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Chambers bonds with Strathclyde business school

Tim AllanThe Scottish Chambers of Commerce is relocating to the Strathclyde Business School as part of a closer of alliance of business and academia.

SCC will leave its offices in the Merchants House of Glasgow in George Square and move to the Cathedral Street building following a £23 million refurbishment.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “Our campus at Strathclyde is a hub for research, education, innovation and entrepreneurship. The co-location of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce with the Strathclyde Business School brings significant benefits and opportunities to both parties.”

Tim Allan, president of the Chambers, said: “This is a very exciting new alliance which injects academic expertise into Scotland’s most ambitious and creative business network. It is the first step in SCC’s wider ambition to shorten the distance between academia and business to our mutual benefit.

“The Chambers already enjoy a close working relationship with the Fraser of Allander Institute based at Strathclyde University and we see this new alliance with the Business School as a model for intended future academic collaborations.

“SCC is becoming more active in helping our members grow internationally and there is a lot we can learn from Scotland’s university sector, which has been internationally active for 500 years.

“To boost our penetration in key growth markets such as China, we are also looking to tap into the extraordinary global expertise and knowledge amongst the students and faculty of this internationally renowned and award-winning institution.”

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