Council leaders kick of business festival

Cllr Frank Ross, Economy Convener and Sue Bruce, Chief Executive, of the City of Edinburgh Council, were first up ‘in conversation with the journalist Bill Jamieson’ in the week long Santander Breakthrough Moments festival yesterday in St Andrew Square.

Santander press release

The session was aimed at senior business figures, leading advisors, industry commentators and owners of small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) and those interested in hearing first hand from the Council's leadership about its past, present and future economic challenges and success strategies.  

Cllr Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: “I am delighted that the focus of this festival is support for SMEs as they are fundamental to the growth of Edinburgh’s economy.

“We offer extensive support to SMEs through Business Gateway, recent data has revealed that 82 per cent of Business Gateway assisted businesses in Edinburgh were still trading after three years compared with 65.5 per cent across the rest of Scotland.  There are also at least 15 incubators providing vital early stage support in Edinburgh, one of which is owned by the Council. Creative Exchange in Leith has been so successful that we are now expanding it to provide more than 50 new spaces.” 

Sue Bruce, said: “It is encouraging that such a big focus is being put on SMEs this week. Securing greater numbers of SMEs to become high-growth companies helps all sectors of the economy. It provides additional employment opportunities which are of particular benefit to the Edinburgh Guarantee, which promotes the city’s vision to help our young people into jobs. The Edinburgh Guarantee has been a huge success since its launch three years ago in helping over 750 young people into jobs and contributing around £30m to Scotland’s economy.”

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