Calling all Scottish businesses – last chance to sign up for Business in Parliament conference


Businesses from across Scotland are being urged to take this last opportunity to sign up for the Parliament’s annual business conference.

Now in its eighth year, Business in Parliament brings together politicians and senior representatives from businesses across Scotland during the two day event on 21 and 22 November.

Tackling the major issues that matter to Scottish businesses, this year’s event will look at how to maximise economic growth during a time of financial constraint.

The event is chaired by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, the Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick MSP. Key note speakers will include the Chief Executive of RBS, Ross McEwan, the First Minister, the Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP and Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Murdo Fraser MSP.

Delegates will also benefit from the expertise of leading business people during a series of workshops on a wide range of issues including international trade; improving access to finance and how to best utilise technology in business.


Held jointly by both the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, the event is supported by all the main business organisations in Scotland (CBI Scotland, Federation of Small Business, Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Institute of Directors, Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Scottish Financial Enterprise) as well as the STUC and the Parliament’s Business Exchange.

If you are a business that wants to sign up for the event, please email your details (name, organisation, type of business, location) to

Businesses will then receive an email letting them know if they have been successful in securing one of the last remaining places.

There is no charge for attending this conference.

The full conference programme is below

Thursday 21 November

  • 6.00pm            Drinks reception – Hosted by the Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, Presiding Officer
  • 7.00pm            Conference Dinner

Friday 22 November

  • 9.00am            Welcome – The Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, Presiding Officer
  • 9.10am            Views from the Committee – Murdo Fraser MSP, Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
  • 9.20am            Keynote speaker – Mr Ross McEwan, Chief Executive, RBS
  • 9:50am            Scottish Government view – The First Minister, The Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP
  • 10.10am          Networking opportunity
  • 10.45am          Workshops
  • 12.20pm          Question and answer session on delegate’s questions
  • 1.15pm            Closing speech – John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth
  • 1.30pm            Closing Remarks – The Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, Presiding Officer


Contact information

Public information

  • Telephone enquiry line: 0800 092 7500 or 0131 348 5395 (Gàidhlig)
  • Text 07786 209 888
  • Ask a question online through live chat
  • We also welcome calls using the Text Relay service or in British Sign Language through contactSCOTLAND-BSL

Keep up to date with us on:

keep up to date with what's happening in Parliament on Facebook Follow the Scottish Parliament on Twitter @ScotParl keep up to date with what's 
happening in Parliament on YouTube

This website is using cookies.
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website.