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This SCDI Conference will will analyse the 'Role of the Regulator' across a number of key sectors. We will explore how each industry can work in partnership - driving up standards, delivering a better quality of provision, and ultimately shaping the core characteristics of the emerging economy.
Join SCDI and expert speakers - including Lord David Currie, Chairman, Competition & Markets Authority (CMA); Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA; Lorna Jack, Chief Executive & Philip Yelland, Executive Director for Regulation, The Law Society of Scotland; Alex McGuire, Director of Property at Wheatley Group; Catriona Munro, Chair, Scottish Competition Forum; Andrew Lyman, Group Director of Regulatory Affairs, William Hill plc; Jocelyn McConnachie, Commercial Director, Caledonian MacBrayne; Gordon Robertson, Director of Communications, Edinburgh Airport Ltd & Dame Sue Bruce DBE, Deputy Chair, SCDI - as we highlight the integral role of good regulation in driving & indeed shaping economic growth.

There is no charge to attend this event, but delegate places must be registered in advance.
To request a place for this Conference please contact

SMART CITIES SCOTLAND LAUNCH                  #smartcitiesscotland
The Scottish Cities Alliance is launching 'Smart Cities Scotland' at the University of Strathclyde's Technology & Innovation Centre on Monday 5 October.
The Alliance is the unique collaboration of Scotland’s 7 cities & The Scottish Government working together to deliver economic growth by attracting external investment, stimulating economic activity & creating new jobs & business opportunities. For further information on the Scottish Cities Alliance, its projects & objectives, click here.
It's anticipated that Smart Cities technology will help improve air quality & traffic flow, cut pollution & allow planners to gain insight into the way cities work, delivering services more effectively, which will improve the quality of life. The Alliance is leading this work in Scotland, developing a programme of projects across all 7 cities to make them internationally competitive & boost their economic growth.
The 'Smart Cities Scotland' launch event will be attended by circa.100 representatives from industry & academia, providing Scotland’s cities with a platform to set out, for the first time, the Smart Ambitions of Scotland’s cities connected to projects the cities aspire to deliver.

To request a place for the 5 October launch (limited to 1 per org.) please e-mail
SCDI is delighted to again be working in partnership with Social Enterprise Scotland, in their 10th Anniversary year, in delivering their annual Social Enterprise Exchange, recognising social enterprises as a dynamic & integral part of the Scottish economy.

The recently launched Social Enterprise In Scotland: Census 2015 demonstrates that social enterprises make a significant economic & social contribution, with 5,000+ social enterprises creating 112,400 jobs, with £1.15bn in combined traded income & £3.86bn Net collective assets. The sector has a wide range of business services, strong regional representation & a positive outlook on future growth.

The Social Enterprise Exchange Business Focus 2015 - delivered in partnership with The Scottish Government 'One Scotland' - will include opportunities for networking & meaningful engagement between social enterprises & the public & private sectors, as well as strategic dialogue discussing the Scottish Business Confidence Monitor & its relationship with social enterprise. 
The Social Enterprise Exchange Business Focus 2015 on Tuesday 3 November 2015 (12.00 for 12.30 until 16.30) takes place at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE - commencing with a Networking Lunch & followed by an afternoon Conference session, addressed by a number of key industry contributors. 

There is no charge to attend this event, but places must be registered in advance. To request a delegate place, please contact 
We were delighted to be joined by 350 guests at our Awards Dinner in Inverness on 11 September presenting the SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2015.
This annual evening celebrates excellence & is the premier event for showcasing the cream of the H&I region's businesses. Our host was broadcaster Cathy MacDonald, with the keynote address given by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution & Economy and Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP. After-dinner entertainment was provided by comedian Ed Byrne. Our SCDI President's Award 2015 was also presented to HIE Scotland in their 50th year.

Congratulations to all our H&I Business Excellence Awards 2015 Winners! - details here.

SCDI are currently working on the following Policy Consultations & would welcome input from our Members.

