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Supporting Innovation

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Ivan McKee Ivan McKee Scottish National Party

As I was about to say, our innovation action plan set an ambitious target to double our business research and development investment to £1.75 billion over the decade to 2025. To answer Dean Lockhart’s question, we are on track to do so. The latest figures show a 14 per cent annual increase in business R and D in Scotland, which compares with the United Kingdom average of only 3 per cent, with Scottish R and D jobs having doubled to hit an all-time high of more than 13,000.