Forth Valley Business Week

Forth Valley Business Week: Say ‘Aye’ AI?


Monday 18 September – Friday 22 September 2023

The future of business is here, and it’s intelligent! Get ready for a week of innovation, exploration, and insight as Forth Valley Business Week kicks off on Monday, 18 September. Focussing on the theme of “Say Aye to AI?” the week-long programme of events explores the impact Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having on business operations and opportunities, career paths, and skills in the modern age.

The week brings together entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and policy setters to engage in seven AI and technology themed events at venues in Clackmannanshire, Stirling, and Falkirk. The aim is to foster a deeper understanding of the transformative potential of AI within the business landscape and across the Forth Valley region.

Events include workshops, panel discussions, keynote presentations, and interactive training sessions offering attendees the chance to not only learn about AI but also engage in meaningful conversations with experts and peers. Speakers include industry leaders such as global innovation consultancy PA Consulting, the UK’s largest technology incubator Codebase, and Barclays Eagle Labs. The week ends with a lunch and networking event to raise funds for charity partner, Scottish Autism.

Forth Valley Business Week Event Schedule

Date Event Speaker Venue Topic & content

Monday 18 September   9.30 – 11.30 am


Forth Valley Business Week launch (Fully Booked) Josie Saunders, Ceteris CEO & Senior Leaders Paton Conference Suite,

Alloa Business Centre

Harnessing the opportunities and challenges of AI and digital transformation across the Forth Valley.

The session will explore the impact AI is having on the economic potential and competitiveness of the Forth Valley area.

Tuesday 19 September  9.30 – 11.00 am  

Say Aye to AI?




David McFarlane, PA Consulting   & Guest Panel



Codebase, Stirling PA Consulting, one of the world’s leading innovation consultancies, will share real world examples that show how AI is already being applied by businesses and organisations. The session will include a round table discussion looking at the impact AI is having on skills and careers both now and in the future.
Wednesday 20 July        9.30 am – 4.30 pm The HEAT competition (Finalists only) Competition Finalists Paton Conference Suite, Alloa Business Centre The Dragon’s Den style competition for new start and pre-start businesses returns for another year to find the future business stars in the Forth Valley.

Thursday 21 September   12.00 – 2.00 pm


Emerge Women Case studies from female entrepreneurs making the most of AI Scion House, Stirling University Innovation Park Tina Coviello from Progressive Pathways will open a discussion around AI, so prepare to embark on a captivating journey as we unravel the mysteries of AI and discover how it is reshaping our industries, and the very fabric of our future.
Thursday 21 September   2.00 – 4.00 pm Unleashing Marketing Magic Using AI Webinar Online Business Gateway webinar.

Friday 22 September


Charity Afternoon Tea and close Ashley Peacock Kildean Suite, Forth Valley College, Stirling,  FK8 1SE Charity networking event to raise funds for Scottish Autism. Sponsored by Robertson Construction.

This week-long event represents a unique opportunity for business to delve into the world of AI and its transformative impact. Whether you’re a business owner, an industry leader, or a student curious about the future, Forth Valley Business Week will offer invaluable insights and networking opportunities.

To book onto any of our events, click on the links in the table above. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Forth Valley Week Charity Lunch

We’ll be raising funds for Scottish Autism at our end of Forth Valley Business Week charity lunch. More details coming soon.

The HEAT competition

Do you have a brilliant business idea? Are you either planning to start your business or in the early stages of taking your idea to market? Then the HEAT competition could be for you. Enter this ‘Dragon’ Den’ style competition and be in with a chance of winning your share of cash and business support prizes worth over £10,000. CLOSING DATE 28 August 2023. Enter now!