Scotland's Economy

  • US marine energy conference recognises Scotland’s global lead

    14th May 2012 by

    After previously attending the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference (GMREC) in Washington DC in 2010, I was asked this year to deliver a keynote speech. Scotland’s global lead in marine renewable energy attracted international interest and this time around, there was a heightened awareness of Scotland’s global lead with most of the speakers referring to Scotland in their presentations.

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  • New life sciences centre for Moray

    8th May 2012 by

    Moray Life Science Centre

    It was a great pleasure to see the first turf being cut at the new life science centre in Elgin on Friday. The creation of the £6.5m Alexander Graham Bell Centre is an exciting step forward in providing the facilities Moray needs to be at the forefront of delivering innovative healthcare systems for the future.

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  • Scotland showcases offshore expertise

    1st May 2012 by

    Attended by 70,000 delegates and 2000 exhibiting companies from over 110 countries, OTC represents a huge opportunity for Scottish businesses to develop new global trading opportunities.

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  • Say ‘yes’ to leadership for growth

    26th April 2012 by

    This morning I spoke to around a hundred Scottish companies on the topic of leadership for growth at the B2B Scotland 2012 event. I try to highlight this topic as often as possible as I firmly believe that leadership has not received the prominence it should have.

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  • Showcasing Scotland in Korea

    20th April 2012 by

    The final day of my trip to Korea begins with a media conference to explain the purpose of the trip - to pursue Korean investment and to promote Scottish business interests. I am accompanied by Frank Boyland and Howard Jang (both of SDI in Asia), Adrian Gillespie (Energy Director of Scottish Enterprise) and Ewen Cameron (SDI Head of Food, Drink and Textiles).

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  • Swinney visits Samsung in Korea

    19th April 2012 by

    Daylight on Geoje Island in Korea revealed an amazing sight - the Samsung shipyards. It is hard to convey how overwhelming is their presence. In one dry dock, the size of six football pitches, four container vessels were under construction. And that was just one relatively small part of the site.

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  • Exploring new opportunities in Osaka

    18th April 2012 by

    The third and final day of the Japan leg of my trip started with a call to Rolto, an existing investor in Scotland who own Mentholatum in East Kilbride. We talked over the expansion of the company's product range and will work with them to try to make the most of this opportunity in Scotland.

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  • Scottish produce top of the menu in Japan

    17th April 2012 by

    An early start to day two of my Japan visit and the focus continues to be on Scotland's growth industries. Over lunchtime, Scottish Development International put together an excellent event to showcase Scotland's wonderful food and drink - one of our largest export successes.

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  • Doing business in Japan

    17th April 2012 by

    I am writing this at the end of my first full day of meetings and visits in Japan with the team from Scottish Development International. In addition to a broad knowledge of the opportunities in the Japanese economy, they have developed real strength in the various sectors that matter to us; energy, life sciences, food and drink, textiles and working with our universities.

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  • Scotland Week – New York

    14th April 2012 by

    I had a very productive meeting today in New York with Renewable Resources Ltd, a Scottish company specialising in solar technology, which has announced that is expanding into US markets. The welcome news comes as part of Scotland Week events and I was only too pleased to hear about the plans from their Chief Exceutive Paul Gribben.

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