Delegates in the Chamber 2017-Presiding_Officer Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work

Business in the Parliament Conference

The Business in the Parliament Conference is hosted jointly by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government. It aims to facilitate engagement between Scotland's businesses and politicians and forms part of a regular and on-going Parliament and Government programme of engagement with business organisations and senior business leaders across Scotland. The aim of this unique partnership event between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government is to engage Scottish business in discussion about how to encourage sustainable growth in Scotland's economy. There have been 11 conferences to date, since 2004, with the last conference on  28 and 29 September 2017. Details of previous conference programmes and delegates can be found in the History section of the website.

2017 Conference

The 11th Business in the Parliament Conference took place on 28-29 September. The theme was "Leading Scotland: Unlocking our Economic and Business Potential".

Conference Programme (211KB pdf)

Over 200 leading business figures gathered at the Scottish Parliament for the 11th Business in the Parliament Conference on the 28 and 29 September 2017. The event saw senior business representatives discuss a range of issues affecting Scottish enterprise with politicians, among them the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The event, which was chaired by the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, featured keynote addresses from Nora Senior, CBE, Chair of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board   and Chair, UK Regions, Weber Shandwick and Leah Hutcheon, founder and CEO of Appointedd.

Bios of Keynote Speakers.

Nora Senior, CBE, Chair of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board   and Chair, UK Regions, Weber Shandwick (207KB pdf)

Leah Hutcheon, founder and CEO of Appointedd (169KB pdf)

Session 1

 Session 2

Workshops

1. Business, the Parliament and the Government: working together
Speakers: Carolyn Currie, Women’s Enterprise Scotland and Billy McLaren, the Lobbying Registrar
Host: Dean Lockhart MSP

2.City Region Deals - What's the role of Scotland’s businesses
Speakers: Sir Ian Wood, Chair, Opportunity North-East Ltd and Lord Haughey Glasgow City Deal
Host: Gillian Martin MSP

3. Public Procurement – what’s in it for business?
Speakers: Stephanie Staubac, TopMark Claims Management Ltd and Allan Middleton Capito
Host: John Mason MSP

4. Inclusive employment practices that boost productivity
Speakers: Andrew Watson, Quorum, Kelly Rosbender, Lloyds Banking
Host: Jackie Baillie MSP

5. Unlocking new trade markets:  Supporting Scottish businesses to export
Speakers: Linda Steedman, eCom Scotland and member of the SG Trade Board and Graeme Menzies, AFG Media Limited
Host: Gordon Lindhurst MSP

6. Thriving Future Business Technology – Making Better Use of E-Commerce
Speakers: Emil Strickland, Thrive Digital and Peter Mowforth, Indez.
Host: Ash Denham MSP