The Inverness Business Show is the Highlands of Scotland’s Premier Business Networking Event where you can meet 100’s of local decision makers who have already registered to attend this event.

Designed for decision makers, team leaders, owners, managers and directors from all sizes of business.

There are around 50 companies exhibiting and with a packed programme of 8 fantastic seminars and workshops, networking events and a huge exhibition to browse there are opportunities galore for attendees and exhibitors.

Get full event details and information about speakers, sessions and exhibiting at Inverness Business Show.

The award-winning meet-up series, Art of Possible returns in December with a special edition online webinar, featuring Philip P. Crowley, angel investor, attorney and founder of Crowley Law LLC, renowned New York corporate law firm.

Join Glasgow City of Science and Innovation and the CAN DO Innovation Event Programme for this exclusive webinar, as they delve into the critical insights Philip has gained from decades of experience advising clients across various tech-based industries. Discover the top 10 pitfalls that can lead to startup failure and, more importantly, gain access to the proven “antidotes” that will set your venture on the path to success.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you’re an aspiring founder, an investor looking for promising ventures or a professional involved in the startup ecosystem, this session will provide valuable guidance to increase your prospects for success and longevity in competitive tech sectors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Phil’s from-the-trenches expertise and identification of mistakes to avoid to steer your tech startup toward sustainable growth.

About Art of Possible

Art of Possible events highlight trends in the emerging and enabling tech sector and how these can be applied to tackle business challenges – and provides a regular meet-up space to support multi-sector collaboration and knowledge exchange for our innovation community. Art of Possible is a year-round fringe series for the national CAN DO Innovation Summit, as part of the CAN DO Innovation Event Programme.

The Sustainability Institute are running a second cross-cutting theme workshop to define the focus of the new Binks Institute for Sustainability on NetZero.

The term Net Zero means achieving a balance between the Carbon/Green Houses Gases (GHG) emitted into the atmosphere, and the carbon removed from it. This balance – or net zero – will happen when the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount removed. The UK Government has set a legislative target of achieving Net Zero by 2050. This will mean fundamental changes to the way we live and in particular how energy is generated, transported, and used in all aspects of UK living/businesses.

The Net Zero cross cutting theme focuses on meeting the UK and Scottish Government NetZero policies and achieving the targets, engaging with the priority industries and bringing expertise from across 4 themes (Food, Feed & Fibre; Natural Resources – Energy & Water; Engineering Sustainability; Sustainable Design & Futures Thinking) together to address some of the challenges which need to be overcome.

The workshop will provide an overview of the policy environment and funding landscape including a specific focus on the EPSRC Engineering NetZero priority, presented by Janette Wark, EPSRC Regional Engagement Manager Scotland. It will also consider the contribution the Binks Institute can make to the Dundee Climate Leadership Group and the University’s Climate Action Planning Group.

Participants will be asked to speak briefly about their research interests in relation to sustainability and NetZero. The Institute are looking for a wide range of disciplines and perspectives to guide the direction of the Institute under this cross cutting theme.

CeeD in partnership with the North of Scotland KTP Centre, are hosting Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) – Opportunities and Success Stories on Thursday 30th November 2023 at the Amphitheatre, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ from 9:30am for registration, starting at 10am and closing by 11:45am.

Innovation can be key to accelerate a business to the next level. A company may have an innovative idea or challenge that they believe will lead to increased productivity and business growth, but they lack the skills or expertise to develop it. A Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the perfect solution. Having run for almost 50 years, the KTP is a leading Innovate UK program to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology, and skills. A KTP will link a company to a knowledge base (either a university or a Research Organisation) and a capable graduate or postgraduate who will be recruited to deliver the project, guided by a team of academic experts.

Hear an overview from Kelly Fraser, KTP Centre Manager and about two KTP case studies:

University of Aberdeen / Global Design Innovation

Project description: To develop a software tool that automatically recognises equipment from laser scans of production plants. Processing terabytes of scan data automatically will yield massive savings in engineering time and enable new products and services such as verifying a whole plant design.

Robert Gordon University / Harper UK

Project description: Design a novel remote recovery system for the decommissioning of concrete mats from the seabed with the use of baskets to recover to the back deck of an offshore support vessel. The system will eliminate the need for divers, improving Health & Safety outcomes and standardising operational costs.

