Two leading entrepreneurs to address MSPs at Holyrood business conference


Now in its 10th year, Business in the Parliament brings together over 200 of Scotland’s leading business people with politicians from all political parties.  The two day event will be held on 29 and 30 October in the Scottish Parliament.

Two leading Scottish entrepreneurs Rosemary Eribé, MD and founder of ERIBÉ Knitwear and Lesley Eccles, Founder and Senior Vice President of FanDuel will provide the key note address at the conference which will focus on the theme of ‘opportunities for growth – Scottish business priorities for 2020.’ 

Representing the diversity of the Scottish economy, ERIBE Knitwear is one of Europe’s largest hand-knitting companies based in the Borders. FanDuel is a global leader in transatlantic sports entertainment founded in Edinburgh.  

The Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Murdo Fraser MSP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP will also address the conference, which is being chaired by the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP and held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.  

Presiding Officer, The Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:  

“This event has become firmly established as a forum where business people can come together with politicians to debate the issues that really matter to them.  I look forward to opening the doors of the Parliament to our business community and to hosting a frank and lively discussion on the future of the Scottish economy.” 

Convener of the Economy Committee Murdo Fraser MSP said:  

“To be a successful and dynamic economy, our businesses must always be on the lookout for new markets, new technology and new opportunities to grow their business. So this year’s conference will consider how Scottish businesses can capitalise on some of these exciting opportunities and to ensure we build a prosperous and productive economy for our future.” 


The programme for the event will also include a range of workshops led by a number of senior business leaders in Scotland.  

Hosted jointly by 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, Women’s Enterprise Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Financial Enterprise) as well as the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Scottish Parliament Business Exchange.

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