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“From genomes to smartphones: all about the tablets?”

Nations all over the world are facing the same inexorable challenges – affordable quality of life for growing numbers of older citizens, who must cope with a rising incidence of chronic disease(s). Individuals (both as consumers and taxpayers) and Governments are worrying about the projected cost of necessary health and care services.

What’s this all about and how can business help provide the growing demand for services within the Health, care and wellness industry. Our guest speakers at this very special 5th birthday breakfast bash (easy for me to say!) were the duo and digital health & care innovation experts from Citrus Mind; Ian Sibbald and Bill Grant.

Ian kicked off the presentation by setting the scene with some astonishing facts – the worlds population is forecast to grow by 25% over the next 25 years, and not just because of a higher birth rate, much of this is to do with the increase in life expectancy. In short this means we are facing a shifting age profile and need an increasing number of services to provide for them. “This is where business comes in” explained Ian – “businesses who traditionally would not see themselves as a digital health provider can now get involved regardless of their size”

Once we were equipped with the facts and understood the growing opportunities Bill then took over to talk about the ‘Integrated Health and Care Agenda’ and how as a National Advisor he and Ian can help support businesses break into this sector.

Bill explained that the supply chain is growing and it appears there are greater numbers of small businesses collaborating to supply and support the sector. The message that came across was to look at where the opportunities are and think ‘out of the box’. What new and innovative ideas can we see when looking at the challenges and problems facing health care? It’s not just about supplying directly either – many of the major suppliers are looking for sub-contractors especially those with new and exciting ideas.

It was a fascinating presentation into an area I knew little about and I’m sure helped everyone see that, despite not having previously supplied the health sector there are opportunities they where not aware of.

If you want to catch up on the material that was in the slide deck which Bill and Ian shared, you can find it here

Find out as Digital Health and Care Network Integrators how Bill and Ian can help.
bill@citrus-mind.com
ian@citrus-mind.com

Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope you enjoyed our 5th Birthday Easter Eggs. We look forward to seeing you all at next months event – book here

Photos by Stewart of Great Scot Photography

Womenomics: The theory that women play a primary role in economic growth

We were delighted our March guest Professor Lesley Sawers was able to take time out of a busy schedule to share with us the findings of a report she undertook for the UK Government Scotland Office – ‘The Sawers Review 2015’. The report set out a clear action plan and set of recommendations to help achieve goals in relation to women’s contribution to the economy. Including identifying specific areas linked to measurement, mentoring and mainstreaming. Many of the reports recommendations have already been implemented by the UK and Scottish Governments.

Lesley’s presentation focussed on the increasing recognition that we need to change attitudes, culture and workplace practices if we are to unlock the full economic potential of 51% of Scotland’s population. We heard evidence that:

  • Globally it will take 118 years to achieve pay parity for men and women
  • Estimates suggest that advancing women’s equality worldwide would add $12 trillion to global growth
  • Scotland’s gender pay gap averages 17.5% – in some sectors its 40%
  • In Scotland men are twice as likely to start their own business, an opportunity cost to the economy of £13bn
  • Of Scottish based FTSE 100 companies, only 25% of Board positions are held by women
  • Women comprise only 2% of engineers in Modern Apprenticeship training, less than 3% of chartered engineers in Scotland are female
  • 55% of students in Higher Education are female
  • Aging female workforce with growing care responsibilities, concentrated in low growth or declining industry sectors

Lesley explained that through research, think tanks and survey’s they identified what the issues were. This meant that real actions to support women into business could be established. These included:

  • Mentoring and support
  • Measure, spend versus return
  • More role models available
  • Help build confidence for individuals
  • Better access to business support
  • Understand what help is available /needed locally within communities i.e. child care and mentoring
  • Better sharing of goals and geographically share information
  • Get business groups working together
  • Establish a national equalities plan

It’s great to see a report that actually does something and Lesley was delighted to share a number of recommendations already moving ahead:

  • Ministerial group now established and working on improving                                   coordination and sharing of activities and resources
  • Groups now working together to identify shared goals and objectives linked to pay gaps, talent pipeline, board positions, aging workforce etc. – with shared ACTION PLANS to deliver
  • Mandatory Pay Gap reporting announced
  • Family friendly guidelines published by Scottish Government
  • Public board gender targets set in Scotland
  • Gender budgeting at centre of Government spending reviews

The presentation was a great insight into the potential for the Scottish and UK economies and clearly a move from being a women’s issue or problem to one of economic potential and growth.

Lesley has been a successful and active participant in the Scottish economy for over 40 years, including CEO of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and of SCDI, as well as holding a number of Non Executive appointments. She recently stepped down from her role as a Vice Principal at Glasgow Caledonian University to become

Executive Chair of GenAnalytics© Ltd, a specialist analytical and market insights consultancy focused on the area of business performance improvement linked to gender, LGBT and equalities in the workplace. GenAnalytics© is pioneering the application of data analytics in the area of equalities, business performance and human capital asset management.

It was great to hear from Lesley and we would welcome her back in the future to update us on progress within this area. Download the Sawers Review

Lesley.sawers@genanalytics.co.uk @ProfLesleyS

Communication Breakfast Partners

As the Communications Breakfast now celebrates it’s 5th year of outstanding success for the West of Scotland Business community we are delighted to welcome on board two new partners to support the 2016 programme.

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MacRoberts, the Straight-talking lawyers.

MacRoberts have always been a great supporter of the breakfast events, which have helped them to widen their network within the West of Scotland business community.

MacRoberts are one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms. They maintain strong links within the Scottish economy, working with large private and public companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, banks and financial services institutions, public sector bodies, charities and all levels of government, as well as private individuals.

The firm has 48 partners and a total of over 200 people employed in offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.

At the Communications Breakfast we very much look forward to working with them during the 2016 programme while introducing them further to our network and partners.

macroberts.com

 

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Muir Slicer is an established company specialising in training and development.  They offer a client-centred approach with personalised training packages and courses tailored to individual needs.

They are an experienced and professional team of qualified trainers providing organisations with a wide range of quality training and support to assist them to compete and grow in today’s marketplace using a variety of methods.  They work with everyone from small, locally-run businesses to large nationals and everything in between; from co-operatives to charities and family businesses, assisting the individuals in all of these organisations to achieve their goals and challenging them to go that step further.

Basically they are an all round highly experienced great bunch of guys who want to assist in the training, development and support of people to enable them to achieve their potential, and we very much look forward to working together and introducing them to our network.

muirslicer.co.uk