Burns Night Scottish Connector

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  • 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 Julian Taylor, Managing Director Asia Pacific 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. 

Due to unforseen circumstances Paul Lewis will not be able to attend and his speech will be given by Julian Taylor. Julian's profile is below.

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 comments by Blair Kelly, Chairman of Scottish Focus Group and Alan Hepburn, BritCham ExCo Sponsor and Event Host
  • 18.40-18.50 Speech by Julian Taylor, Executive Director , Asia Pacific, 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 neeps and tatties 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

Julian Taylor

Managing Director Asia Pacific, SDI

Julian Taylor is part of the Executive Leadership Team, Scottish Enterprise’s management team, Scotland’s main economic development agency. He is currently the Managing Director for Scottish Development International, with full management responsibility for strategy and operations across the Asia Pacific region. He is based in Shanghai with team members in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Beijing.

Julian’s responsibilities include:

- Attracting foreign direct investment, focusing on research, design and development projects with high knowledge content
-  Enhancing the global trading capabilities of Scottish companies through international strategy development
-  Creating partnership investments between Scottish and foreign companies and organisations to open new channels to markets, investments, technologies and products
-  Increasing trade growth by encouraging the expansion of Scotland's portfolio of first-class exported goods and services to new markets

Julian has over 25 years experience of international economic development in a wide variety of roles and has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997. He was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dortmund and Herriot Watt.

Julian plays competitive rugby and football, and non-competitive karaoke. He currently lives in Shanghai with his wife and 2 sons.

Event contact

Nathalie Xu