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2018 Conference

THURSDAY 17th MAY 8:45AM – 4:45PM


Focusing on growth, innovation and company culture, our 2018 Conference is designed to deliver value for entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Our outstanding line-up of speakers will be sharing their amazing stories of success and growth strategies, their learnings from the challenges they have faced along the way as well as their innovation insights.

Through our speakers, panel debate and workshops, you will have the opportunity to absorb, learn from, and share the latest thought leadership, best practises and challenges currently facing Scottish businesses which is a powerful offering to any entrepreneur or business leader.

Entrepreneurs and business leaders regularly have to play the role of CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, Sales Director and Marketing Director.  The opportunity to spend time with like-minded business owners and be more philosophical about your business is a powerful energiser, resulting in greater inspiration and a refreshed outlook.


  • One of only 2 events we host annually which are open to non-members.
  • In support of young people and potential entrepreneurs of the future, we have a limited number of reduced price tickets for students


      • Learn from the best – an outstanding opportunity to be inspired & increase your skills & knowledge.
      • Meet industry experts & learn from some of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs.
      • Network – build new relationships & strengthen those with business leaders you already know. 
      • Taking time away from the office and working ‘on’ your business rather than ‘in’ it will encourage your creativity and idea generation.
      • Meeting & hearing from like-minded, ambitious business leaders and entrepreneurs to spark your future plans.
      • Find out about new approaches to business growth to benefit your company.
      • Investing in you as the business owner and leader will have exponential benefits to you, your teams and your company.
      • Help sow the seeds & nurture relationships which often lead to reciprocal assistance for a variety of situations including joint ventures, distribution partnerships, investment, sales leads, market intelligence and much more. 

“There is a fantastic energy in the room, that comes from having phenomenally successful Scottish business people mixing with exciting aspiring entrepreneurs. A very powerful combination!”

Click HERE to read more about what attendees say about our Conferences.


 The workshops this year are focused on business growth.   Workshop sessions will take place in the morning, directly after the first speaker with the second sessions taking place in the afternoon.  Once you have booked your Conference ticket, you will be sent a link to select your workshops of choice for the morning and afternoon sessions in order of preference.  You will choose one workshop in the morning and a second in the afternoon from the topics below.  The workshops are designed to be interactive and you will have plenty of time to ask questions.

MORNING WORKSHOPS:  9:50am – 10:50am

  1. Sourcing & Building A Winning Team to Maximise Growth.
  2. Video Marketing – Catapult Your Business into the 21st Century.
  3. Scottish Enterprise – How We Can Support Your Business & Work With You.
  4. Making Tax Digital & Modernising Your Business.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS:  2:20pm – 3:20pm

  1. The Legal Eagles – Essential Employment Law Updates & Ask The Expert.
  2. Cyber Security 101.  Not Always The Bad Guys from the Outside.
  3. Developing A Measurable Marketing Strategy to Drive Business Growth.
  4. Scottish Enterprise – How We Can Support Your Business & Work With You.
  5. How to Have A Good Day Every Day


Our speakers this year who will be sharing their amazing business journeys which will be hugely interesting, inspiring and entertaining, are as follows:

Al Kellock of Finsbay & Scottish Rugby Union – former Scotland Rugby Captain 

Gary Burns of CarGo Seat – WeDO 2017 New Start Business of the Year Award Winner

Calum Paterson of Scottish Equity Partners

Marcus Pickering of Pickering’s Gin – WeDO 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner 

Mollie Hughes – the world’s youngest woman to summit both sides of Mount Everest


Mid-morning, we will be welcoming our Panel who will be discussing ‘Scotland’s Future:   What Lies Ahead?’  Joining our panel are:

Jo Macsween – former CEO of world-leading haggis brand Macsween, Group Chair Vistage UK, Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassador, Director of Oran Consulting & Scottish Business Task Force Member at the Scotland Office.

Tim Allan – President Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Chief Executive of Unicorn Property Group, Non-Executive Director of Motor Fuel Group/Murco, Deputy Chair Campaign Board – V & A Museum of Design, Dundee & Non-Executive Director Board Member of the University Court at the University of St Andrews.

Paul Atkinson, Founding Partner of Par Equity and Executive Chairman of Taranata Group – winner of our 2017 Inspiring Leader Award.

Jackie Waring, Founder & CEO of Investing Women and Managing Director of Blue Horizons (Scotland)

The panel discussion will focus on the following key areas:

      • The Scottish economy – where are we and where are we going?
      • Changes in taxation & the potential impact on businesses and individuals.
      • Opportunities for Scottish businesses.
      • Likely challenges for Scottish businesses.
      • How can we, as business owners, influence what happens in Scotland?

This will be a fascinating opportunity to hear the views of some of Scotland’s most foremost business leaders.  The session will incorporate Q & As on each topic above, giving delegates plenty of opportunity to ask questions & join in the debate.