Edinburgh Keynote Speaker
International keynote speaker, entrepreneur, author and top motivational keynote speaker in Edinburgh James Taylor travels all over the globe, from Edinburgh to Singapore, to deliver tailored, content-rich, educational but also humorous keynotes to a great diversity of audiences coming from different industries. A leading expert in innovation, creativity, marketing, and leadership, Taylor is passionate about helping both companies and individuals unlock their creative energies, increase the speed of innovation and deal with an ever-changing world. He holds a prestigious MBA in international business and is a fellow of the Royal Institute for Arts (RSA), a renowned organization whose prior fellows included Benjamin Franklin and Nelson Mandela.
Over the past 20 years, Taylor travelled through Europe, Asia, Middle East and the United States to offer advice and coaching to companies and individuals. The most famous multi-national organizations he worked with include Apple, Yamaha, Sony, Johnson & Johnson and Bertelsmann. Additionally, he also provided 1-on-1 coaching to important personalities such as corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, writers, rock-stars and educators. He is the recipient of the prestigious Modern ONTRApreneur and S.D. Southern Awards and is a prominent figure in a large number of media outlets. Recently, BBC aired a documentary about his life and professional activity as an insightful and entertaining keynote speaker.
Global companies choose top motivational keynote speaker in Edinburgh James Taylor to help their people unlock their creativity, accelerate innovation and adapt to change.
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CONFERENCE CENTRE VENUES
Edinburgh has many excellent conference centers and facilities, including:
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, on Morrison St.
John McIntyre Conference Centre, The University of Edinburgh, on Holyrood Park Rd.
Edinburgh Conference Centre, at the Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton
McDonald Rooms Conference Centre, on McDonald Rd.
Norton Park Conference Centre, on Albion Rd.
COSLA Conference Centre, on Haymarket Yards
General Information about Edinburgh for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the second largest financial centre and tourist destination in the UK, after London. Both Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town with neoclassical buildings and gardens and its medieval Old Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of its most famous landmarks include: the Edinburgh Castle, where Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny (which was used for the coronation of the rulers of Scotland) are kept; Arthur’s Seat, an imposing peak located in Holyrood Park; and Calton Hill, home to a large variety of monuments and memorials. Edinburgh is also famous for its economy, banking and insurance and investments sectors. Since the Bank of Scotland (currently part of the Lloyds Banking Group) was established in 1695, banking has been one of Edinburgh’s strongest features. Other important firms located in Edinburgh include the Scottish Widows and Standard Life. The city is also renowned for its universities, especially the University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582 and currently the 23rd in the QS World University Rankings, as well as for its cultural institutions including the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. Each year, Edinburgh hosts huge festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival or the Fringe (the largest international arts festival).
The City as a Conference Destination
Edinburgh is an important conference and convention centre, hosting a large number of international events each year. Some of the most important ones include: the Homes for Scotland Annual Conference, focused on new developments in the home building industry in Scotland; the Scottish Renewables Conference, where renewable energy technologies are discussed by experts from Scotland, the UK, Europe and other parts of the world; the CIPD Scotland Annual Conference & Exhibition, an important venue for debates regarding human relations strategies in workplaces; the STEP UK Annual Tax Conference, a conference focused on current and future developments in tax; and EUROCITIES, an event addressing city development in the contexts of sustainable growth, innovation, and job opportunities.
Edinburgh Food Options for Conference Delegates
While attending a business conference in Edinburgh, UK, some local restaurants to experience include: the Purslane Restaurant (+44 131 226 3500), an intimate and relaxed restaurant, famous for its Scottish game and seafood dishes; the Castle Terrace (+44 131 229 1222), where you can enjoy Modern British dishes cooked using French techniques; the Aizle (+44 131 662 9349), with its locally inspired cuisine;
the Kitchin (+44 131 555 1755), a famous French restaurant located in an ex-whiskey warehouse; and the Stockbridge Restaurant (+44 131 226 6766), an intimate yet stylish restaurant, famous for its seasonal Scottish culinary choices.
Edinburgh Attractions for Convention Attendees
There are a number of highly rated tourist attractions you should visit after your business conference in Edinburgh. Probably the most famous landmark and iconic building in the city is the Edinburgh Castle, situated on Castle Rock, the peak of an extinct volcano, and offering breathtaking views of the city. Other important attractions include the National Museum of Scotland, featuring a diversity of arts and design exhibitions dealing with both world cultures and the natural world; the Scottish Parliament, a famous modern building in the heart of the city’s Old Town; and the Real Mary King’s Close, a labyrinthine warren of hidden streets buried beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.