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SCDI blueprint tests mainstream thinking

Mark Bevan

Mark Bevan: challenging conventional thinking (photo by Terry Murden)

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry is to lead a debate on Scotland’s economic future.

It will examine the shift towards digital and clean technology, and the ability of the tax system to cope with the growing demands of public services.

SCDI has unveiled the strategy ahead of its 2018 Forum on 3 and 4 May in Edinburgh with the theme Imagining the Blueprint for a Post-Digital Economy.

The annual event will convene leaders from Scotland and around the world with the private, public and social economy, alongside politicians, global thinkers and journalists.  

Mark Bevan, chief executive of SCDI, said: “Now more than ever it is crucially important that the whole of Scotland is focused on the future economy.

“Sustainable economic growth is at the very heart of SCDI’s ambitious vision and through our 2018 Forum we will challenge conventional thinking and ask how the actors in our economy can become architects of an economic future which is good for both business and society.”

The agenda for SCDI’s two day Forum will examine key issues including the importance of geographical borders in a digital age, the ability of taxation to meet public service demand and delivering economic growth and carbon reduction all within the context of the changing relationships between business, politics and society in the delivery of growth for everyone, everywhere.  

As part of its focus on the future, SCDI has announced the creation of a number of key new roles to support the organisation’s growth strategy to further raise its game and develop its network which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.   

Mr Bevan, who took up his role this year, added: “As an organisation, SCDI is going through some big changes to ensure we reflect the level of ambition we have with investment in people and technology.

“We work in a very dynamic and ambitious environment and we’re looking to grow our team through the creation of new posts which will complement and strengthen our existing offer.” 


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