Economic boost as Scotland's exports rise by 17%

The publication of the latest global connections survey has revealed that Scotland’s combined exports to the rest of the UK and overseas has risen by more than 17% since 2008.

In 2008 Scotland’s combined international and rest of the UK exports were worth £62.7 billion to the Scottish economy. The latest figures show that this total had increased to £73.6 billion in 2012 – excluding oil and gas.

A breakdown of those exports has shown that Scotland’s record of increasing international exports has been particularly strong, with an increase of over 20% between 2008 and 2012.

Commenting, SNP MSP Dennis Robertson said:

“Growing our economy and creating jobs has been at the heart of the SNP’s approach to Government and this 17% growth in exports shows that this approach is paying dividends.

“The latest export figures show that Scotland’s economy is gathering strength and underlines just what an independent Scotland would continue to contribute to a shared currency area with the rest of the UK.

“We have made strong progress using the current powers of devolution to boost Scotland’s economy and create jobs, but there is much more we could do with the full job-creating powers of an independent Scotland.

“With the powers of an independent Scotland we can develop an industrial strategy that does more to boost exports and help Scottish companies compete internationally.

“Achieving the growth in exports we want to see could create over 100,000 jobs across Scotland – which is why it is so important that we gain the powers we need to accelerate progress in this area.

“Only a Yes vote next year will secure us the powers we need to accelerate our progress when it comes to boosting exports and achieving the growth in jobs and investment that come with it.”

Details of the latest Global Connections Survey can be viewed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0044/00442854.pdf