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The Scottish Business Event was held on Monday, March 13 at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.

The day consisted of a packed programme helping Fed members save money, save energy and make business easier. We have collated the presentations with key information from each speaker here, for Scottish members unable to make the business event.

Tom Arthur MSP opened the event by discussing issues affecting Scottish independent retailers. You can read the speech here.

Download Neil Mackland’s ‘Newspapers in 2023 and Beyond’ presentation here.

Download Stuart Ward’s presentation from Police Scotland, discussing the importance of updated CCTV in your store.

Eva Rainey from Business Energy Scotland gave 7 top tips for cutting energy costs and introduced the Business Energy Scotland SME Loan – for Scotland members only.

The SME Loan has provided Scottish businesses with over £26 million in loans and supported over 1,000 projects, resulting in an estimated financial savings to businesses of over £48 million.
  • £1,000 to £10,000 interest free loans
  • It is unsecured and has no set-up charges
  • Can be set against capital allowances
  • And is has an 8-year replacement

For a limited period – all allocated of a first come, first served basis and subject to availability – if you apply for the SME Loan to help you install eligible measures you could receive up to £20,000 cashback: 75% for energy efficiency measures up to £20,000 – PLUS 75% for renewable heat measures, up to £10,000.

The Fed has produced a digital, at-a-glance guide to Scotland’s DRS.

Following the DRS panel at the Scottish Business Event, the Fed has published a four-page guide explaining both the logistics of the scheme and why it is in being introduced. The guide also includes the Fed’s position on DRS and what Scottish members must do in terms of applying for an exemption or registering to operate as a returns point. You can download the DRS guide here.

Click here to watch the DRS panel on the Fed’s YouTube channel.

Scottish Business Event - DRS guide



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