Clarity on major projects needed to support Scottish supply chains
The Scottish Government must be clearer about future planned major projects to better support supply chains in Scotland, MSPs have said.
In a new report from Holyrood’s economy committee, MSPs say a lack of knowledge creates bottlenecks for firms making investment decisions, which ultimately hinders growth.
The committee also called for the strengthening of local supply chains to better support the construction industry, which is suffering from a raw material shortage.
It said this would also bring environmental benefits by reducing carbon miles involved in public building projects.
Convener Claire Baker said: “Procurement contracts must be used to support local production and provide more opportunities to strengthen supply chain.
“The Committee also calls on the Scottish Government to focus the proceeds from the Scotwind auction to support the development of supply chains in the renewable energy sector and the new technologies necessary to deliver a just transition.”
The report goes on to highlight how Brexit and Covid have placed “significant strain” on supply chains in Scotland, contributing to rising prices.
On HGV driver shortages, it urges the Scottish Government to improve facilities available for HGV drivers, while calling on the UK Government to be clear about whether it will extend the relaxation of working restrictions and visa requirements to ease pressures.