By Max Clarke

Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment, has embarked on his latest trip in a bid to stimulate foreign trade.

Having recently completed trips to China, Scandinavia, India and Brazil as part of a drive to increase investment in the UK, Lord Green’s latest trip has brought him to… the UK.

“I am delighted to be in Scotland,” said the intrepid Minister, “and look forward to meeting innovative Scottish companies and representatives from the key business organisations in Scotland.”

Scotland currently attracts around 6% of the UK’s total investment, displaying ‘strong performance’ in attracting high value projects. 2/3rds of exports are typically bound for the UK, with the USA, Netherlands and France sharing much of the remaining third.

The onus of promoting Scottish investment typically falls on the Government funded Scottish Development International and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. Lord Green and the UKTI will join the other two organisations for a two day trip to visit the Scotland’s two main cities before returning to England.

Diageo- the London headquartered global drinks behemoth- who distribute a sizeable share of one of Scotland’s chief exports will host a lunch for Lord Green where he will meet with the Scotch Whiskey Association.

Continued Green: “As Scotland remains an attractive destination for inward investment, and with more Scottish firms finding export success overseas, UK Trade and Investment continues to work closely with the Scottish Government to help Scottish companies meet their global aspirations.”

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