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Productivity Club Scotland, a project funded by Scottish government and SCDI (Scottish Council for Development and Industry) is expanding its offering to Scottish businesses with the launch of three new clubs to help businesses recover from the economic recession, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The clubs will be launched in North East Scotland, Highlands & Islands and the South of Scotland, after the success of pilot projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the past year.

The clubs follow a peer-learning approach between enterprises and provide cross-sector advice, experience and knowledge on how to improve the productivity and resilience of Scottish businesses.

Nearly 90% of current members are either small or medium enterprises, making it ideal for companies of all sizes to benefit from the networking advantages that the new clubs will offer, helping to improve the performance of their business going forward.

So far, nearly 80 percent of businesses have found the scheme to be useful in building business connections, with more than 72 percent expecting to see improvements in their business productivity as a result.

In particular, members have found many areas of their business such as leadership and management, business strategy and planning, workforce and employee engagement and adopting new technology have improved as a result of being a member of one of the existing pilot clubs.

Signing up to a club is free of charge and can be done at www.productivity.scot.  The first events for the North East and South Scotland events will take place on 10th and 11th December for the Highlands & Islands.  More details will be provided on the website shortly.

SCDI Programme Manager Ashleigh McCulloch commented "we are excited to be able to announce the expansion of this fantastic programme, ensuring more of Scotland's businesses can access a Productivity Club in their region that reflects the realities of local and regional economies and supports the development of an economy which works for all.

"Disappointing productivity has been a worrying feature for both the Scottish and wider UK economy for the past decade and this has only been exacerbated by the lockdown activity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. What we know from speaking to out members is that collaboration and sharing of information during this time has been invaluable to support businesses and navigate through the current landscape.

"We would urge as many businesses as possible to sign up to the scheme and harness the knowledge and experience of other members in this unique peer to peer community."

Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation added "We are extremely pleased with the remarkable success our Productivity Club pilots have enjoyed in their first year with well over 1,000 members connecting together to start improving business performance across Scotland."

Shaun Tate
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