Why is this National Outcome important?
Our ability to prosper will depend on the ambition, growth and performance of Scotland's businesses. The ability of Scottish businesses to succeed will depend upon actions taken across all Strategic Priorities to create an environment in Scotland which supports companies to grow, innovate and enter new markets and which ensures that Scotland remains a highly attractive location for international investment.
What will influence this National Outcome?
The ability of our businesses to grow and be successful will depend upon:
A diverse, robust and adaptive company base
A skilled, educated and adaptable workforce
Utilising Scotland's natural and energy resources more efficiently
A thriving and dynamic innovation ecosystem essential for improved productivity, competitiveness and growth
A culture of workplace innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and international ambition
A robust and reliable physical and digital infrastructure that helps businesses grow and compete internationally
Speedy access to appropriate and affordable finance
A competitive tax regime
A consumer protection and competition regime that will ensure informed and empowered consumers
- A planning and development regime which ensures greater certainty and speed of decision making
What is the Government's role?
Our role is to foster the conditions that will give Scotland a competitive edge. We are taking action to break through the barriers to economic growth; working to boost productivity; making connections to achieve investment and growth; enhancing Scotland's reputation worldwide; and tackling inequalities and promoting fair work.
Our strategic approach includes significant initiatives around business taxation, planning, innovation, support for growth companies, improved infrastructure, supporting and encouraging exporting, access to finance and support for social enterprise.
Related Strategic Objective
Wealthier and Fairer
Related National Indicators
Increase the number of businesses
Improve digital infrastructure
Reduce traffic congestion
Improve Scotland's reputation
Increase research and development spending
Improve knowledge exchange from university research
Improve the skill profile of the population
Reduce the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage
Reduce the pay gap
Improve levels of educational attainment
Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations