Scotland – 2020

Innovation for a Nation: the evolution of Scottish business

Introduction

Scotland has a deep-rooted history of invention and discovery. It is a country that for centuries has thrived on its ability to adapt to the changing pace of the world. The birthplace of the telephone, the refrigerator, penicillin, and even the theory of modern economics, we are a nation of entrepreneurs, blue-sky thinkers and innovators.

Innovation is, however, perhaps one of the terms most commonly bandied about in global business today. It has become something of a buzzword, perhaps even a cliché, but in practicality it is something that truly must be embedded at the heart of any business wishing to succeed in an everchanging economy.

It is not, however, a catch-all term. What innovation means to one business is not necessarily applicable to another, therefore there is a real onus placed on leaders to ensure that their strategy takes into account new ideas able to have a tangible impact on the way their business functions across the board. Innovation for innovation’s sake is not a viable way forward. It is in this vein that through this edition of Canvas we introduce two of Scotland’s most forward-thinking leaders and hear about the way in which they have incorporated innovative thinking into their business’ day-to-day functions.

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Edition Overview

Scotland has a deep-rooted history of invention and discovery. It is a country that for centuries has thrived on its ability to adapt to the changing pace of the world. The birthplace of the telephone,