Dr Liz Cameron OBE

Expert commentary by Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Director and Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

If there was ever a time when business leaders could use a little inspiration, it is now. Reading the latest edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain delivers on that much-needed dose of motivation. The outstanding businesses contained in the publication display immense ambition, innovation and entrepreneurial drive, and all are to be congratulated on their achievements. My role as Chief Executive of Scotland’s largest business network is a privileged one.

As a globally recognised business network, our priority is to accelerate business growth by expanding our international links and exporting potential, fostering and developing our future business leaders and building a skilled workforce fit for the future. Every day I have the opportunity to meet and interact with business leaders who are nurturing their company talent, fostering innovation and working hard to secure investment to grow their business. They inspire me and share my ambition that Scotland has the best possible environment to support business growth and job creation, and that Scotland is a place where there is opportunity for all.

Scotland has a great story to tell and our impressive companies have grasped the thistle of innovation and created opportunities with a strong legacy. We have tradition, like in the Scotch whisky sector, which has grown from illicit stills of the 18th century to a dynamic, global industry with exporting as its lifeblood. We host Europe’s energy capital, which is focused on both exporting its engineering technology to oil and gas basins around the globe as well as supporting the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy. We are also home to world-class universities and further education institutions that are preparing our young people to play their part in shaping the industries of today and the future.

Scotland is truly a nucleus of entrepreneurial excellence, from wave-powered generators to high fashion, to globally renowned salmon and pioneering data technology. We have all the right ingredients to grow, nurture and succeed. The time is now to be inspired and set our sights even higher to the next great horizon.