Robert Carr, president of the chamber, hailed Business Secretary Vince Cable’s decision last week to open the bank’s head office in Edinburgh as a “triumph” for the city.
Carr said: “What has been most impressive is the way a coalition of partners – business, political, private and public sector – developed real momentum. We would like to see this model applied to investment opportunities in the future. It has worked in this instance – why not in other sectors too?”
Nathan Goode, a partner at accountancy firm Grant Thornton, wrote the business case to bring the bank to Edinburgh. He said: “A lot of people who would normally compete with each other came together to work on the GIB. The Scottish Government’s push to invest more money in cities creates a lot of opportunities. That’s the kind of work we could look at.”