Business leaders call on Scottish Government to support industry through Covid and climate recovery

Business leaders have used the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) annual Forum to call on the Scottish Government to support sectors through the pandemic and build the framework for a more sustainable economy.

Speaking in a panel discussion at the event today, Diageo’s president for global supply chain and procurement Ewan Andrew appealed to the government to “put in place a set of hospitality sector packages”, warning that a failure to do so might risk what he saw as “a bellwether for other parts of the economy and society”.

He also added that in his role as the beer and spirits producer’s chief sustainability officer, he was acutely aware of the balance to be struck between returning to growth, but not at any cost – pointing to the beneficial drop in emissions during the pandemic, alongside the damaging lack of tourism in Scotland.

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