MacKay Hannah

How do we support small business post-COVID recovery in Scotland?


10:00 Chair's opening remarks
Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

10:05 Understanding what small business is facing
Colin Borland, Director of Devolved Nations, Federation of Small Businesses
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  • What is Scotland’s small business sector saying?
  • Regulation, finance and reducing uncertainty – how to help
  • What’s needed, what’s coming and what’s been learned?

10:20  Supporting innovation, adaption and flexibility
Carolyn Currie, Chief Executive, Women's Enterprise Scotland

  • ‘Do no harm’ – helping small business or, at least, not making problems worse
  • Encouraging and supporting ‘nimble business’ for survival and growth
  • How can government, local government and agencies help?

10:35  Promoting long-term recovery and sustainable growth
Jim Watson, Director of Business Services, Scottish Enterprise

  • What have we learned from the last year?
  • Delivering investment to SMEs for growth
  • Supporting economic systems to allow entrepreneurs and communities to thrive

10:50-11:00 Discussion and Q&A

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It was a very good day with an interesting range of speakers.

Delegate from Savills,
Attending Making Housing in Scotland Affordable Conference