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CBI Scotland demands greater export help

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CBI Scotland called for more help for exporters in Scotland

A leading business group has called on the Scottish government to give more help to exporters.

CBI Scotland said there needed to be a greater focus on Scotland's export industry and private sector investment.

It also said there should be support for an additional runway at Heathrow to aid Scottish firms in accessing a wider range of destinations.

The CBI also questioned whether existing targets for export growth in Scotland were sufficient.

In a submission to Holyrood's economy, energy and tourism committee, CBI Scotland said the economy's "engines of growth" needed to change.

In a list of recommendations to the committee, the group questioned whether current targets could help indigenous businesses expand abroad whilst at the same time encourage foreign firms to invest in Scotland.

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