The Scottish Parliament's think-tank

It’s the economy, stupid

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Friday 11 August 2023, at the Scottish Parliament


As Scotland emerges from the COVID pandemic, new ideas of how our economy should work are taking hold: inclusive growth, social enterprise and a circular economy, among them.

These ideas all point to a different economic model, but what do they mean in practice? Are the right people and organisations involved? And can local communities be inspired and motivated to take part? 

Chaired by BBC Scotland’s Business and Economy editor Douglas Fraser, and held in partnership with the Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise, this event explored new ideas of how our economy should work. 

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Emma Congreve

Emma Congreve is a Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Deputy Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute. She has previously held roles as a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as an economic adviser within the Scottish Government.

Jimmy Paul

Jimmy Paul is currently Director at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland which exists to reprogram Scotland’s economy so that it puts people and planet first. Jimmy has worked in leadership roles across health & social care for over ten years, including being a co-chair at the world-leading Independent Care Review.

Douglas Westwater

Douglas Westwater is Chief Officer at Community Enterprise, a leading social enterprise and community development consultancy and support provider. Douglas has worked in Scotland’s third sector for 25 years, and he currently serves as the chair of Social Enterprise Scotland.


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