RSM delegation from Far East

China trade on the menu in Balmoral talks

RSM delegation Robert RossAccountancy firm RSM welcomed 25 partners from the firm’s offices in China who have been exploring trading opportunities in key sectors, such as food and drink, textiles, oil and gas and renewable energy.

Over dinner and whisky at the Balmoral Hotel the group heard presentations from Robert Ross, RSM’s managing partner for Scotland; James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink; and Fiona MacLauchlan and Gemma Connelly, from Scottish Development International.

Mr Ross said China offers “a wealth of reciprocal trading and investment opportunities for Scottish businesses.”

He added: “The recent visit was not only a great opportunity to build stronger links with our Chinese colleagues, but we showcased what Scotland has to offer.”

Mr Withers added: “Brand Scotland continues to generate international interest. In China, in particular, consumers are looking for premium products with strong provenance credentials which Scottish food and drink companies deliver in spades.

“This is just one of the factors that is driving growth in Scottish food and drink manufacturing at twice the rate of the UK average.

‘”Combine this with increased support from Scotland Food & Drink, SDI and our partners and I believe the future will be marked by attractive trading and investment opportunities for Chinese and Scottish businesses.”

Photo: David Gwilliam, chief operating officer for RSM; Ms Feng Wang and Mr Zhang Lianqi of the RSM China delegation; and Robert Ross, RSM’s managing partner for Scotland (contributed)

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