To discuss any of these Consultations, or contribute your views, please contact:
Gareth Williams, Director of Policy, SCDI

In Aug.2015, we submitted a Response to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee's 'Work, Wages & Wellbeing in the Scottish Labour Market' Inquiry. You can read this response here
We made a Submission in Sept.2015 on the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament's Education & Culture Committee's call for evidence. Read this here
SCDI submitted a Response in Sept.2015 to the SEPA Consultation on Proposals for a New Regulatory Charging Scheme. Read this here
SCDI delivers an extensive annual programme of around 100 events for our Members throughout the country.
The majority of our events are free of charge for our Members to attend. An additional charge is payable for
events marked with an *.

Places for all events must be registered in advance. To request a place at individual events, please contact the named member of the SCDI team.


COMMUNITY SPORT IN SCOTLAND - Dying? Dormant? Dynamic?
Friday 2 October 2015 (12.00 - 16.00)
Venue: The Corinthian Club, Ingram Street, Glasgow G1
Scotland celebrated a fantastic year of sport in 2014, hosting the Commonwealth Games & Ryder Cup, which helped to raise both profile & enthusiasm for sporting activity across the country. A participative & active society - not only at elite level, but importantly across all age-groups & disciplines - has a positive influence on a country’s social & economic welfare. This event will explore the future direction of Community Sport in Scotland & review the positive influence which an effective & engaged team of sports professionals, volunteers & supporters can have.
The session will also act as a forum for discussion around the creation of an ‘Observatory for Sport in Scotland’ & will focus on the policies & practices of 3 countries - Scotland, Denmark & the Netherlands. Sharing their insights & learnings with us will be international experts Henrik Brandt, Director, Danish Institute for Sports Studies & Prof.Koen Breedveld, Mullier Institute, Centre for Sports in Society, the Netherlands.
With representatives from business & Scotland’s sporting arena, & being facilitated by Fiona Duncan, CEO, Lloyds TSB Foundation, this session will provide information & topical debate around community sport & how the establishment of this new Observatory, based on objective, independently-gathered information, allowing measurement & benchmarking with other countries in order to drive open, ongoing & transparent debate & decision-making, could further support the future of community sport in Scotland.
Responsibility for the future of sport in our communities shouldn’t only sit with the many volunteers who dedicate their time & energy to run sports clubs, but should instead involve every one of us in positively supporting & influencing our country’s social & economic welfare.
To request a place at this afternoon event, which is delivered in partnership with ALERCE Trust & QTS Group,
supported by SCVO, Reform Scotland & SCDI, please e-mail 
STEP Stirling INBUSINESS Event with SCDI
Friday 25 September 2015 (08.30 - 10.30)
Venue: STEP, John Player Building, Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling FK7 7RP

SCDI is delighted to be working in partnership with STEP Stirling as part of their INBUSINESS series. At September's INBUSINESS event 'Driving Leadership' speakers include executive coach & leadership consultant Kirsty Mac; & Lt.Col Piers Strudwick, 7th Battalion,The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

To register direct with STEP Stirling to attend this event, please click here.

SCDI H&I 50 Years Series Influencers' Dinner (FULLY BOOKED)
Thursday 24 September 2015 (18.30 for 19.00 - 21.00)
Venue: Inverness 

2015 marks 50 years of SCDI's Highlands & Islands office in Inverness & provides an opportunity to consider the key developments that have shaped the region over that time & look ahead to future opportunities. As part of a series of events marking our H&I 50th anniversary, we are bringing together a range of speakers to discuss the changes that have - & more importantly the changes that will - make a major contribution for generations to come.

At this SCDI Influencers' Dinner in Inverness, our Guest Speaker will be Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism, Scottish Government. 

NB: This SCDI event has proven particularly popular & is currently Fully Booked. SCDI members who would like to be added to the waiting list for this event should contact 
The SCDI H&I 50 Years series is supported by: Benromach, BT Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne, Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd, Morrison Construction, UHI, VisitScotland; & MacRae & Dick
Influencers' Dinner 
Monday 5 October 2015 (19.00 for 19:30)
Venue: Chester Hotel, 59-63 Queens Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YP
This SCDI Influencers' Dinner in Aberdeen - delivered in Partnership with Lloyd's Register EMEA - provides our members with the opportunity to hear from guest speaker Susan Mackenzie, Director of HID (Hazardous Installations Directorate), Health & Safety Executive.
Ms Mackenzie was appointed as HSE's Director of Hazardous Installations Directorate in May 2014 & is responsible for the regulation of the UK's non-nuclear major hazards sectors - offshore oil & gas; onshore chemicals & petrochemicals, pipelines; explosives; mines & biological agents.

