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Friday, 18 November 2016

Will Hutton to Discuss Implications of U.S. Election & Brexit for Scottish Economic Development - EDAS / SLAED Conference - 1 December 2016

One of the UK’s leading economists, Will Hutton, is to address senior figures in Scottish economic development at the 1st EDAS / SLAED Conference on 1 December 2016.

Mr Hutton will discuss the wider political and economic circumstances shaping the conditions for economic development in Scotland. These include the U.S. election, Brexit, budgetary pressure, the Autumn statement, spatial imbalance, the changing UK State – and the implications of all this for regional, economic & industrial development in Scotland.

Will Hutton is Principal of Hertford College, Oxford; Chair of the Big Innovation Centre; and former editor-in-chief of the Observer. He is a prominent contributor to national debates on economic policy. His latest article in the Guardian, entitled Trade is the lifeblood of humanity. Closed doors lead to closed minds, argued that “the protectionist rhetoric gaining ground in Britain and the US, where Donald Trump vows to withdraw from Nafta and impose huge tariffs, fatally ignores how exchange between countries brings prosperity and progress”.

Mr Hutton will be joined by a range of speakers at the biggest annual gathering of senior economic development professionals in Scotland. on 1 December at Aberdeen Town House. Hosted by Aberdeen City Council, it will be the first joint conference between EDAS (Economic Development Association Scotland) and SLAED (Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group). With change across a range of scales, including Brexit, extra Holyrood powers, the agencies' review, budgetary challenges and City Region Deals, the conference represents a timely and important opportunity for leaders in Scotland's economic development community to come together to collectively consider this changing landscape and shape common action.  

With delegate rates from £100, those wishing to attend are encouraged to reserve soon, as remaining places are being booked up quickly.

Other speakers include: Douglas Fraser (Conference Chair), Business and Economy Editor, BBC Scotland; Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government; Councillor Jenny Laing, Leader, Aberdeen City Council;  Jennifer Craw, Chief Executive of ONE (Opportunity North East) and Chair of Robert Gordon University; and  Professor Gary McEwan, Chief Executive, Elevator UK and Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship at Dundee University - to name but a few.

The conference will bring together senior representation from Scotland’s local authorities, Scottish Government, enterprise agencies, business groups, independent consultants, and the third sector.


Further information on the conference can be found at the links below. Contact Elaine Bone at or telephone 07801 354591 for enquiries. 

For more information: event web page

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