John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Sustainable Growth, has set out the SNP’s ambition to increase exports in Scotland as part of our plans to create and protect jobs.
A re-elected SNP Government will set an ambitious target to increase Scottish exports by 50% over the next six years boosting jobs in the Scottish economy.
As part of a package of new measures to grow Scotland’s export markets, the SNP will invest £2.5m in a new export support initiative providing bespoke advice for 100 companies and focus the Scottish Investment Bank on delivering support to internationalise small and medium-sized companies.
An SNP government will also deliver online support through a new Virtual Trade Centre to provide companies with the local market knowledge they will need to grow exports and will link up new exporters with established companies through a new business to business mentoring initiative.
John Swinney said “we will work with existing export companies to deliver business-to-business mentoring service for small and medium-sized firms, boosting our economy and creating jobs. Growing our export market is the next step on the road to recovery. With the full backing of a re-elected SNP Government, we are determined to support Scottish companies as they seek to expand their markets overseas.”
Linda Fabiani said:
“East Kilbride is well-placed to benefit from a push to increase Scottish exports.
“There are a large number of innovative firms based in the town that could benefit from support to increase their presence in the export market.
“Unlike Labour, whose export target has been kicked into the long grass, the SNP is promising delivery over the lifetime of the next parliament.
“During the campaign, I am contacting local businesses to discuss the SNP’s economic plans, including the continuing small business bonus, support for apprenticeships, and this new export initiative.”