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Scotland's Mid-Market Businesses Annual Conference: Delivering practical support for growth

Wed 29th Aug 2018

Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh Business School

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Low delegate rates are available for SMEs who should contact us directly at or by phoning 0131 556 1500

This conference focuses on the importance of Scotland's mid-market businesses to our future economic competitiveness. It discusses how practical support can be delivered and the obstacles which need to be overcome to support growth.

The German mid-market sector – its 'Mittelstand' – is core to its economic growth and a key factor in contributing to the stability and strength of the German economy. In this conference we examine what we can learn from the success of the German model to power up Scotland's own 'McMittelstand'.

We will discuss a wide range of themes including finance, supporting growth, developing new markets, learning from competitors, harnessing innovation and protecting intellectual property. We will also assess how business should  meet the challenge and uncertainty of Brexit.

Now in its 4th year, this conference brings together a range of businesses from across Scotland's mid-market, as well as business advisory orgranisations and public and third sector delegates involved in economic development, business support, education and skills.

The conference will explore:

  • The importance and evolution of the European middle market - who are these companies and how have they grown?
  • Dealing with the 'missing middle' - why does Scotland have so few middle market companies and what can be done about this?
  • Unpacking growth myths. What is it and how do we measure it? 
  • Learning from success - lessons from case studies of Scotland's successful middle market companies - challenges, opportunities and prospects
  • Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for success - what's missing or underdeveloped and what can we do about it? 
  • Responding to the challenge - the role of policy makers, development agencies, risk capital providers, universities and business advisors
  • The challenges and opportunities for the emerging middle market in a post-Brexit world

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Gillian Crawford

Founder/Director, Wow (Scotland) Ltd

Dr Ben Spigel

Chancellor's Fellow & Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Edinburgh

Prof Francis Greene

Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Edinburgh Business School

Sandy Kennedy

Chief Executive, Entrepreneurial Scotland

Sarah Deas

Head of Inclusive Models, Scottish Enterprise

Lisa Thomson

CEO, Purpose HR

Iain Young

Iain Young, Partner and Head of Corporate Sector, Morton Fraser

Stuart Brown

Head of SME Scotland & Northern Ireland, Barclays

Kerry Sharp

Director, Scottish Investment Bank

Dr Claire Seaman

Chair in Enterprise and Family Business, Queen Margaret University

Stuart Lunn

Founder and CEO, LendingCrowd

Professor Simon Harris

Chair in International Strategy, University of Edinburgh Business School

Professor S Des Smith OBE, FRS, FRSE, FinstP

Chairman, Edinburgh Biosciences

Dr Peter Mowforth

Chief Executive, INDEZ

James Withers

Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

Maureen Falconer

Regional Manager - Scotland, Information Commissioner's Office

Iain Valentine

Managing Partner, Whitespace

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