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Invest in Stirling – Ambitious, Sustainable, Thriving, Innovative, Vibrant, Fair

Friday, 5th November 2021 1145hrs – 1330hrs

Stirling’s ambition as a place for investment, entrepreneurial flair and innovative businesses is creating a future just as exciting and compelling as its past.

And this webinar will highlight exactly how investors, developers and organisations can benefits from the growth vision set out by Stirling Council – backed up by the £95m City Region Deal.

There are a plethora of reasons why Stirling is becoming a hotbed for investment:

  • It’s Scotland’s first Gigabit City
  • There are numerous ground-breaking capital projects in the pipeline
  • Green investment and a strong net zero commitment has been made
  • Preservation and utilisation of key assets including the medieval city centre
  • Collaboration with the University of Stirling and Forth Valley College is enabling highly skilled job creation and private sector partnerships

This event will delve into the past and present to set the tone into the story of Stirling.

But we will then highlight the future – the ambition, the vision, the investment and development opportunities.

Stirling is alive with opportunity, and at the heart of Scotland it offers unparalleled connectivity, an outstanding and skilled workforce and an enviable way of life with the flexibility of that elusive work/life balance – it’s all here! And we’re sure you’ll be keen to discover exactly what opportunities lie in the city of Stirling.

Speakers for this event include:

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.

Stirling Council – Cllr Scott Farmer, Leader

More information to follow.

Stirling Council – Carol Beattie, Chief Executive

Carol was appointed to the post of Chief Executive, Stirling Council on 7th March 2019.

Carol has successfully steered the Council through development of a 10 year strategy and transformation plan in a succession of years of financial pressure. For the last 18 months the focus has been on supporting the effort in dealing with the pandemic, both locally for Stirling Communities and contributing to the national resilience work.

In addition, Carol has been instrumental in achieving a City Region Deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, where the emphasis is now on the delivery phase to support the economic and social wellbeing of the region and beyond. Achieving strong partnership working with key stakeholders, communities and businesses has been at the centre of the successes to date.

Carol has taken personal interest in expanding Stirling’s economy by growing its marketability as a destination for global investment.  She has brought a sharper focus on skills for the future and regeneration opportunities through place development, business sector growth and expanding the investment attraction and inclusive growth activity by refreshing the Economic Strategy and being a visible supporter to the wider business community in Stirling.

Having worked within an international context in both the private and public sector, Carol has developed specialist knowledge in developing international trade and foreign direct investment. She has a particular interest in growing trade skills development and the global reach of Scottish businesses, which was acknowledged when she became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Export.

Carol joined Stirling Council in 2014 as Senior Manager for Economic Development, and was appointed Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise in May 2017 before later being appointed Chief Executive.

Stirling Council – Brian Roberts, Chief Operating Officer, Infrastructure & Environment

As Chief Operating Officer, Brian leads on Infrastructure, Environment & Place and City Region Deal activities.
Focusing on improving Stirling’s public realm, its connectivity and enabling sustainable development, his current role has a wide portfolio with responsibilities including, Planning; Building Standards; Sustainability, Transport Planning, Asset Management; Capital Projects; Waste; Roads; Land; Fleet and Facilities Management (Catering, Cleaning & Caretaking) Services. Delivering major projects and investments for the City Region Deal that will generate inclusive economic growth, community wellbeing and sustainable outcomes across the Stirling & Clackmannanshire region.
He has a background in Civil Engineering and has 28 years of experience within Local Government, across a range of successful roles, projects and programmes, with specific career experience in engineering, transport and asset management.

Robertson Property – Katherine Mackintosh, Managing Director Regeneration

Katherine has over 30 years of experience in the property industry in both the public and private sector. She was responsible for strategic asset management of over 4,000 assets while at Highland Council. Since joining Robertson she has held a number of property-related roles delivering commercial property development. As Director of Regeneration at Robertson Katherine has focused on delivering development in partnership with the public sector, delivering the masterplan for Pennywell Town Centre in Edinburgh and the masterplan for 400 homes at Raploch in Stirling as part of the latest phase of regeneration.

