Commenting on today's publication of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) Report, Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said that Scotland's economy can and should be performing better. Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of SCC, said:
"The GERS figures make for disappointing reading. The Scottish economy can and should be performing so much better. Businesses are working hard to succeed and grow, creating and sustaining jobs and to drive up our productivity.
"We need our Governments in Holyrood and at Westminster to focus, now more than ever, on the basics that our businesses need: a fair deal on taxation, investment in skills for our future and in our transport and digital infrastructure and services.
"That is the best way of supporting the Scottish economy and recognising the central role that businesses must play. Scotland must be internationally recognised as the place to do business, where existing businesses are supported and new businesses are nurtured and attracted.
"The GERS report is a wake up call that must be heeded."