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Growing a Digital Economy in Scotland

We are on the cusp of a new digital revolution which will transform economies around the world. We want Scotland to be at the forefront of that revolution and to have cemented its place as world-class digital nation by 2020.

The report Scotland's Digital Future - Supporting the Transition to a World-leading Digital Economy: Emerging Findings April 2013 was published on 7 May 2013.  The report explores the public sector's approach to promoting Scotland's digital economy and provides initial outputs from the review of business support programmes.

The report has been prepared with a team of partners from Scotland's enterprise and skills agencies along with representatives from the digital industry.  The report assesses the role that the public sector in Scotland is playing in stimulating the digital economy and it proposes actions that could be taken collectively and in partnership with the private sector to ensure that Scotland develops and sustains a world class digital economy in the future.

Seven key recommendations are suggested to improve outcomes and ensure that we deliver our collective ambition for Scotland.

See the full report at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/05/2347


On 22 May 2013, additional £7 million funding was announced to take forward the recommendations in the report and complement the resources that are already in place within enterprise and skills agencies.  Read the news release announcing the funding at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/05/digital-boost.

Digital Economy Business Survey 2014

To establish a baseline of where businesses currently stand in their level of digitisation and to allow the digital progress to be measured and tracked over time, the Scottish Government, together with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, commissioned IFF Research to carry out a Digital Economy Business Survey in the summer of 2014.

Read the 2014 Digital Economy Business Survey

View the accompanying data tables

Digital Economy Maturity Index (DEMI)

DEMI measures the distribution of Scottish firms across a scale based on their use and application of digital technologies. It is composed of twelve weighted indicators (e.g. type of internet connection, proportion of online sales, digital technology skills) with companies assigned to one of six maturity segments based on their overall score. Using the Digital Economy Business Survey data it provides a baseline for the level of digitisation of  businesses in Scotland and enables an articulation of ambitions for the future.

Read more about the Digital Economy Maturity Index

Find out more from our key partners' websites:

HIE Business Engagement Programme

Scottish Enterprise Business IT Service

Business Gateway ICT Business Engagement and ICT Workshop Programmes

e-skills Scotland

Skills Development Scotland