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30 May 2024

Forum 24 – Scotland’s Growth Revolution

University of Edinburgh

Open to All

This year, Forum will bring together thought-leaders to explore how we prioritise and accelerate delivery of growth that is based on business innovation and investment in expanding the green economy, quality jobs and good public services.

Màiri McAllan, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy

Anas Sarwar, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Alastair Campbell, Journalist & Author

Sally Magnusson, Broadcaster & Journalist

Angus MacPherson, co-chair, Scottish Government’s Investor Panel

Bart van Ark, Managing Director, The Productivity Institute

Our members are building a prosperous Scotland, which looks beyond narrow economic success to deliver better social and environmental outcomes.

Forum, Scotland’s best cross-sector economic event, considers the opportunities for Scotland in a global economy and inspires and effects change in national and regional development.

Think of it as all the best minds in the economy under one roof sharing knowledge, ideas, building connections and harnessing our collective resources to make a difference.

With a line up of Scottish, UK and international speakers and at a time of national debate and decisions about the future of the economy, Forum seeks to inspire positive changes through a focus on the key issues, constructive dialogue and new partnerships.

Third Sector Discount

We are pleased to offer a 20% discount to third sector organisations. Add the appropriate tickets to your cart, click ‘next’, then click ‘Do you have a promo code?’ and enter Forum20.

0900 Arrival & Refreshments
0930 Welcome
0935 Ministerial Welcome
1015 Panel Discussion: Sustainable Growth Generation
Bart Van Ark, CEO, The Productivity Institute
Carroll Buxton, Deputy Chief Executive, HIE
Susie Lind, Managing Director, BlueFloat Energy/ Renantis Partnership
1115 Break
1130 Panel Discussion: An Education and Skills System fit for the Future
Joanna Campbell, Principal & Chief Executive, Dumfries and Galloway College, and Chair, College Principals’ Group
1230 Keynote and Q&A
1300 Update from Young Engineers & Science Clubs
1305 Lunch
1355 Update from Peer Works
1400 Keynote and Q&A
Anas Sarwar, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
1430 Panel Discussion: Getting Results from a Green Industrial Strategy
Angus MacPherson, Chief Executive, Noble & Co
Jake Rigg, External Affairs Director, ESO
1520 Break
1530 Panel Discussion: A Prosperous Future for People and Places
Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive, Falkirk Council
Uzma Khan, Vice-Principal, University of Glasgow
1620 Closing Keynote
Màiri McAllan MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy
1650 Closing words from Prosper
1800 Drinks Reception
1830 Welcome
1845 Dinner
2030 After Dinner Address
Alastair Campbell
2300 Close
Additional Information

Early Bird Tickets

Early bird tickets are now sold out.

Free Places for Early Career Professionals

We have now allocated all of the available free places for early career colleagues. If you want to add a colleague to a waiting list, in case a place becomes available in the next few weeks, please email Carol Anne. Below is more information about these places – it’s for information only at this stage.

We want to inspire Scotland’s young leaders and we offer up to ten free places for early career colleagues for Prosper members who book a conference and dinner ticket. When booking, you will indicate that you would like to reserve one of these places, and we’ll be in touch by email to get more details.

This person should usually be aged 25 or under, but we recognise that there may be exceptions. They will have a place allocated at both conference and dinner – you will be able to indicate if you’d only like them to attend one part of the event.

Once we’ve spoken with you, we will contact the nominated person directly to gather their information – you’ll just need to provide their name and email.

As these free future leaders places are very limited, if we are unable to gather registration details within five working days, we will withdraw their free place and offer to another delegate.


The venue is served by several bus routes and we do encourage delegates to use public transport wherever possible. However there is limited parking available on site, which is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Hotel rooms

Hotel rooms are available for our guests at a discounted rate. Visit the online booking service, and use promotion code EVENT for 15% off B&B rate at The Scholar and KM Hotels & Apartments, or 10% off B&B rate at the Scott Hotel.

Cancellations and Refunds

All Forum tickets are fully transferable to a substitute delegate of your choice, should you be unable to join us.

A full refund, less booking fees, will be offered on any tickets cancelled up to four weeks before the event.

Tickets cancelled up to two weeks before the event will be offered a 50% refund on ticket cost, less booking fees.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Ticket Types

Non-members are welcome to attend Forum, booking the appropriate, non-member ticket. Prosper will get in touch if you have booked a ticket type that doesn’t match your membership status, and will be happy to refund any excess or take additional payment as appropriate.

Please note that Ticket Tailor fees are not refundable.

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference and dinner is business casual.

Partner with us

Partner with us to shape your commitment to a prosperous economy. Forum serves as a showcase for your brand and purpose and sends a message about your commitment to work across public and private sectors to deliver a sustainable future.
You will raise your profile by engaging with around 150 senior leaders from across Scottish and UK economies.