09:15 - 14:30
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The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the conference “Focus Forward: Glasgow a Leader in 2030”

When: Thursday 13/05/2021 08:15 – 13:30 (GMT)
Where Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Online/Webinar

As the city of Glasgow prepares to host the COP26 summit in November 2021, the UK Presidency is a pivotal moment as the business community emerges from the COVID pandemic to focus on an issue which will impact us all and be the conversation of a generation.

We are all aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the business community as we address climate change and our role in reducing carbon emissions.


The event will explore and evaluate the role of businesses in addressing the UK national and local targets to fighting climate change, and how as a city we can establish an economic model to foster business growth, attract business investment and talent as we move into the 2020’s.
The event will explore …

  • What hosting COP26 means for the city
  • What the implications for businesses will be over the next 10 years
  • How businesses are already innovating, disrupting and preparing us for the challenges of the next decade

Why Should I attend?

The conference provides attendees with the opportunity to:

  • Network with fellow Glasgow Businesses
  • Learn more about the opportunities of COP26
  • Hear from key business leaders
  • Enhance your knowledge on how you can fight climate change


8:15 – 8:45 AM
Networking & Expo
8:45 – 10:00 AM
Welcome Remarks & Guest Speakers
10:00 – 10:40 AM
Glasgow: COP 26/Carbon Neutrality
The Role of Business Leadership
11:40AM – 12:20PM
Innovation and Disruptive Tech
12:20PM – 12:30PM
Closing Remarks
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Networking & Expo


  • Cllr Susan Aitken – Leader of Glasgow City Council
  • Barry Fisher – CEO, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Jo Chidley – Founder, Beauty Kitchen UK Ltd
  • James Close – Head of Climate Change, NatWest Group
  • Carol Henry – Group People Director, Arnold Clark

Gillian Docherty – Chief Executive, The Data Lab