scf03-largeMinister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather joins the Scottish Construction Forum Chair, Archie Ferguson to launch the SFC’s new annual report 2009/10 at Holyrood.

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism said: “Scotland’s construction industry has an important role to play in delivering strong and sustainable economic growth. While it has not been immune from challenging economic conditions, the most recent Scottish GDP figures indicated that growth has returned to the sector.

“While this gives us grounds for optimism, there can be no complacency – which is why the Scottish Government has been investing in capital projects and accelerated capital spending through our Economic Recovery Plan, supporting vital jobs in the sector.

“I look forward to continue working with the Scottish Construction Forum as we look to consolidate economic recovery and take advantage of future opportunities presented by a low carbon economy to create the more successful industry we all want to see.”

Archie Ferguson, SCF chair, said: “The SCF annual report details the many achievements of the sector over the past year despite the challenging times. Even though the economic conditions have continued to affect construction activities in Scotland, and there are indications of further impact to come, the industry will continue to strive for solutions – moving projects forward while retaining both jobs and skills.

“Our annual report clearly demonstrates the continued hard work of the sector to ensure a suitable infrastructure is in place to respond quickly to growth as the economy recovers.”

Construction in Scotland annually contributes £6.4 billion to the Scottish economy and employs nearly 200,000 people.

With membership from both the private and public sectors, the SFC is the collective voice which encourages best practice, improves research, and increases communication and collaboration across the construction sector in Scotland. Over the past year the forum has been delivering on key industry agendas, developing a robust network for the profession and a collective approach to facilitate growth.

The annual report can be accessed and downloaded now from

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