Summary of Event: “Unlocking Entrepreneurialism and Business Growth in Cities”

On Friday 28th November, Policy Scotland jointly hosted an Ideas Forum with the Scottish Cities Knowledge  Centre, in Edinburgh.  The half-day event covered the following topics:

– Entrepreneurial Eco-systems and Growth (Prof Colin Mason, University of Glasgow)

– Microbusiness growth and the urban economy (Dr Darja Reuschke, University of St Andrews and Prof Donald Houston, University of Glasgow

– Policies to Build Competitiveness and Growth (Dr Brian McVey, Scottish Enterprise)

– Perspectives on supporting new business (Hugh Lightbody, Business Gateway National Unit)

– A Framework and Action Plan for Women’s Enterprise ( Anne Meikle, Women’s Enterprise Scotland)

The note attached below provides a summary of the main points and questions raised after each presentation. A summary of the presentation outlines is also supplied. For presentation slides please visit

 Discussion points report Nov14