SMEs offered help from new Productivity Clubs
Ivan McKee: ‘pleased with the pilot clubs’ (pic: Terry Murden)
Productivity Club Scotland is expanding into three areas to help businesses recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project, funded by Scottish Government and delivered by SCDI, helps SMEs and will be launching in the North East, Highlands & Islands and the South of Scotland. It follows the success of pilot projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the past year.
The clubs follow a peer-learning approach between enterprises and provide cross-sector advice, experience and knowledge on how to improve the productivity and resilience of Scottish businesses.
So far, nearly 80% of businesses are said to have found the scheme useful in building business connections, with more than 72% expecting to see improvements in their business productivity as a result.
In particular, members have been helped with business strategy and planning; workforce and employee engagement; leadership and management; and adopting new technology.
SCDI programme manager, Ashleigh McCulloch, said: “Disappointing productivity have been a worrying feature of both the Scottish and wider UK economy for the past decade and this has only been exacerbated by the lockdown activity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“What we know from speaking to our members is that collaboration and sharing of information during this time as been invaluable to support businesses and navigate through the current landscape”
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the remarkable success our Productivity Club pilots have enjoyed in their first year, with well over 1,000 members connecting together to start improving business performance across Scotland.”