Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has welcomed 25 partners from RSM China to forge stronger ties with Scotland.
As part of the Scottish visit, the delegation explored opportunities in key sectors, such as food and drink, textiles, oil and gas and renewable energy, in addition to hearing more about the Scottish economy.
The group enjoyed presentations from Robert Ross, RSM’s managing partner for Scotland, James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink and Fiona Maclachan and Gemma Connelly, international senior executive and international finance manager from Scottish Development International, followed by dinner and whisky tasting at the Balmoral Hotel. The visit was a great opportunity to discuss strategic activity between China and Scotland, highlighting opportunities and building strong working relationships with key businesses and advisers.
Robert Ross, RSM’s managing partner for Scotland, said:
‘China is the second biggest economy in the world which presents a wealth of reciprocal trading and investment opportunities for Scottish businesses.
‘Almost 4,000 international businesses operate in Scotland and with a thriving business community, lower operating costs compared to other UK cities such as London, excellent transport links, a skilled workforce and quality investment opportunities; it’s no surprise that Scotland is a popular destination for international businesses.
‘At RSM, we can draw on local knowledge and global expertise from across the network and this helps us to support our clients to successfully expand the international reach of their businesses. 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.’
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:
‘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 brands deliver in spades.
‘This demand is driving Scottish manufacturing activity which is growing twice as fast as the rest of the UK. Combine this with increased support from the Scottish Government and the sector presents attractive trading and investment opportunities for Chinese and Scottish businesses.’