Media Release: Highlands and Islands business community invited to attend high-profile business lecture

ONE of Britain’s leading economists is coming to Inverness to provide a pre-General Election insight into the economic challenges facing a new government.

He has argued consistently that economics is at the heart of understanding health and well-being.

Professor David Blanchflower CBE is guest speaker at the first of two high-profile business seminars hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), in partnership with the University of Stirling, at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.

Professor Blanchflower was until recently a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

He is Professor within the Stirling Management School, part of the University of Stirling, as well as being a regular columnist in The Guardian and New Statesman.

His lecture, ‘The Economic Challenges for a New Government’ is being held on Friday 5 February 2010 at 4.00 pm. This is a free event open to all of the Highlands and Islands business community.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, operations manager for HIE’s Inner Moray Firth team, said: “This lecture series aims to provide attendees with the most up to date views on the current economic situation and what this may mean for their business after the General Election this year.

“Having a speaker as prestigious as Professor Blanchflower provides an exciting opportunity for businesses across the Highlands and Islands and this should not be missed.”

Professor Grant Jarvie, deputy principal, University of Stirling, added: “The University of Stirling is delighted to work in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise given the common interest and expertise of assisting economic development in the Highlands and Islands.”

Gillian Galloway, project director at the Centre for Health Science, said: “We are delighted that HIE and the University of Stirling are hosting these lectures in the Centre for Health Science and are looking forward to welcoming Professor Blanchflower and the Highlands and Islands business community.”

Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce, commented: “It is increasingly important for the Highland business community to participate in such events and excellent to see such partnership working in action between HIE, the University of Stirling and the Centre for Health Science. This is an outstanding opportunity for Highland businesses to engage with one of Britain’s foremost economists.”

For more information or to book your place, contact Barbara Isaacs at or 01349 868381. More information can also be found at

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