Anne McTaggart MSP has spoken of the need for Scotland to have a healthier attitude towards entrepreneurship.
Ms McTaggart made her calls during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on 2nd June on ‘Scotland can do: a framework for entrepreneurship and innovation.’
The Scotland can do framework was launched last year to set out areas of priority in which the Scottish Government can act to see that Scotland becomes a world-leading and innovative nation for business.
During her speech Ms McTaggart recognised Scotland’s past achievements in business and highlighted current successes such as the development of next-generation prosthetic limbs by Touch Bionics and hybrid buses by Alexander Dennis which are at the forefront of research and development in the world today.
She called for continued increases in research and development funding, further financial support for growing businesses and the provision of adequate places, particularly in further education, for training and upskilling the entrepreneurs of the future.
Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said:
“There are many challenges to be overcome if Scotland is to reach its full potential. Skills for growth, sales and technology were all identified by the Scottish Government’s report as being underdeveloped; so, too, was the securing of appropriate finance for many growing businesses. I therefore welcome the involvement of organisations such as Interface, which has introduced over 1,800 businesses to academic partners over the past few years. I also welcome the work of Scotland’s universities, which work with 19,000 Scottish businesses every year, although I acknowledge that that work must be built on.
“I believe that Scotland’s attitude to entrepreneurship must evolve. We require further inclusion of entrepreneurship in schools, further education and across society to increase awareness of the opportunities that starting a business can provide. We need to see an increase in collaboration between our public, private and third sectors, strengthening each sector as we move towards a high-skill, high-wage economy. Crucially, we need to ensure that people from all walks of life are encouraged to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.”
You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.