Debate is a ‘much-needed opportunity’ to clarify referendum issues

With just a matter of weeks to go before Scottish voters are asked to make what will be the most momentous decision affecting Scotland’s future, the Institute of Directors (IoD) Highlands and Islands branch is working with other business organisations to stage The Referendum Debate at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, on Wednesday, August 20.

Paul Houlden, IoD Highlands and Islands chairman, explains:

“The Referendum Debate is a much-needed opportunity to clarify issues about how our vote will affect our businesses now and in the future. With only weeks to go before the referendum, many of us feel there are still too many unanswered questions.

Paul Houlden, IoD Highlands and Islands

“At the Referendum Debate we will have the chance to put some of those questions to Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael and John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government.

“The big question, of course, is whether we can deliver better growth in our economy by remaining part of the UK, or by choosing independence. Too often it seems that the big questions go unanswered while we are subjected to another round of claim and counter-claim from both ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps.

“I am looking forward to this Referendum Debate so we can hopefully get some answers with substance. We need that, because the decision we make in the polling booths on September 18 will have a profound effect on the future for our businesses, our families and future generations.”

Jointly organised by the Federation of Small Business, the Institute of Directors, Inverness Chamber of Commerce and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, the Referendum Debate will take place on Wednesday, August 20 from 11.45 am to 2 pm in the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

To book a place at The Referendum Debate go to or call Lesley Rhind on 01463 231878 or email
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