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'Future Fit' - The road ahead for Scottish manufacturing

Hosted by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Event details

Date: 24 January 2017

Time: 8:30am to 1pm

Duration: 4.5 hours

Admission Fee: Free

Venue: Royal Bank of Scotland , Gogarburn, Edinburgh EH12 1HQ

Places: 60

Eligibility: Senior leaders from the manufacturing supply chain, manufacturing stakeholders and academia. Maximum two delegates per company.

Disabled access:

Accessible - please note any requirements when booking.

Want to help shape the future of Scottish manufacturing? Join this Scottish business forum to explore five themes highlighted in the Royal Bank of Scotland's recently published 'Future Fit' report.

What does a successful medium sized manufacturer look like today?  What will it look in the future?  And how should its goals, strategies and processes adapt so that it prospers in the fast-paced and increasingly competitive marketplace of tomorrow?  And in doing so, how will its needs evolve?

This event will gather together the Scottish manufacturing ecosystem of industry leaders, experts and academics to explore the themes raised in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s recently published report: ‘Future Fit’ designed to inspire growth and development amongst the SME manufacturing base

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) and the Royal Bank of Scotland invite you to a manufacturing event at Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters at Gogarburn on Tuesday 24 January from 8.30am to 1pm. 

Why attend?

  • Hear from powerful keynotes who will each set our their vision for our manufacturing future.
    • Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
    • Colin Robertson, Chief Executive, Alexander Dennis Ltd
    • Richard Hill, Head of Automotive & Manufacturing, Royal Bank of Scotland 
    • Nick Shields, Director of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • Choose from a number of breakout sessions hosted by industry and academia to discuss the five themes of ‘Future Fit’
  1. Global visibility
  2. Technology
  3. Ecosystems and supply chains
  4. Business models
  5. Manufacturing landscape versus ambition and vision
  • Learn from the experts and discover best practice & strategies that will give your company a competitive advantage.

Who should attend?

If you're a manufacturing leader, stakeholder or work in academia you'll benefit from attending, to discuss and develop meaningful solutions for a strong sustainable manufacturing future.


The day will begin at 8.30am with registration, refreshments and networking and close at 1pm. There will be ample time built in for Q&A and networking with your industry peers. 

How to attend

Register for this event