Entrepreneurial Scotland launches 2018 conference

Entrepreneurial Scotland launches 2018 conference

International speakers will share their expertise and knowledge at the Entrepreneurial Scotland Conference on Thursday 26 April.

The theme of this year’s event at Gleneagles Hotel is ‘Global Mindset’ and focuses on the need for organisations across all sectors to look outwards and consider what Scotland can offer, and learn from, the rest of the world.  

Mark Beaumont, the long distance cyclist and patron of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation, will open the conference. Georg Ell, the director of Tesla for Western Europe, will also speak to reveal his challenges and ambition for the region.

Other speakers confirmed so far are:

  • Stefani Grosse, founder of Monreal London, the luxury women’s sportswear brand whose customers include: HRH Duchess of Cambridge and Victoria Beckham and is stocked by some of the world's most prestigious retailers including Net-a-Porter, Selfridges and Harrods.
  • Gareth Williams, CEO and co-founder of Skyscanner, the travel website that was one of Scotland’s first unicorn companies and sold to China travel firm Ctrip in £1.4bn deal. Gareth was the winner of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017.
  • Lord Bilimoria CBE, the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India, both joint ventures with the global brewing company, Molson Coors.
  • Angus Macdonald, Chairman ICS Learn, the leading distance learning organisation, and winner of Entrepreneurial Scotland Scale Up Award 2017

Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland, said: “Entrepreneurial leaders with a Global Mindset have the best chance of taking advantage of emerging opportunities, driving innovation and growing sustainably. It is also a crucial component to achieve our ambition of making Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

“With that in mind we are bringing world-class speakers that attribute their success to embracing a Global Mindset to share their expertise at Gleneagles next month for what promises to be a formidable Conference to fuel our members and delegates – Scotland’s entrepreneurial leaders – ambition!”

Amanda Robertson, MD of Dundee-based Stoneridge Electronics, which exports tachographs and supports customers globally, is looking forward to this year’s conference.

 “The theme of this year’s Entrepreneurial Scotland conference is Global Mindset and this is something that really resonates with Stoneridge – it is at the core of everything we do. I’m always inspired by the innovation and ingenuity shown by Scotland and its entrepreneurs and it is great to see some fantastic examples will be at Gleneagles this April.”

Cazenove Capital is supporting ES Conference as headline partner this year. 

Bob Hair, head of Edinburgh Office, Cazenove Capital, said: “For hundreds of years, Scotland has been a thriving hub of ingenious ideas. It has given the world many great innovations and some fantastic people have left its shores to pursue their dreams elsewhere. There is no shortage of ambition for Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs to have a more global outlook, but that can be achieved without necessarily having to take their ideas, drive, ambition and businesses elsewhere. I can think of no better way of safeguarding its future wealth than by helping to make Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world.”