The Scottish Government has announced it will implement all the recommendations of a tech review done by one of Scotland’s most well-known entrepreneurs.

Mark Logan, the former chief operating officer of Skyscanner, was asked to look into the “tech ecosystem” by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes earlier this year, and make recommendations on how the industry can contribute to Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19.

During the announcement of the programme for government – the Scottish Government’s legislative agenda for the remainder of the parliamentary term – First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged to action all of the recommendations made by Mr Logan.

The report, published last week, called for the establishment of a network of hubs for tech start-ups, training opportunities, mentoring schemes and funding opportunities.

The First Minister said: “Last week’s review by Mark Logan, Skyscanner’s former chief operating officer, highlighted areas for urgent improvement.

“His recommendations – if implemented – will be truly transformational.

“This government accepts that challenge.

“I can confirm that we intend to implement the recommendations in full.”

She added: “Scotland already has significant economic and academic strengths in technology and data. Building on these is crucial for our future prosperity and success.

“This programme is a clear signal of our determination to expand these strengths, address our weaknesses, and fully seize the opportunities of the digital age.”

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The Finance Secretary made a statement to parliament on Tuesday on the details of the plans (Fraser Bremner/Scottish Daily Mail/PA)

The Finance Secretary made a speech to the Scottish Parliament soon after the First Minister’s announcements, where she said that the pace of technological change to counter the Covid-19 pandemic “would normally have taken years”.

She added: “Let there be no doubt, the government will do what it takes to ignite Scotland’s rise as a first class start up nation.

“It’s my hope that members across the chamber have been as refreshed as I have by the excitement and optimism provoked by this review – I share that excitement.

“We have a model of economic development where we don’t just back singular programmes for incremental progress, but where we make more systematic interventions that are co-designed and co-delivered with industry, with investors and academia.”


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