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Friday, 19 September 2008

Scottish Minister Jim Mather takes Scotland to heart of America

By: Murdoch MacDonald

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT Enterprise Minister Jim Mather will meet with over 100 US business leaders on a four-day visit to the US.

A series of engagements in Kentucky and Chicago will provide opportunities to present Scotland as a competitive business destination, a global leader in the development of renewable technologies and - ahead of the year of Homecoming Scotland - the home of golf.

Jim Mather (pictured above) will meet with representatives of major companies to develop links between Scotland and the USA and host two events at the Ryder Cup in Louisville for key business figures.

The Minister will introduce the premiere of a new promotional film, voiced over by Sir Sean Connery, highlighting Scotland’s reputation as the home of golf. The US is Scotland’s largest market for golf visitors, with an estimated 45,000 visitors travelling to Scotland annually, spending some £70 million.

In Chicago Mr Mather will meet with Mayor Richard Daley to discuss development of renewable technologies. Chicago aims to be the most environmentally friendly city in the US through the development of green construction and renewables.

Speaking ahead of his programme, Mr Mather said: “Scotland is a nation looking ahead to the future full of optimism and ambition - and with a Government determined to increase sustainable economic growth.

“It is important that we take the ‘Scotland is open for business’ message to America. I’ll be meeting with a number of businesses who are already investing in Scotland or looking to open up new opportunities. More and more businesses are recognising that Scotland has the edge. and my message to them will be clear: Scotland is the place to invest.

“Now and next year - our Year of Homecoming - visitors to Scotland will be able to see for themselves just how much our country has to offer and its great potential.

“Not only a wonderful country to visit, but a tremendous place to do business.

“The programme we are pursuing in Kentucky and Chicago will let us take that message right to the heart of America.

“This visit provides an excellent opportunity to promote Scotland as the birthplace of golf in the build-up to next year’s Homecoming as we look forward to the Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009 and Gleneagles hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014.”

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