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Since it was first published in 1817, The Scotsman has been at the heart of the debate about issues that really matter. Almost 200 years later, it is still the national forum for discussion on the topics of the moment, and is right at the heart of the debate on Scotland's constitutional future.

The newspaper - and its successful website - www.scotsman.com - offer an authoritative space for all shades of opinion to have their say on the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland. Now Scotsman Conferences is bringing the debate alive with high-quality, modern conferences for a modern world.

The Scotsman Conferences programme has seen over 3000 professionals from across Scotland and beyond attending more than 30 events. The 2014 programme is our busiest ever, with seven successful events already behind us.

We also launched our first series of breakfast seminars. They focused on the potential impact of the referendum on taxation, wealth management and charities and were organised in conjunction with Turcan Connell.

Later in the year, we will hold our third food and drink conference following last year's hugely successful, Scottish Food & Drink: Keeping It In The Family. Look out too for the return of our popular markets and energy events.

We continue to deliver a programme of informative and lively debates featuring expert speakers, with a focus on big issues which affect both the public and private sector - most held at our superb venue, The Scottish National Gallery.

Speakers at Scotsman Conferences events over the last year have included leading politicians (Alistair Darling, Nicola Sturgeon, Ed Davey, John Swinney and many more) and leading figures from business such as Katherine Garrett-Cox (Alliance Trust), Rupert Soames (Aggreko), Jim McColl (Clyde Blowers), Dave Tudor (GlaxoSmithKline) and Robin Barr & Roger White (AG Barr)

Respected academics have come from across the UK to participate in our events, including Prof John Kay (London School of Economics), Prof Hew Strachan (Oxford University) alongside Scottish-based experts Profs David Bell, John Curtice and William Walker.

Our events are chaired by experts, too - Peter Jones, Sheena McDonald, Bill Jamieson and Stephen Jardine - while many large business organisations have supported our events. Without exception, they have been delighted by the results. They include : Bank of Scotland, Alliance Trust, Pinsent Masons, Brodies, Investec, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Spirit Aerosystems, HBJ Gateley, and many more.

Scotsman Conference Format

Unlike traditional conferences, our events run for half a day - because delegates can no longer afford the luxury of a full day away from their desk. They need to keep up-to-date with policy developments and build professional networks, so our sharply-focussed events allow delegates to do both without eating into valuable working time.

Our agendas may be shorter but thanks to The Scotsman’s unrivalled access to a national and UK network of experts, each event attracts the best possible speakers and we build in time for discussion and networking.

The delegate fee is affordable and offers excellent value for money.

Each event is supported by editorial opportunities in The Scotsman as well as online, widening the scope of the debate and offering speakers a national platform.

To sign up for our 2014 events, use the 'Book Now' button on the appropriate conference page, or call 0131 620 8212.

Explore the site to find out more about our recent events or contact us direct to discuss how Scotsman Conferences can bring you and your organisation to the heart of the debate. You can contact us on 0131 620 8212 or by emailing: conferences@scotsman.com or join or exclusive database by clicking here.


Conferences
Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland's larder - the key to our prosperity?
Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland's larder - the key to our prosperity?Book now

The Scotsman Conferences third annual food and drink conference will examine what needs to happen here in Scotland to realise the full potential of an industry that now exports over £6 billion a year.


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Referendum Breakfast: Charities
Referendum Breakfast: CharitiesBook now

In the first event to examine the implications of the referendum result on the charitable sector, a range of experts will consider where charities go next in terms of funding, governance and the relationship with the beneficiaries of their work.
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Markets 2014: Where to from here?
Markets 2014: Where to from here?Book now

The return of one of our most popular events will see Bill Jamieson back in the chair as four experts discuss the future direction of financial markets. Bonds and equities, European markets and China and other fast-growing emerging markets will ...
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