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Three recruits to Scottish Business UK

Perry joins anti-independence business group

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Jack Perry: ‘best chances for growth are as part of the Union’ (pic: Terry Murden)


Former CBI Scotland chairman and Scottish Enterprise chief executive Jack Perry is among three business leaders to sign up to a new group campaigning to stop  a second independence referendum.

Publisher Hugh Andrew and accountant Ian Condie will also join Scottish Business UK founder and chairman Robert Kilgour and the group’s chief executive Struan Stevenson.

The three newcomers will form an advisory board in the next stage of Scottish Business UK’s commitment to give business people an opportunity to register their support for Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom, in the event of another independence referendum.

Mr Kilgour, a serial entrepreneur, investor and property developer who was the founder of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received to help secure a voice for Scottish business in the event of another independence referendum.

“Even those who have previously backed independence can now see that it would be more damaging to our economy and growth if we parted with the rest of the UK.

“Our Advisory Board includes highly respected individuals who represent many different sectors and locations across Scotland. 

“The first task for the board will be to help shape and guide the strategy. It is tasked with attracting wider support and ensuring that if and when a referendum for Scottish independence is tabled, the Scottish business community is in a strong position to demonstrate the benefits of remaining as part of the UK.”

The advisory board:

  • Robert Kilgour, Founder and Chairman of Scottish Business UK
  • Struan Stevenson, CEO of Scottish Business UK
  • Jack Perry, independent non-executive board member and adviser to a number of public and private companies
  • Hugh Andrew, publisher and Scotland’s largest independent cartographer
  • Ian Condie, former senior partner in Condie & Co, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

Mr Perry said: “I have spent most of my career working to support Scottish business, attract inward investment and enhance Scotland’s economic offering.  I would like to see every business in every corner of Scotland get off to the best start and to have the opportunity to thrive and grow within a highly competitive global market.

“Scotland has so many world leading businesses in new technologies, financial services, food and drink, tourism – I could go on.  But I firmly believe their best chances for growth are as part of the Union.

“SBUK exists to harness even wider support and help ensure that the voice of Scottish business is heard loud and clear if and when we are faced with another referendum for independence.  I am happy to play my part in doing so.”

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