Maximising Trade and Investment | Scotland: The Recovery

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Scotland is one of Europe’s leading financial centres, and our globally recognised products and services, valuable business opportunities and attractive investment returns, have made Scotland a strong proposition for investors. This has allowed us to increase foreign trade and investment in Scotland over the last year – despite declines across the UK.

However, like many countries around the world, we are facing an uphill climb in terms of our economic recovery from the pandemic, with some added challenges arising as we adapt post-Brexit.

Our approach to trade and investment is key to this recovery. So, whether you’re a Scottish organisation looking to attract investment or increase your exports, or an investor wanting to know more about what Scotland has to offer, this event is for you.

With keynote addresses from:
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise at the Scottish Government
Neil Francis, Interim Managing Director at Scottish Development International

Why This Conference, Why Now?

In January 2021, the Scottish Government published its Vision for Trade, which sets out the principles which will underpin our approach to trade and investment, including implementation of our economic plans on exports, investment, and capital.

In our first post-election event as part of our Scotland: The Recovery series, we will explore how we can drive success in each of these areas. Delegates will hear from experts working across trade and investment about:

  • The opportunities and support available for those looking to invest in Scotland;
  • The opportunities and support available for organisations seeking investment;
  • How we are striving to identify and secure investments which align with our net zero and wellbeing ambitions; and
  • How we can facilitate an export-led recovery

Part of Holyrood’s Scotland Recovery Series

This event is part of Holyrood’s Scotland Recovery Series.  Spanning a range of subjects related to Scotland’s recovery, the series engages key decision-makers and stakeholders in discussions about how Scotland can build back better. Attendees will be part of creating a more inclusive, just and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.   

This event is CPD certified in principle
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Gopal Hariharan
BlackArrow Financial Solutions
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Barbara Walker
Renfrewshire Council
Stephen Ingledew
FinTech Scotland
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Stuart Black
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Kat Feldinger
The Scottish Government
Dr. Mark Bustard
Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
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Sharon Hamilton
Scottish Development International
Neil Francis
Scottish Enterprise / Scottish Development International
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Suzanne Sosna
Scottish Enterprise
Chair: Christine Esson
Scottish Business Network
Jane Morrison-Ross
South of Scotland Enterprise
John Davidson
Scotland Food and Drink
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Liz McAreavey
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
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Ivan McKee MSP
Scottish Government
As well as being a politician, Ivan's career has involved a number of senior roles in manufacturing and business; managing companies in the UK as well as Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.

Format: presentations followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A 

Scotland is the UK’s most attractive location for inward investment outside of London and although inward investors make up just 3% of our business base, they account for 34% of employment and 50% of turnover. 

 Our opening panel will explore why this is the case and detail the types of support that is available to both those looking to invest in Scotland and those seeking such investment. 

Format: presentations followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A

In March 2021, the Scottish Government published its Global Capital Investment Planoutlining its intended approach to increase levels of capital investment. With input from organisations working across Scotland, we’ll consider why private investors should be looking to Scotland and what more we could be doing to identify and secure investments which align with our net zero and wellbeing ambitions. 

Format: presentations followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A

Our final session will focus on the role exports will play in our economic recovery, looking at how can we diversify and grow our marketsincrease the number of businesses exporting, as well as the value othose exports; and truly showcase what Scotland has to offer.    

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£97.50 + VAT

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With annual income over £1m

£163.50 + VAT

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£196.50 + VAT

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    • Start Date
      24 Aug 2021 10:00 am
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      24 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
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