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The Independence White Paper: A Business Plan for Scotland? [CLOSED]

The Independence White Paper: A Business Plan for Scotland? [CLOSED]

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The SNP has published their blueprint for independence. Will it help provide the answers for undecided Scots ahead of next year’s referendum?

Please click here for access to the Independence White Paper.

The white paper, which will set out the details for an independent Scotland, is one of the most important documents to be published in recent history. A work the First Minister says will "resonate down the ages".

This prospectus for independence will need to answer many questions, not least from business and industry who want to see a robust business plan for Scotland in the future, regardless of governance.


08:15 - Registration with tea, coffee and home baking

08:45 - Welcome from the chair
Peter Jones, business and political commentator, the Economist and The Scotsman

08:50 - Introduction from Dundas & Wilson
Laurence Ward, Chairman

Session 1: The Independence White Paper: Is it a business plan for Scotland?
- What Scottish business wants from the government
David Watt, executive director of IoD, Scotland

09:05 - Keynote address plus Q&A
John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance

09:35 - Scottish Business: stronger in the UK plus Q&A
Phil Anderton, International business leader, board member of Better Together

Session 2: An objective examination of what the White Paper means for business
- The Finance Perspective
Atholl Duncan, Executive Director, Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland

10:15 - Connectivity
Raymond O'Hare, founder of OCSolutions, former head of Microsoft in Scotland.

10:30 - Tax policy
David Glen, Head of Tax PWC UK

10:45 - Q&A with Atholl Duncan, Raymond O'Hare & David Glen

11:00 - Coffee break

11:30 - Transport
Professor Iain Docherty, Public Policy and Governance, the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

11:45 - Enterprise and start-ups
Chris Van der Kuyl, Games industry and entrepreneur, Chairman of 4J Studios and former Chief Executive of brightsolid

12:00 - Skills and labour market
Dr John McGurk, Head of Scotland, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

12:15 - Q&A with Dr John McGurk, Iain Docherty & Chris Van der Kuyl 

12:30 - Summing up and Q&A
Terry Murden, Business editor, The Scotsman

12:55 - Closing remarks
Peter Jones, conference chair

13:00 - Networking Lunch

Please note the agenda may be subject to change.

Information and fees

We are pleased to offer the best value conference rates in Scotland
£110.00 + VAT
Fees include refreshments, networking brunch and exclusive access to the Post Conference Reports.

For more information please email or give the team a call on: 0131 620 8212

To book your place please click here.

The Scotsman Conferences are half day events. Registration will be from 8.15am. The conference will draw to a close at approximately 1.00pm and be followed by a networking lunch.

Key Speaker: See speaker list above
Venue: The Scottish National Gallery (Map Details)
Time: 03 December 2013, at 08:15

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