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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Newsflash! Strathclyde Business School and Melting Pot Edinburgh Speakers to Present Workplace Innovation Case Studies, 30/5 - Book Today!

Expert Seminar to Demonstrate 'What Works' in Workplace Innovation and How to Support New Workplace Practices 

A learning workshop from the Economic Development Association Scotland and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2pm - .4.30pm, 30 May 2017, SUII Centre, University of Strathclyde. 
 

A workplace innovation expert from Strathclyde Business School and the founder of the Melting Pot co-working centre in Edinburgh will speak at a unique event exploring the benefits of new workplace practices for businesses, employees and wider society in Scotland. 

Also featuring speakers from Scottish Enterprise and Oxfam Scotland, this event will highlight case studies of workplace innovation in practice, as well as exploring how economic development practitioners can support initiatives to improve workforce engagement, harness employee potential, and embed co-working and fair work practices in businesses throughout Scotland. See full information and speaker list below and reserve your place today

Dr Colin Linsday of Strathclyde Business School will talk about 'what works' in workplace innovation, drawing upon a recent collaborative research project on this topic. He will give insight into various examples of workplace innovation in Scotland, and share a video of employers talking about their experiences of workplace innovation. Dr Lindsay has been researching and teaching on employability, skills, public management and social policy for more than fifteen years, and is a contributing author to Workplace Innovation in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises in Scotland (2015).

Claire Carpenter
 is founder and managing director of The Melting Pot co-working centre in Edinburgh. Claire will discuss The Melting Pot as a case study of work-space innovation, and how the creation of a co-working space has helped organisations and social entrepreneurs share knowledge and develop their businesses. This talk will give insight into the Melting Pot, the Co-Working Accelerator Network, and the difference these projects are making to the social enterprise community more broadly.

Other speakers at this event are: Clare Alexander, Head of Workplace Innovation, Scottish Enterprise; Francis Stuart, Research and Policy Adviser, Oxfam Scotland; and (Event Chair) Charlie Woods, Director, SUII & Vice-Char, EDAS. See full information below. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Scottish Unemployment Falls Below UK Rate

BBC - Unemployment in Scotland has fallen by 14,000 in the three months to March to reach 120,000, official figures have shown.

It takes the jobless rate to 4.4% - below the rate of 4.6% for the whole of the UK.
The labour market statistics also show that employment in Scotland increased by 5,000 and now stands at 2,620,000.

In the UK as a whole, the unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 42 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the Scottish employment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points over the quarter to 74%. The rate is below the UK average of 74.8%.

In April 2017, the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance was 48,200. 

The claimant count, including Universal Credit, was 80,000.

The Scottish government said the ONS figures also showed a strong performance for Scotland in the female labour market, with the unemployment rate for women falling by 0.7 percentage points over the year to 4.2%.

The youth employment rate was 3.9 percentage points higher than the previous year, with the level rising by 15,000.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: "Today's statistics show that Scotland's labour market continues to perform well in the face of significant economic challenges.

"Unemployment is down, employment is up and Scotland's youth unemployment rate is the fourth lowest in the EU. This is welcome news.

"We will work to support employment and our priority remains developing the correct conditions for economic growth, including through taking forward our multi-billion pound infrastructure plan, and the Scottish Growth Scheme."

Mr Brown added that the Scottish government would continue to tackle issues around inactivity in the labour market.


Source: BBC News

Scottish Chambers of Commerce Opens Trade Office in China

BBC - Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has officially opened a new international trade office in Yantai, China.

The announcement came during a trade mission to China involving business leaders from across Scotland.

SCC said a recent Chinese policy of opening up to new overseas alliances presented "a myriad of opportunities" for Scottish businesses.

It added there was potential to sell goods and services which Chinese firms and consumers wanted and needed.

The trade mission saw SCC hold meetings with senior business people, politicians and local government officials, as well as "think tanks" in Beijing, Yantai and Jinan in the eastern province of Shandong.

The Scottish delegation was led by SCC's new president, Tim Allan, and chief executive Liz Cameron.

During the visit, SCC signed a memorandum of understanding for "trade engagement and partnership" with senior officials from the Yantai municipal government.