This year’s Healthy Ageing conference organised by UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK and ESRC, will again be held both in-person and online on 13 and 14 Nov, with registration free to all.

Join the conference and the innovative project investments, together with thought leaders, investors, commissioners and policy makers working across geographies, sectors and academic disciplines, for a conference which will share the impact innovation is having around the UK, major research programme insights, alongside providing numerous collaboration and networking opportunities.

This year’s headline theme is ‘Adding Life to Years’ within this context the conference will focus on the 4 areas where innovation is achieving the greatest impact: Care, Work, Staying Active and Housing. It will also bring to life other hot topics that regularly inspire discussion and shared learning including co-production, addressing inequalities, demonstrating impact, and how to support mental health and wellbeing.

The UKRI Healthy Ageing Conference is part of Longevity Week, which runs 13 – 17 November and this year focuses on 100 Minutes of Longevity and the Changing Life Course.

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce brings you Lochaber Ideas Week 2023, a celebration of thought leadership and innovation! World-class thinkers, diversity experts, politicians, and public servants unite to shape Lochaber’s future. Engage in a week of inspiring debates and discussions ranging from The Digital Revolution: AI, Apps & the Future of Business, to Tourism Day to Around Lochaber in 80 Tables and culminating in Lochaber Ideas Week Gala Dinner.

The North East of Scotland’s Premier Business Networking Event is taking place on Wednesday 11th October, 2023, at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen where you can meet 100’s of local decision makers who have already registered to attend this event.

Designed for decision makers, team leaders, owners, managers and directors from all sizes of business.

What should I expect?

The show features everything you might need for a great day of business. There’s an awesome array of things to do and people to meet. It’s no exaggeration to say that we welcome businesses from all industries and sizes.

1-2-1 Networking

With over 15 years of experience in networking and events, we know how to connect people. Unlike some events, our networking sessions are free to attend all day. We connect you with the kind of in-person connections that make your business tick. With 82% of our delegates being decision-makers, you know you’re in the right company.

Workshops and Seminars

From world-class business leaders to award-winning authors, sporting heroes to captains of industry; we bring you the most insightful and inspiring speakers. We don’t lose sight of our roots and a small business either. We bring the best local experts to each event and keep you connected at every level.

7th Nov | Glasgow Science Centre (+Livestreamed) | Free
800+ Delegates | 40+ Speakers | 20+ Sessions | Support Village

The CAN DO Innovation Summit returns for its fourth year bringing together Scotland’s tech ecosystem to the iconic Glasgow Science Centre, to explore essential tech trends, insights and tools to allow SMEs and Startups across all sectors to keep up and stand out in a tech-driven and virtual future.

From AI and augmented reality to the metaverse and sustainable tech – advances in tech, data and innovation are happening at a rapid pace. Hear how these transformational technologies alongside the right business cultures can help tackle industry and societal challenges. 

Book your free ticket today and be inspired by stories and insights from business leaders at the forefront of Scotland’s thriving innovation sectors, as well as global thought-leaders from Glasgow, London, New York including:

For more information on speakers and the conference programme visit CAN DO Innovation Summit 2023

Funded by Innovate UK, Scottish Enterprise & Glasgow City Council.

On 31st August at the GRID at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh an event is taking place to signpost some of the support available locally within Edinburgh to help businesses to unlock growth and success. Discover how the National Library of Scotland, Interface, Edinburgh College and Universities (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University and Heriot-Watt University) can help, from upskilling, to collaborative funding.

This event is a one-of-a-kind platform where businesses of all shapes and sizes can come together with representatives from renowned universities and stakeholders within the city. This event aims to showcase the valuable resources and expertise available in Edinburgh to businesses, enabling them to thrive in an ever-evolving market landscape.

During this event attendees will also be able to enjoy refreshments and a light breakfast, with ample time dedicated to networking.


9.00 Registration & breakfast (tea, coffee, pastries)

9.30 Welcome (HWU) and (ECC)

9.42 Second presentation (National Library)

9.49 Third presentation (University Representative)

9.56 Fourth presentation (Edinburgh College)

10.03 Fifth presentation (Interface)

10.10 Closing Remarks

10.12 Networking

10.30 Close

Louise Arnold of our Business Engagement Team will be presenting on the day on how Interface can help businesses innovate and collaborate.