Scotland launches its five-year Trade and Investment Strategy to focus on its One Scotland approach, helping businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and the government to work together.

The government of Scotland has released its Trade and Investment Strategy 2016-21 to give it direction for the coming five years.

The report aims to create an environment within the country that supports a better understanding of international opportunities and ability to seize them.

The strategy has a central “One Scotland” theme whereby organisations of any kind can work together and share resources to collectively achieve their ambitions. To this end, the strategy will create innovation and investment hubs in London, Dublin and Brussels. The hubs will provide a way to access trade and investment opportunities.

Other areas of note in the strategy include the tripling of the number of exporting advisors in Scotland and building the country’s profile and reputation by using a clear identity for international trade activities of the Scottish Government, its agencies and organisations receiving government funding.

John Swinney, deputy first minister for the Scottish government, said: “Scotland continues to be the most attractive place in the UK outside London for inward investment and events such as the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup have put Scotland firmly on the map.

“With international exports increasing by 17% in the past five years, the strategy builds on this success and aims to help more Scottish businesses sell more goods and services to more markets, while helping existing investors to develop and grow in Scotland.”