|16 December 2015|

The Scottish government has prioritised innovation and connectivity in its latest budget.

Digital strategy spend across the country’s homes, businesses and universities, especially in rural areas, will be increased by £130 million over the next two years.

The SNP government has also committed to fostering a culture of innovation by investing £345 million across Scotland’s universities, businesses and enterprise agencies.

Scotland’s business minister Fergus Ewing said:“We want to ensure that homes and businesses across Scotland are in a position to take advantage of comprehensive, high-quality digital infrastructure and, with funding for digital strategy rising to £130 million this budget will ensure that homes and businesses, especially in rural areas, benefit from all that digital has to offer.

“Innovation is a key driver of growth, competitiveness and productivity and therefore rightly sits at the heart of Scotland’s Economic Strategy. Scotland’s businesses and universities are key to driving innovation and we are determined to support their work in this area.”

“We believe that our approach to innovation support requires a greater focus to achieve more significant economic impact. We will work with all our partners – including enterprise agencies, the Scottish Funding Council and universities – to further align our approach, to pool funding and to simplify access to support.”