Written by Scott Wright, Deputy Business Editor

THE big themes to emerge from next week’s Budget will be debated at a special event hosted by The Herald next Thursday (March 9).

The Herald Budget Briefing, which is being held with Campbell Dallas, Indigo, Wright Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, 200 SVS and the University of Glasgow – Adam Smith Business School will see a panel of experts debate the big announcements made by Chancellor Philip Hammond, and what they mean for Scottish business.

Chaired by Herald commentator Iain Macwhirter, the panel includes Fraser Campbell of Campbell Dallas, Indigo’s Peter Smyth, Wright Johnston & Mackenzie’s Graham Murray, and Ronald MacDonald, professor of Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School.

Mr Campbell said the Chancellor “may look to the bigger stage and take further steps in making the UK a more attractive place for future inward investment.” Mr Smyth expects the Chancellor “to send positive messages the UK will remain a place to invest with confidence.” Mr Murray said Mr Hammond will be under pressure to “put stability and prosperity first.”

Professor MacDonald expects the Budget to have a “strong Scottish resonance given the Smith Com- mission’s tax changes are now fully in place.”

The free event is taking place at 200 SVS in Glasgow from 8am. Kim Wilson, of 200 SVS, said the venue is “delighted to be hosting” the event. Book your place at www.newsquestscotland events.com/budget or contact Lynsay Wong on lynsay.wong@heraldandtimes.co.uk.