Vacancy: Events Research and Development Executive

We are seeking a Conference and Events Researcher to join our team, based in Leith, Edinburgh.

As a Conference and Events Researcher you will have experience working in a business or policy events environment, consultancy or a similar type of organisation. You will have a sound command of research and monitoring techniques and a working knowledge of Scottish policy and business.

Reporting to the Managing Director responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring Scottish, UK and EU legislation relevant to Scotland
  • Identifying issues that would constitute effective conferences and events
  • Developing and expanding the existing series of conferences
  • Identifying and meeting with partner organisations who can provide support and intellectual research assistance for the development of events
  • Researching and developing coherent agenda
  • Identifying relevant audiences with our Marketing Executive
  • Identifying appropriate speakers and presentation titles
  • Inviting and briefing speakers and replacement speakers
  • Liaising with commercial clients and supporting organisations
  • Assisting in managing the editorial production of reports and bulletins relating to conferences and events
  • Liaising with members of the conference production, marketing, sponsorship and design teams and other teams
  • Overseeing with our Marketing Executive in writing and producing conference publicity material, including brochures, advertising, letters and web content
  • Setting up and updating the event website, in conjunction with our marketing executive, with speaker, sponsor and other updates.
  • Preparing all pre event delegate materials and liason
  • Assist in hosting the event or conference ‘on the day’.
  • Setting and working to tight deadlines.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience, and an understanding, of researching business events or business projects
  • A hunger for news and information; and the understanding of how a conference/ event can inform debate
  • Understanding of business and legislative processes
  • Well developed communications skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and first class organisational skills
  • Drive, resourcefulness and intelligence
  • Education to degree level (please indicate any professional qualifications or membership of relevant organisations.

Canongate Communications Ltd is an equal opportunities employer. Please send a covering letter and CV to the address below. or mail to 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS or call 0131 561 7344.

Heathrow supplement in The Times Scotland

A Canongate supplement sponsored by Heathrow was published today (2/2/17) in The Times Scotland. Get one from your nearest newsagent or read online by clicking the cover below.

Top stories:

  • Flybe flights herald lower fares for passengers
  • Working together with Scotland
  • Logistics hub bound for Scotland
  • Inverness enjoys boost in visitors


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Winter issue of EventsBase out now!

Check out the latest issue of EventsBase – the magazine for events and festivals professionals in Scotland!

This issue is going all the way to Barcelona, as our team attends IBTM – the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry. If you’re not in Barcelona, don’t worry, you can read the issue online by clicking here. Or if you’d like to receive physical copies of the magazine, look at our subscription offer here.



October issue of WaterScot out now

The October issue of WaterScot was distributed today along with The Times Scotland.
Some of the key stories in the supplement are:

  • How data modelling is helping Aberdeen stay one step ahead of the weather
  • How deregulation of the business water market is helping customers make the right choices
  • Cleaning up the world’s waterways – The Scottish firm mimicking nature to rid the globe of pollution
  • From a Land Rover and wellies to a laptop: how big data is turning the tide on hydro power

Click here to read online version.

Cover of WaterScot October 2016