Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:23

SNP welcome another record inward investment year

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FIFTH TIME IN SIX YEARS THAT SCOTLAND MOST SUCCESSFUL OUTSIDE LONDON
The SNP has welcomed analysis by accountancy firm EY showing that Scotland achieved record-breaking levels of inward investment in 2015 – showing the success of the Scottish Government’s economic strategy.


This is the fifth time in the past six years that Scotland has been the UK’s most successful inward investment magnet outside London.
Inward investment rose 51% in 2015, compared with 20% for the UK as a whole, following strong performances in preceding years.
The SNP manifesto made a commitment to trebling the number of exporting advisors in Scotland and to fund new Innovation and Investment Hubs in London and Brussels, adding to our existing hub in Dublin, to attract inward investment.
Commenting, Ivan McKee MSP said:
“These are very encouraging figures – once again showing that Scotland continues to be the most successful part of the UK outside London in attracting foreign investment.
“The SNP are committed to ensuring that Scotland’s international image and appeal continue to grow, targeting more investment and more jobs by continuing to be an outward looking, creative and innovative nation.
“The Scotland Office’s claim that this growth is a result of the referendum result is demonstrably untrue. Growth was equally encouraging in 2014, with the referendum boosting Scotland’s international image alongside global events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.
“These figures do however show that strong links with our neighbours are good for Scotland and good for jobs – which is why the SNP will be making the positive case for Scotland to remain as part of the European Union.”