Smart Cobotics Centre - Regulation, Governance & Ethics Workshop - 12th and 13th March 2024

Interactive workshop to consider the impact of regulations, governance & ethics with the increase of smart collaborative robots in industry.

We are delighted to invite you to an interactive, in-person event at the University of Dundee on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th March 2024.

This event will be held over two days, bringing together a diverse group of participants to consider and discuss the understanding and impact of regulation, governance and ethics as industry increasingly introduces smart collaborative robotics (cobots) to the workplace.

We will explore the barriers and challenges that implementing cobots might present, and how early consideration of this can enhance employee productiveness, efficiency and wellbeing.

There will be speakers and representatives from a variety of backgrounds, including law, engineering, psychology and human factors. In addition to gathering input from academia and policy makers, the aim is to ensure that the voice of industry is now also included within the engaged group of multi-stakeholders.

The sessions will review current state-of-the-art within this space, as well as looking to the next 10-20 years and beyond, sharing the research and activities of the Made Smarter Innovation Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial Robotics.

Registration will be from 12.30pm in the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) Boardroom, located within the Ewing Building at the University of Dundee.

We will be including lunch and refreshments throughout the event.

Optional dinner/evening activities on 12th and 13th also available.

Whilst there is no allocated parking at the University itself, there are many car parks within a short distance from the venue, details of which can be found via the following link:



UK Government’s Department for Business and Trade - Australia and New Zealand Roadshow 2024

Time: 1:15pm - 4:30pm 

Venue: Malmaison Hotel, Dundee

In partnership with local business representative organisations, this event will have a Food and Drink sectoral focus.

A mixture of sessions hosted by partners, DBT colleagues and local food and drink businesses will run throughout the afternoon, including a closing ceremony with the participation of Lord Offord, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland and Minister for Exports.

Focus will be upon opportunities for Scottish Food & Drink (F&D) companies in Australia and New Zealand, as well as practical information on routes to market and experience sharing from businesses, with ample opportunity for participation and feedback.

Aimed at export-ready Scottish Food and Drink companies looking to expand into, or grow their sales in, the Australia and New Zealand markets.

More details, full agenda and registration can be found here -



University of Dundee - Entrepreneurship Week 2024

Entrepreneurship Week 2024 - #UoDEntWeek24

Have a start-up idea, an existing business you want to rocket boost or simply want to learn new skills and to be inspired by the best? Come along to the Entrepreneurship Week 2024 (#UoDEntWeek24), hosted by the University of Dundee's Centre for Entrepreneurship, with over a dozen events to super-charge your ideas.

Running between Monday 19th February and Friday 23rd February, these events are all open to the general public.

See the Eventbrite page for details on individual events and registration.


Transform Business Festival, Perth Concert Hall

Join us on Thursday 22nd of February at the Perth Concert Hall for our amazing Transform Business Festival. We have an action-packed day that provides support for everyone, regardless of what stage on your business journey you are at. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait around, and book now to get the most out of this fantastic event. 



Join us for the opportunity to network over a breakfast roll!  

Leader of Perth and Kinross Council, Grant Laing, will be introducing our morning session.  

We are honoured to have Professor Johnathan Van Tam join us as our main guest Breakfast speaker. Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to hear all about collaborative leadership through challenging times from our guest speakers, Professor Van Tam and Professor Gary McEwan of Elevator UK. 

Professor Sir Johnathan Van is an expert on respiratory viruses and pandemics and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Medicine, and Health Sciences, at the University of Nottingham. His career has also taken him to Public Health England, the World Health Organization, and the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries. 

Jonathan was seconded to the Department of Health and Social Care as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He is well-known for his leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly his straight, no-nonsense, communication style from the podium at number ten Downing Street, and for the acquisition and rollout of vaccines and antiviral drugs in the UK. 


Professor Gary McEwan started out selling bumblebees as a child in his hometown of Castlemilk and went on to become a successful entrepreneur. Now CEO of Elevator, Professor Gary McEwan will share with you some inspiring stories from his career. You’ll also learn about how Elevator can support you as an entrepreneur, and your business.  


You will have a unique opportunity to ask Johnathan and Gary questions during our Q&A panel session.   

Book NOW to secure your place (and breakfast and or lunch) – limited tickets are available. This free ticket gives you access to the rest of the day’s action-packed events – find out more here. 


There is no I in team.  NETWORKING LUNCH (12:00 - 13:30 pm) 

Our Networking Lunch is an excellent opportunity to hear our guest speakers’ incredible stories and learn from their expertise while growing your connections over a complimentary lunch. 


