Harness Digital. Unlock the Digital Potential in your Business.

Thursday 26th November
11am - 12pm

Who should attend?

  • SMEs who want to digitally transform their business

What will you gain?

  • Insight into the current digital landscape
  • Real life experiences of how businesses have responded to the crisis
  • Understand how data can help you grow your business

COVID-19 is first a health and humanitarian crisis, and businesses are having to rapidly adjust. While the crisis unfolds, businesses should also prepare for what is coming next. Normal isn’t available to us anymore, and ‘business as usual’ will look different. The Harness Digital Webinar brings industry experts together to discuss how unlocking your mind-set and adopting digital can lead to sustained business growth. Brought to you by the Scottish Government’s Digital Development Loan, an 0% interest free loan available to help Scottish SMEs adopt digital services to grow their business.

The new reality taking shape is complex, uncertain but there are still opportunities for businesses. To adapt and thrive, organisations must be responsive and become resilient and agile. Hear how organisations address the changes needed in this new environment, from a people, operations, and technology perspective, at speed and at scale.


Les Bayne

Throughout his career, Les has been intrinsically involved in driving growth “in the new”, earning him a track record and reputation for delivering business breakthroughs. The themes of profitable growth, innovation, new services and all things customer are common threads across a diverse international career.

Over the past decade Les has been an influential and progressive advocate for using innovation to drive growth, a passion that stemmed from his lead role in creating Accenture’s multimillion-dollar flagship innovation centre in London in 2007. Since then, Les has engaged in driving innovation breakthroughs with clients across a range of industry sectors and contemporary technology themes.

He is a passionate Scot who believes that Scotland’s tech sector has the opportunity to punch above its weight on an international stage and with his innovation mindset, he re-set Accenture’s brand and strategy in Scotland.

Today, Les is now fully focused on helping Scottish companies grow and helping Scotland reach its full potential. He regularly amplifies this message through his business articles where he has commented on subjects ranging from sustainability, start-ups, diversity and of course the Covid crisis. Les also participates in a number of different advisory forums including AI Strategy Steering Committee for Scotland and the Capital Investment Plan Reference Group

Fiona set up a Vending Machine Business in 2012 with her husband Ian. The Multi-award winning business is based in Alloa and has a team of 13 staff and growing. 

Fiona has a passion for sales and marketing and is driven to succeed on every level. Servicing a variety of customers with an enviable portfolio including NHS Lothian, Gleneagles, Highland Spring, Grahams Dairies and many local authorities to name a few, SV24-7 Vending supplies and operates hot drinks with the latest bean 2 cup machines, soft drinks and a fresh food service. The business has won many awards, including Clacks Business of the Year 2019.

Hear how Fiona has used the Digital Development Loan to adapt her business as a result of the COVID-19 and the issues that arose around the pandemic. 


Fiona Chambers

Chris Hughes

Chris is the founder & CEO of Estendio, creators of the Present Pal App. 

Created out of his own experience with dyslexia, Present Pal now supports disabled students in over 100 universities in the UK & Ireland and is now expanding into North America. Chris has a passion for accessibility, where he chairs Skills Development Scotland’s Neurodiversity in Tech group. He has also delivered keynote presentations at Microsoft’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), MIT’s Assistive Technology Hackathon and Harvard Business School.

Passionate about supporting SMEs to start up, grow and innovate for the future, Liz is CEO of LESL, a ‘for-good’ company who manages the Digital Development Loan.

Liz has been providing business start up and growth support to Scotland’s SMEs, covering all major sectors and every business discipline. Using her close relationship with SMEs within the UK to identify changing SME needs and to develop new products and services such as the Digital Development Loan. Liz works closely with organisations whose aim is to support local and national economic development in Scotland, principally the Local Authorities, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government. 

Liz McCutcheon

Alisdair Gunn


Alisdair is recognised by the digital, data and tech community as one of Scotland’s leading tech experts and is leading the scaling of Scotland’s tech and digital economy.

Recognised for his dedication to developing the growth of Scotland’s Digital, Data and Tech Industry through mentoring founders of new tech businesses, advising Scotland’s digital tech Startups/ Scaleups as well as delivering strategy, innovation and digital transformation to agile organisations, Alisdair was awarded the prestigious Scotland Ecosystem Award at the inaugural Scottish Tech Startup Awards which recognised his expertise and commitment to delivering growth and investment across Scotland’s tech and digital economy.

Harness Digital. Unlock the Digital Potential in your Business.

Thursday 26th November
11am - 12pm