Ross McEwan 2013 Delegates Chamber

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 nine conferences to date, since 2004, with the last conference on  6 and 7 November, 2014.   Details of previous conference programmes and delegates can be found in the History section of the website.

Thank you to delegates

A big thank you to all of the speakers and delegates who took time out from their busy schedules to attend the 2014 Conference. Your participation was much appreciated.                                                                                                          

2014 Conference

 Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, CEO of Virgin Money & Chair of Scottish Business in the Community

The 2014 edition of the Business in the Parliament Conference took place on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 November 2014 at the Scottish Parliament.  The theme of the conference was Shaping Scotland’s economic future, with a focus on the contribution of young people and entrepreneurs to Scotland’s economy. The Programme is available here.

Watch the two plenary sessions

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We were delighted to have as our keynote speaker Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money and Chair of Scottish Business in the Community.

Delegates also participated in one of the following six workshops. 

Speakers: Brendan Dick, Managing Director, BT Scotland; and Tony Morgan, Head of Business Engagement, Superfast Lancashire.
Speakers: Adam Purvis, Power of Youth; Bruce Walker, We Are The Future; and Evelyn McDonald, PTYBS.   
Speakers: Jamie Coleman, Managing Director, Codebase; Ken Scott, Engineering Director, ADL; and Jo Macsween, Joint MD, Macsween of Edinburgh.
Speakers: Rachel McEwen, SSE; and Jim Mather, Gael Limited.
Speakers: Jane Wood, Scottish Business in the Community; and Iain Scott, 1001 Enterprising Scots.
Speakers: Mark Evans, NomadiX Media; Mark Baird, Director, Currie & Brown UK; and Andrew Loudon, Chief Operating Officer, Currie & Brown International.  

    If you have any general queries about the Conference series please contact the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee