The positive choice for our future
SBUK Supports The Union
Business and industry in Scotland are facing up to the challenges posed by Brexit and Covid-19.
We understand the importance of recasting Scotland’s relationship with the EU based on free-trade and new forms of co-operation. We also value the UK’s capacity to support businesses and workers by pooling and sharing resources during the present pandemic.
We know that the UK market is worth four times our exports to the EU so it is clear that we must preserve the most open trade possible with ALL of our neighbours and international partners.
That is why business must send a clear signal that it does not welcome the additional uncertainty created by the headlong charge toward another referendum on breaking up the UK, which risks dividing our country and damaging our economy at the worst possible time.
Speaking up for business
Scottish Business UK provides one of the most important voices in support of Scotland’s place in the UK in the continuing debate over Scotland’s constitutional future. They offer a real and frank assessment of the impact on business, that even the threat of a second referendum represents. Their analysis is sober, evidence based and compelling. I’m glad they’re on our side.
— Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Leader, Scottish Liberal D...
Scotland’s focus must be on Covid recovery, not a second independence referendum. Employers have suffered throughout the pandemic and the last thing they need is more uncertainty. We must focus on what unites us, not what divides us. Scotland’s best days are ahead of us, and Scottish Business UK plays a vital role in representing and speaking up for businesses which will be at the heart of the future we build together.
— Anas Sarwar MSP, Scottish Labour leader
Scottish Business UK provide a powerful voice for the business community who value our economic, social and family ties across the United Kingdom. It is important that all voices are heard loudly and clearly to make the positive case for a strong and caring united Kingdom.
— Former Scottish Lib Dem Leader, Willie Rennie MSP
Scottish Business UK understand that for our economy to flourish we have to work together across all parts of our United Kingdom. As people who are running businesses and creating jobs, they see clearly that the politics and grievance and division are putting the brakes on progress. I am a strong supporter of the great work they do to speak up for business and champion the UK.
— Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State for Scotland
Day after day I hear from business owners who tell me their businesses are at breaking point due to the pandemic. What they ask for and what they need is for the Scottish government and the UK government to work together to support the economy and protect jobs. What they don’t need is more uncertainty, division and upheaval. Scottish Business UK has a vital role to play in giving those businesses a voice and making the positive case for cooperation across the UK family of nations.
— Ian Murray MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotl...
Scottish Business UK boasts a diverse Advisory Council bringing together the views of business leaders from a broad range of backgrounds. The past few months have demonstrated how important it is for each nation of the United Kingdom to co-operate and we must ensure that over the next few months and years that Scotland’s two Governments work closely together to aid the pandemic recovery. The economic case for remaining part of the United Kingdom is stronger than ever – we need to build on the strength of support we have seen from the UK Government to deliver security, prosperity and certainty for Scotland.
— Scottish Conservative Leader, Douglas Ross MP
This is a time when we all need to work together. In the months and years ahead we need to concentrate on protecting jobs and strengthening the economy so we can provide everyone with security and peace of mind. A politics of division and separation sets that work back. Instead of dividing people, SBUK brings folk together from different backgrounds and businesses to make the case for co-operation and common sense. I am delighted to support the work of all the great Scottish figures behind SBUK.
— The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
The nations of Britain have far more in common than anything that divides us. At least one million Scottish jobs depend on us working together across the UK and so I welcome the decisions of more and more business leaders to join and support Scottish Business UK.
— Former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Gordon Brown
Having heard investors that I know well, actively stepping back from investing in the Scottish economy, I fear for the future and am urging business leaders to share their support for Scotland to remain in the Union of the United Kingdom. It will only be by strength of voice and an evidenced based case that we will be able to defend the will of Scottish businesses of all sizes to remain in the Union.
— Robert D. Kilgour
The voice of business sends a strong message back to the Government that a further independence referendum is not wanted among the business community. Business owners are no longer prepared to sit back and allow momentous decisions on the future of Scotland to be taken without full engagement with those who will be directly affected
— Struan Stevenson
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