Productivity Matters 2022 hybrid conference

February 24, 2022
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Date(s) - February 24, 2022
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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As the country emerges from the pandemic, Productivity Club Scotland’s hybrid conference explores how new ways of working may be adopted to boost business performance and productivity.

This day-long free conference has been designed specifically to address some of the complex issues facing the commercial sector following a difficult and demanding two years.

The event is aimed at micro, small and medium enterprises from all sectors, and will explore how productivity, growth and business performance might be boosted through effective digital leadership, new ways of working, employee consultation, data gathering and analysis, and by making a commitment to sustainability.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy
  • Nico Simeone, Director, Six by Nico
  • Carolyn Currie, CEO at WES and Chair at Productivity Institute Scotland
  • Sean Duffy, CEO, The Wise Group
  • Anthony Burns, COO, ACS Clothing
  • Jackie Brierton, CEO, GrowBiz
  • Kirsty Thomson, CEO, The Circle
  • James Bream, CEO, Katoni Engineering
  • Lesley Smillie, Partner, Deloitte
  • Matthew Kennett, Director, Productivity – People and Transformation, NatWest
  • Prof. Patricia Findlay, Professor of Work and Employment Relations, Strathclyde University

Guest speakers and session facilitators will help delegates to:

  • Assess how productivity in Scotland is affected by geography and socio-economic factors, and how we can overcome barriers;
  • Discover the role played by digital leadership and data in business growth and planning;
  • Analyse how HR, legal and health & safety requirements might affect new ways of working;
  • Learn from businesses on how they: implemented creativity and innovation processes; started their net zero journey; introduced a 4-day week improving productivity and employee engagement;
  • As well as offering practical advice and space for forward thinking, our conference will provide time for networking, and a session exploring the vital importance of mindfulness and wellbeing for ourselves, our colleagues, and staff, as we continue on the road to recovery.

For the agenda and full list of speakers visit the website.

Register to attend here.

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise