The Santander “Breakthrough Moments Box” is coming to Edinburgh for a five-day festival of events aimed at helping businesses with ambition.

Taking place in St Andrew Square, it will offer an opportunity for SMEs to gain insight, share experience and develop new contacts in a different, vibrant environment.

Covering a wide range of topics, the sessions have been developed to provide businesses with practical solutions to drive business growth and you can choose which sessions you want to attend.

The festival starts on Monday May 11 between 12pm and 2pm with a session for senior business figures, leading advisors and SME owners interested in hearing first hand from the City of Edinburgh Council’s leadership about its past, present and future economic challenges.

Scot-Buzz co-editor Bill Jamieson will be ‘in conversation with Dame Sue Bruce, Leader of Edinburgh City Council and Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee.

Building a bar business in the capital? Then in the afternoon between 3pm and 4.30pm there is a ‘No Holds Bar-red’ session on how to build an innovative bar business.

Edinburgh boasts some of the UK’s most exciting and unique pubs and bars making it one of the world’s most hospitable cities. Join this session if you are involved in the Scottish hospitality industry and would like to hear the tricks of the trade from local personalities.
The panel will include Mike and Anna Christopherson (whose bars include the Boda Bar, Hemma and Joseph Pearce’s) and Stephen McGowan, leading Scottish licensing solicitor and Chairman of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Scotland.

The first day of the festival will close with a relaxed evening reception between 5.30pm and 7pm. Here’s an ideal opportunity for business leaders and leading advisors that work within these sectors to meet Santander’s Nick Elder and the Santander Education, Healthcare & Renewables Banking Team.

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