A group of expert panellists, chaired by political commentator Iain Macwhirter, will consider the main issues raised in The Budget to be announced the previous day and their potential impact on businesses and individuals. The Budget will be the last delivered by George Osborne before the General Election in May.
The panel will include Fraser Campbell, partner at accountancy firm Campbell Dallas LLP, Graeme Downie, director at public affairs consultancy Orbit Communications, Robert Burns, corporate partner at Burness Paull law firm and Derek Hanlan, director of taxation at Craig Corporate business advisers.
Panel members are likely to provide updates on areas such as personal and corporate tax considerations, VAT, and tax planning for businesses of all sizes. Delegates attending will have the opportunity to highlight issues raised in The Budget and direct questions to the panel.
Mr Campbell said: “Campbell Dallas LLP are delighted to be sponsoring the Herald Budget Briefing event as we see the Budget as a key factor in the prosperity of our clients and businesses in Scotland as a whole.”
He broadly welcomed the 2014 Budget at last year’s event but said the Chancellor could have done more to stimulate investment and exporting.
Mr Downie said the 2015 Budget will give an indication of the ground on which the General Election is likely to be fought.
H e added: “Orbit Communications looks forward to the event. I hope we can provide some insight into how businesses can adapt to what is currently a very uncertain political environment and one of the most tightly contested and unpredictable general election campaigns in living memory.”
Mr Burns said the Herald Budget Briefing gives Burness Paull a great opportunity to hear what Corporate Scotland feels.
He noted: “This sort of feedback helps us help our clients and also gives us a chance to pass on some of our experience in advising Scottish businesses in the current climate.”
Mr Hanlan said, “Craig Corporate are delighted to be supporting The Herald Budget Briefing this year. Taxation is a hugely significant factor affecting all of our clients, and we await with interest the Chancellor’s speech in this election year.”
The event will be held at the 200 St Vincent Street (200 SVS) conference and events venue in Glasgow. It starts at 7.45am.
The briefing is supported by Campbell Dallas, Burness Paull, Orbit Communications, Craig Corporate and 200 SVS.
Kim Wilson, Conference and Events Director 200 SVS, said the venue was delighted to be working in partnership with The Herald to host the Budget Business Breakfast.
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