On behalf of Cardiff Council, Katherine is currently leading delivery of the Atlantic Wharf, Butetown, Cardiff Masterplan which will see the delivery of a mixed use development, over the next 10 years to create new vibrant visitor destination, on a 30 acre site linking the City to Cardiff Bay, anchored by a new indoor arena.

Katherine is a Director of Elgin Business Improvement District supporting the transformation of town centres.

She believes that all development should leave a positive legacy for the wider community and that the industry and communities need to work together to deliver this.

M&G plc – David Macmillan, Chief Customer & Innovation Officer

With over 30 years’ experience in the insurance, wealth management, data analytics and retail banking segments of the financial services market, David has built up a long trackrecord of innovative and transformational leadership.

David joined M&G plc from within, ahead of its floatation in 2019, having previously been Managing Director, Prudential UK and Europe before the merger with M&G Investments that heralded the creation of the new company. Prior to that David was Chief Marketing Officer of Transamerica (USA) until 2017 and before
that AEGON (UK) until 2015.

On graduation from the University of Edinburgh, David joined Standard Life and spent 17 years at the company; including 7 years as Sales & Marketing Director of a start-up Bank, and 2 years as UK Retail Director for the newly floated Standard Life plc. Between leaving Standard Life in 2007 and joining AEGON in 2011, David led two different risk and analytics businesses as CEO.

11:45-12:00 Doors Open & Networking
12:00-12:20 Conference Welcome and Keynote

We will hear from Cllr Farmer, leader of Stirling Council about his strategic vision for the region. This will be a scene setter for rest of the webinar, highlighting key strengths of Stirling and why one should invest, work and live in Stirling.

Stirling Council; Cllr Scott Farmer, Leader

12:20-13:00 Invest in Stirling – Opportunities for Investment and Development in the City Region

This is a panel of partners and businesses connected, integrated and vital to the vision of Stirling’s vibrant economy. They will share with you the transformational projects shaping Stirling’s future, their insight and vision for the area as well as knowledge of the development pipeline and economic impact that will be realised in this unique setting.

Chair: Built Environment Networking; Phil Laycock, Director

Stirling Council; Carol Beattie, Chief Executive

Stirling Council; Brian Roberts, Infrastructure & Environment

M&G plc; David Macmillan, Chief Customer & Innovation Officer

Robertson Property; Katherine Mackintosh, Managing Director Regeneration

13:00-13:05 Break
13:05-13:30 Interactive Roundtable Discussions

We will open the forum for you to directly engage with the right people in order to help you position your business to locate, settle and succeed in the Stirling area and provide information on opportunities for investment in projects.

 Roundtable topics include:

  • Investing in Stirling

Stirling Council; Stuart Oliver, Senior Manager for Economic Development and Communities

Stirling Council; Steve MacDonald, Service Manager Economic Growth, Culture, Tourism and Events

Stirling Council; Fiona Buchanan, Economic Development Officer, Invest in Stirling.

  • ‘Employability’ – Talent, Skills and Solutions

Stirling Council; Gordon Wright, Senior Officer – Employer Engagement, Learning & Employability

University of Stirling; Pamela Crawford, Head of Careers and Employability, Student Academic and Corporate  Services

  • Planning in Stirling

Stirling Council; Christina Cox – Service Manager, Planning & Building Standards

Stirling Council; Mark Laird – Senior Planning Officer, Planning and Building Standards

Stirling Council; Michael Mulgrew, Development Management Team Leader Planning and Building Standards

  • Building Net Zero Stirling

Stirling Council; David Hopper Sustainable Development Manager Infrastructure Development Team

Stirling Council; Sarah Phillips  Economic Development Officer

13:30 Conference Close


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Friday, 5th November 2021

1145hrs – 1330hrs


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