Consultation on Making Scotland's Future: A Recovery Plan For Manufacturing - Draft

Closed 12 Feb 2021

Opened 4 Dec 2020

Feedback updated 3 Jun 2021

We asked

We asked for your views on our draft recovery plan for the manufacturing sector – Making Scotland’s Future: A Recovery Plan for Manufacturing.

You said

We received a total of 53 responses. The majority of responses (43) were submitted through the Scottish Government's Citizen Space consultation hub. The remaining were submitted via email.  41 responses were from organisations with the remaining 12 from individuals.

We have published the responses received where the respondent has given permission for us to do so.

We did

We published an analysis of the consultation responses:

Manufacturing recovery plan: consultation analysis – March 2021 - (

The response to the consultation has been incorporated into the final version of the plan which is published on the Scottish Government website:

Making Scotland's Future: A Recovery Plan For Manufacturing Final – June 2021 - (

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


ERRATA: Since the launch of this consultation on 4th December 2020, the consultation period has been extended and will now close on 12th February 2021.  This decision is in response to early feedback from industry stakeholders to accommodate the priorities of our businesses who are continuing to prepare for all scenarios of the EU exit.  The length of extension been agreed by all partners as reasonable and will not impact on the wider delivery of the Recovery Plan. 

Manufacturing has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and this draft Recovery Plan is designed to make a positive difference and strengthen recovery. 

For more information: read the full recovery plan.

The Recovery Plan proposes a series of actions designed to secure a strong, sustainable future for the sector across four priorities:

Collaboration and networks – to promote collaboration across Scottish manufacturing and beyond to maximise sales and exports, and build networks to share knowledge, ideas, capability and best practice

Supply chains and competitiveness – to support all sizes of business to return to markets, rebuild customer bases and strengthen supply chains

Adaptation and transformation – to identify solutions that will transform the sector and enable it to be more resilient, competitive and a world leader

Skills and workforce – developing the workforce to respond to the introduction of new technology, safeguarding and creating good quality jobs, with a strong focus on jobs and skills required for a green recovery.

Across these four priorities, 25 actions to support recovery over the next 12 months have been identified: 12 actions are already in progress and we are now seeking input on how the remaining 13 proposed actions should be taken forward.

Why your views matter

The consultation is your opportunity to shape the design and implementation of the Recovery Plan.  Stakeholder input is vital to make these proposals a reality, and together, we can build a strong and sustainable platform for long term growth, employment and prosperity in the sector.

To start the consultation please click the button below to open a short questionnaire.  You may save progress and return to this at any time within the consultation period (4 December 2020 to 12 February 2021 at midnight).


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