Dynamic debut for the Edinburgh conference celebrating business in and out of Scotland
BIOS was a conference with real purpose: to explore, educate and champion Scottish business in the export and import trade industries, particularly relevant amid turbulent times of Brexit and financial fluctuation over the past decade. Guests included local businesses from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as those further afield. Held at Dynamic Earth on Thursday 27th October, BIOS was a refreshing and relevant experience for delegates, adding real value to the business network.
The day began with the chance to network, register, and explore the exhibits before the first round of talks. It was an impressive turnout with around 270 delegates discussing the latest news and developments in the business world. Exhibition stands included businesses from a range of sectors, such as e-commerce, finance, locally sourced food and drink products, and business services.
The information on offer and the engaging discussions at BIOS exemplified the talent in business in Scotland: Mackays and Mara Seaweed inspired delegates with their success stories; Brexit and its challenges sparked an exciting debate with experts Lord Andrew Dunlop, Professor Graeme Roy and Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp; and talks from Thrive Digital, The Bridge Group and Clydesdale bank offered sound and relevant advice.
Informative presentations and insightful Q&A sessions made BIOS both an inspirational and educational event; speakers were challenged and delegates were given practical solutions to their questions on how to grow their business.
A round of premium gin tasting provided by Glaswegian brand Makar Gin rounded off the conference. This juniper led handcrafted spirit was served over ice with Fever Tree tonic and fresh green chillies – a refreshing kick to enhance the natural botanical flavours and was much appreciated by the thirsty delegates. With a business card raffle to close the event, delegates had the chance to win prizes such as spa days and single malt whiskey.
Organisers were commended for the day’s success – the variety of businesses involved gave the event status and allowed genuine networking opportunities. BIOS was a testament to Scotland: it demonstrated how much potential there is in this region and how we should not be deterred by obstacles – it truly is an exciting time for Scottish business.
Feedback from this year’s event has been very positive, and tickets are now available for BIOS 2017, which is set to be bigger and better with more companies and more exposure. For more information on attending BIOS 2017 sign up here.
To download the full report from BIOS 2016 please click HERE
To find out who attended BIOS 2016 you can download a delegates list HERE