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9th Annual Capital Investment in Scotland Conference: Getting things built

Tue 6th Nov 2018

Edinburgh, Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West

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The Scottish Government has prioritised investment in capital projects as a response to the impact of economic downturn and a period of sustained austerity in public finances. That trend is set to continue.

The Fraser of Allander Institute's 'Scotland Budget Report 2017' indicates that the Scottish Government position for capital expenditure is one of relatively strong real terms growth for 2018/19 and 2019/20. Despite likely reductions in resource spending, they assess that capital budgets - the source of project funding - are "on track to return to their pre-financial crisis levels in real terms." 

This conference will examine the opportunities and challenges presented for Scottish capital investment. It will focus on three broad themes: mapping where Scottish capital spending is heading, understanding all the potential sources of capital and investment for Scotland and finally a 'Getting it Built' clinic which discusses key hurdles and risk reduction for project owners and funders to promote getting projects built.

The conference purpose is to bring together all those involved in the design, funding, commissioning and delivery of capital projects in Scotland. It will reflect on the Scottish Government's aim to maximise value from its commitment to modernise infrastructure as a key part of its economic plan. The day will provide an opportunity for those on the supply and demand side of Scottish capital projects to come together. It will explore the needs and requirements of partners in project development and examine how projects, funding and risk minimisation can be brought together to maximise Scotland's potential for driving capital project delivery across all sectors.

Some of the themes to be discussed include:

  • The Direction of Scotland's Capital Budget: What's planned and what might impact it?
  • What's coming next and what might the project pipeline be?
  • What are the prospects for partnership in funding and developing projects?
  • What is the range of funding and where is it?
  • How Scottish infrastructure investment might be affected by wider considerations: the economy, new funding sources and Brexit 
  • Who wants to invest in Scotland?
  • Investment sectors and investment hurdles
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds, City Deals, Green Investment and Green Bonds, Pension Funds
  • Getting it Built Clinic: Project owners and partners, minimising risk and investment hurdles


Kate Forbes MSP

Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Scottish Government

Sara Thiam

Regional Director, Institution of Civil Engineers

Mark Taylor

Assistant Director, Audit Scotland

Peter Reekie

Chief Executive, Scottish Futures Trust

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director, Sigma Capital Group

Andrew Screen

Managing Director, TradeRisks Limited

Rachel Gwyon

Infrastructure and Investment Deputy Director, Scottish Government

Laurence Rockey

Head of Strategy and Insight, City of Edinburgh Council

Iain Watson

Senior Vice President, Green Investment Group

Lorraine Macphail

Assurance Director - Head of Property and Construction Scotland, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Jonathan Guthrie

Director for Strategic Public Partnerships, Robertson Group

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This was a unique event and subject matter was relevant. All excellent speakers - good mix and good to have several short presentations. Well chaired.

Nicola Hudson, SPICe,
Fraser of Allander Scotland's Budget Briefing, 26 September 2017

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