1 In 2007, the Scottish Government's Review of Enterprise Networks set out a system aimed at creating greater cohesion and integration between local, regional and national economic development. Local authorities became more fully involved in economic development; there were more opportunities to deliver business support services locally; and Business Gateway was to provide advice to new and local businesses serving mainly local markets. The enterprise agencies were to focus on supporting high-growth businesses that had potential for significant national and regional economic impact. This was to help eliminate duplication and unnecessary bureaucracy and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery.
2 Whilst we generally take the OECD definition of scale (enterprise with average annualised growth in employees or turnover greater than 20% per annum over a 3-year period, and more than 10 employees at the beginning of the period), conditions across certain areas of Scotland, in particular the Highlands and Islands, mean that for practical support purposes a definition of scale may extend to employing one or more people and average annualised growth greater than 20% per annum over a 3-year period. There is also a particular qualitative aspect to our support for a scale movement, based on characteristics such as mindset, leadership and high entrepreneurial impact.