Scottish Focus Group

Mission Statement

As part of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, the Scottish Focus Group (SFG) represents a diverse range of Scottish businesses and organisations based in Shanghai and doing business in China. This focus on Scotland recognises:

  • The strong Scottish business diaspora in Shanghai and benefits of building connections and relationships;
  • The distinctive nature of activities and sectors that Scottish businesses and organisations participate in;
  • The separate Scottish government and other agencies that support and interface with these activities;
  • The benefits of an integrated approach to Scottish activities in China including levering “brand Scotland”. 

SFG Purpose:

  1. CREATE CONNECTIONS - Facilitate connections to build relationships, share ideas, business opportunities, insights and knowledge to mutually benefit members who are Scottish based companies and organisations.
  2. FOSTER LEARNING - Create opportunities for mutual learning and personal development among members through a calendar of learning events.
  3. SOUNDING BOARD - Provide structured sounding board opportunities for Scottish members looking to set up, expand or improve their business in China where they can get fresh perspectives and advice from Scottish peers currently operating in China.
  4. INWARD INVESTMENT - Provide a business focal point  for Chinese companies and organisations looking for advice on how to set up or expand their business in Scotland.   
  5. GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP - Provide a voice for Scottish business community to engage with Scottish government agencies and develop a partnership approach on how best to create value for members and  for Scotland overall.

Focus Group Members

The SFG is currently made up of members who have a diverse range of operating experience in China and elsewhere in the sectors that are most important to the Scottish economy. These include Oil, Gas and Renewables, Technology, Education, Engineering, Food and Drink, Professional Services, Textiles, Tourism as well as Scottish Government agencies.

Chair: Blair Kelly, Independent Business Adviser (retired former Vice President at BP plc)
Vice Chair: Mike McCourt, Head of East and South China , Scottish Development International

Members:
Dr LU Jianzhong, President China, Weir Group
Charles Soong, Managing Director ,Edrington China
Ed Craig, Dean, Edinburgh University Low Carbon College, Shanghai
Chris Harvey, Director China, Peak Scientific Instruments
Mark Graham, Regional Director Asia, Holland and Sherry, and Vice Chairman British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai
Robin Muir, Head of Tea Supply Operations, ABF Twinings Beverages

Chamber Executive Committee Sponsor: Alan Hepburn, Managing Partner, Advisory Board Architects; CEO, The Hepburn Group
Chamber Office Facilitator: Jun Wang

If you would like to find out more and get involved, please contact Chamber Staff Jun Wang at jun.wang@britishchambershanghai.org.