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The 2019 Edinburgh Business Show
The Edinburgh Business Show 2019 will build upon the success of last years edition. The central theme of the event remains the same: applying digital technology to drive business growth.

The all-day event has been designed to maximise the interface between individual business owners with a focus on business development. Workshops, panel and face-to-face discussions will be balanced to ensure that the day will be extremely practical and useful to any busy entrepreneur who takes the day out of their hectic schedule to learn and to network.

The agenda & speakers profiles will be published soon. Hope to see you in November!

Event Organisers:
Colin McKeand & Bart Kowalczyk
Edinburgh Connections

We are all Digital Business Now

Irrespective of the type of business you run, the sector you operate in or the product service you deliver, all of us are today impacted by our digital world.  We are all required to identify, learn and adopt new technology to engage with our clients, staff and suppliers and the future predictions are that the rate of change will accelerate. So how do we cope, how do we remain competitive, how do we win.
These issues and more will be explored by the panel of experts with the hope of demystifying the technology landscape. The aim is to bring the technology conversation back to one of business, to share best practice, hints & tips and of course to help all plan for the future.

Hosted by RBS at the RBS Exhibition Centre, Gogarburn, this event is to:

Guest Speakers

Colin McKeand

Colin McKeand

Cofounder & Director at Edinburgh Connections

Bart Kowalczyk

Bart Kowalczyk

Cofounder & Director at Edinburgh Connections

Russell Dalgleish

Russell Dalgleish

Chairman at Scottish Business Network

Brian Booden

Brian Booden

Managing Director at DataGlow IT

Shanna Bayne

Shanna Bayne

Assistant Client Manager at Gillespie's Chartered Accountants

Matt Perkins

Matt Perkins

Senior Partnerships Manager at FreeAgent

Neil Bradbrook

Neil Bradbrook

Managing Director at Ahead Business Consulting

Kendra Byers

Kendra Byers

Scottish Business Network

Liz McCutcheon

Liz McCutcheon

Chief Executive LESL ( Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd)

Linda Odén

Linda Odén

Happy Message!

Show Details

 

  • All-day event with one discussion panel, workshops and networking
  • Perfect for SMEs, freelancers working in new technologies, franchises, IT, AI
  • Standard ticket only £15, inc lunch and refreshments all day, plus access to all workshops.
  • Exhibition and sponsor packages for businesses are available.
    Find out more

Networking in Edinburgh

At the Edinburgh Business Show we aim to help you meet new connections, build new relationships, possibly new customers, peer support, potential suppliers, collaborations, partnerships and we will have a bit of fun too.

Business works best when it stays connected. Join our Business Networking session moderated by Colin McKeand, cofounder of Edinburgh Connections.

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Agenda

  • 10:00 Registration

  • 10:30 Official Opening & Welcoming

  • 10:45 Discussion Panel: We are all Digital Businesses now

    We are all required to identify, learn and adopt new technology to engage with our clients, staff and suppliers and the future predictions are that the rate of change will accelerate.

    So how do we cope, how do we remain competitive, how do we win

    The aim is to bring the technology conversation back to one of business, to share best practice, hints & tips and of course to help all plan for the future.

    Discussion Panel Facilitator: Russell Dalgleish, Serial Scottish Entrepreneur and Investor, Strategist and Innovator

    Panel Members:

    – Neil Bradbrook, Ahead Business Consulting

    – Matt Perkins, FreeAgent

    – Kendra Byers, Scottish Business Network

  • 12:15 Lunch

  • 13:00 Workshops

    Workshop 1:
    Using the Scottish community globally as your route to market, Russell Dalgleish

    Workshop 2:
    Integration and automation: using the “connected revolution’ to power your business, Matt Perkins, FreeAgent

    Workshop 3:
    Keeping your head in the cloud, Shana Bayne, Gillespie Inverarity & Co (Fife) Limited

    Workshop 4:
    Data Literacy – The New Language of Business, Brian Booden, DataGlow IT

    Workshop 5:
    Grow your business with an interest free loan, Liz McCutcheon  Chief Executive LESL ( Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd)

    Workshop 6:
    Storytelling- The new way to grow your business, and how it works, Linda Odén, Happy Message

  • 15:30 Networking

  • 18:00 Close

Workshops

Using the Scottish community globally as your route to market

Workshop Facilitator: Russell Dalgleish, Scottish Business Network

At Scottish Business Network we have built a community of Scots based in over half the countries on earth but now we need to use them. At this workshop SBN co-founder and Chairman Russell Dalgleish will explain how this global community can be accessed and used to help you win new business, enter new markets and sell more products and services.

Takeaways

  • new connections and routes to market
  • introductions to new sales opportunities
  • access to individuals who can open doors, mentor coach and all aimed at helping you grow your business
  • an appreciation of how to develop a community of supports for your service or product
  • hints and tips to derisk business growth

Data Literacy - The New Language of Business

Workshop Facilitator: Brian Booden, DataGlow IT

Data Literacy is the ability to read, work with, analyse and argue with data. In other words, it is about consuming data properly. Today, data literacy is as important as reading or writing. In our information-driven world, every individual needs to know how to transform data into actionable insights fast. Not everyone needs to be a data scientist… but everyone need to be data literate.

Keeping your head in the cloud

Workshop Facilitator: Shanna Bayne, Gillespie’s Chartered Accountants

During our workshop we will be showing you how you can get the most from a cloud based software
for your book keeping needs and requirements. Whether it’s ensuring that nothing is being missed
or being able to have a better understanding of your month on month expenses. We will show you
how easy recording your income and expenses can be, using Receipt Bank and Xero. Saving you time
and providing real time information.

Integration and automation: using the 'connected revolution' to power your business

Workshop Facilitator: Matt Perkins, FreeAgent

Regardless of business sector, we’ve all seen our industries disrupted and transformed by
the ‘digital revolution’. We’re now moving into a new phase of integration and automation
powered by these digital foundations. You may not realise it, but Fintech (or Financial
Technology) is one of the key areas that is both changing and empowering the very roots of
your business. In this workshop, Matt Perkins – Senior Partnerships Manager at FreeAgent –
will take you on a journey through this brave new world explaining how everything from
Making Tax Digital to Open Banking will fundamentally change the way you do business in
the near future.

Grow your business with an interest free loan

Workshop Facilitator: Liz McCutcheon  Chief Executive LESL ( Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd)

The Digital Development Loan is a Scottish Government initiative to support SMES to grow their business.

Are you a Scottish Company? Do you want to improve your company’s

digital capacity, capabilities or workforce skills? Why not apply for a Digital Development Loan

Storytelling - The new way to grow your business, and how it works.

Workshop Facilitator: Linda Odén, Happy Message!

Stories have over the history captured mankind. Stories have always had the power to move, engage and inspire us to do the impossible. Stories are much more than fairytales and a secret tool for parents to use to put their children to bed. The power behind storytelling is far more and after this workshop you will know the science behind storytelling and the reason why you should use it to propel your business forward. You will also know the 3 most important stories your company should tell in order to get the attention to capture your audience with your message mission and vision.

Storytelling - The new way to grow your business, and how it works.

Workshop Facilitator: Linda Odén, Happy Message!

Stories have over the history captured mankind. Stories have always had the power to move, engage and inspire us to do the impossible. Stories are much more than fairytales and a secret tool for parents to use to put their children to bed. The power behind storytelling is far more and after this workshop you will know the science behind storytelling and the reason why you should use it to propel your business forward. You will also know the 3 most important stories your company should tell in order to get the attention to capture your audience with your message mission and vision.

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