Scotland Excel


18 Feb 2020

Countdown to Inclusive Growth conference

Delegates will hear from experts

Conference 2019

As the Centre of Procurement Expertise for local government, Scotland Excel holds a conference each year to discuss how procurement can advance key local and national priorities.      

The theme of this year’s conference is inclusive growth and in a few days’ time (20/21 February) more than 100 public sector delegates will gather in Glasgow to explore how councils and other local organisations can work together to support this important agenda.

Inclusive growth is being debated by governments around the world with Scottish Government defining it as “Growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equity: that creates opportunities for all and distributes the dividend of increased prosperity fairly”.

The Scotland Excel two-day conference will present the latest thinking on inclusive growth by a range of experts and provide guidance on how to translate policy into practice.

Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel, said, “Procurement is only one driver of inclusive growth. To truly make a difference we need to work with other public sector colleagues and partner organisations to do our very best for local communities. We’ve been delighted by the reaction to the concept of exploring inclusive growth and look forward to many interesting and fruitful discussions.”

Day 1 of the packed programme features a keynote address by the Scottish Government’s Chief Economic Adviser, Dr Gary Gillespie, and contributions from the Leader of North Ayrshire Council, Joe Cullinane, and Neil Findlay of the hugely successful social enterprise, Social Bite.

Day 2 will see Rhoda Grant MSP for Highlands and Islands and Co-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking address delegates about the need to be vigilant about modern slavery, while Scotland Excel’s own David Kerr will talk about work happening to reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.   

Prices for the two-day conference start at £99 + VAT with bookings being taken at https://scot-excelconference.holyrood.com/ up until close of play on Tuesday, 18 February.