Independent Scotland to grow manufacturing by 30%

Alex Salmond gets a tour of Greenfold Systems Ltd in Dunfermline as he pledged to grow the industrial sector in Scotland by nearly a third after independence. Picture: Greg Macvean
Alex Salmond gets a tour of Greenfold Systems Ltd in Dunfermline as he pledged to grow the industrial sector in Scotland by nearly a third after independence. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A PLAN plan to grow an independent Scotland’s manufacturing industries by 30 per cent by 2030 has been announced by Alex Salmond.

The strategy is part of the Scottish Government’s blueprint for the re-industrialisation of an independent Scotland which was launched by

the First Minister during a visit to Greenfold Systems Ltd in Dunfermline.

The First Minister said: “Scotland’s wealth, talent and resources mean we have the potential to become a global hub for the industries of the future.

“We are renowned across the world for our engineering brilliance, our rich industrial heritage and our spirit of innovation. We have substantial natural resources, a highly skilled workforce, a long-standing reputation for innovation, and an internationally-recognised brand, with products and companies competing at the highest level in international markets.

“To achieve this requires a national mission where we come together as a country to re-industrialise Scotland for the 21st century.

“We already have world-class manufacturing companies and Scottish economic performance has improved with the limited decision-making

powers of devolution.”

The First Minister’s blueprint includes the creation of a Scottish Innovation Agency, a Scottish Business Development Bank and a modern

and efficient tax system and carefully targeting tax measures to support industry.

The plan also includes strengthening collaboration in manufacturing and creating a network of 70-90 overseas exports to boost exports.

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