'Exploratory visit'

Ms Cameron said: "This exploratory visit is part of the new partnership which was formed between Scottish business, through our extensive chamber network, and the Scottish government to utilise the worldwide connectivity of the business community.

"We now have a deeper understanding of how we can achieve the best exchange for business, where the opportunities exist for Scottish organisations and how we can best pursue these.

"We have also identified several potential opportunities for inward investment into Scotland and will be working with Scottish government and SDI as well as other trade organisations to explore these and leverage the momentum of change within China."

She added: "Our next steps will be to undertake a deep-dive of companies based in Scotland who have products, skills and expertise which have the potential to be exported to the Shandong Province area.

"Our aim is to add impetus to the Scottish economy by assisting companies who have not previously thought about exporting to grasp the potential that international trade offers."

'Key sectors'

According to SCC, Shandong Province represents the third largest economy in China, with a population of nearly 100 million.

Key sectors it has identified as being of interest to Scottish businesses include robotics, bioscience, manufacturing, engineering and smart technologies, agriculture, food and drink and football management.

SCC said there were also opportunities in consumer goods, recreation and tourism services, financial and professional services and education.

SCC intends to return to the province later this year to "explore new ways to foster co-operation between the two countries".


Source: BBC News

Friday, 12 May 2017

Newsflash! The Scottish Economy's Workplace Innovation Opportunity

The Opportunities of Workplace Innovation for the Scottish Economy 

A learning workshop from the Economic Development Association Scotland and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2pm - .4.30pm, 30 May 2017, SUII Centre, University of Strathclyde. 


The Head of Workplace Innovation at Scottish Enterprise is to deliver a talk on the opportunities of innovative workplace practices for organisations in Scotland.

The workplace is facing unprecedented change as we transition from industrialism to the digital revolution. New and diverse ways of how and where we work are being made possible by new technologies, at a time when quality of work and equity in the workplace are rising on the policy agenda.
Clare will talk about the development of initiatives to drive progressive and creative practices of workplace innovation in Scotland and the role of policy levers in embedding these. An expert in the growing field of "workplace innovation", Clare leads SE's Workplace Innovation support service - encouraging businesses to make the most of more diverse, engaged and talented workforces and fair and responsible business practices. 

In this unique learning and networking opportunity for economic development practitioners and public, private and third sector organisations, Clare will  be joined by speakers from the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Strathclyde Business SchoolOxfam Scotland, and case studies of workplace innovation in practice. Please see full information and speaker list below.


Workplace Innovation in Scotland

This learning workshop is delivered by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and the Economic Development Association Scotland. All those with an interest in economic development, the labour market, skills utilisation, human resources, or learning about how their organisation could benefit from innovative workplace practices are encouraged to attend.


Event Details

Tuesday 30 May, 2 - 4.30pm
SUII Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Refreshments provided
£25 + VAT EDAS Member / £50 + VAT Non-Members [Join to gain member rate]

Overview

This event explores the Scottish approach to workplace innovation - what the concept means; the potential benefits for organisations and employees; how workplace transformation can help achieve economic and social policy goals; and the policy levers available in Scotland to take advantage of the transition to the workplace of the 21st century.

According to a recent research project supported by SUII, collaborative workplace innovation can improve business/organisational outcomes, benefit individuals, and help improve competitiveness while tackling inequality. Such practices are of great interest at the international level and to the Scottish Government.


EDAS and SUII invite you to join expert speakers, practitioners and case study presenters to learn about how we can all support workplace innovation to the benefit of Scotland's economy and society. Don't miss out on this chance to learn about this important topic and network with members of the economic development community 


Confirmed Speakers

Charlie Woods, Director, SUII & Vice-Chair, EDAS
Introduction and Overview of Workplace Innovation.

Clare Alexander, Head of Workplace Innovation, Scottish Enterprise 
The Scottish policy approach, and opportunities and challenges of workplace innovation for business.

Dr Colin Lindsay, Reader in Human Resource Management, Strathclyde Business School
'What works' in workplace innovation: lessons from the SUII-supported programme Progressive and creative practice for workplace innovation.

