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National Strategy

National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland was developed in 2010 on behalf of the Scottish Council on Archives by the Business Archive Council of Scotland (BACS) in partnership with the Ballast Trust and with the support of the National Records of Scotland.

2016 marks the end of the 5 year National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. The slides below were prepared and shown at the launch of the Scottish Business History Network in February 2016 to showcase the achievements of the strategy. The new Scottish Business History Network provides a way forward that makes the ambitions of the Strategy sustainable into the future and further progress its core goals.

The National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland - Achievements 2010-2016 from Kiara King

Strategy Goals

The strategy was published in August 2010 and made recommendations for business archives in the public and private sectors in Scotland.  It complements the National Strategy for Business Archives (England and Wales)  published in July 2009, adopting the goals set out in that strategy. To promote, manage and exploit the archival legacy of Scottish business by:

  1. Raising awareness among businesses of the value of their records and archives, and providing guidance and support from the professional archive community.
  2. Increasing the number of corporate sector business archives and of business collections in public sector and other repositories.
  3. Raising the profile of business records with the public, and throughout the national archival network, while promoting wider usage and exploitation.
  4. Raising standards in the care of business archives through best practice exemplars, professional training and an improved funding and support infrastructure.

Both strategies share the same goals and the sponsors aim to work together wherever possible, acknowledging that business and industry recognise no borders.  However, the Scottish strategy has developed a separate set of actions to reflect the different challenges of the Scottish context, issues of devolution and previous work undertaken by the BACS and Scottish records community.


An Implementation Group was formed in 2010 from the key stakeholder organisations to ensure that the actions set out in the strategy are implemented. The Chair of the Group was Alison Turton (Head of Group Archives, The Royal Bank of Scotland) and the Secretary was Kiara King (Archivist, Ballast Trust). If you would like to get in touch with the group then please contact Kiara King -

Infographics were created to review the implementation progress in 20112012 and 2013. You can find out more about them on the blog.

Crisis Management Team

Crisis Management Team was created in 2009 as part of the English and Welsh strategy. The team was created to represent all parts of the archive sector to organise agreed responses to business archives under threat and it exists to monitor and assist in steering records at risk into suitable homes.

The Scottish Representatives from the Implementation Group are Kiara King and Cheryl Brown. For details about the other members of the team please see the Managing Business Archives website. If you are aware of business records at risk in Scotland then please contact Cheryl by email on or Kiara by email at or on 01505 328488.


In April 2013, we launched an Archives Awareness Campaign in partnership with the SCA - The Working Archive which ran for 1 year. It's activities included an exhibition, gallery of images, Valentine's Day competition and blog.


The last meeting was held in February 2016. The first meeting of the steering group was held on 12 October 2010 and the following papers are available:

Terms of Reference (updated 2014)

The Working Archive Review

First Year Action Plan

First Year Review

Second Year Action Plan

Second Year Review

Third Year Action Plan

Third Year Review

Fourth Year Action Plan

Fifth Year Action Plan



Meeting Note October 2010

Meeting Note January 2011

Meeting Note April 2011

Meeting Note July 2011

Meeting Note October 2011

Meeting Note January 2012

Meeting Note April 2012

Meeting Note July 2012

Meeting Note October 2012

Meeting Note January 2013

Meeting Note March 2013

Meeting Note June 2013

Meeting Note September 2013

Meeting Note December 2013

Meeting Note March 2014

Meeting Note June 2014

Meeting Note September 2014

Meeting Note January 2015

Meeting Note June 2015