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Glasgow Chamber signs trade deal with Manhattan

Picture by Chris James 12/5/16Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has signed a transatlantic trade agreement with its counterpart in Manhattan.

The Memorandum of Understanding, follows a visit to NewYork by Glasgow president Neil Amner and deputy chief executive Richard Muir last month.

They were joined senior figures from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Life, universities and colleges to promote tourism, trade and investment and the higher education sectors.

A focus of the trip was an event called A Great Night In With Glasgow, a reception held in the West Village.

Mr Amner said: “The Chamber movement is an international one, and has the potential to provide help to partner organisations all over the globe. There are close historic links between Scotland and the New York area, and we believe this fledgling relationship with Manhattan Chamber could lead to important business contacts for us and for our members.

“There is some irony in the fact that Glasgow Chamber, the oldest in the English-speaking world, was founded in the late 18th century to help Glasgow merchants find new markets in the aftermath of the American Wars of Independence. Now here we are building bridges across the Atlantic to our mutual benefit.”

Among those present at the meetings were Ken Donnelly, Director of Risk at the Bank of America, and James Heggie III, Merrill Lynch’s First Vice President, an American with deep Scots roots.

Mr Amner added: “These two gentleman show the high level of our US contacts, and trips like this are all about expanding these contacts to Glasgow’s benefit., as this new agreement shows. This is undoubtedly great news for business in Glasgow.”

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce president Jessica Walker said: “We are excited by this new relationship with our Scottish colleagues in Glasgow, with whom we have much in common. I feel sure members of both Chambers will gain from what will arise from it in the future.”

Photo: Neil Amner, President of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Richard Muir, Deputy Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (by Chris James)



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