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Join the LIVE launch of the SIS Retail Academy 2021

We are delighted to invite you to the LIVE online launch of our flagship support programme, the SIS Retail Academy, on Thursday 28 January 17:30 – 18:30.

Over the last four years, SIS has partnered with Asda and the Scottish Government to provide social enterprises, and entrepreneurs, access to world-famous industry experts and speakers as part of the Retail Academy programme. Alumni such as Brewgooder have gone onto to supply multiple supermarkets, extend product lines, and generate significant social impact.

Please join us to celebrate SIS Retail Academy and its impact as we launch the 2021 programme and celebrate our 20th year.

We’re delighted to be joined by partners who will highlight the social enterprise opportunity as well as from renowned trend and industry experts, who will share their top tips and projections for the year ahead. Our retail sector is changing, but we believe it presents a unique opportunity for our social enterprises.


Your host

Rachael Brown: CEO – Future Economy Company

Rachael is Social Entrepreneur in Residence at SIS, CEO of the Future Economy Company and currently co-convenor of the Creative Entrepreneurs Club. She has over twenty years of experience in the social enterprise sector building impactful businesses and turning ideas into reality.

Keynote speaker

Andrew Miles Davis: Digital Marketing Expert

Andrew Miles Davis is a Digital Marketing expert. He has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and brands, such as Royal Mail and Tesco, leading them through digital transformation. Andrew will be giving his top tips and projections for the year ahead.

Guest Speakers

Margaret McSorley Walker: Trends Expert

Margaret is a recognised industry expert in the fields of product innovation and retail sales. Margaret is currently Director of Scotch Cross and has decades of experience in leading product development for brands such as Greencore, McCain and Asda where she was Head of Innovation.

Stuart Brown: Head of Businesses – Barclays

Stuart leads Barclay’s Retail and Business Banking teams in Scotland and supports their clients with banking requirements and achieving their personal and business ambitions. He is also a Voluntary Trustee on the board of Inspire Ventures, a social enterprise providing quality of life choices for people with learning disabilities.

Tim Scott: Senior Manager, Environmental, Social, Governance (Creating Change for Better) – Asda

Tim has overall responsibility for shaping and implementing Asda’s overall corporate responsibility (CR) strategy, reporting and governance. He works cross-functionally with senior stakeholders across the business, bringing a wide variety of CR initiatives together under one over-arching platform called ‘Asda Creating Change for Better’.


We can’t wait to welcome you! Stay tuned to find out more about the Retail Academy and follow #SISRA21 to keep up with activity on the SIS Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram channels.