Top 500 Business Breakfast

12th January 2018 - Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

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Scottish Business Insider's Top500 is the most authoritative listing of the country's biggest and most successful companies. To qualify for a listing, each company must be headquartered in Scotland or be a substantial subsidiary of a foreign owned company with its financial results published separately and have a turnover of £20m+. Each company is ranked firstly by turnover, then profit before the rankings are combined, divided by two and weighted by turnover.

The Top500 is read by a wide range of people from Chief Executives to Sales Directors.

As well as the listings in the magazine we also produce a Top 500 database that provides invaluable information. This is sold separately throughout the year and is generally utilized as a research tool. The database contains everything you need to know about the listed companies, from the names of the board of directors to the last two years financial results.

Together the listings and application form the most comprehensive and valued information on Scotland's leading companies and is exclusively available from Insider.

This event provides business leaders with a unique insight into what they might expect to see happening to the Scottish, UK and Global economies during the year ahead. It also provides a relevant platform for stimulating discussion on important issues.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Graeme Roy

Fraser of Allander Institute
Professor Graeme Roy - Keynote Speaker

Professor Graeme Roy is Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) at the University of Strathclyde. For over 40 years, the FAI has been the leading independent research institute focused on the Scottish economy. Alongside its academic work, the FAI undertakes a wide variety of commissioned analysis for companies, organisations and governments ranging from complex economic strategy or forecasting work through to detailed economic impact assessments. 

Graeme is a former Senior Civil Servant in the Scottish Government where he was both a Senior Economic Adviser and Head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the UK Government's Scottish Business Taskforce and the Scottish Government's Labour Market Strategy Group. He is also the expert adviser to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee for its inquiries into economic statistics in Scotland and Scotland's long-term economic performance. 


Keith Anderson

Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower and Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower Renewables
Keith Anderson - Panel

Keith is Chief Corporate Officer for ScottishPower with responsibility for the Iberdrola Group's activities in the UK and in particular leading the Group's £15bn investment plan to 2020. Keith was appointed to the Board in February 2012.

Keith also retains his role as Chief Executive Officer of ScottishPower Renewables, which is the UK arm of Iberdrola's Renewables Division. His responsibility encompasses all of the Group’s renewables activity in the UK and Iberdrola's global offshore business.

Prior to joining ScottishPower, Keith had worked with some major financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with Ernst & Young.

Jeremy Lawson

Chief Economist, Standard Life Aberdeen
Jeremy Lawson - Panel

Jeremy has been a professional macroeconomist for sixteen years and has held a range of senior positions in both the public and private sectors.

He began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he rose to the position of Senior Research Economist. He then joined the OECD in Paris, where he worked extensively on European public policy issues and was also the Head of the Hungary/Slovenia desk.

In 2010 Jeremy joined the Institute of International Economics as the Deputy Director of Global Macroecomics before moving on to BNP Paribas as a Senior US economist, specialising in Fed policy, as well as fiscal issues and inflation.

Jeremy holds an MSc in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics and took a sabbatical in 2007 to advise the then Australian Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd on economic and environmental policy.

Alison McGregor

CEO, HSBC Scotland
Alison McGregor - Panel

As CEO Scotland, Alison is the senior leader responsible for the HSBC Group in Scotland, with over 4000 employees across a range of businesses. In addition to responsibility for people, customers and shareholders she has primary responsibility for maintaining the Group's relationship with key external stakeholders and senior leaders with an interest and responsibility for supporting the growth of our economy.

Alison is a Non-Executive Director of The Beatson Cancer Charity, a Board member of CBI, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board. She held the position of Chair of CBI Scotland from September 2015 to September 2017.

Alison was recently recognised at the inaugural Scottish Women's Awards, where she was named Scottish Corporate Leader of the Year 2017.

Phyllis McLeish

Commercial Director, QTS
Phyllis McLeish - Panel

Phyllis has over 25 years experience in business & finance, specialising in the construction and rail sectors over the last 15 years. With a background in accountancy, Phyllis has spent the last 8 years with QTS Group, a successful railway engineering company which she, her husband and other McLeish family members are director / shareholders. QTS has seen exponential growth over the last 6 years and is now one of the top twenty maintenance suppliers to Network Rail. Phyllis had a combined remit of Finance & Commercial Director at QTS has over the last 18 months reduced her role to that of Commercial Director only to allow her to pursue other interests and dedicate more time to her family, new business interests and her charity work.

A recent addition to her business life has been the formation of the AM Media Group which includes Ayrshire Magazine. A long held ambition to be part of the creative industries realised and which she is looking forward to developing.

In her position as Commercial Director at QTS, she has overseen the brand become one of the biggest supporters of the UK Sporting Industry. The companies Youth Athlete programme see's the business support athletes competing in underfunded sports Phyllis is also one of the founding trustees of the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust (KCST) and is an ambassador for the St James Place Foundation. In addition she supports Prince's Trust in Scotland in a variety of ways including sponsorship and as a table host at the Trust's legendary charity day “Lunch with an Old Bag”. QTS and the McLeish family also provide considerable donations and other support to many other local and national charities.

James Withers

Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink
James Withers

Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) was set up in 2007 to grow the value and reputation of Scotland's food and drink industry. Through its uniquely collaborative approach, Scotland's food and drink sector has gone from a static position in 2007 to now being one of Scotland’s best performing sectors with an annual turnover of £14 billion.

As a membership organisation with over 400-member companies, it provides support and guidance to food and drink businesses all of all sizes to achieve their growth ambitions.

In March 2017, SF&D led the development of Ambition 2030 - a strategy to drive the responsible growth in the value of the sector to £30bn by 2030. Evidence of SF&D's ability to bridge between the public and private sectors was the announcement of a joint funding package where SF&D's private sector income is being trebled with government funds to create a £10m package to fund industry development work.

Prior to joining the SF&D in 2011, James was CEO of the National Farmers Union Scotland where he promoted the interests of the nation's agricultural industry.

James sits on the Scottish Government Board of Trade and is a Board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, working to enhance Scotland's world class tourism offer.


7.15 Breakfast Reception, Registration & Networking

7.45 Welcome

8.00 Guest Speaker

8.20 Panel Discussion

8.45 Q&A

9.00 Closing Remarks

9.15 Coffee & Networking

*Please note timings are given as an indication and may vary at the event.

Ticket Prices

Ticket: £60 plus VAT

Table of 10: £550 plus VAT

Table of 12: £600 plus VAT


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0141 309 4909
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More Info

For more information regarding this event please contact Laura Dunlop on:
0141 309 1491
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