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Stevenson to lead anti-referendum campaign

Struan Stevenson

Struan Stevenson: strong message


Former MEP Struan Stevenson is to lead Robert Kilgour’s campaign to encourage business opposition to a second independence referendum.

Mr Stevenson has been appointed chief executive of Scottish-Business.uk, created by the care homes entrepreneur Mr Kilgour who believes the business community needs to speak out against another poll.

He has tasked Mr Stevenson, who served as a senior EU legislator from 1999 to 2014, with gathering support for the new campaign from Scottish businesses, business groups and leaders.

The campaign launch was revealed earlier this month by Daily Business when Mr Kilgour disclosed that a number of business leaders, who declined to go public during the first campaign in 2014, may be prepared to make their views known this time. Almost 350 have registered their support for the campaign.

Mr Stevenson, who has interests in farming, tourism and public affairs, said: “The voice of business is coming through loud and clear.

“Business owners are no longer prepared to sit back and allow momentous decisions on the future of Scotland to be taken without full engagement with those who will be directly affected.

Scottish-Business.uk offers a vehicle to make their views heard and sends a strong message back to the Government that a further independence referendum is not wanted among the business community.

“Over the next few weeks and months, I will be working closely to establish the advisory board and collectively we will encourage more businesses to take a proactive stance.”

Robert Kilgour

Robert Kilgour: wants business to speak out (photo by Terry Murden)

Mr Kilgour, who founded Four Seasons Health Care in 1988, added: “Struan is an experienced businessman himself and is extremely well connected at the highest levels across Scotland.

“As a former MEP he understands the need for economic stability for Scotland and will be a real asset to our campaign to encourage Scottish businesses of all sizes to sign up to campaign to stay in the Union.” 

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