Talking EDAS

This podcast explores the challenges and opportunities with people who have ideas and / or are working in the broad field. We at EDAS believe economic development is a core means by which we can deliver a fairer, greener, more prosperous Scotland. Folks across economic development, politics, civil society, public sector and business are wrestling and working in this context and there are many successes, challenges and opportunities, which we are keen to share. Hosted by Neil McInroy, Chair of EDAS and Global Lead for Community Wealth Building at The Democracy Collaborative.

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Tuesday Feb 13, 2024

Annie joins us to share her insights on her role and the opportunities for Crown Estate Scotland, one of the most important bodies in the economic development field in Scotland.

Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

We're delighted to be joined by newly appointed Chair of EDAS, Neil McInroy, for our latest episode. Neil joins us to talk everything economic development, what change is required and what progress has been made, plus what he is looking to achieve in his time as Chair of EDAS.

Tuesday Jul 11, 2023

In this episode, we were joined by Phil Ford, Head of Digital Economy and Financial Services at Skills Development Scotland to review the recently published Digital Economy Skills Action Plan , and to discuss recent trends and opportunities to improve skills planning in the Scottish economy. 

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

In this episode which explores the rise of the space sector in Scotland, David and Peter discuss the construction of Sutherland Spaceport, the first vertical launch spaceport to be built on the UK mainland, and the opportunities that the growth of the space sector present for economic development in the Highlands and Islands.

Wednesday Jun 07, 2023

In this podcast, Mhairi and Jude join us to review the opportunities and challenges ahead for North Ayrshire Council, and indeed the three Ayrshire councils (North, East and South) in embedding CWB within its overall approach.

Tuesday May 23, 2023

In this episode, we are joined by Claire Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of innovation at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh to discuss the social and economic power of coworking. 

Thursday Apr 27, 2023

In this episode, Jane Morrison - Ross, Chief Executive of South of Scotland Enterprise, is joined in conversation by Rob Davidson, SOSE’s strategy lead on Community Wealth Building to review the opportunities and challenges facing South of Scotland Enterprise, and how it’s work can help embed Community Wealth Building in the region.

Wednesday Apr 26, 2023

In this episode, we are joined by Elizabeth Pirrie, CEO of AccelerateHER and COO of Investing Women Angels. With a background in finance, business support and entrepreneurship, Elizabeth offers our listeners insight into the contribution of female-led businesses to economic development.

Wednesday Apr 26, 2023

In our first episode of 2023, the Scottish Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Tom Arthur MSP is joined by Neil McInroy, Community Wealth Building Advisor to the Scottish Government, for a fascinating conversation on Community Wealth Building, an important part of the Government’s policy agenda.

Thursday Apr 20, 2023

In the final episode of 2022, we speak to one of the most prominent figures in the field of placemaking, Professor Leigh Sparks. Leigh is Professor of Retail Studies and Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling, and Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership.


About the Economic Development Association Scotland

EDAS is the country’s foremost membership driven association for all organisations and individuals with an interest in economic development.

We aim to improve economic development activity in Scotland by helping to raise the knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development.

We are the go to body for all individuals and organisations with interest in Scotland’s economic development.




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