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Harper Macleod set for a date with Clooney and Hoy at Scottish Business Awards and Festival of Entrepreneurship

Harper Macleod, one of Scotland’s leading law firms, is looking forward to playing its part at the Scottish Business Awards and the Festival of Entrepreneurship which will take place throughout the day on Thursday.

This year’s Awards, set to be attended by around 2000 leading business figures, will have the biggest headline star to date as Hollywood leading man George Clooney addresses the audience at the EICC in Edinburgh.

Harper Macleod has made the shortlist for one of the Awards at the prestigious event – the Johnson and Johnson Corporate Social Responsibility Award – based on work in many spheres, including its backing of Entrepreneurial Spark and also Scotland’s leading wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn.

The firm is hosting a table at the dinner but is up against some formidable opposition in its bid to share a stage with Clooney and host Rob Brydon, with other nominees including Asda, Scottish Power and Tesco Bank.

George Clooney follows in illustrious company at the EICC with the Awards’ keynote speech having been delivered by Sir Bob Geldof, former US President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammed Yunus in previous years.

Festival of Entrepreneurship

On the afternoon of the Awards, the Festival of Entrepreneurship will take place – Scotland’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurs. The Festival is supported by partners including ScotEDGE and Entrepreneurial Spark – two organisations to which Harper Macleod is also a long-term supporter.

The Festival will feature many drop-in events, along with an Entrepreneurial panel hosted by Sir Tom Hunter and an address from Sir Chris Hoy, who will also present prizes for five of the Scottish Business Awards categories, including Scottish SME of the Year and Tech Company of the Year.

The Festival will also feature the final of the ScotEDGE YoungEDGE competition – with the next generation of Scottish entrepreneurs battling for up to £10,000 in a pitching competition.