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In 2012 Brian Wilson, the Chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides and a former trade and energy minister, was appointed as a Business Ambassador for the UK Government.
He was invited to undertake a review of Scottish international trade and analyse the challenges faced by businesses. The review, published in May 2014, made recommendations on what could be done to improve support for Scottish businesses seeking to export, a key area for growing the economy.
This document forms the formal UK Government response to the resulting report.
The report highlights 2 linked and overarching themes:
Achieving greater collaboration, co-operation and alignment between the organisations serving Scottish exporters.
Delivering simplicity and clarity across the diverse portfolios of high quality public and private export support available to Scotland.