Welcome to your summer edition of Conference Call

You know summer has well and truly arrived in Edinburgh with the start of the city’s vibrant festivals. August sees the return of both the Festival Fringe and the International Festival, and here at the EICC we have a diverse mix of shows on offer – from big household names such as Craig Hill to American dance troupes. You can find out more about what’s on in the Highlights at the EICC feature and tickets can be bought via our website.

Edinburgh is a stunning city especially when the sun is shining, so why not make the most of the good weather and enjoy some al fresco drinking and dining? In this issue’s Hidden Gems, we pick some of the best outdoor bars and restaurants across the city.

The capital is always a lively place to be, not least in the summer. In this issue’s Cover Feature, we hear from Scottish Enterprise’s Eleanor Mitchell about why it is a particularly exciting time for Edinburgh's entrepreneurs and start-ups, with the growth of sectors such as technology and life sciences.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Conference Call and please do get in touch if you have any feedback.

Marshall Dallas
Chief Executive