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Circular Economy: Managing Resources Responsibly @ Out of the Blue Drillhall
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Circular Economy: Managing Resources Responsibly @   Out of the Blue Drillhall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Scotland aspires to being a Circular Economy Nation – what does this mean for our economy, our civil society and citizens? How can we contribute? What impact might this approach have in reducing carbon emissions? What initiatives are leading the way?

The following speakers will set the scene followed by an opportunity for participants to set the agenda / explore ways forward.

  • Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh
  • Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Mike Turner / Fran Hutchinson, Swap & Reuse Hub (SHRUB) Co-operative.

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Build on your export success in the craft distiller sector @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Build on your export success in the craft distiller sector @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office | Scotland | United Kingdom

Are you a Scottish craft distiller? Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help.

Build on your export success with a peer group of craft distillers on our intermediate level Preparing to Export programme, starting in Edinburgh on 23 February 2017.

The intermediate programme’s modules will help your company enter and grow existing export markets by building export capabilities in a range of areas, including:

  • Identifying new markets
  • Researching target export markets
  • Developing an international value proposition
  • Export pricing and terms of international trade

Who should attend?

Any Scottish craft distillers ready to take on the challenge of developing new business internationally. This programme is perfect for those who need help to develop strategy to expand their export business further.

Where and when?

Our Preparing to Export intermediate workshops are run over four days and will be held at Scottish Enterprise offices in Edinburgh. You’ll need to attend all four workshops to complete the programme.

Workshops are 9:30am – 4pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 23 February 2017
  • Thursday 9 March 2017
  • Thursday 23 March 2017
  • Thursday 6 April 2017

The programme is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds. Please note that this support is a form of state aid – on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.

What are the benefits?

  • Greater appreciation of the capabilities and resources needed to export successfully – and to sustain that success in international markets.
  • An understanding of how market research can be used to select the right export markets and the right sales channel partners.
  • Guidance on how to develop your company’s international business model, value proposition, and route to market strategy
  • Specialist input on Channel Partner Development in export markets
  • Support with the development of a robust action plan for the development of new international business

What’s covered?

Day one – Building export strategy on market understanding

  • An overview of successful export strategy and planning for export success
  • Targeting the right export markets in 2017 using research & analysis
  • SDI support available for international research and export development

Day two – Establishing market entry and route to market

  • Establishing real insight into export markets – researching export opportunities, industry competition and the supply chain
  • Preparing an export market research plan
  • Guest speaker – building international business in the craft distillers market
  • Market entry – establishing successful export market partnerships

Day three – Developing Sustainable Exports

  • Managing and developing successful export market partnerships
  • The role of collaboration in developing a sustainable export business
  • Contractual, compliance and regulatory issues in the international craft distilling market

Day four – Promotions, communications, and the export plan

  • Promotion and communication in export markets
  • Managing key customer relationships
  • Working session – presentation of participant export plans

At the end of the programme you can present your international action plan to a peer group of ambitious internationally-minded craft distillers.

Practical approach

The focus of the programme is not on academic learning, but on how your business can apply good export process and provides practice through the peer group planning forum.

  • Get insight on how to develop your export strategy, guided by best practice
  • Get support to develop your export capability and skills

The workshops are delivered in an open and dynamic way by a facilitator with many years of experience in international food and drinks markets, including Scottish craft beers and spirits.

Meet our expert facilitator

Martin McBride of Envision has over 30 years of experience in export development and international business. Martin has worked closely with 17 Scottish drinks brands including beers, gin, vodka, liqueurs, and whisky. Martin has also worked with a major international Danish beer brand.

Martin’s experience has been gained through a combination of years working in the industry, years in consultancy, and on-going non-executive director positions in exporting companies across security, printing, agricultural machinery, seafood, water and waste water industries. These companies are exporting all over the world including North America, Scandinavia, Mainland Europe, Middle East, and Far East.

Ragged University: Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’ @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ragged University: Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’ @  Talbot Rice Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) on 30th April 2018 from 11 am – 1pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery and a talk by James Clegg…


Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’

Trading Zone is a group exhibition that stems from a desire to explore the diversity of student practice taking place across the University of Edinburgh. Led by a process of discovery, it evolved through an engagement with the work of over 300 students, including those from disciplines as seemingly far apart as Archaeology, Business, Design and Music.

The resulting exhibition includes a fabulous array of different artworks, including virtual data-landscapes retrieved from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, mushroom built Gothic spires and explorations of the earth-born cracks and tangles of our language systems. Featuring students of Architecture, Art, Contemporary Art Practice, Fine Art, History of Art, Creative Writing, Digital Composition and Performance, Music, Creative Music Practice, Design, Design Informatics and Intermedia.


The talk will cover

Talbot Rice Gallery’s current student exhibition Trading Zone.
The importance of contemporary artists using every technology and material available to them in order to engage with the diversity of our world.
The importance of interdisciplinary learning and discovery.
The themes of some of the works in the exhibition including: The intelligence of organic cultures, the history of the Gallery’s architectural space, post-apocalyptic LIDAR images and the embodied evolution of design ideas.




Lunch will kindly be provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery as arranged by James…

Ragged University: ‘Freedom in the Fridge’ – plus – ‘Butterfly Kisses from the Hunchback’ @ The Castle Hotel
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Freedom in the Fridge' - plus - 'Butterfly Kisses from the Hunchback' @ The Castle Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Come along at 7pm to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE) for two talks, relaxed company and a chance to discover something new.  Free event and all are welcome; put yer feet up yar at yer aunties..


Freedom in the Fridge by Sara Louise Dobson

Freedom in the Fridge is the notion of an individual’s freedom being right there in front of them, much like every day when opening the fridge door trying to find the one thing you need in that moment but unable able to see or feel it until someone or something else points it out.

It takes the audience through a journey from relying on landlords and energy suppliers, to owning your own home, developing new skills and learning to live a life on water. It talks through the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows (there are many of each!) and how I dealt with it all. Prepare for a water-based education, filled with love, laughter and the occasional tears…

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– Some food will be provided and everyone is invited to bring an item to put on the table and take something away at the end so that nothing goes to waste.  Bring what you enjoy –



Butterfly Kisses from the Hunchback (whilst driving on the M6) by Craig Hammond

In one sense, this is a talk about boredom; routine, confinement and disappointment; on reaching a goal and forgetting the purpose for striving. But this is also a talk about hope; about memory, music, and the potential for rediscovery and transformation. Utilising Bloch’s concept of the Trace, Augé’s reflections on travel, and Benjamin’s poignant ruminations on the Hunchback, this talk will be an autobiographical exposition of a journey towards continued (and continual) transformation.

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