SCDI deliver a diverse programme of Events through which our members and stakeholders can engage. Details of our extensive programme are available below (displayed in chronological order - please use the page tabs at the foot to scroll through)

Business Engagement and Networking Series

In partnership with The Royal Scots Club

 Date: Friday 20 April 2018

 Time: 12:00 – 14:00

 Venue: The Royal Scots Club, 30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

We live in a world where the pace of technological change is unprecedented, and only set to increase.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from SCDI's Director of Policy, Matt Lancashire, along with a guest presenter, on the opportunities and challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Our Partner, The Royal Scots Club, was founded in 1919 as a tribute to those who fell in The Great War, and is situated in one of Edinburgh’s finest Georgian streets.  Join us there to network with a wide range of influencers from across all sectors of Scotland’s economy.

Please note spaces at the event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  To book your place please register HERE.

Industrial Strategy Event

 Friday 9th March

9:00 am – 4 pm
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow

We know that collaboration is a pre-condition for increased productivity and economic growth, and that the most sustainable and inclusive economies have diversity and equality at the heart of policy formulation.

SCDI welcomes a UK Industrial Strategy (UKIS) which delivers against these key priorities. Both the Scottish and UK Government agree with SCDI that public and private sector collaboration will ensure the best UKIS deal for all of Scotland.

The day will kick off a series of work by SCDI and Strategic Partners - Jacobs, Scottish Funding Council, EDF Energy and SQA - to help to secure a good deal for Scotland from the UK Industrial Strategy by:

  • Developing a joint and shared vision across sectors and geographies of the Scottish economy;
  • bringing together sectors of the Scottish economy to collaborate on opportunities; and
  • taking forward discussions about how to maximise national and regional economic benefits.

As well as a networking lunch, the event will feature 5 sessions:

Session 1 – UK Industrial Strategy and Scotland Overview
Session 2 – Scotland’s Opportunities
Session 3 – Grand Challenges and Sector Deals
Session 4 - Regional Growth
Session 5 - Gearing up Businesses to Meet Productivity Challenges

Detailed Programme with Confirmed Speakers

We look forward to seeing you at the iconic Glasgow City Chambers for a day of knowledge-sharing and discussion.

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SCDI Business Networking Reception

Date: Friday March 2nd 2018
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pmVenue: Principal Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF
In partnership with Principal Grand Central Hotel

Join us to network, as part of the SCDI Business Engagement Series, with a wide range of influencers from across all sectors of Scotland's economy, whilst enjoying the splendid surroundings and hospitality of Principal Grand Central Hotel.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Chief Executive, Mark Bevan, as he updates members on the SCDI programme of activity for 2018 and beyond.  Leanne Scobie, Principal Grand Central Hotel Regional Sales Manager, will also provide an overview of this iconic hotel and venue and SDS will be speaking about the upcoming Apprenticeship Week and the range of apprenticeship options open to businesses.

Please note spaces at the reception are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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SCDI Forum 2018

SCDI Forum2018 MailChimp 023rd & 4th May 2018 - Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

SCDI's Forum 2018 will inspire contributors to engage in transformative dialogue and shape the principles for a new blueprint of sustainable growth in Scotland - putting our economy to work for everyone, everywhere.

Economists, the Scottish and UK government, influential business and public sector leaders, as well as young, future leaders are confirmed as speakers at the Forum.  This is a unique opportunity to become an architect of Scotland's economic future and meet and network with influencers and thought leaders!

A draft programme for the two days as well as a confirmed speaker list can be found HERE. 

To book a space at the event, please use the downloadable booking FORM or online payment options to the right hand side of the page.ent.

Remember to follow #SCDIForum2018 on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest information!

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SCDI & RSE Business Engagement and Networking Reception

SCDI & RSE Business Engagement and Networking Reception

Thursday November 2nd, 6pm – 8pm

Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

In partnership with Royal Society of Edinburgh

Join us to network with a wide range of influencers from across all sectors of Scotland’s economy, whilst enjoying the splendid surroundings and hospitality of Royal Society of Edinburgh.


The event will offer you the opportunity to learn more about SCDI’s key policy priorities and programme of events for the year as well as to learn more on the insights and perspectives from the Royal Society of Edinburgh on their development of a modern enlightenment that will enable Scotland to contribute significantly to addressing the global challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century.


SCDI and the RSE have forged a long standing partnership with the most recent examples evidenced through recent reports ‘Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle ‘ and ‘Smart Citizens, Smart City Regions produced in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, BT Scotland and Scotland IS.

Co-production and collaboration will be central to the future growth of our economy and I hope that you will be able to attend this event to share views and insights on growing Scotland’s economy and to network and develop business relationships with a diverse group of business and industry leaders.


