SCDeye - enews for members

SCDI’s Forum is the most prestigious policy and networking event in the Scottish business and economic calendar.  
It brings together 300 senior influencers from all sectors and is the foremost creative force for engaging leaders in Scotland to shape economic policy.
The Forum has a clear agenda - to stimulate economic growth for Scotland. 
The 2013 conference will engage a range of experts and global thought leaders to analyse and consider the levers that Scotland can use to develop growth and agree the steps required to deliver this.  It will focus on:
  • The New Norm  - The Global Framework & Levers for Growth
  • Future Scotland: Future Growth - Europe, Fiscal and Energy
  • Ideas & Insights - People, Skills and Big Data
  • Beyond Limits - Future Trends
Confirmed speakers to date include: 
  • The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister for Scotland
  • The Rt Hon Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University
  • David Miller, Urban Green Jobs Advocate & former Mayor of Toronto
The programme will begin on Thursday 18 April with a networking reception and dinner followed by a full day conference on Friday 19 April.
A full conference agenda will be available shortly, please look out for future speaker announcements.
Join us to play a leading role in shaping Scotland's economic future.
There are 2 booking options available:
Full Conference:  £345 plus vat (includes Thursday Dinner and Friday Conference)
Day Delegate:       £295 plus vat (Friday conference only)
To secure your place please email 
Information on overnight accommodation rates at local hotels can be provided, if required, on booking.
The Forum offers partner organisations a unique opportunity to build profile, engage with senior leaders and benefit from the strategic positioning the conference delivers. 
It enables our partners to play a key role to develop the context and framework to influence the strategic policy agenda as well as providing key marketing opportunities to our members.
For further information please contact Nicola Seeley, Events & Sponsorship Manager, 0141 222 9735

SCDI London

SCDI continues to build on our work in London, engaging a large number of Scottish and London-based leaders and influencers with the aim of becoming the gateway to Scotland's economy in the capital.
If you would like to get involved in SCDI’s work in London, or for more information on SCDI’s London engagement programme, please contact James Alexander, 0141 222 9728.
SCDI are currently working on the following consultations and would welcome input from our Members:


To discuss any of these consultations, or contribute your views, please contact Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, or James AlexanderSenior Policy & Communications Manager.

Trade Visit to Brazil

SCDI is currently working in partnership with Glasgow City Council on an upcoming trade visit to Brazil, taking place from 11-15 March 2013.

This follows on from last year’s successful visit to Brazil and will focus on the regions of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.  Around 20 Glasgow based companies are expected to participate on this visit with representation from the following sectors: energy, biotech, ICT, tourism, creative industries, construction, food & drink and business & financial services.  
For more information, please contact Siobhan Hazlett, International Trade Executive.

Full details of our exciting Events programme, including venues and timings, can be found here. 


Guest Speaker: Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
Thursday 31 January 2013, Aberdeen
In partnership with Trinity International Services Ltd
Guest Speaker: Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland
Tuesday 19 February 2013, Glasgow
In partnership with City Building (Glasgow) LLP
Guest Speaker: Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
Tuesday 12 March 2013, Inverness
In partnership with LifeScan Scotland Ltd

Scotland strives to be a world leading learning nation by 2025. What can the role of business be in achieving this ambitious aim?
Guest Speaker: Sir Andrew Cubie CBE FRSE, Director, Scotland’s Futures Forum
Thursday 7 February 2013, Aberdeen
In partnership with the University of Aberdeen
Get Serious About Social Media
Thursday 21 February 2013, Dundee
In partnership with Dunning
Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources
Tuesday 5 March 2013, Stirling
In partnership with Zero Waste Scotland

Business Networking Lunch
Friday 22 February 2013, Glasgow
In partnership with Hotel Indigo Glasgow
Register here
Full details of our exciting Events programme, including venues and timings, can be found here.

Highlands & Islands Celebration
Friday 8 March 2013, Eden Court, Inverness
Fife & Dundee Celebration
Thursday 21 March 2013, Dundee Science Centre
In partnership with Shell U.K. Limited
Arrangements are well underway for the fourth Highlands & Islands Celebration and our inaugural Regional Celebration for clubs in Fife and Tayside. These events will give clubs from primary and secondary schools in the region the opportunity to showcase their activities, share best practice and compete in a series of exciting, three minute hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges set by local companies.
If you would like to find out more contact Jane Martin, Programme Director or visit

Make Young People Your Business

One of the biggest challenges facing businesses is finding the right people to help them grow.Recruiting and developing young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce. But only a minority (25%) of businesses in Scotland have recruited straight from school, college or university in the last 2-3 years.

So why do many businesses shy away from recruiting young people? For more information click here.

Entrepreneurial-Spark opens Edinburgh Hatchery

Entrepreneurial-Spark is growing with the opening of our third Hatchery in Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh! With our ever expanding entrepreneurial network, this is a fantastic opportunity for start-ups. Join our thriving, sparky community, with free office space provided by Edinburgh Napier University and supported by Edinburgh City Council.

Applications are being accepted now, for more information click here.

Cut waste and boost profits with the Zero Waste Challenge

If you want to reduce your business waste and boost profits, then you’re minutes away from finding out how you can do just that. The Zero Waste Challenge is the new, free, online service from Zero Waste Scotland and will give you immediate access to a downloadable waste prevention action plan tailored to your business.

Take the Zero Waste Challenge here.
Tel: 0141 243 2667
SCDI Technology Partner