Spring Conference 2014 sponsored by Barclays

Full House for the Spring Conference!

The Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s George Street played host to the Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference on Wednesday, with the event fully booked out and proving highly successful. The keynote address was given by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, who referred to the economic contribution study in his speech commenting that “The Scottish Government acknowledged, appreciates and values the contributions highlighted in the report.”
Attracted by the packed agenda, Members and guests attending our Spring Conference were guided through the results of the economic contribution study before the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, made the keynote speech. Within his address, he commented that “The Scottish Government acknowledged, appreciates and values the contributions highlighted in the [economic contribution] report.”
The audience then heard about key economic, environmental and social findings from the joint project between the Cairngorm National Park and Scottish Land & Estates.
In between sessions, attendees were able to speak to a full range of member exhibitors involved in rural sector enterprises and advisory services.
The afternoon sessions focused on case studies and perspectives across Energy & Renewables, Food & Drink, Leisure & Tourism and Emerging Markets. Mixing practical observation, advice and no little humour, the speakers gave the assembled audience valuable insights and considerable inspiration to make best use of land-based assets.
Scottish Land & Estates is particularly grateful to our Conference sponsors, Barclays, CKD Galbraith, Brodies, Chiene + Tait and Lycetts for making the event such a success.
You can view the full results of the Economic Contribution survey here...
Please see below a montage video of the Spring Conference, and the presentations from each speaker.




Economic Contribution Study Findings

Rob Hindle, Director, Rural Solutions





Cairngorms National Park Economic Assessment Findings

Grant Moir, Chief Executive, CNPA





Keynote Speech

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth



National Perspective - Energy & Renewables

Jeremy Sainsbury, Director, Natural Power




Case Study - Energy & Renewables

James Lithgow, Ormsary Estate and Allt Dearg Community Wind Farm




National Perspective - Food & Drink

Ray Jones, Chairman, Scotland Food & Drink



Case Study - Food & Drink

Alastair Macphie, Macphie of Glenbervie



National Perspective - Leisure & Tourism

Caroline Millar, Director, Go Rural



Case Study - Leisure & Tourism

Jamie Williamson, Alvie & Dalraddy Estates




A financial overview of funding for the land based business sector

Ian Baker, National Director, Barclays Agribusiness




Valuing and delivering ecosystems services

Andrew Midgley, Head of Policy, Scottish Land & Estates





The Peatland Code: an opportunity for private funding of peatlands

Clifton Bain, Director, IUCN UK Peatland Programme


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