The New Consumer Scotland Agency: Investigation is coming - Tuesday 30th April 2018

The Scottish Government has announced it will introduce legislation in 2019 to create Consumer Scotland - a new agency to represent the interests of consumers in Scotland.  

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister, Scottish Government, told Parliament:

"Our work to build a fairer Scotland will also include, in the year ahead, a new Consumer Protection Bill to secure fairer outcomes for consumers."  Programme for Government statement, 4 September 2018.

This conference will examine proposals for the new Consumer Scotland Agency.  It will look at how it could fit into the existing advisory and regulatory framework of support for consumers and examine how it will use its powers and influence to mandate and advocate for change in marketplaces.  Read more here.

 Children and Young People's Mental Health in Scotland: delivering joined-up prevention, intervention and whole community support - 21st May 2019


This conference discusses the Scottish Government's strategy to transform the provision of child and adolescent mental health services in Scotland.  The specific new financial commitments to service expansion and the work of its joint Task Force on Children and Young People's Mental Health - which produced interim recommendations in September 2018 - set the scene for major service and policy developments.

The Preliminary View and Recommendations of the Task Force were published in September last year.  It concluded that new focus is needed on prevention and early intervention, better joined-up seamless general support.  It also called for more immediately available specialist services and the promotion of a whole community approach to understanding where mental health and well-being problems are best supported. Read more here.

Reform of Adults with Incapacity Law in Scotland: Understanding and shaping what's coming next - Thursday 13th June 2019

The way in which adults with incapacity are safeguarded in Scotland is set out in The Adults with Incapacity Act (Scotland) 2000. This addresses how their welfare is protected and how their finances and possessions are managed when they cannot make decisions themselves.

This conference is timed to provide the opportunity to understand and engage with the Scottish Government's proposals following their current stakeholder engagement and to help shape the final recommendations before the legislative process begins.

The Scottish Government consulted in 2018 on its proposals to amend the law in order to comply with both Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but also to address proposals from the Office of the Public Guardian to develop a new system of graded guardianship. Read more here.

This conference is timed to provide the opportunity to understand and engage with the Scottish Government's proposals following their current stakeholder engagement and to help shape the final recommendations before the legislative process begins.

The Scottish Government consulted in 2018 on its proposals to amend the law in order to comply with both Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but also to address proposals from the Office of the Public Guardian to develop a new system of graded guardianship. Read more here.

After Brexit Deal or No Deal: Understanding what comes next - 20th June 2019

This conference, run in association with Morton Fraser LLP, examines the consequences of a deal or no deal between the UK and the EU. It will set out how the core elements of the deal – or an exit with no deal - will affect trade, access to EU markets and economic prospects and the impact of these changes upon labour for private and public sectors, tariffs, rules and regulations, customs and supply chains. If you want to understand what the emerging shape of a deal or no deal Brexit will mean for your organisation, start here.

This conference takes place in the weeks following the 29th March deadline on which the United Kingdom will formally leave the EU at 11pm. It is designed to explain the shape and implications of the deal or no deal, the consequential negotiations which will have to take place and the meaning of all of these for future trade, access to markets, availability and movement of labour and the long term relationship of the UK to the EU. Read more here.

Re-thinking Scotland's Health Care System: Getting to integration, care and prevention - 26th June 2019

This conference focuses on how Scotland can tackle the current challenges in the integration of health and social care and meet our wider health care reform needs reflected in those challenges.  It discusses re-balancing the current primacy of hospital based services with the development of a more fit for purpose health care structure, encompassing primary and community based care and meeting the growing demand for management of longer term conditions.

Jeanne Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government, said in the Parliamentary debate on the Programme for Government 2018-19 that:

"We are building on the work of recent years.......work that drives our integration of health and social care to bring the right care to people in the right setting." 6th September 2018. Read  more here.

Scotland's New Planning Act: The Act, Its Consequences and the Next Steps - 3rd September 2019

The Scottish Government's new Planning Act for Scotland aimed to ..."change planning's operation and its reputation from that of a regulator to a positive and active enabler of good quality development..." This conference explains whether it has been successful, the content and implications of the new Act and what you need to know about how the Act will affect planning and development in Scotland.

The Planning Act is expected to complete its Parliamentary process to become law in the first half of 2019 and this conference is timed to reflect upon the substance and implications of the new Act. It will examine the content of the new planning laws, explaining how they will change the planning process and system, and will outline the implications of those changes for planners, developers, communities and the wider economy.  Read more here

The Scottish Transport Show - 25th September 2019


The Scottish Transport Show is an exhibition, networking event, masterclass programme and series of open discussions and innovation sessions. The show is focussed on innovation and excellence in Scottish transport, in supporting growth, delivering employment, sustaining communities, creating export opportunities and achieving carbon reduction.

The Scottish transport sector – its operators, the supporting supply chains and the passenger and freight customers powering the sector collectively – is a core driver of the Scottish economy. The Scottish Transport Show provides a meeting place for the transport sector to showcase innovation, discuss collaborative opportunities, network with transport leaders in all sectors and explore how the resources and expertise which are being used to transform transport in Scotland can also be turned into exporting opportunities in markets seeking leading edge transport intelligence and services.  Read more here.

Delivering Scotland's New Infrastructure and Increased Capital Investment: 10th Annual Conference - 21 November 2019


This conference examines the Scottish Government's plans for delivering new infrastructure and capital investment in Scotland. It discusses the implications of raising overall levels of capital expenditure by an additional £1.5 billion per year and, alongside that, the objectives of the work of the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish Infrastructure Commission. It will assess how increased capital spending together with major strategic drivers - such as City Region Deals, NPF4 in strategic planning, and initiatives in infrastructure-led sectors including housing, transport, low carbon, digital and cities - will shape the profile of capital infrastructure investment and new projects. Read more here

Care of Older People in Scotland: 7th Annual Scotland - 12 December 2019

The 7th annual care of older people in Scotland conference focuses on the challenge of delivering excellent care. How can this be managed in the context of an older population growing larger annually, rising expectations about care quality, a wider knowledge of care rights and the acute pressures created by increased resource demand?

Scotland's challenge in meeting the needs of an older population which is growing in size every year is not going away. The National Records of Scotland (NRS) report that:

“The population of Scotland on 30 June 2017 was 5,424,800. The population has increased every year since 2000 and in 2017 was the largest ever seen".  Read more here

12th Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs in Scotland (ACES 2020): A New Decade - It's all about the cloud...

2020 sees the 12th Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries in Scotland (ACES): Awarding and Celebrating Excellence in Scotland, taking place on 24th January 2020.

ACES is the original and longest running conference and awards ceremony for PAs, EAs, Office Managers and office support professionals in Scotland. It's a conference, exhibition and annual award, providing a one-stop-shop for learning, development, knowledge sharing and networking.  Read more here...

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