Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland, June 2020

Scottish Government Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

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This report details the findings of the independent Advisory Group on Economic Recovery which was established by the Scottish Government in April 2020 to provide expert advice on supporting the different regions and sectors of Scotland’s economy to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Published on 22 June, the report gives a series of recommendations directed at the Scottish Government and other actors in Scotland’s economy, identifying interventions to support Scotland’s economic recovery and facilitate the transition to a greener, fairer, and more inclusive economy.

The report sets out Scotland’s current economic context, looking at future prospects and the factors and challenges affecting economic recovery.


The recommendations section is wide-reaching, covering a range of themes including foreign investment, digital infrastructure, tourism and hospitality, and people, place and community.

Recommendations which directly involved rural communities included: Digital infrastructure, prioritisation and delivery of green investments, investment in natural capital, tourism and hospitality, and people, place, and community.


To build confidence and momentum, the Scottish Government should set out its response to the proposals in this report by the end of July, and publish regular updates on its recovery plan.