Saturday, 14 November 2015
Scottish business people and politicians look to the future
More than 200 leading business figures gathered at the Scottish Parliament for the 10th Business in Parliament Conference on the 29th and 30th October 2015.
They discussed a range of issues affecting Scottish enterprise with politicians, among them First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The event was chaired by the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP.
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.
Now in its 10th year, Business in the Parliament brings together over 200 of Scotland’s leading business people with politicians from all political parties.
Two leading Scottish entrepreneurs Rosemary Eribé, MD and founder of ERIBÉ Knitwear and Lesley Eccles, Founder and Senior Vice President of FanDuel provided the key note address at the conference which focussed on the theme of “Opportunities for Growth – Scottish business priorities for 2020”.
Representing the diversity of the Scottish economy, ERIBE Knitwear is one of Europe’s largest hand-knitting companies based in the Borders. FanDuel is a global leader in transatlantic sports entertainment founded in Edinburgh.
The Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Murdo Fraser MSP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP also addressed the conference, which was chaired by the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP and held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
Tricia Marwick said: “This event has become firmly established as a forum where business people can come together with politicians to debate the issues that really matter to them. I was pleased to open the doors of the Parliament to our business community and to host a frank and lively discussion on the future of the Scottish economy.”
Convener of the Economy Committee Murdo Fraser MSP said: “To be a successful and dynamic economy, our businesses must always be on the lookout for new markets, new technology and new opportunities to grow their business. So this year’s conference considered how Scottish businesses can capitalise on some of these exciting opportunities ensure we build a prosperous and productive economy for our future.”
Chic Brodie MSP (pictured below left) commented: “The future of Scotland depends on Scotland and how robust its economy becomes. A meeting and conference with Scottish businesses is as important as business in Parliament and can take us towards that objective. The sharing of business plans and political strategy is very important.”
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior director Norman Geddes (pictured above right) said “Once again this was a well-attended and informative Conference with excellent speeches by well-known business leaders plus the First Minister and other leading Scottish politicians. Each year all political parties participate and it provides a vital opportunity for the voice of Scottish business to be heard.”