The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) is an independent, membership driven economic development organisation.Â It was created in 1931 and today is supported by around 1200 members across Scotlandâ€™s manufacturing and service sectors, universities and colleges, local government and enterprise networks, trade associations and professional bodies, arts organisations, churches and trade unions.
As an entirely independent organisation, SCDIâ€™s membership network seeks to strengthen Scotlandâ€™s economic competitiveness and sustainable prosperity by influencing government policy at all levels â€“ whether in Scotland or the UK, the European Union or globally.Â SCDIâ€™s history is rich as a pioneering organisation in many fields of activity. Â SCDI spearheaded the attraction of overseas manufacturing investment into Scotland in the late 1940s, embarking on a campaign to attract companies from the United States â€“ the first time a European country had pursued such a course.Â SCDI was also responsible for creating the first industrial estate in Scotland.
Today, SCDI is engaged in public policy issues, economic research and business information and is an active lobbyer of the UK and Scottish Governments on renewables and oil and gas issues.Â It coordinates a network of 500 young engineersâ€™ and science clubs to encourage young students interested in engineering, science and technology.Â SCDI also organises a sizeable programme of events from flagship conferences and dinners to informal networking opportunities, plus an ongoing programme of trade missions to markets such as the Middle East, Brazil, China, India and Japan.
For further information contact:
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
c/o Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen Business School