The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI's diverse and influential membership forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

Thursday 1 & 2 May 2014
RBS HQ, Gogarburn, Edinburgh


The SCDI Forum is the leading policy and networking event in the Scottish business and economic calendar and has a clear agenda - to stimulate economic growth for Scotland.

It brings together 300 senior influencers, from across all sectors of the economy, with first-hand experience of success in areas vital to Scotland’s future economic prosperity.

In what is shaping up to be a momentous and busy year for Scotland, the Forum 2014 will look beyond electoral cycles and address the long-term opportunities and challenges for the Scottish economy in a global context.  Recognising that Scotland must be on the cusp of opportunities in areas of global growth, wh... (Read more)

Many organisations know the value of motivated, dedicated and happy workforces, but are we as businesses, sectors and an economy realising the full potential of the link between employee engagement and high organisational productivity and performance? Research has shown that effective employee engagement generates increased revenue growth and annual net profit, 18% higher productivity, 40% lower employee turnover rate as well as ensuring higher customer satisfaction and a larger proportion of employees co... (Read more)

The second annual Scottish Cities Forum took place on Tuesday 29 October in Edinburgh and was attended by over 150 senior stakeholders, drawn from both the public and private sectors and academia. The session presented an opportunity for the Alliance to:

  • update key stakeholders on the work of the Scottish Cities Alliance
  • outline the real opportunities that collaboration presents for driving forward economic growth
  • present the current opportunities for private sector engagement
  • learn from international counterparts
  • set out the vision for the next stage of the Alliance's development

Breakout Discussion Groups were held on 4 key themes: Building the Hydrogen Economy; Waste as a Resource; Smart Cities and Open Data.

For more information on the work of the Alliance and to discuss opportunities for your own organisation to get involved, please contact the Alliance team at info@scottishcities.org