Growing rural businesses to be the focus of Scottish Borders Business Gateway Conference

Business Gateway

Published: Monday, 9th October 2017

Growing a business in a rural economy can be challenging, however the Business Gateway Conference in October will inspire, encourage and support local businesspeople to be able to do just that.

The free full day conference is being held on Thursday 26 October at Springwood Park, Kelso and is open to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors.

Top business leaders among the speakers

Three high profile speakers have been secured for the event:

  • Jaspar Roos is a seasoned entrepreneur and a renowned authority in the field of innovation and transformation. Currently setting up a new venture on transformational change, Limpid&co, Jaspar has previously been the Chief Inspiration Officer for ABN AMRO Bank and has become one of the pioneers in human technology, innovation culture, and new revenue models. Flying in from Amsterdam, Jaspar will give his insight on how to develop new ideas to grow your business, and offer his Innovation Playbook to delegates.
  • Gerry Grant studied Ethical Hacking at Abertay University, studying the way in which hackers exploit the vulnerabilities found in computer systems, completing projects on the weaknesses of public WiFi and encryption. Gerry is passionate about raising the awareness of cyber security and the steps that businesses and individuals can take to help improve their security to help keep them safer online. Gerry is now the Chief Ethical Hacker at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and will bring valuable insight to how to keep your business safe online.
  • Michael Welch OBE is one of the UK's most highly rated entrepreneurs. Having sold, the online tyre retailer he founded when he was just 17, to Michelin in 2015, he continues to provide consultancy on international expansion. He is Managing Director of Full Circle Partners, a firm advising fast-growth companies on how to fund, scale, and exit, and chairs fashion tech start-up He is also a strategic adviser to fast-growing US-based tyre retailer, In an interactive discussion with Russel Dalgleish, Michael will offer his experience and give insight to his business journey.

Workshop sessions with partners

A series of workshops will run during the conference, and a number of partners are supporting the event, including Skills Development Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Enterprise and Food and Drink Scotland.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development 

“The Scottish Borders has many small and medium sized businesses which are vital to our local economy, and helping them to grow, take on additional staff and increase their turnover is a key priority for us as we seek to encourage sustainable economic growth across the area.

“The inspirational speakers already confirmed for the conference will focus on how rural businesses can achieve sustainable growth and will tackle common issues that firms face. Having Michael Welch speaking at the event is particularly appropriate, as this is someone who has direct experience of growing a local business to the next level and beyond.

“This conference is a must-attend event for all local businesspeople, of all sectors however small or rural their business, and in addition to inspiring and encouraging will also be an excellent networking opportunity with fellow businesspeople and key local contacts in a range of business support organisations.”

Book your place now

Spaces at the conference can be booked via the Scottish Borders Business Gateway website or by calling 01835 825600.

Get advice and support from Business Gateway staff

Business Gateway’s start up and growth business advisers will also all be on hand at the conference to answer any queries and discuss the range of support that can be provided.

The Business Gateway service is delivered locally by ourselves and offers information, advice and guidance to people who are considering starting a business or growing their existing business.