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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mark Bell: Sport Can Show How to Pick Business Winners

Scotsman - Great Britain won 15 ­medals at the 1996 ­Olympic Games in Atlanta. One was gold. Twenty years later 67 medals were won – 27 of these gold. This success is a clear validation of UK Sport’s approach to picking and nurturing winners.

However, the government remains ­reluctant to apply this strategy to the global ­economic race. If Scotland wants to meet its ­aspiration of competing internationally to create jobs and growth, we need to apply some of UK Sport’s methods. UK Sport has developed a clear understanding of how to ­identify and nurture talent.

Read article at: Scotsman


Mark Bell is an economic development expert at PA Consulting Group. Mark and PA Consulting are members of the Economic Development Association Scotland. From 2014 – 2016 Mark participated in the EDAS Innovation Sub Group, which produced key messages around supporting Scotland’s innovation eco-system: http://www.edas.org.uk/en/current-work-strategy_50494/

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