The Scottish Conservatives are calling for a dedicated Institute of E-Commerce to help Scotland’s businesses tackle the digital gap emerging between Scotland and competitor countries.
The Institute would provide dedicated and specialist training, support and advice to businesses looking to move their business models online.
This would enable Scottish companies to embed digital technologies into their businesses and better capitalise on global trade opportunities.
Currently only 7 to 9 percent of Scotland’s businesses have integrated digital technologies into their businesses operations. While among our competitor countries, at least 43 percent of businesses have incorporated online commerce and digital into their businesses.
During a speech at the Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s digital industries, Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary, Dean Lockhart MSP, called for the establishment of a dedicated Institute of E-commerce to support Scotland’s businesses move online.
Currently there is no specialist public agency in Scotland dedicated to the establishment of e-commerce and digital platforms for business and international trade.
Speaking in the debate, Dean Lockhart, Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary said:
‘’The global export market and international trade is increasingly dominated by online commerce and digital platforms.
“I saw this first hand earlier this year during a trade mission to Hong Kong and China. I met with a number of trading companies whose business models for import and exports are now predominantly on-line – meaning that they largely trade with business counterparts using e-commerce and digital platforms.
“Scottish business will lose out on the massive trading opportunities available in the global economy if we don’t address this digital gap in business.
“Currently there is no specialist public agency in Scotland dedicated to the establishment of E-commerce and digital platforms for business and international trade.
“So if you’re a firm trying to get behind the paywall of China, at the moment, the help you get from enterprise agencies is limited.
“To address this digital gap, we’re looking to establish a dedicated Institute of E-Commerce for Scotland – to help Scottish business move on-line.
“A dedicated support agency that will help move Scotland’s businesses, large and small, on-line to take immediate advantage of the global opportunities in E-commerce.’’