Burns Night Scottish Connector

  • When:
    Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Where:
    Near British Consulate, Garden Square, Shanghai, (Details of exclusive private venue to be provided upon successful registration).
  • Price:
    Members: RMB 200 (Guests: RMB 250). Price includes all food and drink. Member can bring guests. RSVP required. Places are strictly limited.

Since launched at the Chamber's St. Andrew's Ball 2018, the 'Scottish Connections' business network has continued to grow and is proving to be a useful network for all those companies and other organisations associated with Scotland and doing business in China. 

To introduce the network to the wider Scottish business diaspora in Shanghai as well as to reinforce connections amongst the Scottish business community including all those companies supporting this effort, the Chamber's Scottish Focus Group invites members and guests to join us at the first 'Scottish Connections' get-together on the evening of Wednesday, 23 January and celebrate Burns Night in advance!

At the event, we will also have Paul Lewis, Managing Director of Scottish Development International (SDI), as our guest who will give attendees an update from SDI on recent events, global perspectives, issues and plans for 2019 that will impact Scottish businesses. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A session where members and guests can raise issues and give feedback. Paul’s biography is attached. 

F&B Offers at the Event

  • Smoked salmon canapés
  • Warm bowl of haggis, neeps and tatties
  • Dessert finger food
  • Scottish craft beers, Scotch whisky, wine, soft drinks

Special Thanks to

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Running Order:

  • 18.00-18.35 Arrival and networking* (Smoked Salmon Canapés to be served.)
  • 18.35-18.40 Opening by Blair Kelly, Chairman of Scottish Focus Group
  • 18.40-18.50 Speech by Paul Lewis, Managing Director of Scottish Development International
  • 18.50 –18.55 Comments by Dr Lu Jianzhong, President Weir Group China
  • 18.55-19.10 Interactive Qs and As
  • 19.10-19.15 Address to the Haggis (poem recital and toast) by Craig MacKenzie, MD Continuum Ltd
  • 19.15-20.00 Continued networking (Warm bowl of haggis to be served followed by Scottish dessert finger foods. )

*Please kindly note due to nature of the venue and event, no admittance can be made after 18.30.


  • Chamber Member: please login and register online
  • Member Guest: please email nathalie.xu@britishchambershanghai.org your full name, job title, company and name of the British Chamber member who invites you

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100. 

Walk-in Policy: Walk-in is not allowed for this event. 

Speaker Introduction

Paul Lewis

Managing Director, Scottish Development International

Paul is responsible for working in partnership with the Scottish Government, HIE, SDS, VisitScotland and others to build Scotland’s reputation as a modern and progressive place to invest and work.

This includes leading the work of Scottish Development International (SDI), Scotland’s Trade & Investment Agency, which supports Scottish-based businesses to trade and export internationally, and seeks to attract inward investment and mobile capital to Scotland, working through a network of more than 30 overseas offices.

Paul also leads Scottish Enterprise’s work with International companies that have a presence in Scotland to help them grow, as well as the activities that aim to harness global networks to secure more trade and investment for Scotland.

Paul has worked for Scottish Enterprise for over 25 years and was previously Managing Director of Operations - Sectors, High Growth Ventures & Investment and Senior Director of Infrastructure responsible for a £100 million annual investment programme across Scotland.

In his career to date, Paul has helped deliver a range of flagship projects across the industry sectors such as Edinburgh’s £200 million life sciences BioQuarter, Clyde Waterfront £1 billion Regeneration and Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Financial Centre.

He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where he gained a BSc (Hons) and has an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Event contact

Nathalie Xu