A panel event that looks at the political situation of Scotland and the future of Financial Services in these times of change.

Tuesday 13 June 2023
Chair: James Barbour CA: Director of Policy Leadership – ICAS
Sir John Curtice: Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde
Professor Russell Napier: Co-founder of the investment research portal ERIC & Library of Mistakes
Susan Love: Strategic Engagement Lead – ACCA
Susan Murray: Director of The David Hume Institute
Sandy Begbie: CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise


In this joint event with the Professional Bodies Forum, the panellists will discuss the following points and take questions from the audience:

  • The current political situation in Scotland and the consideration of how well the Scottish Government works with the Business Sector in Scotland
  • The main issues relating to Businesses for the next few years: Brexit, Inflation, Edinburgh Reforms, Regulation, and more?
  • Does the Scottish Government work well with the whole of the business sector or are many areas forgotten?
  • How can the sector and government work better to encourage more people to join the sector, do the governmental bodies like SDS actually help or are they a hindrance?
  • If the next election is a defacto Independence vote then would businesses stand with Scotland or run for the border?

The event starts with registration and coffee from 5.30pm. The discussion starts at 6pm with an introduction by Professor Jo Danbolt on behalf of the Business School and finishes with a networking drinks reception from 7.30pm.