Please note spaces at the reception were limited and this event is now FULLY BOOKED.


Influencer's Dinner with Sir Ian Wood GBE

| North East

Tuesday 14 November 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm)
Venue: Park Inn by Radisson, 1 Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen AB11 6EQ

This SCDI Influencers' Dinner in the North East will hear from guest speaker Sir Ian Wood GBE, Chairman, Opportunity North East (ONE)

During discussions, Sir Ian Wood will discuss the work of ONE and how it is working to ensure the opportunities that exist in the North East of Scotland are realised. 

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Members' Lunch & Behind The Scenes With Sue Ryder

| North East

Monday 23 October 2017 (11.45am - 1.45pm)
Venue: Sue Ryder, Dee View Court, Caiesdykes Road, Kincorth, Aberdeen AB12 5JY

Delivered in Partnership with Sue Ryder and hosted at their Dee View Court facility in Aberdeen, this informal SCDI Networking Lunch and 'Behind The Scenes' visit for our members will feature an overview of Sue Ryder and an insight into the workings of Scotland's only purpose built neurological Care Centre by Valerie Maxwell, Centre Director. In addition, Emma Leiper Finlayson, Capital Appeal Manager, will explain more about their ambitious plans to raise £3.9m to extend Dee View Court and care for a further 20 people in the community.

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SCDI - Boardroom for hire (Glasgow)

If SCDI members are looking to hire a business meeting space in Glasgow, SCDI's Boardroom can accommodate up to 16 people boardroom style. 

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Influencers' Dinner with Steve Phimister, Shell

| North East

Thursday 28 September 2017 (7.00pm for 7.30pm)
Hosted at: Doubletree by Hilton, Aberdeen City Centre, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen AB24 5EF

This SCDI Influencers' Dinner in the North East will hear from guest speaker Steve Phimister, Upstream Director UK & Ireland, Shell UK Ltd.

During discussions, Steve Phimister will reflect on his first 7 months as Shell's UK & Ireland Upstream Director and will share his thoughts on the opportunities and the challenges for North Sea Oil & Gas, what the industry is doing to maximise economic recovery of the basin and our part in the emerging Energy Transition. 

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Influencers' Dinner - Keith Brown MSP

| Highlands & Islands

Tuesday 26 September 2017 (6.30pm for 7.00pm - 9.00pm)
Venue: Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel, 20 Ness Bank, Inverness IV2 4SF

Delivered in Partnership with The Highland Council, HIE, Highlife Highland, Hitrans, UHI, this SCDI Influencers' Dinner is part of our Inverness & Highland City-Region Deal Series, and will engage with Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, The Scottish Government.

This dinner is part of a series of events which SCDI are holding over the year focussed on the City-Region Deal's themes of Digital Opportunity; Enhanced Growth Capacity; Innovation; Young People; Up-skilling; Life Sciences; Tourism; and Low Carbon. 

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SCDI International Business Summit 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017 (9.00am - 4.15pm)
Venue: University Of Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre - 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD


Building on successful summits held over the past two years, the SCDI International Business Summit 2017 seeks to build on our agenda of working collaboratively to ensure that Scotland fulfils its potential as an economy both globally connected and suitably equipped to transact high-quality goods and services throughout the world. 

The economy is functioning in unique circumstances following the EU Referendum outcome and ongoing Brexit negotiations, with concerns and challenges being faced by businesses in Scotland and the wider UK in this more complex and less predictable environment.  

This Summit aims to bring together the known intelligence on trade in a negotiation/transaction/post-Brexit era and to seek opportunities which businesses in Scotland could take advantage of regardless of the outcomes of the government and European negotiation process. What is required to enable a more successful trade strategy and what can be done to mitigate the impacts of Brexit and improve levels of internationalisation? 

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SCDI Highlands & Islands Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards 2017

| Highlands & Islands


Awards Dinner: Friday 8 September 2017 - The Drumossie Hotel, Inverness 


SCDI's Annual Highlands & Islands Dinner & Business Excellence Awards is the highlight of the Highland business calendar and is always a sell-out, with 350 guests drawn from the Highland business and economic community and across Scotland. This year's celebratory business Awards Dinner took place on Friday 8 September 2017 in Inverness, with the Awards being hosted by popular comedian, actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke.

More specifically, SCDI's Highlands & Islands Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards celebrates excellence and is the premier event for showcasing the cream of the region's businesses. 

We're delighted that joining us as Keynote Speaker at this year's Awards Dinner was Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, The Scottish Government.

The SCDI H&I Business Excellence Awards 2017 categories closed to applications on 1 August 2017.

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SCDI & STV - Scotland's Conversation Series - 'People & Places'

Wednesday 6 September 2017 (7.30am for 8.00am - 9.30am)
Venue: STV Studios, Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1PQ

This is the first of a new 'Scotland's Conversation Series' of business events jointly delivered in partnership by SCDI and STV around the theme of 'Brand Scotland'.

