The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 7 November 2010

US gives leading light to Scottish companies

Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International (SDI) will this week lead a delegation of ambitious Scottish companies on a learning journey to the United States to meet some of the US’s most inspiring and successful leaders from a variety of backgrounds and industries.

[Pictured: Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson.]

The mission has been developed to help Scottish companies to strengthen and improve their leadership skills, and will provide a unique opportunity for the companies to meet some of the US’s most successful business leaders and hear first-hand how successful leadership can make or break a business.

The companies will meet representatives from Ralph Lauren, Bloomberg and IBM as well as hearing how good leadership is essential in crisis management from James Trainor, special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On Wednesday of this week, the companies will also attend a GlobalScot regional conference in New York, where they will make valuable connections and access additional advice, mentoring and support from some of the network’s US members.

Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson will address the learning journey participants at a welcome reception, before attending the GlobalScot conference mid week and then travelling on to Washington DC to undertake engagements with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

She said: “Scotland needs business leaders who have high aspirations, who are unafraid to take risks and who can inspire and motivate their people to succeed.

“It is leaders like this who will seek a better way of doing something, a better product or service and proactively go after opportunities in new markets, so developing leadership skills is a key element of how we help Scottish companies to grow and internationalise.

“As such, we are working with our colleagues at Scottish Development International to establish a culture of leadership in our businesses, and this learning journey aims to connect some of Scotland’s most promising companies with some of the world’s most successful business leaders.

“This is an unrivalled opportunity for Scottish companies seeking to develop a more international perspective to make those invaluable, face-to-face connections with US business leaders and GlobalScots.

“The connections that will be made during this learning journey have the potential not only to generate new international business for Scottish companies, but to really accelerate Scotland’s economic growth.”

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Its role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. It supports ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and helps build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. It also works with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.

Scottish Development International (SDI) works to attract inward investment and knowledge to Scotland to help the economy grow. It also helps Scottish companies to do more business overseas and promote Scotland as a good place to live, work and do business. It is jointly operated by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, and its work is guided by the Scottish Government’s strategy for economic development in Scotland.

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