Delegates in the Chamber 2015 Group Photo Jayne-Anne Gadhia and Alex Salmond MSP

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 ten conferences to date, since 2004, with the last conference on  29 and 30 October, 2015. Details of previous conference programmes and delegates can be found in the History section of the website.

2015 Conference

The 10th Business in the Parliament Conference took place on 29-30 October 2015. The theme for this year was "Opportunities for Growth – Scottish business priorities for 2020".

Conference programme (196KB pdf)

Delegate list (103KB pdf)

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Rosemary Eribe, Eribé Knitwear                                       Lesley Eccles, FanDuel

We were delighted to have as our keynote speakers Rosemary Eribe, Eribé Knitwear founder and Managing Director, and Lesley Eccles – Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Marketing and Acquisitions, FanDuel.


 1.    Women’s entrepreneurship – unlocking the potential

Speakers: Margaret Gibson, Women's Enterprise Scotland; Sylvia Douglas, MsMissMrs

Background paper (147KB pdf)

 2.    Building our infrastructure – what physical and digital connections are needed to unlock growth in the Scottish economy?

Speakers: Sara Thiam, Institution of Civil Engineers; John Cooke, Mobile Operators Association

Background paper (193KB pdf)

 3.    Open to export – how to expand into new markets overseas – practical insights from new exporters

Speakers: Erica Moore, Eteaket; Craig Johnstone, Giglets Education

Background paper (305KB pdf)

 4.    Skills for business growth – why investment in a skilled, engaged and productive workforce pays dividends

Speakers: Craig Hume, Utopia Computers; Andrew Dobbie, MadeBrave

Background paper (207KB pdf)

 5.    Developing the young workforce – engaging employers in the youth employment and education agendas

Speakers: Geoff Leask, Young Enterprise Scotland; Fiona Godsman, Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Background paper (364KB pdf)

 6.    Business essentials – tackling the practical issues which can help or hinder business growth

Speakers: Ken Lewandowski, WG Renfrew Ltd.; Anne-Marie Roberts, ICAS

Background paper (263KB pdf)