To request a place contact

Influencers' Dinner 
Tuesday 6 October 2015 (18.00 for 18:30 - 20.30)
Venue: Glasgow

Delivered in partnership with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), this SCDI Influencers' Dinner will hear from guest speakers Mandy Haeburn-Little, Director, SBRC & Detective Superintendent Steven Wilson, Police Scotland.
To request a place contact

SCDI H&I 50 Years Series Influencers' Dinner 
Wednesday 7 October 2015 (18.30 for 19.00 - 21.00)
Venue: Achnagairn House, Kirkhill, Inverness-shire

As part of our Highlands & Islands series of events marking SCDI's 50th year in the region, we are bringing together a range of speakers to discuss the changes that have - & more importantly the changes that will - make a major contribution for generations to come. Our guest speaker at this Tourism-focused Influencers' Dinner is Malcolm Roughead OBE, Chief Executive, VisitScotland.  
Our SCDI H&I 50 Years series is supported by: Benromach, BT Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne, Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd, Morrison Construction, UHI, VisitScotland; & MacRae & Dick

To request a place contact
Influencers' Dinner 
Wednesday 21 October 2015 (18.00 for 18.30 - 20.30)
Venue: Edinburgh

Delivered in partnership with Turner Facilities Management, this SCDI Influencers' Dinner will focus on infrastructure & hear from guest speaker Barry White, Chief Executive, Scottish Futures Trust.

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Business Networking Evening 
Thursday 22 October 2015 (18.00 for 18.15 - 20.00)
SCDI members are invited to attend this Networking Evening in Glasgow hosted by Barrhead Business Travel - the corporate travel division of the Barrhead Travel Group. As well as providing an opportunity to network over canapés & refreshments, this Networking Evening will also enable our members to hear about the evolution of Barrhead Business Travel & receive an update on SCDI's key policy work.

Places must be registered in advance. To request a place contact
The Royal Society of Edinburgh - Friends of the Society Reception 
- in partnership with SCDI
Wednesday 28 October 2015 (18.00 for 18.15 - 20.00)
Venue: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

SCDI members are invited to join us at The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Friends of the Society Autumn Reception, which will bring together a broad range of businesses & organisations, including SCDI members, RSE Fellows, RSE corporate partners - Friends of the Society & members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, providing a significant networking opportunity.  

Places must be registered in advance. To request a place contact
Business Engagement Lunch 
Thursday 29 October 2015 (12.15 for 12.30 - 14.00)
Venue: Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8RR

SCDI Members are invited to participate in this Business Networking Lunch, bringing together a wide range of organisations from across our diverse membership & providing the opportunity to make new business connections. In addition to networking over lunch there will be an update on SCDI’s key policy priorities & programme of events. Hosted by the Glasgow Marriott Hotel, guests will have the opportunity to sample their new MEETINGS IMAGINED concept, a creative approach to how meetings are planned, making them more visual, social & purposeful. 

To request a place contact

Creating A Fairer Scotland: Working Lunches (Glasgow & Dundee) 
Tues.22 September 2015 (Glasgow) / Thurs.24 September 2015 (Dundee) (12.00 - 13.45)
Venues: Blythswood Square, Glasgow / Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee

There are a wide range of employment initiatives & programmes available in Scotland to help tackle unemployment & support people into work. The Scottish Government, its agencies & a range of private, social economy & public sector partners help to equip people with the skills they need to engage in meaningful & fulfilling employment. Additional employment support services being devolved through the process of the Scotland Bill presents the opportunity to shift to a more purposeful, unified approach to employment support, & allows for such support to be utilised as effectively as possible to create a fairer Scotland.
The views of Employers are fundamental in identifying the support & skills needed to achieve & sustain business success now & in the future. Our member's input is vitally important if we are to stimulate increased business agility, drive productivity & improve competitiveness. In recognition of this, SCDI are delivering these two roundtable events - in partnership with NHS Health Scotland - to put forward the views of employers to the Scottish Government as part of their consultation, 'Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support'. These sessions will also provide an opportunity to network with business leaders from a broad range of sectors.

