Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell are keynote speakers at the Federation of Small Businesses national conference in Glasgow this week.
The event at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre will be hosted by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark. Other speakers on the line-up include Ofcom Chief Executive Sharon White, SuperJam entrepreneur Fraser Doherty, and Jackie Baillie MSP, Labour’s Scottish finance spokeswoman.
Mr Doherty, the 2007 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year, started his jam making business at the age of 14 from his grandmother’s kitchen. He went on to create a multi-million pound business which now exports worldwide.
He’s the founder of SuperJam and Envelope Coffee, and is the co-founder of Beer52, and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘invention, innovation, investment’.
The conference, which is free to attend and open to both members and non-members, is expected to attract more than 1,000 small businesses from across the UK. Alongside the programme of speakers, there will also be networking sessions, seminars, and a number of exhibitors.
Ms Sturgeon says the Scottish government is committed to supporting small businesses, as the backbone of the Scottish economy.
The event takes place between March 17 and 19.
Maria Williams is a copywriter, professional blogger, and PR for small business at www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk.