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Scotland's Economic Strategy

Scotland's Economic Strategy and accompanying summary Scotland Economic Strategyset out an over-arching framework for how we aim to increase competitiveness and tackle inequality in Scotland.

This webpage remains live following the document publication and will be updated with key policies and actions in our priority areas.


Four Priorities

Our updated Strategy focuses on the two mutually supportive goals of increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality and we have four priorities in which we believe our actions can make a substantial difference:

  • Investing in our people and our infrastructure in a sustainable way;
  • Fostering a culture of innovation and research and development;
  • Promoting inclusive growth and creating opportunity through a fair and inclusive jobs market and regional cohesion; and,
  • Promoting Scotland on the international stage to boost our trade and investment, influence and networks.


Our four priorities encompass the following policy areas:

SES Four Priorities

Key Policies

Scotland's Business Pledge
  • The Scottish Business Pledge is a values-led partnership between Government and business. It is a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, and sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.  
Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum
  • The Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum, chaired by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, comprises representatives from the private, public and third sectors and academia. The Scotland CAN DO Framework sets out our ambition to become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation.

Action and Monitoring Success

Programme for Government

View the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2014-15, which sets out the Government's programme for policy delivery and legislation for the year.

Scotland Performs

Scotland Performs measures and reports on progress of Government in Sctoland in creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.

Our commitment to continuous engagement

Collaboration will be key to achieving our vision for Scotland. Only with Government working in partnership with the wider public sector in Scotland, the third sector, trade unions, businesses and communities will we be able to create a society where the benefits of economic growth are shared more equally and where future economic growth is stronger and more sustainable as a result.

Events and Speeches

"[Scotland's Economic Strategy] offers a vision, not just of our economy, but also of our society, which I believe will command wide support from businesses, the trade unions, the third sector and many others. And it sets out the policies and measures which will help to achieve that vision." (First Minister, 3 March 2015, Calnex Solutions).

"I intend that the government I lead will be supportive of business in all that we do. We will keep business rates competitive; we’ll invest in infrastructure; we’ll support entrepreneurship and innovation; we will promote Scottish products all across the globe; we will be accessible to you to listen to your concerns and help to seize the opportunities you identify.

And we will work with you to create a society where the benefits of economic growth are shared more equally; so that future economic growth is stronger as a result." (First Minister, 1 December 2014, SSE Offices Glasgow).