There has been a substantial amount of research on the ability of an inclusive growth strategy to address social and economic inequalities whilst also pursuing sustainable economic growth. Despite this understanding of removing barriers to participation, the majority of research on inclusive growth fails to fully consider how gender inequality impacts participation.
Since 2015 inclusive growth has been central to plans for Scotland's economic development. But what does it mean, what does it look like, and – most importantly – how can we ensure that is translated from a promising theory into meaningful change for people and communities?
The river Clyde literally made Glasgow. Glasgow City Region, all the way from Lanarkshire through the City and down river to Dumbarton, Greenock and as far as Argyll has capitalised on the river in many different ways for hundreds of years.
The definition of economic success is changing. Successful nations no longer seek only to create wealth; they distribute wealth so that success and happiness is shared by everyone – this is the very definition of inclusive growth.
It’s no secret that the Scottish construction industry needs more workers. Employers, however, need support to allow them to take on more apprentices and staff – particularly in the face of Brexit-related uncertainty.
The £250m Ayrshire Growth Deal (AGD) will provide much-needed momentum to help propel forward economic growth across the area, although this will need to be supported fully by mainstream public sector expenditure and private sector investment if the gap between the Ayrshire economy and Scotland’s is to be significantly reduced.
The Scottish Government wants businesses to play a central role in delivering its inclusive growth policies at the national, regional and local levels. It recognises that engaging constructively with businesses is contingent on a deep understanding of the links between business practice and inclusive growth policy. The OECD has highlighted the need for building this understanding so that inclusive growth becomes a common agenda which unites businesses, governments and communities (OECD, B4IG platform).
Clyde Mission has a grand challenge of making the Clyde an engine of sustainable and inclusive growth for Glasgow, the City Region, and Scotland. The footprint for this work (the length of the river, and around 500m either side) contains around 170,000 people, 9,195 business sites, and some 110 miles of river.
Sarah Deas recently spoke at the Community Wealth Building Summit 2020. Reflecting on North Ayrshire’s experience, she shared 5 lessons for implementing this pioneering approach as other areas of Scotland embark on their own community wealth building journeys: