CBRE to help shine a spotlight on Scotland’s data and digital industries

Chris Dougray (Executive Director of CBRE in Scotland)

GLOBAL real estate advisor CBRE is to host a key event during Scottish Cities Week 2024 in London, to promote investment opportunities in Scotland’s data and digital technologies.

Places that Innovate: Scotland’s Cities in the Digital Age is taking place in CBRE’s Henrietta House headquarters on 24th of January and is being organised by the Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA) which comprises of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, Stirling and Dunfermline.

The afternoon event will showcase how Scotland’s cities are building upon a robust environment of tech companies that provide enabling technologies, supporting all economic sectors in Scotland, re-skilling and upskilling its workforce for the jobs of tomorrow, making its cities attractive locations for businesses and start-ups, as well as creating new investment opportunities in areas including purpose-built student accommodation, build to rent and flexible workspaces.

Keynote speakers will include Steven Drost, who is the Chief Strategy Officer at Codebase; Chris van der Kuyl CBE, FRSE, Chairman, 4J Studios/Principal, Chroma Ventures and video games entrepreneur; Jackie Waring FRSE, the Founder & Chair of AccelerateHer and Jeremy Doherty, Digital Services Lead, Arup.

They will be joined by the eight City Leaders, the Alliance’s chair, Cllr John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council and Chris Dougray, Executive Director of CBRE in Scotland.

Chris Dougray said: “It’s a real honour for us to host this shop window for our growing tech companies, many of which are innovating not just at home but on the global stage. There are so many opportunities for investors who want to reap the rewards of Scotland’s status as a centre of excellence for data and digital technology, with world leading universities and companies producing incredible innovations in areas like cyber security, artificial intelligence, games, fintech, software and space technology.

“Not only do we want to encourage people to invest in our Scottish companies but also to look at Scotland as a place to start-up or grow tech companies. We have the infrastructure, skills base and incredible tech incubators, innovation centres and science parks.”

Scottish Cities Week 2024 will focus on the Scottish Government’s recently published innovation strategy and will provide an opportunity for cities to discuss the scale of opportunities and challenges in their cities across four broad themes – Data and Digital Technologies; Energy Transition; Health and Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing.

To find out more about the Places that Innovate: Scotland’s Cities in the Digital Age event, please contact

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