The Herald Budget Briefing:

Does it deliver for your business?
In-depth business analysis and discussion

The Chancellor of the Exchequer will present their medium-term fiscal plan alongside Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predictions on November 17.

The Herald held a post Budget Briefing on Friday, November 18 which gave insight and analysis into the budget and allowed delegates to hear from a panel of experts and The Herald’s political editors. Full information can be found below.

This year’s budget briefing took place on the morning of Friday, November 18 in Glasgow at the Virgin Money, Customer Banking Lounge, 40 St Vincent Street, Glasgow


Friday, November 18, 2022

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2022/11/18 09:00:00


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Raise your profile by sponsoring our business breakfast

If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Stephen Laughlin, Senior Events Manager.

0141 302 6050


Grant Johnston is an experienced private client solicitor, and is also qualified as a financial planner.   This dual qualification allows him to provide individuals, families and business owners with properly joined-up and appropriate advice taking full account of their personal circumstances.   He helps to plan both legal and financial affairs to meet clients’ objectives and goals in the short and longer term.

Grant is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  He advises on tax, wills, trusts and estate planning as well as overall wealth planning, including investments, pensions, and protection.  He works with clients to develop and implement a bespoke long term plan, and then to review progress and help them stay on track to meeting their objectives.

Grant Johnston
Partner and Head of Wealth Planning, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Adam is a Regional Director and manages investment portfolios for clients ranging from individuals and families to trusts, pension funds and charitable organizations. He also manages the Glasgow office which includes planning for recruitment and strategy for growth.

He graduated from the University of St Andrews with an honors degree in Business Management. He then studied for a postgraduate qualification in Investment & Finance at the University of Strathclyde before joining Speirs & Jeffrey in 2010. At Speirs and Jeffrey Adam became Director and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Speirs & Jeffrey was fully integrated with Rathbones in July 2019.

Adam was named in the 2021 PAM Insight UK Top 40 Under 40, which looks at the rising stars across the Wealth Management and Private Banking Industries.

In his spare time, Adam is a keen tennis player, and loves watching pretty much any sport.

Adam Drummond
Regional Director, Rathbones

Graeme has been a member of the business bank leadership team since 2016.  He’s responsible for the externally-facing proposition for business banking customers as well as the banking products that support them and the customer economics behind it all.

He joined Clydesdale Bank in 2006, focusing mainly on debt funding larger TMT transactions and going on to develop and run the bank’s venture debt offering, Growth Finance, in 2010.

Graeme trained as a CA with PwC; then worked in their M&A practice focusing almost exclusively on the technology sector. That took him to a new role as CFO for a VC funded fintech business and then to GM of a larger software business before he entered the world of banking.  He remains a Non-Executive Director in the fintech business which keeps him connected to the real-world issues impacting businesses in the UK today.

Graeme Sands
Head of Business Products & Lending, Virgin Money UK

Kirsty Murray is an Economics graduate of Edinburgh University and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2003. As a Tax Compliance Partner at Azets, Kirsty provides expertise and trusted business advice to SMEs across Scotland advising on compliance, robust planning and maximising reliefs.

Kirsty Murray
Tax Partner, Azets


Brian Taylor

Herald Columnist and Political Commentator

The morning’s discussion will be chaired by Herald columnist and political commentator Brian Taylor, who will provide a summary of the key issues raised by the Chancellor’s latest plans for taxation, benefits and spending.


The Herald Budget Briefing event took place on Friday, November 18

The event took place from 9.00am – 11.00am.

Virgin Money Customer Banking Lounge
Enter via 40 St Vincent Place
G1 2HL

The business breakfast provides delegates with the opportunity to network, learn, question and hear from industry experts. Our Political Editor and panel also shared their expertise and knowledge and thoughts followed by an audience Q & A.

Tickets are priced at £10 +VAT & Eventbrite Fee and are now available to purchase from the link below to secure your place. Your ticket price includes your place to attend the event, official event programme, The Herald and tea, coffee and refreshments upon arrival.


9am Arrival and Networking
9.30am Overview and analysis of key budget announcements 
10.00am Panel discussion on budget
10.30am Audience Q&A
10.45am Closing Remarks
11.00am Networking
11.30am Budget Briefing Concludes


 • Who can Register for the event?
This event is open to everyone with an interest to business and the economy across Scotland.

• Is there a deadline to register for the event?
Registration to the event can be made up until the day prior however we would encourage you to register ahead of the event to keep up to date with all event updates.

• Where will The Herald Business Briefing event take place?
This year’s budget briefing event will take place in Glasgow City Centre

• What is the cost to attend?
Tickets are priced at £10 +VAT per ticket

  • Where can I see the running order?
    You can view the event running order on the online event section of this website above.
  • Where can I find updates on the event?
    You can find updates on the event via this dedicated event website, via and by following @NewsquestEvents.
  • What do I do if I have more questions?
    We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the online event or registration. Please contact Events Manager, Stephen Laughlin by emailing with all enquires.Please feel free to use #Budget22 to notify that you will be attending this virtual event.

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If you have any questions or need more information on the breakfast, please contact Stephen Laughlin, Senior Events Manager on 0141 302 6050 or

Stephen Laughlin

Senior Events Manager
0141 302 6050



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