I attended the excellent 3rd National Business Convention yesterday, delivered by SCDI and The Federation of Small Business.
Contributing over £800m to the Scottish economy, employing over 27,000 people in 592 companies and institutions (source BIA Scotland), the life sciences and biotechnology community is one of Scotland's cornerstone industries. With all the evidence pointing towards further growth in this sector, with both large blue chip businesses and indigenous SMEs expanding, a critical issue is the availability of well qualified graduates and skilled employees to fill all job opportunities.
The recruitment industry has completely evolved over the past 20 years.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the “Creating Scotland’s Sustainable Future” seminar, hosted by Robert Carr, Chairman at Anderson Strathern and organised by Robert and Catherine Hokin of EcoConnect.
Focusing on Green Industry and City Infrastructure, the evening highlighted how industry, academia and government must all work together to address demographic, economic and environmental challenges.
News just in, the oil in the North Sea isn’t going to run out anytime soon. With wide spread rumours that the UK North Sea oil supply will run dry in the near future, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing states that this simply isn’t the case, with 24 billion barrels of oil and gas still to be extracted.
Last Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. To pay respect and remember the 167 men that lost their lives, a touching and emotional commemorative ceremony was held in the North Sea Memorial Garden in Aberdeen.
The Scottish food and drink industry is flourishing. As recently highlighted in The Grocer magazine (1 June 2013), Scotland’s Food and Drink industry is set to reach its target revenue of £12.5 billion by 2015. Since 2007, there has been a staggering 28% increase in Scottish brands being purchased throughout the UK, along with a 63% rise in global exports.
Eden Scott recently had the pleasure of attending a masterclass, hosted by the talented team at the Alba Innovation Centre in Livingston.
The need to develop and nurture new talent within the Oil and Gas sector is paramount. With esteemed professionals approaching retirement, many organisations are facing the issue of replacing them with new skilled and experienced workers.
With recent reports highlighting that the UK economy has thrust itself back into growth mode, avoiding a much dreaded triple dip recession, Eden Scott are delighted to announce job market growth after an exceptionally busy January 2013.