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.

Reflective of SCDI's unique membership, Forum brings together senior representatives drawn from the public, private and social economy sectors, providing a platform for dialogue, discussion and debate on the levers required to strengthen and grow Scotland's economy in an emerging environment.

Thursday 17 & Friday 18 March 2016
Venue: Fairmont St.Andrews                                               #scdiforum

As world events continue to drive ever increasing change in the economic system, join us on an interactive journey at the SCDI Forum 2016 to 'The Emerging Economy' - as we explore the developing key characteristics that will shape the ways in which we do business here at home and how we transact trade internationally.


Profound technological, economic and geopolitical disruptions are changing the world around us at an accelerating pace, raising questions for all businesses and for how we do business. An emerging economy, in all its diversity, is approaching into view...

More entrepreneurial and intraprenuerial, economically and socially agile and adaptable by necessity. Highly competitive, but increasingly collaborative, requiring a more active regulatory relationship. Personalised, but more sharing in consumption. Has Scotland got the focus, appetite for risk and ambition to be at the forefront of these economic changes? Do our leaders, managers and workforces have the skills, opportunities and mindset to become early adopters?

We will consider the potential opportunities as we move through developing infrastructure towards a low carbon future and to an increasingly digital economy supporting innovation. The next opportunity to consider the context for our economy and how it interacts internationally will of course be the forthcoming EU Referendum, with the challenges and opportunities which that debate will bring.

Addressing Forum 2016 will be senior politicians from both the Scottish Government and UK Government - with keynote addresses from The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland and The Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland.

With the EU Referendum in mind we are also delighted to announce that delivering the closing Forum keynote address on 18 March will be David McAllister MEP. As a politician representing Germany's CDU Party, Mr McAllister has Scottish heritage, and has recently voiced his desire for the UK to remain within the EU.

We will be taking the findings of our Blueprint research around the three key economic challenges of the need for increased Innovation, Productivity and Internationalisation, underpinned by Infrastru... (Read more)

Businesses from across the Highlands & Islands region had the opportunity to enter for this year's SCDI H&I Excellence in Award categories as detailed below, and we were delighted to announce the Winners in each category as:

HI 2015 Banner NEW 010915

Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business
Winner: Scottish Sea Farms Ltd
A Highly Commended recognition was also made in this category to Forsyths
... (Read more)