Event in association with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will explore the opportunities and challenges SMEs face in 2016 and beyond
Scots entrepreneurs and SME business leaders are being urged to get along to an event in Glasgow this Thursday (February 4) to find out how they can prime themselves for whatever lies ahead in 2016 and stay competitive in the face of emerging technologies.
They’re invited to register for the evening drinks reception, which includes light refreshments and networking, to be held at 200 St Vincent Street by Scottish Power and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, to hear from the man behind Minecraft Console editions, Chris Van Der Kuyl, and Edinburgh-based Mallzee CEO Cally Russell.
A leading Scottish digital entrepreneur, Van Der Kuyl is the founder, owner and chairman of Tayforth Group and 4J Studios, as well as being one of the UK’s most successful videogame developers.
He is also the founding chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and will be joined in conversation by Scottish Power’s CEO of Retail & Generation, Neil Clitheroe.
Together, they will lead a discussion to identify the current challenges faced by businesses and explore how they can adapt to changing customer behaviour in a digital world.
Russell, who famously turned down an offer of investment from a ‘dragon’ when he appeared on Dragon’s Den and has since gone on to raise more than £3 million in investment will also join the conversation.
He was recently named on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list for Europe and selected by The Times as ‘One to watch in 2016’ and will share his tips for success as well as some of the key challenges he faced as a tech start-up in Scotland.
The event will also look at new digital and creative trends – looking at why they are evolving and how they will affect businesses.
Clitheroe said: “New technology affects every business – big and small. But understanding this technology and what it can do to help and grow your business is a tough topic for many small businesses.
“ScottishPower is committed to doing all we can to support small businesses and we are therefore really pleased to be hosting Chris as our key speaker on the night. His huge success in the tech sector is a source of inspiration for everyone in business. I am sure we will learn a lot about what it takes to run a business in the new digital age.”
Van Der Kuyl said: “I am delighted to support this event with Scottish Power looking at the next generation of Scottish business. There is huge potential in our country and a much stronger ecosystem to support those who can spot the gaps, identify the opportunities and grow businesses in the digital technology industry. We’re constantly seeing exciting start-ups emerge across various sub-sectors of technology, whether it is finance, health informatics, cyber security, retail and renewable energy.
“However, it’s important that their growth is managed correctly and that they start to prepare for the challenges that come with this. This event will be the perfect platform to really explore these issues and more importantly look at the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Russell said: “No matter the sector starting any business will be fraught with challenges and difficulties. The greatest examples of success are often based on bold decisions, taking risks and growing a fantastic support network around your young company. In a little over two years we’ve gone from an idea to the leading multi-retailer shopping app in the UK and learnt a huge amount along the way. Like any young business though we’re continually learning and know we face even more challenges in front of us.
“Like so many, Chris has been a great support to my business both as an investor and a mentor. From my own experience I know he will provide a lot of valuable digital insight on the night and I hope some of the Mallzee story can add to that.”