The Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) is the independent voice of economic development in Scotland.
EDAS is the country’s foremost membership driven association for all organisations and individuals with an interest in economic development.
We aim to facilitate a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of economic development activity in Scotland by helping to raise the knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development.
As the go-to body for all individuals and organisations with an interest in Scotland’s economic development, our mission is to ensure that key aspects of economic development are kept at the forefront of economic debate and comment in Scotland.
Our activities include networking seminars on key economic development issues; independent, collaborative policy work; CPD training courses in economic development; and larger events and conferences.
Our current policy themes for 2020-21 will focus on Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Regional Economic Partnerships and the Implications of Brexit.
As with all organisations we are trying to understand the implications of the pandemic for our work. We recognise that members will be under intense pressure to cope with the economic development consequences of the current emergency and we will try to organise our contribution accordingly.
We currently see three main phases which we will have to respond to, although the nature and timing of these will be very much dependent on how the pandemic and the response of governments evolves:
- Resilience - what can be done to help the survival of the people and business that form the foundation of the economy – e.g. how can we assist members to share the lessons of experience? (April-June months)
- Recovery - how can we begin to rebuild as the immediate crisis eases – e.g. what are the lessons from elsewhere? (July-December)
- Restructure – how can we understand the longer-term opportunities and threats that will emerge from the enormous shock the economy has faced? This may require some significant reimagining of economic objectives and assets. (September onwards).
As Graeme Roy of the Fraser of Allander Institute recently wrote:
“The economy that will emerge from this may look quite different and not just because many businesses may struggle to survive. How individual sectors and businesses will adapt over the next few months – from retail through to universities – may change behaviours forever. The government’s response to the public health crisis is arguably the first step on a new social partnership between the State and business, perhaps unlocking a much broader conversation about inequalities and sharing the proceeds of growth more evenly across society.”
We will endeavour to help members keep on top of trends that begin to emerge as the economy undergoes a significant reset. We think our current policy themes (Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Regional Economic Partnerships and the Implications of Brexit) will continue to have relevance in this environment, although we will keep them under review. The precise content and nature of our events programme will be adapted as circumstances develop.
With over 3,000 members and a positive approach to collaborative working, we encourage your involvement and welcome your input.