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.

Wednesday 30 September 2015
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

On 30 September 2015 SCDI will deliver a 1-day conference analysing the 'Role of the Regulator' across a number of key sectors; exploring how each industry can work in partnership - driving up standards, delivering a better quality of provision, and ultimately shaping the core characteristics of the emerging economy.


Alongside acknowledging the changing shape and form of the economy, this conference will examine and debate:

  • The significant reincarnation of regulators into bodies now expected to understand those they are regulating, rather than to simply exert influence
  • Whether this reformation allows for the necessary balance to be struck between an increase in competition in order to benefit the economy, and the need for greater correspondence with certain sectors or consumers?
  • The additional powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament, and the implications which may arise for government, regulators and Scottish industry
  • Whether there is a clear role which regulation can play in supporting wider strategic aims of sustainable growth, such as the move to a low carbon or digital economy? 

Join SCDI and expert speakers - including David Currie, Chairman of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) ; and Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA -  as we highlight the integral role of good regulation in driving and indeed shaping economic grow... (Read more)


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.

Forum 2015 focused on developing a blueprint for Scotland which - with debate about the direction of the economy and more devolution avowed - sets an agenda for stronger, more robust growth by maxi... (Read more)


In delivering the SCDI Annual Lecture 2015 in Aberdeen, Mark Carne told the audience of 300 assembled guests from SCDI's member base of the challenges facing the rail industry today. He drew parallels between both the Oil & Gas and Rail industries - with both mattering to the country and the economy; both being safety critical and operationally intense... (Read more)