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Network receives £30k to help build links

Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish

Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish (contributed)

A networking group building vital trading links between Scotland and London has received a £30,000 boost from the Scottish government.

The Scottish Business Network was established last year by technology entrepreneur Russell Dalgleish and economic development specialist, Christine Esson, to draw on the experience, expertise and connections of the Scottish business community in London.

It has recently unveiled plans to take it into the Hong Kong and North America.

The grant from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will enable the network to expand in London.

The funding came ahead of a meeting where three Scottish companies, Lingo24, Red Evolution and Kokm, pitched to and received advice from an audience of more than 50 Scottish business leaders in London.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “With a membership of more than 200, the Scottish Business Network in London has gone from strength to strength in its first year.

“The Scottish Government, along with our enterprise agencies, is doing all it can to drive sustainable economic growth. This work is particularly important at a time when the threat of a ‘hard Brexit’ is hanging over our economies.

“We know Scotland remains an attractive place to do business, which is why I am pleased to support the next stage of the Network’s development with £30,000 to help it grow in London for the benefit of Scottish entrepreneurs and businesses.”

Mr Dalgleish said: “This support from Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will allow us to accelerate our plans for London and emphasises the coordinated and collaborative approach that Scotland can take.

“The sole purpose of the network is to support and promote Scottish businesses and to assist them secure new opportunities in London through the support of our members, who represent the full cross section of the London business community, and joined up working with Scottish Enterprise and the GlobalScot network.”

Christian Arno, chief executive of Lingo24, said: “The relationship element of this cannot be overstated.”

Mark Hallan, director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Connecting Scottish companies to national and international networks is vital to drive international growth and ambition.”

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