Connecting Scotland and Ireland
Last week West Lothian Chamber of Commerce hosted a hugely successful Inward Trade Mission with over 40 Irish delegates visiting and joined by many Scottish businesses. Sectors represented by the visitors included crop nutrition, engineering, facilities management, financial services, logistics, media, retail services, transport and waste & recycling.
Our Irish delegates were welcomed by West Lothian Council who invited them to attend the Civic Centre for a short presentation and networking session led by Provost Tom Kerr.This allowed the delegation to hear what has been happening in West Lothian and how it benefits the business sector.
Following on from the official welcome by West Lothian Council, we were joined by various Scottish businesses including our sponsors and Scottish Chambers to provide good old fashioned Scottish hospitality at Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club with a ceilidh which kept everyone entertained
Kicking off our second day of the inward mission with our Trading With Ireland event. This was a great resource for learning more about the developments in West Lothian while hearing from our sponsors at expert workshops focusing on vital topics that need to be considered
Special thanks to The Larder Cook School for providing a superb lunch with exceptional service from their young people before our delegates went a tour around West Lothian Industrial estates finishing up at Linlithgow Burgh Halls.
To build stronger business relationships we invited our delegates and Scottish Businesses to join us at an exclusive Evening Reception in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle.
Guests had the opportunity to hear from Minister Kate Forbes, Consulate General of Ireland Mark Hanniffy and Liz Cameron, CEO of Scottish Chambers of Commerce on the importance of building the strength of our relationship with Ireland. To close the evening we were joined by West Lothian Schools Pipe Band for the Beating of the Retreat.
On the final day of the Inward Trade Mission, delegates visited The Centre Livingston to see how retail has evolved in the area while looking at the different activities they have added to attract customers, one being Aerial Adventures. A few of our delegates were feeling up to the challenge and decided to try their aerial assault course at the visit.
We were then off to our final stop on this visit which was a tour round JBT in Livingston to find out more about their products and how they operate an international company.