MacKay Hannah

Scotland's Mid-Market Businesses: Supporting and enabling to make the middle mighty


0900-0950 Registration and Refreshments
Session One: The Strategic Picture
0950-0955 Chair's Opening Remarks
Martin Dorchester, CEO, David MacBrayne Group
0955-1015 Keynote Address  
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism, Scottish Government
1015-1030 Question and Discussion Session
1030-1050 Entrepreneurial Innovation: What needs to be in place to allow the middle market to grow?  
Dr Ben Spigel, Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh Business School
1050-1110 Scotland’s mid-market: The prospects for our ‘McMittelstand’ sector  
Michael Marra, Deputy Director, Design in Action - Scotland’s Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy
1110-1130 Question and Discussion Session
1130-1150 Refreshment Break
Session Two: Business Development Challenges - Constraints and Opportunities
1150-1210 Thought Leader
Does Britain have its own Mittelstand? Key lessons from Germany's and Britain's Hidden Champions
Dr Alessa Witt, Board Member, German British Forum
1210-1230 Thought Leader
Developing a significant business in Scotland: What does it take?
Simon Montford, Founder, WEB3//IOT
1230-1300 Discussion Panel, Question and Answer session
Liz McAreavey, Commercial Director, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
John Curtis, Managing Director, That Friday Feeling
David, Mitchell, Programme Lead - Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme, EY

1300-1400 Lunch
1400-1405 Chair
Chair's welcome back 
Session Three: Meeting Core Growth Challenges 
1405-1425 Access to Financial Support for Growth
Graeme Sands, UK Head of Specialist and Acquisition Finance, Clydesdale Bank
1425-1445 A Scottish Business Development Bank: What's next?
Russell Bain, Head of Strategy, Business Development Bank Team, Scottish Government
1445-1505 Entrepreneurship Innovation: Getting across critical growth thresholds
Prof Richard Harrison, Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Edinburgh Business School
1505-1525 Question and Discussion Session
1525-1530 Conference Close

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