Scotland: a trading nation

A plan for growing Scotland's exports.

2.4 Co-production with partners

This plan has been developed using a data driven approach, drawing on analysis from a range of sources.

However, data must be placed in a real world context to deliver maximum value and the conclusions reached must be tested at industry level to ensure they reflect the experience and knowledge of businesses on the ground. The Scottish Government places great importance on this consultation process and sees it as crucial to the overall success of the plan’s development and implementation.

Throughout the development of this plan officials in the Directorate for International Trade and Investment have consulted with agencies, industry and industry representative bodies across a number of sectors, including: tourism; life sciences; financial and business services; chemical sciences; mining; energy; engineering; construction; food & drink; textiles; creative industries; forestry and timber technologies and the digital sector. We have also engaged with other key stakeholders such as SCDI, Chambers of Commerce, CBI Scotland, IoD, FSB, Universities Scotland, and the Fraser of Allander Institute. In total more than 30 organisations have been consulted in the development of this plan. These consultations have helped to shape the export plan and have helped us to make links to other relevant work within individual sectors.

While we are not able to reflect all the comments and input we received through these consultations, the plan is reflective of that evidence. Our vision is for A Trading Nation to be a genuine demonstration of a joined-up plan, developed with our partners and stakeholders, that will make a real difference to businesses in Scotland.

We are committed to continuing to work with sector stakeholders and partners to refine and improve this plan over time.

It is important to note that we are not seeking to replicate any of the extensive work that may already be progressed at a sectoral level. Instead, we are interested in adding value to that and understanding how best government can support those activities.

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