I was privileged to be invited by the UK Government to the two-day Commonwealth Games Business Conference in Glasgow this week, in what has been a very impressive showcase for Scotland and the UK. And imagine my delight when I discovered that I was the only lawyer in attendance – that’s definitely one to tell the grandchildren!
Scotland has never been so high profile, and there is a real buzz in the terrific city that is Glasgow – wonderful people, food and sights.
I was among a fine collection of business leaders and politicians, and was fortunate to hear some great speakers including the Prime Minister David Cameron, George Osborne, and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, as well as meet in person Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander, First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond (see photo), and Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth (see photo).
Salmond emphasised the “human legacy” the Games will leave in Scotland, and how it will go way beyond the economic and sporting legacies. He also reported that 70% of contracts for the Games have gone to local Scottish businesses. It’s a great story for Scotland!
The PM commented that he would be using the Commonwealth networks to “boost trade and attract inward investment in the UK and in Scottish companies”. I echo his thoughts – as a small country on the world stage, we must harness the value in ‘Brand UK’. Our future success and prosperity lies in the effective export of our specialist knowledge and skills base, and in working together with other countries to maximise trade across borders. The world loves British products and services, so we should ensure they are competitive, high quality and easy to access.
A broader, international view is exactly what we offer at Sherrards. We are not the UK’s largest firm of solicitors, but with the help of the UKTI, Law Society, and our membership of Alliott Group, we have developed a strong network of international contacts, and become a successful international law firm with real experts in sectors such as retail, franchising, recruitment and property. Think international, think Sherrards!
For help with doing business in the UK or exporting overseas, please contact Head of International Services & Litigation, Paul Marmor.