Reaction to Nicola Sturgeon’s new cabinet has generally been positive from business and the third sector.
Numerous organisations welcomed the appointment of Fergus Ewing to the new rural economy and connectivity portfolio, while Keith Brown’s selection as the new economy secretary has also been met with encouragement.
Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, said: “I’m pleased that Fergus Ewing has been chosen for what is a hugely important post in the Scottish Government.
“We continue to face very significant challenges in the fishing industry and it’s vital that we work together with the minister to address them.”
Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, added: “We welcome the appointment of the new minister and are pleased that this new cabinet position is focused on Scotland’s rural economy, of which fishing plays such an important part.”
The Federation of Small Businesses’ head of external affairs for Scotland, Colin Borland, said Mr Brown was “experienced and effective”.
He added: “There isn’t a single portfolio around that cabinet table to which business and the economy doesn’t matter – and Mr Brown’s job is to make sure his colleagues’ initiatives dovetail with efforts to create jobs and boost growth.”
Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s shift from finance to education has also been broadly welcomed.
Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland President, said: “Education has become the defining political priority for the Scottish Government, and parliament – something clearly exemplified by putting the education brief in the hands of Scotland’s deputy first minister, a hopeful sign of intent and ambition.”
WWF Scotland meanwhile welcomed the Scottish Government’s first ever dedicated minister for Climate Change, Roseanna Cunningham.
Director Lang Banks said: “It is really great to see the importance of climate change recognised with a dedicated cabinet secretary for the first time.”