Scotland House opens
450 firms keen to join new London hub
More than 450 businesses have registered their interest in a new hub aimed at helping Scottish companies take advantage of business opportunities in London and beyond.
Scotland House will provide a place to meet customers and target new markets, secure investment and showcase products and services.
It also brings together officials from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland under one roof to provide a ‘Team Scotland’ approach to supporting businesses and attracting visitors and investment to Scotland.
Officially opening Scotland House at a reception, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: that for Scottish businesses it can be “challenging and costly” to try and break into the London market.
“The new hub will play a critical role in attracting investment to Scotland, helping businesses trade internationally and raising Scotland’s international profile,” she told guests.
“Scotland House will provide Scottish companies with a base to build new partnerships and a low cost place to trade and I am pleased that more than 450 businesses are interested in becoming members of the hub.
“We are already seeing the benefits of our presence in Dublin and I look forward to our next investment and innovation hubs in Brussels and Berlin.”
She said: “The opening of Scotland House marks the start of an exciting new phase of growth and collaboration between Scotland and London.
“Together, Scotland and the City are a formidable force for tourism, trade, investment and collaboration and this new facility will provide the ideal platform to help take our partnership to the next level.”
Among those welcoming the new hub was Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland chief executive, who said: “London remains our most important trading partner. However, if Scottish tourism is to continue punching above its weight on the world stage, we need to keep attracting new investment, events, airlines and ultimately, visitors.
“Scotland House is a platform on which we can do that.”