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SCDI Forum

Since 1969 SCDI have brought together leaders from throughout Scotland to consider with peers from across the UK, Europe and Internationally, the challenges and opportunities we face and to discuss what our economy faces just over the horizon, and how we maximise Scotland's place in the world.


Our members are building a prosperous Scotland, which looks beyond narrow economic success to deliver better social and environmental outcomes.

Our annual meeting considers the opportunities for Scotland in a global economy and inspires and effects change in national and regional development.

Forum is Scotland’s best cross-sector economic event. Think of it as all the best minds in the economy under one roof sharing knowledge, ideas, building connections and harnessing our collective resources to make a difference.

Why should I be there?

Forum provides you with a platform to showcase your contribution to a better economy, sends a message about your long term commitment to Scotland and willingness to work across industry and sectoral boundaries to secure a prosperous Scotland.

Who is Forum for?

Forum unites thinkers and innovators from large employers and SMEs, local authorities, public bodies, colleges and universities, cultural institutions, charities and social enterprises, trade unions, trade and professional bodies.

The context

Achieving a productive and prosperous Scotland, remains challenging in the face of climate risk, economic challenge and geopolitical uncertainty. Slow productivity growth, an ageing population, low levels of investment, challenging public spending and investment climates are barriers but we also see opportunities.

  • to innovate and to harness the best of science and technology to address these challenges
  • to maximise wealth retained in Scotland’s communities as part of the transition to a low carbon economy
  • to transform levels of entrepreneurship and business ambition and to reshape our learning system to better meet the needs of tomorrow’s learner

SCDI’s Vision

Our Blueprint for long-term plan for growth and for investment provides a framework for sustainable growth. Forum seeks answers to how Scotland’s leaders, resources and policymakers can be harnessed to create a prosperous Scotland:

  • where economic growth accelerates but creates fair work opportunities
  • which limit the impacts of growth on the climate and sees pledges to invest in sustainable infrastructure delivered
  • which reverses weak private sector investment and stimulates a growing tax base to fund our future public services and;
  • where economic opportunities are harnessed in a new industrial strategy to create the foundation for our future prosperity

Below are images and information on previous years.

2022’s event was SCDI’s 51st Forum. Two hundred business, government and public sector leaders gathered at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 13 June for a two-day forum to consider a new sense of purpose for Scotland. The event was hosted by broadcaster Sally Magnusson and opened by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
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Scotland’s Future

SCDI Forum 2022

Scotland’s Future

SCDI Forum 2021

Scotland’s Future

SCDI Forum 2020

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