As Scotland prepares to welcome COP26, the largest business event ever hosted in the UK, we look at why Scotland is the perfect host, and how business events can bring about social and economic change.

The UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties 26 (COP26) will take place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree co-ordinated action to tackle climate change under the Paris Agreement.

It is now well recognised the threat climate change poses to our way of life on earth. As climate changes, weather become less predictable, more extreme, and the fragile ecosystems we all rely on become irreversibly damaged. But it is not yet too late, by acting together we can change how we live, work, eat and play. We can embrace new technologies, take bold decisions, and ensure that we learn to live sustainably and to protect our home.

When we meet face to face, we see eye to eye. And so the world is coming to Scotland for COP26, to meet, discuss, learn and engage. The world is coming to Scotland to being a Journey to Change.

Business Events as change agents

We believe that business events can deliver social and economic change, and COP26 is the most prominent example of the energy and focus business events can shine on an issue. Business events attract delegates from around the world, experts in their fields. When business events take place they become a forum to discuss all kinds of subjects, form climate change to digital technology to life sciences. But what all business events have in common is the power to educate, to share knowledge, to start conversations, to put people on a journey to change.

Scotland, on a Journey to Change

In Scotland you can start your own journey to change. When you come to Scotland to organise a business event, we can connect you with policy makers, social enterprises, innovation centres and academic intuitions. When you organise a business event in Scotland, we know it is an opportunity for your delegates to meet our local experts, for your leaders to meet our policy makers. It is an opportunity for Scotland to learn from you, and for you to learn from Scotland. It is an opportunity to change minds, change lives, and to start something important that will last for decades.

In Scotland we have already started our Journey to Change, but we know we have a long way to go. Here are some inspiring tales of change from Scotland, from organisations you can partner with when you organise events here in Scotland.

Scotland, where the journey begins

Scotland has everything you need to host an event, from major international events like COP26, to intimate incentives and corporate get togethers. In Scotland everything is possible.

With 3 dedicated international conference centres, hundreds of unique and inspiring meeting venues, world class hotels and resorts, and the professional excellence of dedicated conference organisers – Scotland can put on the biggest events in the world, and we are proud to be hosting the biggest busines event the UK has ever hosted, COP26.

To begin your journey to change in Scotland you can contact VisitScotland and we can help discuss your needs, or use our venue and service search tools, to find the places and people you need.