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August 2016

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News from EDAS and the economic development community.

FSB Scotland is advertised for the following two positions. Please click on the links for more information and application details. Applications close 5 September 2016.

The next stage of a ten year regeneration strategy for Glasgow city centre was launched yesterday.

Scotland's share of inward investment projects has fallen, according to the latest figures from the new UK Department for International Trade.

This September, HIE is encouraging businesses to take a step back and assess how well they are innovating.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn today launched Scotland's new Labour Market Strategy.

This year's Venturefest Scotland innovation summit will host one of the largest collections of innovative companies of any Venturefest event. 

Scottish Enterprise has issued an invitation to quote for the role of "Engagement Enabler for ITREZ Collaborative Working".

Now in its 4th edition, the SME China Forum is coming to Scotland for the first time in 2016.

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,

With the UK vote to leave the European Union on 23 June, and the Scottish Government currently conducting a review of the enterprise and skills agencies, it has been a more eventful recess from parliament than usual.  

In this period of change, EDAS aims to support our members and the economic development community to make the most of emerging challenges and opportunities. I am therefore pleased to announce that on 4 October Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal & Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University, will be joining EDAS in Edinburgh to discuss the implications of the Brexit process for economic development in Scotland. 

As Chair of the Scottish Government's Standing Council on Europe, Professor Muscatelli is ideally placed to appraise the current situation and answer the questions of economic development practitioners. He will be joined on an expert panel with Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive & Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

Meanwhile on 25 October in Glasgow EDAS will hold an event to exhibit emerging research on workplace innovation, the circular economy, and other practical applications of using innovation to introduce a step-change in the Scottish economy. Held with the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, findings and case studies from the 2016 SUII Innovation Programme will be unveiled. The event will be chaired by SUII Director and EDAS Vice-Chair (Policy), Charlie Woods.

This autumn EDAS will be running a new round of our popular CPD courses on Introduction to Economic Development, and Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development. We are also piloting a new course on Monitoring and Evaluation: Achieving Better Value-for-Money and Innovating from Experience. Set to take place in Glasgow on 29 November, the course was designed based on feedback from our members to give practitioners essential knowledge and skills in these key areas.

As a date for the diary, EDAS will be holding its annual conference on conjunction with the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) on 1st December 2016 in Aberdeen. We will open booking for this soon, and please direct any initial enquiries to Elaine Bone at ebone@edas.org.uk.

Finally, I would like to inform our members that following a selection process, EDAS has appointed four new directors to our board. They are:
  • Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, Highland Council.
  • Fiona Fraser, Brand Strategist, Designer, Digital Marketer, Entrepreneur.
  • Donald Jarvie, Head of Scotland's Futures Forum, The Scottish Parliament.
  • Hazel Mackie, Principal Officer, Economic Development, Falkirk Council.

Kind Regards,

Robert Pollock
Chair, EDAS 

Autumn 2016 Events

Scotland's Economy and Exit from the EU

4 October, Edinburgh

£25 (EDAS members), £50 (non-members)

The June 2016 vote for the UK to leave the EU is widely seen as having profound implications for Scotland's economy and for economic development practitioners in the public, private and third sectors. 

On Tuesday 4 October in central Edinburgh, EDAS welcomes Professor Anton Muscatelli [Chair of the Scottish Government's Standing Council on Europe, and Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow], and Dr Fabian Zuleeg [Member, Standing Council on Europe and Chief Executive & Chief Economist, European Policy Centre, Brussels] to examine these issues with all those interested in Scotland's economy and economic development. Read more. 

To book please contact Yvonne Prager.

Cultures of Innovation: Research to Transform Scotland's Economy

25 October, Glasgow

£25 (EDAS members), £50 (non-members)

EDAS and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute invite you to join us for a special afternoon to learn about the latest research in Scotland on workplace innovation, the circular economy, and other areas of innovative practice promoting a step-change in Scotland's economic performance. 

T his will be an opportunity to receive early feedback and emerging findings from SUII's Innovation Programme, which is focused on the theme of fostering cultures of innovation.

The event will also be an opportunity to learn, connect and exchange with economic development stakeholders across sectors on work related to innovation. We very much hope to see you on 25  October. Read more

To book, please contact Yvonne Prager.
Autumn 2016 CPD Courses

Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development

22 November, Edinburgh

£200+VAT for EDAS members, £275+VAT for non members [Join now to receive the member rate].

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 course in Edinburgh on 22 November 2016.

The course is a knowledge update for people with a good basis in local economic development, giving key insight and understanding on the changing economic and policy circumstances. Read more.

To book, please contact Yvonne Prager.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Achieving Value for Money and Innovating from Experience

29 November, Glasgow

£200+VAT for EDAS members, £275+VAT for non members [Join now to receive the member rate].

This pilot one-day course provides an overview of monitoring and evaluation alongside information on key monitoring and evaluation processes; and uses examples to help illustrate key concepts. It is considered that programme managers and economic development managers will particularly benefit from this course. Read more.

To book, please contact Yvonne Prager. 

EDAS / SLAED Conference 2016

Thursday 1 December 2016, Aberdeen 

EDAS is holding its annual conference this year in partnership with the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED), in Aberdeen on 1 December.

We look forward to announcing programme details and further information shortly.

For any enquiries, please contact Elaine Bone at ebone@edas.org.uk.