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The Annual Scotsman Investment Conference takes place this week and we are pleased that Crosswind Developments is one of the supporting partners.

We particularly welcome the opportunity to join colleagues from leading investment companies and other experts in ESG best practice to reopen a national conversation on social investment and the role the private sector can play in helping to deliver social impact and inclusive economic growth from major capital projects. We also look forward to hearing from successful businesses from across Scotland who have ESG values at the heart of their business models.

Social investment seeks to generate both financial returns and measurable environmental and social impact, at Crosswinds we believe these are the two sides of the same coin. These values are central to our business model. As social investors we are motivated not only by potential financial returns but also by a desire and passion to make a positive difference to the City of Edinburgh by creating jobs, building much needed affordable housing, investing in sustainable infrastructure, and creating a new 9.4 acre public park unlocking the biodiversity of a unique location for everyone to enjoy.

Collaboration, partnerships, and collective action are key to the successful delivery of any major project, we hope that the Scotsman Investment Conference will help focus our minds on what we can be achieved by sharing our knowledge, wisdom and experience and pulling
our collective resources. By working together, leveraging our social capital, and targeting investment we believe that Crosswinds can make a positive, sustainable impact and help deliver inclusive economic growth for Edinburgh and Scotland.

Lesley Sawers is a non-executive director of Crosswind Developments