Deputy First Minister For Scotland Visits BDS

On the eve of the 20th-anniversary celebrations, BDS was visited by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland, and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Construction and Economy.

Accompanied by Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International, John Swinney spent an hour at BDS, learning about metadata creation and standards for books, film, music and computer games. He quickly observed that internet connectivity was key to a business specialising in the creation and dissemination of data. He engaged with many of the staff within the BDS group, including the Books, Home Entertainment, Web and IT divisions.

After the visit, he tweeted about what he had learned:

“Fascinating visit to BDS Group – an innovative business producing metadata on books, film and other media – cataloguing for us all.”

“John Swinney’s visit was enjoyed by all the staff at BDS who met him,” said Lesley Whyte. “He showed great interest in our business, was complimentary about the innovation demonstrated, and readily appreciated the complexity of our task and the levels of skill demonstrated by the staff. It was fitting that we had such a high profile visit as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.