More than 100 people have already signed up to attend The Herald and Sunday Herald’s free post Budget briefing event.
The event, which starts at 7.45am tomorrow at 200 St Vincent Street in Glasgow, will see journalist and broadcaster Iain Macwhirter chairing a panel of experts who plan to give their views on the Chancellor’s final Budget before the General Election.
The members of the panel are Fraser Campbell, from Campbell Dallas, Robert Burns, from law firm Burness Paull, Graeme Downie, from Orbit Communications, Craig Corporate’s Derek Hanlan, VWM Wealth’s Ken Welsh and professor Ronald MacDonald from Glasgow University.
Prof MacDonald said: “The evolution of the economic landscape since the autumn statement suggests there is some scope for Mr Osborne to offer the electorate some extra election sweeteners.”
They will be looking at areas including tax planning and VAT along with the implications for personal and corporate tax. Mr Hanlan said: “This is a fascinating Budget for the Scottish business community, coming in a post-Referendum and pre-General Election climate.
“It will be interesting to see what approach the Chancellor takes, and whether any rabbits are pulled out of the hat.”
Mr Campbell indicated he expects there will be an engaging discussion.
He said: “Representatives from the Scottish business community will be able to network and contribute to a lively panellist-led debate as the experts deconstruct the main thrust of the Chancellor’s Budget and business reaction.”
That view was echoed by Mr Burns who said: “Hearing from a cross section of corporate Scotland, both those on the panel and in the audience, will provide a really engaging forum to share ideas and opinions and I am sure everyone will leave the event with useful food for thought.”
Mr Downie said: “The content of this Budget Statement will have a long-term impact for Scottish businesses regardless of the result on polling day.”
Mr Welsh predicted the Chancellor will focus on fostering growth, keeping tight control on government spending, tax simplification and incentives for savers. He added: “In the area of economic growth, we expect to see some specific incentives for job creation, particularly for smaller businesses with some modest reduction in the tax take on oil companies and investment incentives.”
Kim Wilson, Conference and Events Director, said: “Two hundred SVS are delighted to be hosting The Herald Budget Business Breakfast in our conference and events venue at 200 St Vincent Street and we look forward to welcoming everyone for what is set to be a fantastic debate.”
The event partners are Campbell Dallas, Craig Corporate, Orbit Communications, VWM Wealth, Burness Paull, the University of Glasgow Adam Business School and 200 SVS.