Scotsman Conferences is delighted to bring this LIVE event to the heart of the Highlands and Islands for the 2nd year.

Scotland has set itself a tough target of hitting net-zero targets by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK.

Energy transition from oil and gas to renewables is already underway, but can Scotland become a world-leader in this sector?  What role does the Highlands and Islands play in achieving this goal and what practical steps are needed to ensure is it achievable? Join our experts in a focused debate on the challenges and opportunities for H&I as Scotland aims to position itself as a global leader in green energy transition.

Tickets: (Free ticket with code TSGUEST)


Event Sponsors, E.ON, West of Orkney Wind Farm, Highland Council & Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult


The event Agenda can be viewed online here:

Dounreay is excited to be hosting a supplier event open to to small to medium sized enterprise (SME) and non SME companies.

Come along to the ETEC facility, UHI North Highland, Thurso, at 09:00 on Thursday 8 June, to have the opportunity to network with Dounreay and Magnox representatives and attend workshops from subject matter experts from across the organisation.

Focus North will also provide an overview of its master plan to drive the opportunities that will help shape the area’s future.

You must register in advance for the event and workshops; all companies are welcome to attend: Register Here

Refreshments and a light lunch will be available on the day.

  • Thursday 25th May 2023
  • 09:30 – 17:00
  • Location: Thurso

The Scottish Personal Licence Holders course by Aspire HLTC Ltd is designed for learners looking for an awareness of personal licensing, or who wish to go on to achieve the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders or refresher qualification. Achieving the qualification enables the learner to apply for a personal licence to sell alcohol whether they work in on-sales or off-sales environments, it also supports those completing the 5 or 10 year refresher.

Areas covered:

– Licensing law
– Personal licences
– Premises licences
– The protection of children
– Powers and enforcement
– Temporary events
– Responsible alcohol retailing

Who is it aimed at?

Ideal for anyone who is looking to apply for a personal licence in Scotland or that requires refresher training.

Please email for further information and to register.

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Artificial Intelligence for Defence

Dstl and DASA will be sharing information on current innovation funding calls for AI in Defence, including The Sub Threshold and Analysing and Understanding Audiences.

Join us at the Catalyst Building, Newcastle-upon-Tyne to hear about current funding opportunities from the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA), themed around Artificial Intelligence (AI). The event is for suppliers to hear about our defence challenges, the military end-user perspective, and the ways to work with DASA and Dstl.

The event will present three innovation calls to generate novel and innovative solutions to meet current and future UK Defence needs:

  • AI for Defence: The Defence AI Strategy sets out the UK’s vision to adapt and exploit AI at pace and scale for Defence advantage.
  • The sub-threshold: This Themed Competition explores the role AI-enabled technology can play in improving the MOD’s ability to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) of the sub-threshold information environment.

• Analysing and Understanding Audiences (Phase 1): This Themed Competition seeks novel and innovative tools, techniques and methods that have the potential to aid the selection, analysis and understanding of audiences. This includes AI approaches as well as human and social science challenges.

The Food and Drink TechHUB Business Support Service would like to invite you to attend on online webinar on “Supporting your Journey to Net Zero”. The free event will take place via Microsoft Teams on Monday 24th April 2023 at 4pm-5pm. Net Zero Webinar

‘Net Zero’ means the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we put into the atmosphere and the amount we’re able to take out will add up to zero. The Scottish Government have ambitious targets to reach net zero by 2045, with interim targets of 75% by 2030 and 90% by 2040. Our first step in becoming net zero is to reduce our emissions by changing our actions and processes.

This 1hr technical webinar will give you an overview of what support is available from the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership to help food and drink business implement a net zero strategy. The session will also include case studies outlining some of the practical processes and procedures food and drink businesses can implement to move towards net zero. This will include a case study from Windswept Brewing who are implementing sustainable energy and waste management innovations that will improve energy efficiencies, conserve resources and reduce waste and wastewater generation.

To register for the event please visit Net Zero Webinar

Johnston Carmichael’s roundtable Food & Drink Club is for leaders of Scottish Food & Drink businesses to discuss current sector issues.

At our next event, Ewan Reid, Managing Director of food fulfilment specialists, Move Fresh, will share the building blocks for a successful ecommerce strategy and the benefits of best-in-class third party food fulfilment. Adam Hardie, Head of Food & Drink at Johnston Carmichael, will provide an update on the findings from our recent food & drink industry survey.


If you can’t make the event but are interested in hearing more, please get in touch at

Brakes Scotland – Meet the Buyer Opportunity

Brakes Scotland, in collaboration with Scotland Food & Drink, are pleased to offer a new Meet The Buyer opportunity for Scottish producers.

This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in working within the wholesale channel and expanding their business into sectors such as hospitality, hotels, catering, care and education.

Brakes is a leading name in the wholesaling sector, providing the fresh and frozen food and ingredients to some of the nation’s most famous pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants.

📅 Meet the Buyer Event Date: Wednesday, 17th May
📅 Application Closing date: Friday 21st April at 5pm


Exercise in a Box is an online tool from the NCSC which helps organisations test and practise their response to a cyber-attack.

It is completely free, and you don’t have to be an expert to use it. The service provides exercises, based around the main cyber threats, which your organisation can do in your own time, in a safe environment, as many times as you want. It includes everything you need for setting up, planning, delivery, and post-exercise activity, all in one place.

The Micro Exercise in a Box session combines several fundamental aspects of cyber security with additional, broader cyber security learnings within a 90-minute session to ensure all organisations, regardless of their sector or level of cyber knowledge, can benefit and enjoy.

The exercise is split up into 4 topics:

– Ensuring password security

– Identifying and reporting phishing emails

– Connecting securely during remote work

– Responding to a ransomware attack

Learn more here:


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In partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Business Resilience Centre 


Decom North Sea, the membership organisation focused on global late life and decommissioning, has launched Decom Week 2023. An important fixture in the industry calendar for more than 10 years, 2023’s event, entitled “Climate of Change: Opportunities in Decommissioning” will take place in Aberdeen from Monday-Friday 15-19 May.

Decom Week 2023 will bring together speakers, exhibitors and delegates from across the spectrum of decommissioning. Factors influencing and inciting change in the industry are on the agenda, with the focus on how the late life and decommissioning sector can make the most of the opportunities these changes present.