Economic Development Directorate

What we do

We play a fundamental role in delivering the Scottish Economic Strategy, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

We are responsible for:

  • encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and supporting key sectors
  • working with other public, private and third sector stakeholders to deliver the Scottish Business Pledge
  • overseeing a successful major events programme and a vibrant cities agenda
  • boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development
  • funding City Region Deals to attract investment and create jobs
  • collaborating with partners through Clyde Mission to drive sustainable and inclusive growth
  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs), the European Union's way of investing in 'smart, sustainable and inclusive' growth in its member states

Who we are

Cabinet Secretary and Ministers