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S5W-21516: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government which businesses and industry bodies met or were hosted by the (a) Scottish Affairs Office in Washington DC and (b) Scottish Development International office in (i) Boston, (ii) Chicago, (iii) Houston and (iv) San Jose in 2018, broken down by the number of times each business or body was met or hosted.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 5 March 2019

The Scottish Affairs Office routinely hosts and co-hosts events showcasing Scotland as the best place to live, work, study, invest and visit. Invites to these receptions run into the hundreds and include some business and industry body representatives with an affiliation to Scotland as well as members of the GlobalScot network. The scale of the events is such that invites are recorded but actual attendance by organisations is not.

A core part of SDI’s operations and engagement is to meet and host business and industry bodies across a range of sectors including financial services, technology, life sciences, energy, food & drink and tourism. This equates to thousands of records of meetings and interactions, which is recorded and stored on our in-house customer relationship management system and subject to the normal rules governing privacy and customer/prospect confidentiality.

Examples of industry bodies that the organisations have met with include:

Scottish Affairs Office

  • Business Network for Offshore Wind
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS)

Scottish Development International

  • Department for International Trade
  • Science and Innovation Network
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Prosperity officers
  • British American Business Council
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs