The role of Glasgow and Edinburgh in the Scottish economy

Join Centre for Cities to discuss the importance of Glasgow and Edinburgh for both Scottish and UK prosperity.

Event starts at 12:30 - 16:30 on 20 June 2023 at Merchant City, Glasgow

Join Centre for Cities in Glasgow for this half-day conference exploring the significance and potential of Scotland’s two largest cities – Glasgow and Edinburgh – to Scottish and UK prosperity. 

The event will focus on the role of the two cities in the Scottish and UK economies, how the Scottish and UK Governments think about the cities, what needs to happen to drive innovation and investment, and the policies that could drive growth and help the cities realise their ambitions. 

Speakers will include city leaders, representatives from the Scottish Government, policy experts and reflections from outside Scotland.

A networking lunch will be served from 12:30. Details of the venue will be included in confirmation of your registration. 


John Lamont MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scotland Office

Gregor Irwin, Director-General Economy, Scottish Government

Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow Council

Cllr Cammy Day, Leader of City of Edinburgh Council

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Emer McDougall, Deputy Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement, University of Strathclyde

Paul Lawrence, Executive Director of Place, City of Edinburgh Council and Chair, Edinburgh BioQuarter Strategy Board

Mark Newlands, Head of Global Companies & Capital Investment, Scottish Enterprise

Sara Thiam, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI)

Chair: Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Presenter: Valentine Quinio, Senior Analyst, Centre for Cities

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