ECONOMY Secretary Derek Mackay has written to businesses to urge them to prepare for the consequences of Brexit and tell them about the support available from the Scottish Government .

The letter was sent out ahead of a visit to the Scottish Enterprise Prepare for Brexit control hub in Clydebank by Trade Minister Ivan McKee.

The Prepare for Brexit control hub, which goes live today, comprises 160 Scottish Enterprise (SE) staff who can be deployed to provide specific Brexit enquiry support to businesses and partners.

Mackay restated the Scottish Government’s determination to create the right conditions for businesses to prosper, as set out in the Economic Action Plan launched last year.

He said: “We understand that Brexit continues to present real challenges for Scotland’s people, businesses and communities with the ongoing uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. The Scottish Government and our agencies remain committed to helping businesses prepare for any outcome.

“We want to support businesses as they work through the challenges they may face, and the Prepare for Brexit campaign is at the heart of that. It brings together a range of support for Scotland’s businesses, including a toolkit to help you assess how ready your business is for whatever comes next.

“Industry has told us how important it is to retain our workforce. That is why the First Minister launched the Scottish Government’s Stay in Scotland campaign, which provides practical advice and assistance to EU citizens living in Scotland, including information and guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme application process.”