Surveys, Research Reports and Briefings are made available, free of charge to members, on this website in the Policy Papers section (located on the right hand side of this page) and in our Surveys & Research section.

The monthly publication, Pointer, is highly regarded as a concise digest of key facts on Scottish industrial and commercial activity, providing current awareness and sales leads information. If you would like to subscribe or receive a sample copy please contact Alison McIntosh.


Surveys & Research

The SCDI undertakes much research and survey work resulting in publications and studies.  More...









Policy Matters
SCDI Policy Papers:
  Macroeconomy, Exchange Rates & Fiscal Policy
  Transport & Communication
  Environment, Food Production & Safety
  Education & Skills
  Local Authorities & Business Support

International Trade/Europe


Other Submissions