Investing in Scottish Digital with special guest speaker Kate Forbes MSP

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Grab a coffee, a croissant and gain valuable insights over breakfast into new growth opportunities for your business.

The event will be opened by a presentation and Q&A session with Kate Forbes, Scotland’s Minister for the Digital Economy and Public Finance -providing an invaluable opportunity to hear Kate’s vision for creative digital businesses in Scotland and the chance to share questions and ideas in this intimate breakfast session.

This will be followed by a brief working panel to cover new and specific programmes to provide you with access to finance to invest in the growth of your business. Take away practical advice on how to unlock financial packages available to you and take the opportunity to glean some unique insights on financing from our panel of experts:

Pat McHugh, Senior Policy Executive, Scottish Growth Scheme, Scottish Government

Gary Torbett, Team Leader, Financial Readiness, Scottish Enterprise

Kate McKay, Partner and General Manager from Galvanise – Galvanise is one of Scotland’s business angel syndicate which invests in digital companies.

Ronnie Smith, Chief Executive of Lanarkshire Enterprise Services – LES is delivering the Digital Development Loan on behalf of SG 

Numbers are strictly limited for this event and priority will be given to BIMA members.


A bit more about Kate Forbes, MSP

Kate Forbes MSP is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh with a focus on human migration.

As a backbencher, she has served on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution.

As well as leading a campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate has participated in several cross party groups at Holyrood including Crofting, Gaelic, Human Trafficking, Palliative Care and Rural Policy. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber.


Wed, 20 Mar 2019
08:15 - 10:00


The Corinthian Club 191 Ingram Street Glasgow G1 1DA,

The Corinthian Club 191 Ingram Street Glasgow G1 1DA



Anna Doyle

Employer Liaison Officer, University of Glasgow

A member of the BIMA Team since 2012, Anna‘s time is focused on the day-to-day operations of BIMA, building BIMA communities across regions and disciplines and, best of all, spending time with BIMA members to learn more about their business challenges and aspirations. Based in Glasgow, Anna is also responsible for delivering member services and support for BIMA Scotland. Everyday offers a new insight.

Previous experience includes 4 years in the BBC Arabic Service newsroom, heading up a pan-BBC World Service change management programme, and working in a diverse range of industries from financial derivatives trading, petroleum engineering and spring manufacturing.

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