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News from EDAS and the economic development community.
A key result of the  World Towns Leadership Summit  15-16 June, Edinburgh, will be the creation and signing of the World Towns Agreement.

The Scottish Government has recently announced its new Cabinet, which has the economy as one of its key priorities.

The awards are designed to celebrate and recognise excellence in businesses created by young people, aged 16-18.

Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) has announced it will invest £200,000 over the next three years into developing collaboration services for businesses.

BIDs Scotland is advertising the following vacancies.  

Venturefest Scotland takes place on Thursday 1 September 2016 at the Glasgow Science Centre and is free to attend.  

In its 2015-16 annual report, CDS shows how it's helping Scottish firms to grow and prosper through collaborative working and employee ownership.

Scotland achieved record-breaking levels of inward investment last year, a survey has found.

The Scottish Government has produced a summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey 2015, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training. 

Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA) are recruiting a Principal Economist for their Glasgow office.

The chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Professor Lorne Crerar, has praised the region's businesses for their role in delivering a successful year of investment and job creation.

Figures of unprecedented detail for local areas and equality groups analysed over a three year period were released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.

During June, the Resource Efficient Scotland programme is delivering training to teach valuable skills to Scottish SMEs.

Up to five Commissioners are sought who have significant experience in large scale economic development to join us on a voluntary basis to help shape the most ambitious regional development effort in the country. 

For all latest news visit our  news page.

EDAS has a range of supportive resources, and welcomes ideas for future development and collaboration.


EDAS enables our 3000+ members across Scotland to connect, learn, share information, and enjoy a neutral space for policy discussion. 

As well as foundation and refresher courses in economic development, we run regular Scotland's Economy Sessions and an annual conference. As a member-led body, we welcome your suggestions and collaboration.

Full details

Foreword: Robert Pollock, EDAS Chair

Dear colleague,

I am pleased to announce that on Friday 17 June EDAS will host a guest lecture by Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Dr. Zuleeg will discuss Scotland's economy in the context of the European Union, and how Scotland can adapt to increasing competition, interconnectedness and digitalisation. Speakers from PA Consulting, the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and EDAS will also address the meeting, which will be a chance to reflect on the current position of Scotland's economy and how economic development stakeholders can help effect change. EDAS will also conduct its AGM business, and so I would encourage you all to attend. The event is kindly hosted by PA Consulting in Edinburgh. For more information and booking, please click here, or email Yvonne Prager.

The very last few places are remaining on our upcoming CPD course Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development. The course will take place on 7 June in Glasgow, and offers a knowledge and practice update for professionals with a basis in local economic development. For more information and booking, please contact Yvonne Prager As a reminder, EDAS will also announce details of its Annual Conference in the coming weeks.

The Storify report for EDAS' event "Innovation in Action" is now available, and can be read by clicking here You can also now download and read EDAS' new publication, Culture, Outlook and Scottish Internationalisation, which was launched last month. The Storify report from the launch event will be available shortly. Please see below for more information.  

We look forward to discussing the final outputs and key messages on Internationalisation, Innovation and Skills from our Route Map of Common Ambition for Scotland on 17 June. 

I wish you the very best for the coming month.
Kind Regards,

Robert Pollock
Chair, EDAS 

Scotland's Economy and the European Union: A Time for Reflection

9.00am, Friday 17 June
PA Consulting Rooftop Terrace, Edinburgh

EDAS cordially invites you to join us for a special annual event to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Scotland's economy, and the capabilities of economic development stakeholders to help all sectors adapt to changing global conditions.

Attendees will be addressed by special guest  Dr. Fabian Zuleeg , Chief Executive and Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Dr. Zuleeg will discuss the internationalisation of the Scottish economy in the context of the European Union, and how the Scottish economy can adapt to increasing competition, interconnectedness and digitalisation. 

The event also marks the completion of EDAS'  Route Map for Common Ambition for Scotland , a policy analysis framework relating to the key areas of Internationalisation, Innovation and Skills. Attendees will hear from  Charlie Woods , EDAS Vice-Chair (Policy) and Director of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (University of Strathclyde), who will explain the key messages and outputs emerging from this work. There will also be a talk by  James Hamilton , Change Management and Business Transformation Specialist with PA Consulting, on the capabilities required to engender strategic change. 

In addition we will hold EDAS' AGM, with proceedings chaired by Robert Pollock, EDAS Chair.  For more information, click here. To reserve your place, please contact  Yvonne Prager.

Last Places for Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development

Tuesday 7 June
Albany Learning and Conference Centre, Glasgow

Delivered in partnership with the TERU centre of the University of Glasgow, EDAS is running its popular "Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development" (formerly "Refresher Course") in Glasgow on Tuesday 7 June. 

The course offers a knowledge and practice update for professionals with a basis in local economic development, giving you the insight you need on changing economic and policy circumstances. Robin Presswood, Head of Economy, Planning and Employability at Fife Council, has described the value of the course, stating: "It has provided useful context for the economic policy, intelligence work and briefings that Fife Council's Economic Advisors carry out".

If you are an individual or organisation interested in benefiting, the very last few places are remaining. See full information on the course, or contact Yvonne Prager to book. 

As part of the Route Map for Common Ambition, T he EDAS Internationalisation Group , chaired by Susan Love, Policy Manager for Scotland at the Federation of Small Businesses, focused on the issue of how to engender an international outlook and culture as the backdrop to successful internationalisation. The group addressed issues such as education, culture, media and languages. 

Internationalisation Article Series Launch

The EDAS Internationalisation Group invited eight expert authors to write on a key issue around Scottish internationalisation and how this connects to the theme of culture and outlook. A formal launch of the resulting publication - Culture, Outlook and Scottish Internationalisation -  took place on 28 April with the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Cultural Relations, and was supported by Scottish Development International. We were delighted to be joined by authors of the articles, as well as key internationalisation stakeholders from the public, private, academic and third sectors. The launch was covered in the Scotsman. A report of the event will be available on our Storify page shortly. 


The Innovation Group , chaired by Charlie Woods, Director of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, examined the possibility of mapping innovation processes and sources of support in Scotland. The group also designed a proposal to create an open source diagnostic and resource tool to support innovation capability, which is currently being termed a "Sat Nav" of innovation. 

Event Report Available: Innovation in Action 

The EDAS Innovation Group held a well-attended and successful event,  "Innovation in Action", on 21 March at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow. 

A Storify report of the event is now available. Attendees heard from a range of expert speakers, examining practical examples of current innovation activity in Scotland and further afield, and what lessons these hold for all stakeholders in economic development. 


The EDAS Skills Group,  chaired by Ishabel Bremner of Argyll and Bute Council, focused on workforce development, especially around the themes of underemployment and equity in employment. Events were held to examine each of these topics, and the group is formulating the key messages and findings emerging from of these activities. The work of the Skills Group also contributed to EDAS' presentation on underemployment to the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Skills on Thursday 4 February. 

Event Report Available: Equity and Employment in the Scottish Labour Market 

On Friday 26th February a series of expert speakers were invited to present the latest research and case studies on equity in the Scottish labour market, and what more can be done to guarantee inclusive and equitable employment. The event was hosted by Ingeus at their Edinburgh office.

A report from the event, including presentations for download, can now be read at EDAS' Storify account here