Two of Scotland's key business information resources are joining forces to help Scots start or grow their businesses. Scottish Enterprise and the National Library of Scotland have signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to work together to offer joined-up access to global business information in Scotland.
As part of the arrangement the two organisations will be working to make much of this data available via the web, free of charge. Such resources will include data on thousands on industry sectors and millions of companies worldwide. Both organisations believe that such a service is not currently available elsewhere in the UK and will be of key importance to Scotland.
Scottish Enterprise, as Scotland's main enterprise, innovation and investment agency, works in partnership with universities, colleges, local authorities and other public sector bodies to maximise its contribution to the Government's Economic Strategy. The National Library of Scotland's Business Information Service (SCOTBIS), meanwhile, is a national business resource for Scotland and provides access to one of the largest business collections in the UK.
John Coll, Head of Business Information at NLS, said: 'Scottish Enterprise and NLS each have a fantastic business resource as well staff with considerable expertise in sourcing essential, up-to-date information, so it makes good sense for us to work together. We look forward to drawing upon our shared knowledge to ensure Scottish companies have the best information business intelligence to enable them to grow and compete on a global scale and, crucially in the current economic climate, to do so at minimal cost.'
Gail Rogers, Research and Information Manager, Scottish Enterprise, said:
'This is a real opportunity to increase access to high-quality business information for Scottish businesses and organisations and is just one of the ways that we are working with public and private sector partners to improve the business environment and respond to the current economic environment.'
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15 September 2009