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Co-operative Development Scotland – Policy & Research Framework

UK, January 2012


Upper Quartile David Gass

CDS Gillian Kirkton



Upper Quartile has been selected by Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) as one of their framework providers for Strategy, Policy, Research and Training support from 2011 – 2015. CDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Enterprise, with a Scotland wide remit to support the growth of co-operative enterprises across Scotland.


The Upper Quartile project team, led by David Gass, has extensive experience in working with a range of co-operative enterprises and initiatives across industry sectors, and both in Scotland and overseas:

  • David Gass – creative industries, tourism, food & drink, and textiles
  • Dr Ken MacTaggart – renewable energy, tourism and creative industries
  • Chris Boyd – Creative industries, tourism, and renewable energy
  • Steve Westbrook – renewable energy, forestry and tourism
  • John Danzig – food and drink, tourism and forestry


The Upper Quartile team of partners and associates will work closely with CDS to support the development and delivery of co-operative training courses; stakeholder and customer engagement and presentations; the delivery of specific and targeted research and delivery projects; and support CDS in policy and strategy development for their work.


The framework contract commenced in July 2011 for a period of four years.