Is the project solely focused on the main cities?
Again no – in particular the growth of new industries allows the development of virtual clusters that can spread widely across both locations inside and outside of the main urban areas.
What’s the view of the Initiative on Brexit?
We are strictly nonpolitical and hold no corporate opinions on the constitutional or political issues both countries face. Instead we seek to provide positive proactive answers and policies within the political framework that we inhabit.
What is the output of the Initiative?
We have two key tasks: our first is to act as a conduit in bringing people together – trade and industry organisations, development agencies, third-level institutions, government and companies – in a forum in which to develop solutions; and our second is to bring forward policy suggestions under the terms of our mandate. We hold meetings and produce papers on a wide range of topics. We use the media to promote our ideas and we have appeared regularly in the press in Ireland, Scotland and the wider UK.
How is the Initiative managed?
We run a small office to help oversee our activities, to maintain good links between the two locations and stakeholders, and to channel funding into research for policy development and networking events. are supported by an informal advisory group which receives input from key stakeholders in industry and government in both jurisdictions. We have received support from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Government Innovation and Investment Hub in Dublin, the Irish Consulate General in Edinburgh, Enterprise Ireland, Scottish Enterprise, the Dublin Business School and our event partners PwC.