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What Exactly Is Scottish Enterprise Spending So Much Money On?

18th July 2017

Former BBC Scotland business editor turned documentary producer Maurice Smith explores why Scotland's coverage of industry and economics is below par.

THE chief executive of Scottish Enterprise stands down from her role this summer, with the usual fine words of ministerial gratitude and precious little explanation for the move.

We know Lena Wilson best for occasional interviews about her high flying public sector career, and the fact that she is Scotland's highest paid public servant. After eight years in the job, the remarkable thing is that we know so little about her.

It was not always so. Scottish Enterprise was created in 1991 as the Tory-inspired merger of the Scottish Development Agency with what was then the Training Agency's operations in Scotland. The idea - formulated by CBI chairman Bill Hughes - was to create a one-stop shop for training and economic development.

In two decades of devolution we have had no real debate about the Scottish economy.

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