These panel discussions and open floor Q&A - with an audience of senior business representatives - will ultimately examine: 'People & Places', 'Technology & Innovation' and 'Culture & Personality'. Using these interactive Conversations to help understand what our advantages are, we will seek to answer - 'What kind of Scotland do we want to be?'

The focus of this first Business Breakfast on Wednesday 6 September is 'People & Place' and we're delighted that this discussion will be facilitated by STV News Tonight presenter Halla Mohieddeen. 

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SCDI & Glasgow School of Art Business Breakfast

Tuesday 5 September 2017 (8.30am - 10.00am)
Venue: The Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ

'Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economy'
The Glasgow School of Art Graduate Degree Show - Preview Business Breakfast

SCDI are delighted to invite our Members - in conjunction with Glasgow School of Art - to a Business Breakfast Preview event as part of The Glasgow School of Art's Graduate Degree Show 2017, showcasing how current skills & expertise within the School relate to the City's wider economic landscape.

Prof.Tom Inns , Director of The Glasgow School of Art, will provide an overview on the theme of fostering graduate entrepreneurship & exploring creative skills incubation.

Attendees will then have the opportunity to take a Guided Tour of selected exhibits from the Show, highlighting some of this year's most innovative & entrepreneurial projects. 

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Meet The Politician (NE) - Hannah Bardell MP

| North East

Tuesday 29 August 2017 (12noon for 12.15pm - 2pm)
Venue: Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Luke's, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH

SCDI are delighted to be continuing our series of 'Meet The Politician' engagement sessions in the North East of Scotland, delivered in partnership with Oil & Gas UK.

In this next in a series with senior representatives from the Liberal Democrat, Conservative, Labour & SNP parties, we are delighted that our members will on this occasion have the opportunity to engage with guest speaker Hannah Bardell MP, Westminster Spokesperson on Trade & Investment - Scottish National Party.

SCDI's 'Meet the Politician' events, in partnership with Oil & Gas UK, give our broad-based membership the opportunity to question an influential Politician about current policies and issues that affect them in an informal setting and under the Chatham House rule. They help Politicians to understand the latest concerns of SCDI members and they therefore assist in the policy-making process.

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SCDI Business Seminar - Aberdeen City Region Investment

| North East

Thursday 24 August, 2017 (6.45pm for 7.15pm)
Venue: Aberdeen City Council, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AH

'The Aberdeen City Region Investment Pitch'

In this SCDI Business Seminar, the focus will be on the plans and strategies being developed to attract further investment into the City Region to support expansion and diversification of the existing economy.

Angela Scott, Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council, will outline why an Investment Plan for the area is being developed and what it is hoped can be achieved by sharpening the messaging around the Region's key strengths. This will lay out the challenges in raising awareness of the many positive assets the area possesses, including a high skill, high tech economic base and excellent transport links with the rest of the UK, but will also reflect on the negative perceptions which exist and efforts being made to counteract these. The session will allow SCDI members to hear about the investment pitches being developed and to input thoughts and ideas into the mix. 

An innovative element of the investment strategy was unveiled in November 2016 when the Council announced the successful pricing of index linked bonds for an aggregate principal amount of £370m. As part of this seminar session, an update will be given on the global bond financing strategy being developed by Aberdeen City Council.

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Influencers' Dinner - Humza Yousaf MSP

| North East

Thursday 17 August 2017 (7:00pm for 7:30pm)
Hosted by: The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, Southerhead Road, Altens, Aberdeen AB12 3LF

Delivered in Partnership with NESTRANS, the transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, and hosted at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel, this SCDI Influencers' Dinner will hear from guest speaker Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport & Islands, The Scottish Government.

There are many key national and local issues to discuss which fall under the Minister's brief. Principal amongst these, at a strategic level, will be what The Scottish Government believes world-class connectivity will be in the future and how transport and digital connectivity can be better integrated. Locally, key topics are likely to include progress on the AWPR and Aberdeen to Central Belt rail improvements and the need to focus on investment which brings maximum benefit to the North East.

The Minister's brief also includes responsibility for the Islands, both in terms of transport but also cross Government co-ordination of policy. 

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Influencers' Lunch - Aviation

Tuesday 15 August 2017 (12noon for 12.30 - 14.30)
Hosted at: G&V Royal Mile Hotel, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD

This SCDI Influencers' Lunch will hear from guest speaker Liam McKay, Director of Public Affairs, London City Airport.

Delivered in partnership with London City Airport, the only airport actually located in London, and hosted at the boutique G&V Royal Mile Hotel, this discussion will focus on business and tourism at a time of change for the wider economy and the aviation industry. 

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