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Scottish Government appoints former SCDI chief as regional economies advisor



Ross Martin, the former SCDI chief executive, has been appointed by the Scottish Government as an advisor on regional economies.

His role is to encourage regional economic partnerships which will help to drive economic growth with social value all across Scotland

The job will involve helping to make the most of new economic initiatives, including the City Region Deals and planned changes outlined in the Enterprise and Skills Review.

Martin, who was chief executive of the SCDI for more than three years, has already taken up the role.

He has been involved in developing the concept of the Capital City Region in Edinburgh and other regional propositions, such as that led by the Island councils and in the Borderlands, working with the UK and Scottish Governments.

He said: “The strength of Scotland’s economy is increasingly driven by the diversity of our city regions.

“In that, we must include our ‘disaggregated city regions’, such as Ayrshire, the Borderlands and Islands, each of which displays many of the characteristics of small cities, spread out over larger regional areas.

“Scotland’s economy is increasingly diverse, and it’s from these regional and sectoral differences that it is developing its resilience and strength, based on the powerful connections which bind people and place together through the development of premium products and quality services.”



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