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CITIE: The Scotland Analysis

This report written by Nesta, focuses on the performance, potential for innovation, and entrepreneurship in the seven Scottish cities that form the Scottish Cities Alliance – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling.

Download the full report here: CITIE: The Scotland Analysis

Download the Executive Summary here: CITIE: The Scotland Analysis – Executive Summary

CITIE: The Scotland Analysis

This report written by Nesta, focuses on the performance, potential for innovation, and entrepreneurship in the seven Scottish cities that form the Scottish Cities Alliance – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling.

Download the full report here: CITIE: The Scotland Analysis

Download the Executive Summary here: CITIE: The Scotland Analysis – Executive Summary

 

Innovation and entrepreneurship have never been more crucial qualities in helping secure the long- term sustainable prosperity of Scottish cities, in creating grass roots local employment opportunities, in providing a fertile innovation ground that attracts big international business, for acting as an idea generation pool to help local government solve some of its most complex urban challenges.

Scotland’s biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, already display performance rivalling that of leading cities from the CITIE global analysis, including places like Paris and Tel Aviv. And while smaller cities, indeed the smallest analysed using the CITIE Framework, expectedly register lower performance, they also punch above their weight.

However, it is only if these major investments are made in parallel with smart policy tweaks that are mindful of the start-up and innovation ecosystem, we will realise an important multiplier effect that can set the cities on a path towards enduring prosperity.

 

 

13 Policy recommendations to the Scottish cities:

1: Undertake collective analysis of emerging business models and develop a ‘play book’ for Scottish cities

2: Develop best practice soft-landing packages for business relocating to Scottish cities

3: Ensure start-ups and SMEs are represented on trade missions

4: Design a Scottish cities challenge prize series

5: Engage in ecosystem matchmaking to complement hard infrastructure investments

6: Support venture capital trade missions to connect local start-ups to funding

7: Establish city-wide IoT platforms to stimulate digital infrastructure innovation

8: Ensure success of transformative digital and smart city strategies through dedicated teams and champions

9: Open-source strategies to promote regional learning and innovation

10: Experiment with open source citizen engagement tools

11: Engage citizen and city employees to generate real-time insights

12: Establish Offices of Data Analytics

13: Make all city procurement contracts ‘Open by Default’