To request a place at either the GLASGOW (22 Sept) or DUNDEE (24 Sept) session, contact
Meet The Politician 
Monday 12 October 2015 (12.00 - 14.00)
Venue: The Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Luke's, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH

SCDI are delighted to bring another series of 'Meet The Politician' engagement sessions to the North East of Scotland, delivered in partnership with Oil & Gas UK. In this second of a series of 4 with senior representatives from the SNP, Conservative, Labour & Liberal Democrat parties, we are delighted that our members will have the opportunity to engage with guest speaker Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader - Scottish Conservatives.  

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The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) is a landmark trade deal that will bring benefits to both sides. The agreement significantly expands the scope of the Canada-EU trade relationship & opens up a wealth of opportunities across a range of sectors.

CETA will tackle a whole range of issues to make business between Canada & the EU easier. It will remove most customs duties, end limitations in access to public contracts, open-up the services market, offer predictable conditions for investors & improve intellectual property protections.
The agreement also contains guarantees to make sure that the economic gains do not come at the expense of democracy, the environment or consumers' health & safety. For further information, please visit: 

Recognised at our SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards Dinner in Inverness on 11 September were Charleston Academy - presented with the SCDI Award for H&I Young Engineers & Science Club of the Year 2015 by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP.

Our SCDI YESC North East Club of the Year - Keith Grammar - enjoyed their 'Engineering Explorer' day in Aberdeen on 24 August, as 6 pupils & their Club Leader teacher, who runs the school’s Young Engineers & Science Club, visited 3 companies in Aberdeen - Aker Solutions, Subsea7 & the University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering - to learn more about local engineering & opportunities available within the sector. 

Regional Club of the Year - Forfar Academy - spent their 'Engineering Explorer' day in Dundee on 10 September. A group of 12 members of Angus Young Engineers & their Club Leader visited & learned from companies Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, NCR, & PressureFab

At these visits, the Young Engineers had a tour of the factory/facilities, with the opportunity to meet with engineers from a diverse range of backgrounds, learn about different routes into engineering & gain sector knowledge. 
If you are interested in learning more about how you can support our Young Engineers & Science Clubs programme, please contact  Follow YESC on twitter @scdiYESC 
The Press & Journal Energy Ball: 3 Oct.
The Press & Journal Energy Ball is a highlight in the social calendar for the Energy sector in Aberdeen & this year commemorates the anniversary of 50 years of the oil & gas sector operating in the North Sea.
The Energy Ball provides a platform for the industry to come together entertaining clients, networking & enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, quality hospitality & international entertainment. 
With a Nick Nairn menu, all guests receiving a complementary tee-time at Trump International Golf Links & entertainment is from the internationally acclaimed Swan Band, playing in Scotland for the first time. Held at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre on Sat.3 October, Tables of 10 are £1,995+VAT; &  Tables of 12 are £2,350+VAT.  

For more details click here
Trump Turnberry Gala Charity Dinner: 26 Sept. 

For over a century, Trump Turnberry has been a Scottish icon. With the famous hotel perched on top of the hill & its famed Links golf course which has played host to many an international tournament. 

The hotel will commence renovation in late September. In advance, an inaugural Gala Dinner will be held in aid of The Eric Trump Foundation & the Yorkhill Children's Hospital, Glasgow on Sat.26 Sept.

With dinner, champagne, dancing & entertainment it will be a celebration of Turnberry's storied past & a look to the future. Tickets are £95 per person, with an accommodation rate of £160 per room. 

For information contact 
or T: 01655 334126
UK Shale Energy
25 Sept.

Delivered by the Scottish Energy Association, the UK Shale Energy Conference 2015 takes place in Glasgow on Fri.25 Sept at the new TIC Building at the University of Strathclyde.
A wide variety of political, academic & business speakers will discuss:
- Shale & energy supply market financials; 
- Shale geology, engineering, technical issues & Scale of UK shale reserves; 
- Shale Safety & Environment, public perceptions, media impact.
For full conference info 
T: 0141 243 2667
SCDI Technology Partner