Scottish digital technologies trade body achieves a national first

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies sector, has become the first organisation in Scotland and one of a handful in the UK to be accredited by a European scheme which recognises excellence in cluster management.

Initiated by the European Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry, the European Cluster Excellence Initiative awards a benchmark to cluster management organisations, such as trade bodies, that are striving for excellence, adding value and fostering close industry relationships for their members.

With encouragement and support from Scottish Enterprise, ScotlandIS completed a detailed interview process to successfully achieve the bronze award and become the only creative industries trade body in the UK to be accredited.

Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, said: “We are delighted to have attained the accreditation as it is a reflection of the great work that ScotlandIS does on behalf of its members.

“Strong clusters promote economic growth, leveraging innovation and business potential to generate new employment opportunities, new products and services, new companies, new R&D activities and new patents.

“With the increasing importance of digital technologies to Scotland’s economy it is essential that we at ScotlandIS continue to deliver the best service to our members. With this in mind, we have a goal of attaining the silver and gold level accreditation in due course.”

Scotland’s digital technologies industry generates more than £5 billion in GVA and, according to KPMG’s Tech Monitor, the number of tech sector enterprises in Scotland grew 43.3% between 2010 and 2015, second only to London (54.6 per cent). Over 84,000 people work in digital technologies roles across the Scottish economy.

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