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30 August 2012
Embargo: For Immediate Release


Scottish businesses can thrive and grow, despite the current economic conditions, two of Scotland’s business and economy membership bodies will say to entrepreneurs at a business event today (Thursday 30 August).

At a one-day business convention, organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) at Gogarburn outside Edinburgh, more than 250 business owners will interact with industry experts and policymakers in fields such as finance, staff development and internationalisation.  Ministers from both the Scottish and Westminster governments, Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism and Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland will also address the entrepreneurial audience.

Following a summer of mixed economic data, both organisations are encouraging MSPs and MPs, due back at Holyrood and the House of Commons on Monday (3 September) to put the economy and the business environment at the top of their agendas.  However, government is only part of the solution and both organisations claim that businesses with the grit to succeed will be essential to the Scotland’s future prospects.

The FSB’s Scottish Policy Convener Andy Willox OBE said:

“Scottish businesses can succeed, can grow and can thrive. Today’s event will give people working and leading in some of Scotland’s small businesses better insight into the techniques and experiences that led others to success.

“Both new and established firms are essential to Scotland’s local economies and communities. No matter the age of your business, it is important to keep up with regulatory, economic, social and competitive environment in which you operate regularly changes. We hope that today’s event will give many Scottish businesses the inside track and, in turn, give them a better chance to succeed.”  

Dr Lesley Sawers, SCDI chief executive said:

"Small businesses are key to the success of the Scottish economy. This event brings together businesses of all sizes from a range of sectors to share experiences and knowledge to help them succeed.
"Working in partnership with FSB, we believe that together we can make a strong and positive contribution to achieving sustainable economic growth in Scotland."


Note to editors

The FSB is the UK's leading business organisation with around 200,000 members UK-wide, 20,000 of whom are in Scotland.  It exists to protect and promote the interests of Real-Life Entrepreneurs who run their own business.  More information is available at

SCDI is Scotland's leading independent economic development organisation representing 1,200 companies, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, trade unions and faith groups.

This is the second year the FSB and SCDI have held a joint small business convention

The full event programme can be found here:

9.30 am – Address by Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland

13.40 pm – Address by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism


Stuart Mackinnon:                07917 628 995 / 0141 221 0775
Colin Borland:                       0791 762 8939 / 0141 221 0775

James Alexander:                0776 202 3985 / 0141 222 9728

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