Francis Stuart, Research and Policy Adviser, Oxfam Scotland 
Workforce and societal benefits of workplace innovation - findings emerging from the Oxfam - University of the West of Scotland - University of Warwick research project on Decent Work in Scotland.
Case study presentations to be announced shortly. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

£43m announced for low-carbon infrastructure projects

Scottish Government - Details of how more than £43 million is being invested in low-carbon infrastructure were announced today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Shared across 13 projects throughout Scotland, this investment represents one of the largest direct energy investments in the last 10 years. The funding, awarded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure 

Transition Programme (LCITP), will be matched by a minimum of £43 million from private and public sector partners.

Projects include an innovative local energy system on Fair Isle, an energy storage project in Shetland, low-carbon heat networks in Dundee, Stirling, Clydebank and Glenrothes and the installation of a heat pump on the River Clyde to serve the Gorbals area.

Speaking at the All Energy Conference in Glasgow, the First Minister said:

“These projects have great potential to help us tackle climate change, and remain at the forefront of low carbon and renewable innovation. They will also bring economic benefits – in terms of savings and jobs – to local areas across the country.

“Scotland has some of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. Over the past 10 years, our pattern of energy consumption has changed considerably, helping us to meet – and exceed – our 2020 target for reducing energy consumption, six years early.

“We are determined to build on this success, and we are now seeking views on a new target through our draft Energy Strategy – for 50% of our energy consumption – spanning heat, transport and electricity – to be met by renewables by 2030.

“With Scotland’s world-leading expertise in renewables, which employs at least 11,000 people, and a growing workforce of at least 58,000 in the low carbon sector, I am confident of our future success.”
Dave Pearson, Director at Star Renewable Energy, added:

“Star has been trying to replicate the success of its river heat pump in Norway for some time but has struggled to progress a similar example in Scotland.

“The support provided by the Scottish Government through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme has recognised both the technical and commercial potential of our project in Glasgow’s Gorbals.

“The programme is providing excellent support in placing a high temperature river heat pump – the largest in the UK – at the Clyde to supply clean, low carbon heat to buildings in the Gorbals, helping us to collectively work to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in Scotland.”

Background

The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme is a collaborative partnership led by the 
Scottish Government, working with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish 

Futures Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. It focuses on the acceleration of low carbon infrastructure projects across public, private and community sectors, helping them to create investment business cases and secure capital finance from public and private sources. The programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

The full list of projects is available on the LCITP website.

The consultation on the draft Energy Strategy is open until 30 May.


Report of EDAS & SDI's Internationalisation Learning Workshop on Exporting Now Available

On Friday 31st March 2017, internationalisation experts from the Scottish Government, local authorities, academia, social enterprise and the private sector gathered to discuss strategies and support for growing the global aspirations of businesses and organisations in Scotland.

This report gives the ‘story’of the day, including social media interaction and presentations for download: https://storify.com/edas_scotland/edas-sdi-internationalisation-learning-workshop-pa

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EDAS / SUII Event: Workplace Innovation in Scotland, 30 May 2017


A learning workshop from the Economic Development Association Scotland and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Tuesday 30 May, 2.30 – 4pm
SUII Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Refreshments provided
£25 + VAT EDAS Member / £50 + VAT Non-Members [Join to gain member rate]

Overview
This event explores the Scottish approach to workplace innovation – what the concept means; the potential benefits for organisations and employees; how workplace transformation can help achieve economic and social policy goals; and the policy levers available in Scotland to aid the transition to the workplace of the 21st century.
According to a recent research project supported by SUII, collaborative workplace innovation can improve business/organisational outcomes, benefit individuals, and help improve competitiveness while tackling inequality. Such practices are of great interest at the international level and to the Scottish Government.
EDAS and SUII invite you to join expert speakers, practitioners and case study presenters to learn about how we can all support workplace innovation to the benefit of Scotland’s economy and society. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about this important topic and network with members of the economic development community from across sectors!

Speakers
Charlie Woods, Director, SUII & Vice-Char, EDAS
Introduction and Overview of Workplace Innovation.
Clare Alexander, Head of Workplace Innovation, Scottish Enterprise 
The Scottish policy approach and enterprise benefits of workplace innovation.
Dr Colin Lindsay, Reader in Human Resource Management, Strathclyde Business School
'What works' in workplace innovation: lessons from the SUII-supported programme Progressive and creative practice for workplace innovation
Further speakers and case study presentations to be announced shortly.