The Scottish Business Network has been appointed as the ‘cluster driver organisation’ (CDO) for Scotland’s govtech sector.

The appointment was made by the commercial arm of Scotland’s innovation centre for the internet of things (IoT), CENSIS Technology Solutions, and the Scottish Government’s CivTech accelerator programme.

SBN will work in partnership with the two organisations as part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to drive digital transformation and innovation across the country.

Russell Dalgleish, chair of Scottish Business Network, said: “We are honoured to be chosen as the cluster driver organisation for Scotland’s GovTech sector. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work closely with CTS, CivTech and the Scottish Government to develop a thriving and innovative ecosystem that will benefit citizens, businesses and the public sector alike.”

Paul Winstanley, chief executive of CENSIS, added, “Scottish Business Network’s appointment as the CDO is a testament to their knowledge, dedication and expertise in the GovTech space. We look forward to working together to drive economic and social value for Scotland and to further position the country as a leader in digital transformation and innovation.”

Paul Forrest, SBN’s strategy and investment lead for the project, added: “It is clear to us that the Scottish Government is committed to harnessing the potential of GovTech to improve service delivery, increase efficiency and enhance transparency and accountability.

“We hope SBN’s appointment as the cluster driver organisation will be seen as key in achieving these goals and we are confident that our team’s expertise will help us to make the most of the opportunities presented by the rapidly growing GovTech market.”

The appointment of SBN as the CDO for Scotland’s GovTech sector aims to drive economic growth, enhance public services and bolster Scotland’s international standing within the industry.

Fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, SBN pledges to ‘facilitate the creation of ground-breaking technologies, contribute to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and help Scotland capitalise on the rapidly expanding global GovTech market, projected to be worth $1 trillion by 2025’.

The strategic partnership between SBN, CTS and CivTech will significantly impact the lives of Scottish citizens and the nation’s future trajectory, SBN said.