International trade and carbon transformation support are key asks from Scottish businesses

More support for international trade and low carbon business strategies are two of the main asks from business leaders in Scotland, according research from advisory firm Grant Thornton in the days following the Scottish budget.

Censuswide surveyed 605 senior decision-makers in UK mid-market businesses – with an average annual turnover between £50m and £500m – between 28 January and 4 February, finding that 48% were very optimistic about revenue growth and 40% were at least somewhat optimistic about trading over the next six months.

Almost one in three (32%) want more government support for international trade, with 44% of businesses in the region actively planning to invest more to support global growth strategies.

A similar proportion (46%) were also very confident about their ability to mitigate the impact of Brexit, compared to just 36% of businesses in the wider UK sample.

Other key priorities included financial incentives and wider support

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