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Tesco Bank CEO to lead development of Scottish National Investment Bank

Martin Greenland | 17:13 Wednesday 6th September 2017

Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins (pictured above) has been appointed to develop the remit of the new Scottish National Investment Bank.

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that introducing a Scottish National Investment Bank would take a new approach on capital investment.

The commitment – which is part of the programme for government 2017/18 – has been informed in part by advice from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

The CEA has highlighted the important role national investment banks play in providing long-term investment to support economic growth in many European countries.

Mrs Sturgeon said: “A significant constraint faced by many businesses with growth potential is access to long-term, patient capital.

“I can therefore announce today that we will begin work to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank.

“Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank, has agreed to lead work on developing the bank's precise remit, governance, operating model and approach to managing financial risk.

“The Scottish government has already taken steps to improve access to finance through, for example, the establishment of the Scottish Growth Scheme.

“However, if we are to succeed in raising our ambition, this is a challenge we must do more to address.”

Mr Higgins added: “It is a privilege to be asked by the first minister and the Scottish government to lead the work on creating the Scottish National Investment Bank.

“It is vital that Scotland puts in place the right structure to develop long-term, sustainable growth for all aspects of the economy.”

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