20 – 21 February, 2020
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

"Inclusive growth is growth that creates opportunities for all and distributes the dividend of increased prosperity fairly"
- Scottish Government

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Day 1

09:15 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Welcome and Agenda
10:10 Setting the scene – Julie Welsh, Director, Scotland Excel
10:15 Keynote Address - Dr Gary Gillespie FAcSS, Director and Scottish Government Chief Economist

Scottish Government’s latest thinking on Inclusive Growth and Wellbeing.
10:45 Community Wealth Building - Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader, North Ayrshire Council

In April 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity announced a £3m investment in Community Wealth Building in Ayrshire. Almost a year on, North Ayrshire Council can share some valuable lessons.
11.05 Coffee and Networking
11:25 Growing Locally, Thriving NationallyGraeme Sutherland, Project Account Manager, Scotland Excel

Details of Scotland Excel's new Local Suppliers project, which sees sharing of best practice to support the purchase of goods and services locally, while boosting Scotland's economy.
11:35 A New Regional ApproachProfessor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair, South of Scotland Enterprise

This session looks at a fresh approach to regional growth, which is informed by the wider economic context and is sensitive to the needs and opportunities of the area.
12:00 Workshop – Community EngagementVanessa Robertson, Perth & Kinross Council, Lynette Lees, Clydebank Housing Association, Jillian Gibson, Training Officer - Participatory Budgeting, COSLA, Wendy Davies and Elliot Hamilton from Bendcrete Skateparks

Communities are being given more say and involvement in how neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities are run, which has resulted in community engagement being part of almost every public sector plan.

This workshop provides inspiration for effective community engagement from four very different perspectives.
12:55 Lunch
13:45 Workshop – Engaging Effectively: Clarity, Focus and PowerNicola Denegri MA, CIPD, ILM Principal Consultant and Head of Coaching, Kissing with Confidence

This workshop will help you to develop essential skills that every professional needs, focusing on techniques to manage challenging conversations towards positive outcomes.
14:40 Economic & Social Wellbeing – Chris Oswald, Equality & Investment Manager, Regional Economic Development, Scottish Government (seconded from Equality & Human Rights Commission)

We all need to be better citizens – both personally and professionally – to tackle some of the 'wicked problems' that society faces.
15:10 Coffee and Networking
15:30 Advancing Inclusive Growth Through Affordable HousingColin Taylor, Housing Services Manager, Scotland Excel

Following the launch of Scotland Excel’s £1.5bn New Build Residential Construction framework in 2019, a closer look at how the framework works and how the building of new affordable housing can support inclusion and grow local businesses and communities.
15:55 Social Business PerspectiveAlistair Kerr, Director & Chair of the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) Scotland and Neil Findlay, Head of Social Bite

We are delighted to welcome Alistair and Neil to outline how social businesses benefit from providing goods and services to the public sector, highlighting some of the challenges they face too.
16:25 Closing Remarks
16:30 Finish


Day 2

09:00 Registration and Coffee
09:45 Welcome and Agenda
09:50 Chief Executive’s Perspective – Cleland Sneddon, Chief Executive, South Lanarkshire Council

Before moving to South Lanarkshire Council, Cleland Sneddon was Chief Executive at Argyll & Bute Council. Cleland will look at past successes and future priorities under the inclusive growth agenda from a chief executive’s standpoint.
10:10 Keynote Address - Rhoda Grant MSP for Highlands and Islands & Co-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is on the increase in Scotland, across the UK and worldwide. Stamping out modern slavery in supply chains is one of the Scottish Government’s top priorities.

Everyone in Scotland – individuals and organisations – has a responsibility to play their part in tackling and preventing this crime.
10:40 Helping Communities Back to Work - Bridget Lambert, Strategic Procurement Manager & Laura Neill, Assistant Economic Development Manager (Employability), Renfrewshire Council

Community benefits are now an established feature of public procurement, with both frameworks and contracts expected to negotiate added value for local communities. This session looks at Renfrewshire Council’s approach to using procurement to help the long-term unemployed back into work.
11:10 Transforming Lives Through Work - Sean Duffy, Chief Executive, The Wise Group

A number of agencies are working towards a better, fairer Scotland where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. An overview of the collaborative work taking place to bring about transformational change - locally, regionally, and nationally.
11:40 Coffee and Networking
12:00 Workshop Options

1. Community Benefits from Policy to Practice - Nicola Deans, Procurement Officer, South Ayrshire Council, Stuart Calderwood, Community Benefits & Sustainable Procurement Manager, Aberdeen City Council, Rachael Thomas, Community Benefits Officer, Dundee City Council

Since the introduction of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, community benefits have been enshrined in public procurement. This workshop will feature a panel of local authority colleagues, who will present examples of best practice and provide key take-aways that delegates can use to manage community benefits in contracts.

2. Coaching & Mentoring for SuccessDonnie MacRae, L&D Project Manager, Scotland Excel Academy

Coaching and mentoring are learning relationships which help people to take charge of their own development, realise their potential and achieve results that they value. 
12:50 Climate Emergency Focus – David Kerr, Senior Procurement Specialist, Scotland Excel

Climate change is one of the most devastating realities we face. Thought leadership on the part public procurement can play in tackling the climate emergency, featuring a video on the ‘Circular Economy’.
13:10 Closing Remarks
13:15 Lunch and Networking

More information will be added to the agenda as speakers are confirmed. Details subject to change.