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Scottish Business Leadership Conference 2020

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Scottish Business Leadership Conference 2020

Scottish businesses are adapting to the changes of a locked down society: working, meeting and conferencing from home, trading online or contactless from existing premises.

But leadership is about more than adapting to changes. It’s about creating the conditions we will all need in order to thrive in the post-Covid 19 “new normal”.

A recent report from Consultancy UK reveals that consumer confidence and trust is shifting away from global brands towards local companies. This trend towards localisation presents opportunities for Scottish SMEs and entrepreneurs. This is our time.

Come together on the 24th June at the Scottish Business Leadership Conference to build the networks we need to rise together as the business leaders that Scotland needs.

Colin McKeand
Bart Kowalczyk
Edinburgh Connections

SBFL 2020 Agenda & Bookings


Discussion Panels:

Future of the Tourism & Hospitality Industry in Scotland
Scottish tourism will be hit hard this season by Covid-19. What are the long-term prospects for the industry if
social distancing rules remain in place?
In a post-Brexit, post-pandemic Britain, with quarantine requirements for international travel, could domestic
tourism provide an answer for both the travel and hospitality sectors?
Scotland can offer green space, fresh air, history, culture, as well as world-quality visitor attractions and cuisine to
tourists from the big cities in the UK.

Commercial Property: is it time for a radical rethink?
Edinburgh is already a crowded place and there are plans to implement Green Zones. Post-pandemic we might
not need so much office space or traffic in Scottish city centres. But we will still need to socialise. What is the
future for Commercial Properties? Flexi Office Space, hotdesks, or perhaps adopting the trend of coworking
space by day and restaurant by night? Can these solutions fit social distancing and infection control?

Industry 4.0. Can Everything Be Sold Online?
e-Commerce has been growing steadily for the last few years but has rocketed as a result of Covid-19, with
online sales up by 146% in the period to April this year
What is the future for eCommerce?
Will delivery drones become a common sight? Do they have limitations? Can drones deliver everything to us in
our gardens? Could we see Deliveroo take to the skies?
On a logistical level, is Scotland’s infrastructure ready for Industry 4.0: warehousing, technology, legislation, etc?
Do we have the skills?

Changing Workforces

New realities demand new tactics and proficiencies as well as a fresh perspective. The Scottish
Government has put forward proposals for a radically different immigration policy for Scotland,
aimed at attracting and retaining more people from outside the UK to live and work here.
What kind of skills will Scotland need to sustain growth beyond Brexit and the pandemic? What challenges do
Scottish businesses face in attracting the best talent?
How will digital technology alter future patterns of work?
What role does the private sector have to play in improving workers’ welfare?

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June 24
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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