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The Referendum Debate, Inverness

The independence referendum on September 18 will be a pivotal moment in deciding the future direction for businesses in Scotland. Do we stay or go it alone?

This is your chance to hear different perspectives and get involved in the discussion as the leading business organisations in the Highlands & Islands join together to play host to Alistair Carmichael and John Swinney who will represent the UK and Scottish governments respectively.

Lorna Jack will add a legal perspective and additional panel members will be confirmed as soon as details are available. Media partners the Press & Journal will provide the post-event summary.

This is a joint event for members of the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors, Inverness Chamber of Commerce and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

So whether you want to know more about the effect on pensions or the pound, energy or exports, join the audience and be part of the debate.



Damian Bates, Editor in Chief , Press and Journal



Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive, The Law Society of Scotland

Additional panel members TBC.


Referendum Debate including buffet lunch Free to members of the partner organisations


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Eden Court Theatre
Bishops Road


Date: 20 August 2014
Start Time: 11:45 GMT
Duration: 2 hours
CPD Units: 2