No-one is an island, to grow a business you need a great team around you and that team needs to change and develop as the business grows.  

Our very own Andy Campbell will be kicking off your networking lunch and get you in the mood telling us about the team behind the first man on the moon, he then has the pleasure of introducing two amazing people Jamie Grant of Glen Lyon Coffee and Michelle Maddox of Clootie McToot talking about their journey on how they have recruited, retained and developed their teams to go from a table top business to award winning global one. 



Running throughout the day there is something for everyone at our BiteSize Sessions: 

Always popular come along and hear from some of our top experts on how to: 

  • Going for Zero. 
  • What is the Difference between Marketing and Communications. 
  • The Future of business with AI. 
  • Setting up your business for Sales Sucess and how to employ a Winning Team. 
  • Strategies to Grow your Business. 
  • How to get inside your Team’s head and how to support them. 


FIRESIDE CHATS (from 09:30am) 

Enjoy relaxed conversations with like-minded people on a wide range of subjects including: 

  • Starting your business with a bang with Business Gateway 
  • Keeping your workforce healthy 
  • Finance – approaching a lender and what they want to hear 
  • Supporting women in Business 
  • How your business can utilise video game technology 
  • The Implications of AI, a saviour for humanity or it’s downfall? 
  • Making money to run a social enterprise 
  • Cybersecurity – protecting your business 
  • Shell Live Wire – Growth impact programme for business owners and entrepreneurs. 



Come and make connections across Tayside with our two networking sessions, if you hate networking come along and find out how much fun it can be. 


ECOSYSTEM VILLAGE (from 09:30am) 

Connect and gain advice from our Ecosystem Village, packed with industry-leading partners, all under one roof for the first time in years! Engage with our partners who are available to help you start up and grow your business. Whether you are a young entrepreneur thinking about venturing into business or an established business that would like to hear about additional support and funding available to you, there is support available for everyone! 



Come along and enjoy a cup of coffee with your local Business Gateway adviser and get dedicated one to one support or just enjoy a catch up.  




Made In Scotland, Sold To The World Exporter Roadshow


Hosted by the UK Government's Department for Business and Trade with Insider, this in person and online event will demystify the challenges and highlight the benefits of selling your products and services internationally.

Whatever your level of exporting experience, this event will offer free advice and support to help your business expand overseas.

From world-class capability in food and drink production to innovation in financial technology and life sciences, Scottish businesses are selling to many countries and regions around the world.

At this event, you will hear from exporters, trade experts and UK Government representatives who will discuss how you can navigate your export journey and the global opportunities that are out there.

Our expert panellists will help answer the most important questions you may have about expanding into new markets, including:

  • How do I analyse international demand for my products and services?
  • How do I identify suitable markets and how do I reach them?
  • What regulations and legislation on exporting are there?
  • What investment is required to export and what finance is available for businesses?
  • How does shipping products work?
  • What market opportunities are available and how are trade barriers overcome?
  • What support is out there?


The event is free to attend and places are limited, so request your place to attend now.


We are delighted to announce that this year's Made in Scotland, Sold to the World Exporter Roadshow event will be hosted at 200 Conference & Events as well as being streamed online. You can find all address details for the venue here and there's a helpful link to Google Maps for directions to plan your route.


For more information and to reserve a place, visit:


Meet the Buyer Tayside 2024

TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Is your business looking for new customers? 

Dundee City Council, in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, Angus Council, and the Supplier Development Programme, invites businesses of all sizes to a free in-person Meet the Buyer event, on 20 February 2024, at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee. 

New and existing suppliers, particularly sole traders, small businesses and social enterprises in and around Tayside, are invited to this free event, to discover upcoming contract opportunities and get support on procurement processes. 

Meet the Buyer Tayside will give businesses of all sizes the opportunity to meet buyers from: 

  • Dundee City Council 
  • Scottish Government 
  • Social Security Scotland 
  • Angus Council 
  • Scotland Excel 
  • Perth & Kinross Council 

Suppliers will also be able to with meet larger contractors, to learn about current and future subcontract opportunities, and how to join their supply chains. 

There will be speakers and optional short information workshops delivered throughout the day, demystifying topics such as Quick Quotes for smaller contracts, Scope 3 emissions and carbon monitoring as well as top tips on using the Public Contract Scotland (PCS) and Public Contract Scotland Tender (PCST) website for bidding success.

Attendance at this event is free, however, to assist event organisers it would be appreciated if you could register your intention to attend in advance at

Ensure to use the hashtag #MeetTheBuyerTayside to get the latest information on exhibitors and workshops, and share your photos on the day!