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Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 1

Scottish Enterprise boss, Lena Wilson warned the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee the Scottish government export target of 50% by 2017 may not be met.

MSPs were taking evidence from the chief executive of Scottish Enterprise (SE) on the Scottish government's Draft Budget 2013-14 on 31 October 2012.

On the subject of the export target, Ms Wilson said it was always good to "aim high" but she cast doubt on the current target for exports being met.

She told the committee SE was trying to "trail blaze" new export opportunities for Scottish companies around the world.

In response to a question by the SNP MSP, Chic Brodie on whether the draft budget allocation for SE was enough, Ms Wilson remarked that ambition and leadership were as important and added:

"If I thought for a minute there was not enough in the budget, I would make the loudest noise I could make.... behind closed doors".

Ambition and creativity was a theme that ran through this evidence session.

Chairman of VisitScotland Mike Cantlay talked about the success of tourism opportunities.

The example he gave to MSPs aptly summed up the enterprise message, he said the film 'Brave' generated considerable revenue and seizing those kind of opportunities was the antidote to the current economic conditions.

Mr Cantlay said VisitScotland's new dot com site was a tool tourists could use during their stay in Scotland, but he added he was concerned that lack of decent broadband provision in some areas could impact on the success of the project.

The committee also took evidence from Iain Scott also from Scottish Enterprise; Alex Paterson, chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Forbes Duthie from the same organisation and from Ken Neilson and Denise Hill from VisitScotland.

The second part of the committee can be viewed below:

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 2

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee membership


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